Tearing up 800m of Victorian track

Problems with Melbourne’s suburban train services have cost the state of Victoria millions. Now 800 metres of newly-laid track are to be ripped up because of damage caused by suspected defective...

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1,376 defective wheels in Melbourne

Wheel failure has caused serious problems in Melbourne, where the provision of buses to replace inoperable trains is costing about A$250,000 a day, probably adding up to many millions in coming weeks....

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Townsville, Queensland, derailment

Eight vehicles in a train of 38 wagons derailed across a level crossing late on 31 January, blocking road access to Oak Valley, a suburb of Townsville in Queensland, Australia. Both passenger and...

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Bridge problems in Sydney

Two of 24 concrete spans erected for the "Skytrain" section of a new rail line to Sydney's north-west suburbs may need to be pulled down after cracking. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the...

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Sulphuric acid in Australian derailment

Heavy rains are believed to be responsible for the derailing of the locomotive and 26 tankcars in a freight train about 20km east of Julia Creek in Queensland. About 200,000 litres of sulphuric acid...

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Derailment in Western Australia

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating an incident on 11 December between Rawlinna and Naretha, 350km east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, when 39 wagons in a 59-wagon...

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Australian Cane Train Derails

On 25 September, a power pole was brought down by a cane train that derailed near Ingham, Australia. It took an hour before live wires at the accident scene were disconnected. The driver is believed...

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AUSTRALIAN DERAILMENT OF 19 WAGONS

It took a week to restore rail service at Kankool between Murrurundi and Willow Tree in the New South Wales Upper Hunter after 19 empty coal wagons came off the track on 16 February. Export coal...

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PASSENGER TRAINS DAMAGED IN BRISBANE STORM

Two Queensland Rail (QR) passenger trains were forced to stop between stations in Brisbane on 27 November when they were pelted with hailstones 'the size of cricket balls' in the course of a massive...

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PASSENGERS MANHANDLE TRAIN TO FREE GIRL'S LEG

The recent incident in Perth, Western Australia, when passengers physically tilted a train to free a man whose leg had been trapped between platform and train doorway, made news right across the...

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