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Pacific National is storing grain wagons at Murtoa to have them cut up

It has been reported that Pacific National is storing grain wagons at Murtoa to have them cut up to stop their competitors using them.

First Inland Rail Tender Approved

This was announced by the Federal Member for Calare, NSW (John Cobb, National Party) in his column published in the Lithgow Mercury Thursday July 9, 2015.

Asciano flags storm rail hit

Rail hauler Asciano has warned its fourth quarter results will be impacted after severe storms in NSW and Queensland damaged rail tracks and disrupted the Hunter Valley coal supply chain.

Pacific National's freight rail coal haulage down

THE Hunter's biggest freight rail company, Pacific National, is only hauling about 85 per cent of the coal it has contracts to carry, its latest quarterly volume update has revealed.

PN Coal derailment Kankool

Updated 17:00 - A Pacific National Coal train has derailed around Kankool near Willow Tree in New South Wales.


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Aurizon welcomes positive vote on Queensland Train Crew and Transport Operations Enterprise Agreement

Employees have voted in favour of Aurizon's Queensland Train Crew and Transport Operations Enterprise Agreement.

Quarterly Above Rail Volumes - June quarter 2015

Aurizon have released their quarterly above rail volumes for June 2015 and the results look mixed.

Aurizon welcomes positive vote on Queensland Construction and Maintenance Enterprise Agreement

Approximately 1,500 Aurizon employees will receive a 4% pay increase each year for three years in return for major productivity improvements and the removal of legacy provisions, following a positive vote by employees on the proposed Construction and Maintenance Enterprise Agreement (EA).

Aurizon renews coal haulage contract for Dawson and Callide Mines with Anglo American and Mitsui

Aurizon has reached agreement with the owners of the Dawson coal mine (Anglo American and Mitsui) for a new form, performance-based long term contract that renews existing haulage arrangements for the mine and with Anglo American for the Callide mine, both in Queensland.

Update on Queensland Enterprise Agreements

Bargaining between Aurizon and rail unions on the remaining outstanding Queensland enterprise agreement, the Construction and Maintenance Enterprise Agreement, has now concluded.

Cityrail News

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Teen's Newcastle rail survey causes social media backlash

A survey by a Newcastle teenager on the cutting of the city's rail line has outraged a public figure on social media, who has labelled the school project "appalling".

Sydney suburban fleet modernisation contract awarded

Transport for New South Wales has awarded the UGL Unipart Rail joint venture an A$131m contract to modernise Sydney Trains’ fleet of 446 Tangara suburban electric multiple-unit cars by July 2018.

Government changes plan on rail line (Prevents any railed vehicle from using rail line)

THE state government can’t legally run trains on Newcastle’s ‘‘truncated’’ heavy rail line or maintain the tracks even if it wanted to, after it changed its own environmental protection licence for the rail network.

Opal takeover: Pensioner Excursion and TravelTen tickets cut from next year

No paper public transport tickets beyond single and return tickets will be sold from next year, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said on Tuesday morning.

South West Rail Link trains drivers warned to slow down

Train drivers on the newly-built South West Rail Link have been issued with an urgent message: slow down.

Gunzelling Reports

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Gheringhap Sightings w/e 1/8/2015

There were 73 sightings for this week; this is three sightings less than last week, making a total of 2626 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 25/7/2015

There were 76 sightings for this week; this is one sightings more than last week, making a total of 2553 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 18/7/2015

There were 75 sightings for this week; this is three sightings less than last week, making a total of 2477 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 11/7/2015

There were 78 sightings for this week; this is five sightings less than last week, making a total of 2402 sightings for this year to date.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 4/7/2015

There were 83 sightings for this week; this is three sightings more than last week, making a total of 2324 sightings for this year to date.

International Rail News

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London – Blackpool open access service approved

On August 7 the Office of Rail Regulation informed Alliance Rail Holdings that it had decided to approve a 10-year track access contract between Network Rail and Great North Western Railway, an Alliance subsidiary which is planning to launch open access passenger services between London and Blackpool in early 2018.

Bombardier wins Israel electric loco order

ISRAEL: Bombardier is to supply 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives to Israel Railways under a contract announced by the railway on August 5.

South Korea to reinstate line to the DMZ

SOUTH KOREA: As part of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of the Korean peninsula, on August 5 President Park Geun-hye attend a ceremony to launch work to reinstate the 9·3 km Baengmagoji – Woljeongi South Korean section of the former 222 km Gyeongwon Line between Seoul and Wonsan.

ISR freight locomotives delivered

ISRAEL: The first two of six GT26CW-2 diesel locomotives which are being built for Israel Railways by TZV Gredelj were unloaded at the port of Kishon near Haifa on August 5.

Moscow commuter operating contracts awarded

RUSSIA: The Moscow city and regional authorities have awarded two 15-year contracts for the operation of suburban and regional passenger services to the incumbents, following a tender which also attracted a bid from Russian Railways’ Kazan-based commuter train operating subsidiary Sodruzhestvo.

Letters to the Editor

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The Coonabarabran line - August 2005

It was about this time ten years ago when word trickled through that “something was up” with the mothballed Coonabarabran line.

Why we need light rail in Canberra

It bothers me that in a city full of supposedly educated people, there could be such a display of anti-intellectualism as has been witnessed in these pages since Professor Peter Newman's article on light rail ("Light rail will change city, be good economic policy", Times2, June 3, p5).

The LRRSA now has a membership option which provides Light Railways magazine as a downloadable pdf

The LRRSA now has a membership option which provides Light Railways magazine as a downloadable pdf.

Antique Diesel Engine Starts For First Time In 30 Years!

This is a great clip capturing the first start of this antique Enterprise DSG-36 diesel engine in more than 30 years!

Watch as locomotive crashes to Gabon wharf

A 2012 video, which has resurfaced this week on social media, shows a locomotive falling an estimated 20 feet to the wharf below it, upon delivery in Gabon, Africa.

Narrow Gauge

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Sustaining The Operation

One of the biggest issues facing a tourist railway such as Puffing Bilły, is keeping in reliable operating condition a fleet of steam locomotives designed over 125 years ago; the youngest of which has been in traffic now for over 100.


Aside from the distraction of all the recent exciting deliveries, a multitude of work carries on in the background.

Machining Na Cylinders

In the workshops of one of Puffing Billys engineering contractors, Jack Thompson Engineering, the first of the new Na Locomotive cylinder castings has been set up on one of their machines, and some prelimenary machining carried out.

Welcome Back!

Puffing Billys locomotive 12A returned to traffic on the 1st October, after a protracted overhaul.

Cowcatchers Arrive

The latest parts of NG/G16 129 to arrive at Belgrave are these Cowcatchers, expertly restored by Brad Treadwell.

New South Wales Rail News

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Sydney's Badgerys Creek airport will not have a rail connection

The second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek in the city's west will be capable of handling 10 million domestic and international passengers a year through a single terminal when it opens in 2025, but it will lack a rail connection, according to the federal government.

Proposed Riverina garbage dump in abandoned Ardlethan mine too close to crops, farmers say

A proposal to turn an abandoned mine in the New South Wales Riverina region into a garbage dump is dividing the local community.

Community takes fight for rail to the Supreme Court

Supporters of maintaining the rail line into Newcastle are hopeful that their fight against NSW government’s plans to remove the line into the CBD will prevail.

Rail corridor between Glenfield and Macarthur earmarked for medium density

The rail corridor between Macarthur and Glenfield in Sydney's south west is set to be transformed into a new urban precinct that will see high rise, retail and employment areas created in some of Sydney's more run down suburbs.

John Holland Commissions Electronic Train Orders

In late June 2015 John Holland commissioned electronic train orders for the NSW Country Regional Network (CRN).

New Zealand Rail News

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Silver Fern rail service going well

The first three of Dunedin Railways' new monthly passenger train trips to Oamaru almost sold out and the service is set to be increased to weekly this summer.

Mainfreight 'appalled' by Government’s rail madness

The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

Big day as rail goes electric

Auckland Transport is warning passengers of potential bedding-in glitches after it replaces diesel trains this morning with electrics on all lines from Papakura and Swanson to Britomart.

Western Passengers Face Rail Cuts

Commuters, communities and ratepayers are angry at Auckland Transport's axing of all Waitakere trains from tomorrow.

Richard Prebble: Rail is the only corridor left

Close down the railways is the advice from Treasury.

Northern Territory Rail News

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Northern Territory Government to spend $1m exploring feasibility of Tennant Creek to Mt Isa rail project

The Northern Territory Government has committed $1 million to investigate the feasibility of building a rail line from Tennant Creek (NT) to Mt Isa (Qld).

Ute wasn’t using crossing in Katherine collision

The crew of a Genessee & Wyoming manganese ore train which collided with a ute at 70km/h feared the train would derail into the Katherine River, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has reported.

Vision unveiled for Alice Springs railway redevelopment

A BOLD vision has been unveiled to build a new railway station and tourism precinct in the heart of Alice Springs.

'Idiotic' Katherine rail crash could cost $300,000

THE “idiotic” annihilation of a four-wheel drive that became stuck on a railway track in Katherine on Sunday morning provides a graphic safety reminder for motorists, according to the boss of the freight company whose 7100-tonne manganese train caused the damage.

'Young idiot' writes off 4WD after becoming stuck on Adelaide to Darwin rail track

A young man has had his new four-wheel drive dragged more than a kilometre by a freight train after trying to cross a track in the Northern Territory.


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Newcastle Rail Judgement In July says the Rail Revivial Alliance

The pictures of a proud Newcastle Railway Station that has provided the people of Newcastle with a central railway station and with ease of access for train for a considerable time.

Pacific National has begun scrapping railway assets in NSW says the Rail Revival Alliance

In Werris Creek, NSW they are at again, not satisfied with the reports of Pacific National (@Asciano) rumoured report of the grain wagons at Murtoa being scrapped, so competitors can't use them.

Here's what a real infrastructure plan looks like - Everald Compton

One does not have to be a genius to come to the considered view that it is time to revive the fine traditions of the grand pioneers after 65 dormant years of fostering the good life in preference to investing in the future of a great nation.

Brisbane Valley rail trail group reboots funding campaign

Supporters of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail are re-booting their campaign to get funding for the under-developed tourist attraction.

McCloy lays property interests on the table

FORMER Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy will not rule out another tilt at politics, saying he is regularly urged to run again.

Other Transport News

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Melbourne Airport Drive extension opened

It is a new $100 million road linking Melbourne Airport to the Western Ring Road, and it will take up to 15,000 cars a day off Tullamarine Freeway.

Melbourne's first double-decker bus ready to rumble when Regional Rail Link opens

Double-decker buses: London has them, Hong Kong has them and next month Melbourne will get them too.

Atlas 5 sets sail to orbit

[color=#000000][size=2][font=Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]A windowless, robotic space shuttle with stubby wings, two tail fins, its belly covered with black thermal tiles, clam-shell doors that swing open to reveal a small payload bay and a solar array that unfurls for powering ultralong-duration missions rode back into orbit Wednesday on the fourth mission of the Air Force’s reusable X-37B spaceplane project.

East West Link battle justifies need for non-partisan body on infrastructure

No matter what you think of the East West Link, taxpayer funds should never again be so blatantly wasted on such an appalling display of political brinkmanship.

Press Releases

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The Portuguese Decide to Silence Rail Traffic

The leading company in the field of wear out and noise reduction on source ELPA d.

Zonegreen Points Shunter Safety in Right Direction

Zonegreen is expanding its product range to improve efficiency and working conditions for drivers and shunters operating freight and train vehicles.

Vinelander Tour of 2016

We are a group of dedicated members seeing if a Southern Cross to Mildura Heritage tour in 2016 is possible.

Nine Level Crossing Removals And 37 New Trains To Transform Melbourne’s Busiest Line

The Andrews Labor Government will transform Melbourne’s busiest train line, removing every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong and purchasing 37 new high capacity trains to run more services, it stated in a press release today.

Maryborough train service should be at similar levels to comparable cities

The Rail Revival Alliance has called on the new Andrew's Labor government to  increase the level of  passenger rail services on the Maryborough line.

Queensland Rail News

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Ipswich celebrates heritage at Rail Museum on Open Day

IPSWICH residents and visitors were able to learn more about the city's rail heritage yesterday at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Council needs to fast-track rail before gridlock

BEFORE the council goes any further with planning approval for the high density living on Birtinya Island, it should lobby the state and federal governments to fund the QR rail line to Maroochydore utilising the CAMCOS corridor.

First train ride re-enacted for Queensland Rail's 150th birthday

Queensland's first train journey, from Ipswich to Bigges Camp, has been re-enacted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queensland Rail.

South west Queensland pushes for more rail services for cattle

A southern Queensland abattoir has joined the push from graziers to see more cattle transported by rail.

MP calls on Queensland Rail for Rattler funds

MP TONY Perrett yesterday called for Queensland Rail to come to the rescue of "the struggling Mary Valley Rattler".

Rail Events

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Steamrail Weekender to Maldon Victoria (July 31st to August 2nd)

Steamrail Victoria invite you to join us for this exciting event of overnight travel in beautifully restored sleeping carriages, as we travel to the goldfields town of Maldon.

Vietnam Tour - Travelling by private train on the legendary Reunification Express

Of all the fascinating holiday destinations the orient has to offer, nothing is as unforgettable as the vast and vibrant Vietnam by rail.

Stunning views on a retro rail trip

Despite the flurry of camera phones furiously snapping photos as the train pulled into the station, I felt like I'd drifted back in time.

Rail Revival Alliance to meet with Louise Staley Member for Ripon

The President of the Rail Revival Alliance, Mr Noel Laidlaw will be meeting with the member for Ripon, Louise Staley at the Carisbrook Railway Station to discuss the next stage of the restoration of the railway station.

QPSR Troop Train

QUEENSLAND Pioneer Steam Railway is partnering with the Joint Ipswich Region Commemorative Committee - Centenary of Anzac to offer locals a chance to experience what it was like for Ipswich soldiers when they left for war.

Rail News

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Henrik Falk

Henrik Falk has been named as the next Chief Executive of metro operator Hamburger Hochbahn AG.

IP and Ghan Services to be Cut

Services on the iconic Adelaide to Darwin train The Ghan will be cut and some ticket prices hiked as operator Great Southern Rail tries to make up for a $9 million federal budget cut.

Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson has been appointed Chief Executive of the UK’s National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, succeeding Gil Howarth who is re-establishing his former Howarth & Co Consultancy.

Inland rail workshop puts Transport Symposium on track

ABOUT 100 regional business leaders have gained an insight into the opportunities that will be created by the Melbourne-to-Brisbane Inland Rail project.

Railpage Australia News

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Reporting SPAM


TRAINS and Polar Bears on webcam

Polar bears and passenger trains on the same web cam.

Updates to Gheringhap Loop Camera Network

Railpage wishes to advise

Vandals attack the Hitachi Farewell Train Tour near Rushall in Melbourne

What was expected to be a fond farewell of the Hitachi  Electric Train was today marred by an attack on the train by vandals near Rushall Railway Station in Melbourne’s inner Northern Suburbs.

Railway Stories

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Zig Zag Railway battling adversity to finally get itself back on track

It has been the most frequently asked question from tourists in the area this summer when is the Zig Zag Railway reopening?

Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!

I’m writing to you from Nay Pay Daw, the new capital built from scratch just 10 years ago in a fertile area of rice fields, lakes and rolling hills.

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Puffing Billy keeps Australian steam train history alive

Art That Makes You Wish You Were There

“Some travel posters show you what you’ll see,” said Nicholas D.

Is This The Most Amazing Model Railway Ever Made? All 9 MILES of it!

Model trains have come a long way since your Dad bought you that Hornby ’00’ gauge set for Christmas way back in 1972.

South Australian Rail News

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Seaford rail track poor, forcing trains to slow, SA Opposition says

Speed restrictions are being imposed on at least 10 parts of the Seaford rail line due to poor track, the South Australian Opposition says.

Viterra secures rail services with Genesee and Wyoming Australia for movement of grain across South Australia

Grain company Viterra has signed a multi-year, multi-million-dollar deal with Genesee and Wyoming Australia, which will see rail services secured for at least five years.

Adelaide trains disrupted between Woodville and city after death on rail track at Brompton

Some Adelaide train services have been disrupted after a death on the rail track at the inner-northern suburb of Brompton.

Jobs to go as power stations, mine close, railway suspended

More than 400 jobs will be lost with the closure of two power stations and the Leigh Creek coal mine in South Australia.

South Australian Government called upon to remove freight from roads

THE State Government needs to listen to the patrons of the Belair railway and their call to build a freight train bypass (The Advertiser, 8/6/15).

Tasmanian Rail News

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Don River Railway runs on greased-up volunteers and time-worn steel

Niels Brun states that everything about trains is either very heavy or very dirty.

TasRail touts $160m in savings moving freight from road to rail

Moving freight from road to rail in Tasmania could save as much as $160 million over four years, a study has found.

Tunnel vision: Tasmania's historic 'Idiotic Railway' up for sale

A unique and rare piece of Tasmania's railway history has been put on the market in Cambridge.

Animal carcasses found dumped on disused rail line in Tasmania

About 50 animal carcasses have been found on a disused rail corridor in northern Tasmania.

Tasmanian train drivers post clips of motorists taking risks at level crossings

Tasmanian train drivers are posting dashcam footage of near misses onto Facebook in a bid to stop motorists trying to beat trains at level crossings.

Train Simulator News

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MSTS New South Wales – North West Route – Version 3.0

Way back in 2005 Chris Nelson laid down the foundations for this very large MSTS route.

Amtrak P30CH

The General Electric P30CH, affectionately nicknamed the “Pooch,” was among the first all-new diesel-electric locomotives built for Amtrak, and is now available for Train Simulator.


One of the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotives in the World comes to Train Simulator, the General Electric AC6000CW.

The iconic Class 180 ‘Adelante’ speeds into Train Simulator in distinctive Grand Central Trains livery

The five-car sets were built by Alstom at their Washwood Heath plant between 2000 and 2001 for First Great Western, who wanted to increase the frequency of their express services between London Paddington and South Wales, and became part of the Coradia 1000 family, alongside the popular Class 175.

Dovetail games to partner with Microsoft at egx rezzed

Dovetail Games, the multi award-winning developer and publisher of a range of simulation games today announced that its upcoming fishing simulation, Dovetail Games Fishing would feature in Microsoft’s ID@Xbox lineup at the upcoming EGX Rezzed video games event, taking place in London from 12th – 14th March 2015.

Tram and Light Rail News

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Plenty Road track maintenance

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are maintaining and repairing tram tracks on Plenty Road, Bundoora.

Read 17-minute stories and join #onboardbookclub

We've partnered with Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) to bring speical 17-minute stories and the #onboardbookclub to your tram journey from 26 July to 30 August.

Nalder finds light rail ‘unviable’

The prospects of MAX light rail becoming a reality have taken another hit after Transport Minister Dean Nalder found two similar transport systems in Singapore to be unviable.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott uses ACT light rail project as example of how to fund public transport

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has held up the ACT's light rail project as an example of how public transport should be funded through the Federal Government's asset recycling program.

Infrastructure Tasmania boss Allan Garcia considers new bridge and light rail projects

The stalled Bridgewater Bridge project and a plan for light rail through Hobart and Glenorchy are among a handful of projects being considered by Tasmania's new independent infrastructure boss.

Victorian Rail News

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Passengers told to lobby for more trains

Bendigo line train commuters have been told to get along and join forces to lobby for more V/Line trains.

Albury train line suspended after collision in Benalla

Traffic conditions in Benalla are back to normal after a collision between a car and a city-bound V/Line train closed two roads on Thursday afternoon, but all services on the Albury railway line remain suspended.

Melb train drivers could strike over pay

MELBOURNE'S train operators could stop work for two days after voting to take industrial action against Metro Trains.

Machines to bore twin Melb rail tunnels

TUNNEL-BORING machines will dig seven metres under Melbourne's Yarra River as part of the $11 billion Metro Rail project.

Western Australian Rail News

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Rail sounds spectator safety alert

BROOKFIELD Rail has reminded spectators at the Avon Descent to make sure they are safe near the railway line.

Manage grain on rail issue: WAFarmers

WAFARMERS and the Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance (WRRA) have written to Premier Colin Barnett urging his government to "take back" closed Tier 3 grain lines immediately and to manage the grain-on-rail stalemate.

FMG mulls railway expansion

Fortescue Metals Group, which blasted its rivals for boosting production when iron ore prices were low, has been studying the feasibility of expanding its rail network to transport 180 million tonnes a year.

Perth train passengers most satisfied rail commuters in Australia: survey

Passengers on Perth's trains have the highest satisfaction rating of all rail commuters in Australia, according to research.

Western Australia needs a state-wide infrastructure plan to support mining and resources growth, says peak industry body

The peak industry body representing West Australian miners says the public and private sector need to work together to formulate a state-wide infrastructure plan for resources growth.

Yarra Trams

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Glenhuntly and Truganini road track and overhead upgrade

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing the tram tracks and overhead wires at the corner of Glenhuntly and Truganini roads in Carnegie.

Enjoy 17 minute stories and join the onboard book club during your tram journey

Five stories over five weeks by five Melbourne Writers Festival authors.

Accessibility update - quarter 2 2015

Customer Service Standards were developed and approved for Authorised Officers in early 2015.

June 2015 performance results

June 2015 saw improvements in both service delivery and punctuality, with 99.

Tram routes changed, abolished in shake-up to ease congestion

Three of Melbourne's busiest tram routes will be changed dramatically – and one scrapped altogether – as part of a public transport shake-up aimed at increasing capacity towards the city's booming western suburbs.

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