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Six new locomotive workhorses for Pacific National

Pacific National has taken delivery of six new UGL locomotive workhorses in the latest of a series of handover ceremonies. The new 4400-horsepower C44ACi locomotives numbered 9301 to 9306 were built by UGL at its production facility in Broadmeadow, Newcastle,...

Network aims to tackle Australia’s infrastructure crisis

"Australia should be calling for better infrastructure," said Australasian Railway Association (ARA) CEO Bryan Nye at the launch of the Transport Reform Network. More than 300 business, industry and community leaders came together at Sydney’s town hall yesterday for the...

Special Oscar handover for RailCorp

UGL presented one of the last Oscar Stage 3 passenger trains to RailCorp at a special handover ceremony last month. UGL, which is currently building and delivering an additional 25 cars under Stage 3A - an extension to Stage 3...

Manufacturing moves overseas as Downer sign five-year deal with EMD

Downer EDI Limited has signed a new five-year agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) which will see locomotive manufacturing move away from Australian soil. Under the new agreement, EMD will manufacture all locomotives for the Australian market at a new low-cost...

UGL secures $190 million in new freight locomotive orders

UGL Limited has announced that it has secured four significant new orders to supply and maintain freight locomotives to various blue-chip Australian customers, with an end value of approximately $190 million. Under these new awards, UGL will deliver a total of 38 locomotives to customers including the supply of: GE Evolution locomotives to support Rio [...]

RailCorp to be broken up in ‘biggest shake up’ of NSW’s railways

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced the ‘biggest shakeup to the State’s railways in a generation to fix the trains and provide customers with the service standard they deserve’. The Fixing the Trains initiative includes the breakup of RailCorp and the creation of two new specialist organisations to service the ‘different needs of Sydney [...]

Regional Rail Link contract awarded

A $570 million construction contract for Melbourne’s Regional Rail Link has been awarded by Federal Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon and Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder. The contract was awarded to a consortium consisting of: John Holland, Abigroup, Coleman Rail, AECOM & GHD, who will partner with MTM, V/Line and the Regional Rail Link [...]

QR National plans new Hunter Valley train facility

QR National recently signalled its long-term commitment to the Hunter Valley by announcing plans for a modern train support facility at Hexham near the Port of Newcastle. At an estimated capital cost of up to $100 million, the proposed facility would support the company’s growing New South Wales coal haulage business and alleviate capacity pressures [...]

‘Decades of debate’ threaten high speed rail

The Australasian Railway Association has said that ‘decades of debate are threatening to destroy the chances of Australia securing a high speed rail network and the desperately needed alternative to Sydney’s only airport’. The Association said the ‘do nothing’ approach will see Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane-Gold Coast grow into ‘mega cities crippled by congestion and governments [...]

Australia signs infrastructure agreement with China

Earlier today, the Australian and Chinese governments signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding to ‘strengthen cooperation on delivering infrastructure’. The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, signed the MOU on Enhancing Cooperation in Infrastructure Construction with the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Mr Chen Deming, at Parliament House this morning. This follows Mr Albanese’s official visit to China [...]
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Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in...
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Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO. TX Logistik, which was founded in...

First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.

The role of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap

Rail Forum Midlands talks about the skills gap and what its doing to bridge it

New train protection system for Irish Rail

Above - CPC commercial manager John Mogridge and Egis systems integration lead François Pignard looking at the in-cab display for the...