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News New South Wales The AK car set was stabled at Sydney Central platform 7 on Friday evening 15 December 2017, bookended by S Set power cars C3001 and C3049 at the western end and C3764 and C3752 at the eastern end. Wade Turner New pedestrian footbridge and lifts for Jannali Station NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Miranda MP Eleni Petinos officially opened the completed upgrade at Jannali station on Tuesday 12 December. The upgrade, which features a new footbridge connection spanning the lines between Jannali Avenue and Railway Crescent, will make it easier for less mobile commuters to move between the station and local shops. (Jannali is located on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line approximately 22.7 kilometres from Central station.) “The footbridge and two new lifts enhance accessibility at the station, which has been upgraded under the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to provide safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure,” Mr Constance said. As part of the upgrade a bus shelter closer to the station entrance on Jannali Avenue has been constructed, along with a new bus zone on Mitchell Avenue and kiss and ride spaces on Railway Crescent. Improvements to the Oxley Avenue car park and footpath to the station have also been completed. In addition, upgrades to lighting and CCTV surveillance have added to safety and security at the station. The NSW Government announced a further commitment of $200 million to the Transport Access Program in the 2017 state budget, taking its investment to over $1 billion since 2011, with 450 projects either completed or underway across the state. Some of the additional funding will be used for planning at five stations T4 line stations, including Como (21.2 kilometres from Central). Completed upgrades on the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line include; • a new commuter car park with 100 spaces, new lift and pedestrian footbridge at Oatley (18.3 kilometres from Central); and • a new commuter car park, footpath and lighting at Engadine (30.8 kilometres from Central). Clyde/EMD unit 8173 sits in Botany Yard at Banksmeadow with a small train of garbage/ waste containers awaiting the return run to Clyde as Train No. T131, early Monday morning 11 December. At Clyde, the wagons will be amalgamated with considerably more wagons to then head south to Crisps Creek, on the Canberra line, for dumping at the former Woodlawn Mine. Jim Bruce 14 RAILWAY DIGEST

TM Queensland QR CEO says no plans to close Shorncliffe line during Commonwealth Games Queensland Rail’s chief executive Nick Easy denies there are plans to close a north Brisbane rail line to meet demand during this year’s Commonwealth Games but says the timetable is yet to be finalised. Mr Easy repeatedly said on Sunday 31 December that there were “no plans” to close any line, following media reports all services on the Shorncliffe line would be diverted to the Gold Coast, though he would not categorically rule it out. (The Shorncliffe line is an 11 kilometre commuter line that runs from the junction station of Northgate, situated 9.9 kilometres from Brisbane Central station, to the northern Brisbane suburb of Shorncliffe.) “There are no plans to close services on the Shorncliffe line,” he said. “However, there will be an adjustment in services given this is a large, international-scale event where there’ll be a significant increase in demand on the Gold Coast”. “Mr Easy said commuters across south-east Queensland would still have access to QR services, but there would be changes to the regular timetable. “We haven’t set the final timetable that will be released well ahead of the Commonwealth Games,” he said. “What you’ll see is buses playing a very important role, as will the trains, which will provide services”. QR will also endeavour to put more of its New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) trains in service ahead of April’s major sporting event. Mr Easy said there were currently three being used, but he expected more to be deployed in January and February (see December 2017 RD, page 16). “We will be putting those trains that are in service from NGR into the Commonwealth Games timetable,” he said. Despite Mr Easy’s confidence there is still concern in some sectors that Translink may not be able to handle the Commonwealth Games passenger task. In August 2017 an independent review by German railway operator Deutsche Bahn, argued that 18 NGR trains will be required for the Commonwealth Games timetable. Some rail advocates, including Rail Back on Track spokesperson Robert Dow, believe that travelling by rail during the Games would be “a nightmare” and QR would “strip other lines” to service the event. He was also critical of the late release of the public timetable for rail services. Another informed source said that while the Shorncliffe line may be safe, it would be no surprise if services were suspended on the short and relatively lightly used Doomben line. Services on this line usually operate Monday to Saturday, with no services run on Sundays and public holidays. Railway a Eastern Australia California Sun, sea, trees, wine and trains! The best of Colorado Trains, trains and more trains! And mountains! News y 2018– 2019 Holidays Join us for a friendly tour where you'll experience the best of these fascinating railways. Enjoy fabulous scenery and meet some of the interesting people that run the railways we'll ride on. November 2018 Join us for a really special two (plus!) weeks seeing the best of the railways that south-eastern Australia has to offer, based on Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney and Brisbane, with an optional extension to Cairns for the sugar lines (and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef). From Melbourne, we'll visit the Puffing Billy, the Victorian Goldfields, Bendigo trams and Williamstown. There's Pearns, the Don Valley Railway, the west Coast Wilderness and the great rail museum at Hobart, Sydney is the base for Thirlmere, and Queensland has the wonderful Ipswich workshops and the impressive new Gold Coast trams. A superb tour full of attractions, and prices from just A$5,550. Have a look at our website for the full itinerary, or ask for a mail copy. Bob Cochrane, from Puffing Billy Railway will be assisting with and accompanying the tour, and is happy to handle enquiries at the contact address below. June 2018 We'll combine the best railroads and the best secenery! San Farncisco's cable cars, suburban trains, vintage and modern trams, the Famous Tehachapi L:oop, Sacramento's brilliant rail museum, and a classy dinner on the Napa Valley Wine Train. From A$5,5680 September 2018 All the best of the tourist railroads, and BIG trains tackling the Rocky Mountains. 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