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May 2017
Front Cover Railway Digest
Rail Industry
Railway people
– Chasing trains in Tasmania – Not!
Signalling and Infrastructure
– General News
– Level Crossing News
– A Tale of Two Crossings
– Electric switch locks

Preservation and Tourist
– Steamfest 2017

Readers Write

Front Cover (Click for a larger view)
The four-days-per-week Duncan coal train, powered by TasRail Progress Rail/Caterpillar locomotives TR07 and TR04, approaches the Powranna Rail Overpass under the Midland Highway, conveying the full consist of coal for Railton Cement and the Boyer paper mill, on Wednesday afternoon 15 March.
Shane O'Neil


Catch me while you can
While the second of QR's electric tilt trains is undergoing refurbishment, a temporary diesel locomotive-hauled replacement service, known colloquially as the 'Tiltlander' has been operating between Brisbane and Rockhampton. Robert Gill took a trip up to Rocky on the ETT, and back on the 'Tiltlander', to see how they compare.

From Coast to Coast
When it comes to transcontinental railways, Australia is unique. Our north-south and east-west routes don't just cross; they share the same track for 528 kilometres, from Crystal Brook to Tarcoola. So, as Larry Zanker explains in word and picture, here in Australia we can have north, south, east and west-bound transcontinental trains all running on the same track.

Trainspotting made easy at Manildra
These days, when observing trains is becoming ever more difficult, it is refreshing to find a dedicated viewing platform where railfans can take photos to their heart's content without that annoying high wire fence getting in the way, or being threatened with crippling fines. Neville Pollard reports.

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