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China-UK ‘blockade buster’ export train is on its way to London

China-UK ‘blockade buster’ export train is on its way to London

Ben Sandilands January 4, 2017 13 Comments

China's long game in economic power plays will see it put a train load of cheap imports into a London freight yard just as Donald Trump arrives at the White House

Another Sydney commuter dream? Short higher speed rail!

Another Sydney commuter dream? Short higher speed rail!

Ben Sandilands June 30, 2016 14 Comments

Want a fast train in Australia? How about starting with short, high frequency routes financed by housing developers?

Hold the jokes, sense spoken briefly about high speed rail today

Hold the jokes, sense spoken briefly about high speed rail today

Ben Sandilands April 11, 2016 77 Comments

The longest election campaign in Australian history meets the fastest trains it might never get, yet again

PM advances Badgerys Creek Airport rail link to opening day

PM advances Badgerys Creek Airport rail link to opening day

Ben Sandilands March 11, 2016 33 Comments

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcing that the Sydney West airport at Badgerys Creek will be rail ready on its opening is a signal that public transport is one of his policy commitments that hasn’t been hand braked by the coalition’s conservative power brokers.

60 years ago Sydney opened its worst transport mistake

60 years ago Sydney opened its worst transport mistake

Ben Sandilands January 20, 2016 25 Comments

It is 60 years since Sydney’s Circular Quay rail station opened, driving the final nail into the coffin of its original 2nd harbour rail crossing.

Govt lunacy and vandalism comes to Sydney’s railways

Govt lunacy and vandalism comes to Sydney’s railways

Ben Sandilands May 11, 2015 54 Comments

The prolonged and childish destruction of the functionality of the Epping to Chatswood rail link is only just sinking in for Sydney commuters, while the asset sale supposed to fund a second (actually third) harbour train crossing is being undermined by advances in renewable energy technology.

Japan’s new maglev train speed record still comes up short

Japan’s new maglev train speed record still comes up short

Ben Sandilands April 22, 2015 19 Comments

Another tantalizing glimpse of the future of high speed surface transport came with this week’s setting of a 603 kmh speed record by Japan’s test Maglev train project.

Sydney opens two more rail stations for $1.8 billion

Sydney opens two more rail stations for $1.8 billion

Ben Sandilands February 9, 2015 64 Comments

Sydney has just opened an extravagently costly SW Rail Link which will never, ever, be able to accommodate the trains that will be run on its incomplete NW Rail Link after it opens in four years time.

Eurostar, like Emirates, promises free wi-fi for all

Eurostar, like Emirates, promises free wi-fi for all

Ben Sandilands November 18, 2014 9 Comments

Coming after a week in which other media carried stories about airline passengers being ‘robbed’ of up to $1200 in an in-flight wi-fi  ‘gotcha’ for going past their paid data allocation there were two good news stories,  from Emirates, the airline, and Eurostar, the high speed rail network.

NSW Govt confirms it will vandalise Epping-Chatswood rail line

NSW Govt confirms it will vandalise Epping-Chatswood rail line

Ben Sandilands September 17, 2014 13 Comments

As reported in the Fairfax media and Plane Talking previously the NSW government has confirmed it will physically  and deliberately destroy the heavy rail capabilities of the almost brand new Chatswood-Epping rail line to pursue its toy train set ambitions for the NW Rail Link from Epping to Cudgegong Road.

Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

Dallas does a light rail link to DFW for a mere $US 2.50

Ben Sandilands August 19, 2014 12 Comments

The light rail link that opened between Dallas Fort Worth airport and downtown Dallas overnight mightn’t be all that useful to Qantas passengers flying to DFW to do business in the sprawling Texas city but check out the fare, just $US 2.50! It’s a stunning reminder that the funding and pricing of private public partnership […]

Rail lunacy in Sydney goes beyond botched Opal card

Rail lunacy in Sydney goes beyond botched Opal card

Ben Sandilands July 31, 2014 34 Comments

Commentary  Bureacratic and ideologically driven madness is the natural enemy of good people in public office, and the hard working NSW Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, could be said to be much more the victim rather than cause of the so called Opal smart card for commuters disaster in Sydney.

Boeing’s 737 supply chain has Deliverance moment in Montana!

Boeing’s 737 supply chain has Deliverance moment in Montana!

Ben Sandilands July 6, 2014 9 Comments

Until Independence Day last Friday the only annoying thing that interfered with the long supply chain between Wichita and Renton in Seattle for 737 fuselages was the odd bullet hole.

The NW link toy tunnels will cripple Sydney’s rail future

The NW link toy tunnels will cripple Sydney’s rail future

Ben Sandilands June 12, 2014 22 Comments

The warnings keep mounting, Sydney will be cut off from effective use of rail in its public transport services if the narrow tunnels and punitive small trains proposed for the NW Rail Link go ahead in their current form.

NW Rail Link will visit mid city madness on outer Sydney

NW Rail Link will visit mid city madness on outer Sydney

Ben Sandilands June 10, 2014 12 Comments

Not planes but trains, and only in Sydney, where it IS important Earlier today with four hours to kill this reporter visited the nightmare that the northwest railway will inflict on Sydney commuters by catching a few suburban and inner city trains in Paris. (In peak hour. What was I thinking?)

Sydney’s NorthWest Rail calamity, a last call for sanity

Sydney’s NorthWest Rail calamity, a last call for sanity

Ben Sandilands May 10, 2014 35 Comments

A trains not planes public transport editorial The harbour city may have arrived at its very last chance for the new NSW Premier Mike Baird, to correct a terrible planning calamity on Sydney’s much needed NW Rail link, or it may be too late, and it will have to become an awful monument to flawed […]

Melbourne Airport railroaded in Victorian election spiel

Melbourne Airport railroaded in Victorian election spiel

Ben Sandilands April 13, 2014 31 Comments

The electorally timely announcement by the Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine, that a Melbourne Airport-City rail link will be built is taking a hammering in the media as a vote grabbing stunt. But does it have merit?

Labor’s pitch: High Speed Rail or rich ladies’ babies!

Labor’s pitch: High Speed Rail or rich ladies’ babies!

Ben Sandilands August 26, 2013 49 Comments

Transport related election story The day is barely half over and the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy Anthony Albanese have promoted a high speed rail network between Melbourne and Brisbane via Canberra and Sydney as costing less over the time it takes to build than the opposition leader Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave […]