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August 2017
Front Cover Railway Digest

Rail Industry
Signalling and Infrastructure
– General News
– Level Crossing News
– Saving people from themselves

Preservation and Tourist
– A day out at the Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum
– 621-721 to Peterborough – well almost!

Readers Write
Book Review

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Before the opening of the regional Rail Link lines in 2015, the North Melbourne flyover featured just one broad-gauge track, used mostly for light engine and empty car moves between Southern Cross Station and South Dynon Loco Depot. During the evening peak, two empty push-pull trains destined for Bacchus Marsh were staged here pending a platform becoming free. In this unusual photo, driver Ken Hambleton captured the view from the second train while waiting for the first to move into Southern Cross Station.

5th International Railway Summit


P Class withdrawal
The Victorian Railways' 'New Deal for Country Passengers', beginning in October 1981, revolutionised the provision of country passenger services in Victoria. Thirty-five little-used stations were closed, rolling stock utilisation was improved, and new rolling stock introduced. One component of the project involved the rebuilding of thirteen early-model 'flat-top' T Class locomotives into the 'new' P Class, incorporating head end power for the rebuilt former EMU Harris Cars that they would haul in push-pull mode – givingrise to the nickname 'Poor Man's XPT'! Now, these veterans are facing retirement, and in his own inimitable style, RD Signalling Editor (and V/Line driver) David Campbell pays special tribute to these interesting and engaging machines.

SCT's Bromelton and Barnawartha terminals bring growth for rail
The opening in the last 12 months of new SCT Logistics intermodal terminals at Bromelton (49 kilometres south of Brisbane's Acacia Ridge rail terminal) and Barnawartha (near Wodonga in north east Victoria) has brought new business to rail on Australia's interstate network and demonstrated that rail can compete with road if the mix of reliability, distance and appropriate terminal facilities is right, as John Hoyle reports.

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