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June 2016
Front Cover Railway Digest
Rail Industry
Railway people
– Dancing with Diesels
Rolling Stock
– ROBEL Aurizon Track Laying Train
– Contracts and deliveries
Preservation and Tourist
– Boorowa remembers its railway heritage
– Light it Up
– The Making of Hunter Valley Steamfest
– Tracking through the Gardens
Readers Write

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From 18 April to 30 April this year, Bob Grant, Kelvin Russell and Malcolm Holdsworth spent time photographing current operations in the Hunter Valley, Central West and South West of NSW (See Dancing with Diesels, from page 36.) On Wednesday 20 April, Kelvin caught Aurizon UGR/GE units 5008 and 5006 climbing the grade between Pangela and Ardglen with an empty coal train.


TThe shipping container turns 60
Happy 60th Birthday to the shipping container. On 26 April 1956, the first true container ship, a rebuilt tanker called the Ideal X, sailed from Port Newark in New Jersey with 58 well-filled 30ft boxes on board. Marine Pascal takes a brief look at the origins of that ubiquitous six-sided metal box that changed the course of sea, road and rail logistics.

The voice of the sea and the sound of the rails
Like cruise ships, passenger trains are a part of popular culture. The Orient Express, The Flying Scotsman, The Trans-Siberian, names like these conjure images of intrigue, suspense and adventure. To board such trains is to step into, relive, and become a part of the golden age of travel. In recent years, however, passenger numbers on many famous trains have fallen. David Cashman and Anjum Naweed pose the question; is it possible that tourism in long-distance cruise rail can learn from the.

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