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Melbourne trams to run on solar power MELBOURNE’s extensive tram network could soon be running on electricity supplied by large-scale solar power plants under plans unveiled by the government of the Australian state of Victoria.
melbourne-trams-to-run-on-solar-power
MELBOURNE’s extensive tram network could soon be running on electricity supplied by large-scale solar power plants under plans unveiled by the government of the Australian state of Victoria. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning...
GENESEE & Wyoming (G&W) can trace its origins back to 1899 when it acquired a 22.5km line in New York state serving a rock salt mine. The 1980 Staggers railway deregulation act triggered the start...
sydney-metro-stage-2-planning-approvals-granted
THE New South Wales (NSW) state government has announced that following the granting of final planning approvals, construction will begin this year on stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project from Chatswood through the Sydney...
kiwirail-to-abandon-electric-freight-operations
KIWIRAIL has announced plans to abandon electric haulage of freight trains on the Hamilton - Palmerston North section of the North Island Main Trunk line, which was electrified in the early 1980s. KiwiRail will withdraw its...
adani-seeks-federal-funding-for-queensland-rail-link
ACCORDING to a number of recent Australian media reports, Indian mining company Adani has requested a $A 1bn ($US 745m) loan from the Australian government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (Naif) to support the construction of...
genesee--wyoming-completes-grail-acquisition
THE Australian subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming (G&W), United States, has completed the acquisition of Glencore Rail (GRail) for $A 1.14bn ($US 846m) and issued a 49% equity stake in Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA)...
nsw-orders-more-waratah-emus-for-sydney
FOLLOWING a competitive tender, Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) has awarded Downer EDI a $A 1.7bn ($US 1.3bn) contract to supply and maintain 24 Waratah double-deck suburban EMUs, which will provide additional capacity on...
sct-logistics-to-launch-melbourne-–-brisbane-services
AUSTRALIAN rail freight operator SCT Logistics has announced it will launch its first services on the Melbourne - Brisbane interstate corridor in January 2017, the first time a private operator has challenged the two major...
melbourne-suburban-train-ppp-reaches-contractual-close
VICTORIA state minister for public transport Mrs Jacinta Allan announced on November 22 that the Evolution Rail consortium, which comprises Downer Rail, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Plenary Group, has reached contractual close on Melbourne’s...
new-zealand-earthquake-damages-south-island-trunk-line
NEW Zealand’s South Island Main Trunk railway between Christchurch and Picton could be closed for several months following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake which struck near the coastal town of Kaikoura, 170km north of Christchurch, on...