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March 2015
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Rail Industry
Railway people
Rolling Stock
– Bombardier Flexity Swift Trams
– Contracts and deliveries
Preservation and Tourist
– Happy Birthday SDSR
– Reincarnation of a Bridge
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The sun is setting as CAF tram No.17 crosses the viaduct at Jubilee Park, once part of the metropolitan goods network, on the evening of Friday 30 January. In the background are some of the well known Annandale landmarks known as the 'witches' houses'. Eight of these distinctive buildings were built along Johnston Street in the 1870s by John Young, a master mason who was responsible for the building of St Mary's Cathedral. Visible from left to right are 'Highroyd', 'Hockingdon' and 'Greba'.
Dominik Giemza

Newcastle Non-Flyer
The controversy surrounding the NSW State Government's decision to truncate the Newcastle railway, with services suspended beyond Hamilton from New Years' Day 2015, is now well known. In late January, Sydney resident John Beckhaus took a trip north to see for himself how the government's plans are working out so far.

Fletcher International Exports joins the rail club
Previously a customer of Qube Logistics' intermodal service to Sydney's Port Botany, Dubbo-based family-owned company Fletcher International Exports, a major exporter of sheep meat, skins and associated by-products, decided the time was right to get into the rail business themselves. John Hoyle looks at how they went about it.

Renewal or Retreat:
NSW country passenger rail at the crossroads
After more than 30 years of XPT service, and more than 20 years of service from the Xplorer fleet, the NSW TrainLink's long distance passenger train fleet is rapidly approaching an important decision point. Ken Date and Dominik Giemza take a close look at whether there really is a viable future for the long distance passenger rail services in the form currently provided, and if not, what may be some practical alternatives.

Aboard the VLocity Simulator
Rod Avery 'takes a ride' on one of V/Line's two VLocity 160 DMU driver training simulators that are revolutionising driver training with "a full three-dimensional multi-sensory experience".

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