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July 2017
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Rail Industry
Railway people
Preservation and Tourist
– A visit to the West Coast Wilderness Railway
– Daylesford update
– Transport Heritage Expos

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An Aurizon coal train, headed by Clyde/EMD units 2347D and 2390, rolls through the crossing loop at Chinchilla on the Western Darling Downs on its way to Yancoal's Cameby Downs mine near Miles on Wednesday, 31 May. The speed board at the right reminds drivers that there is a 25 km/h limit while passing through the trailable facing points, which are used at each end of the loop. Chinchilla was once an important locomotive depot in the steam era (complete with a coal stage) but just a crossing loop and siding remain today – plus the station. which is used by the twice-weekly Brisbane–Charleville Westlander. There is, however, still a Queensland Rail track maintenance depot in the town. John Hoyle

5th International Railway Summit


The NSW Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley Coal Chain is the largest export operation in the world, but there's even more to this busy network than a coal train passing every few minutes. We present a selection of recent images taken along this extraordinarily busy corridor.

Finding the right innovation in Australia's rail industry
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development expects the rail freight task in Australia to double over the next 20 years, bringing huge opportunities, but also challenges, for the industry. Martin Chappell, of Motorola Solutions, has some ideas on how technology and innovation can play a major role in the future.

On 7 December 2015, GrainCorp announced that, as part of its Project Regeneration, the Cunningar Grain Receival site just north of Harden on the NSW Main South, would be upgraded at a total cost of $8.1 million. As a regular visitor to the site, Buck Rogers has been monitoring the progress at Cunningar, and provides a timely update.

Data and the Internet of trains
Making transportation work means not just focusing on cars, trams and trains themselves, but on the systems that make sure that there's safety, power, and communication around all the movement of every transportation unit. Rail is especially important: It would be hard to imagine a big city operating efficiently without a functional rail system. Beyond the rolling stock and infrastructure, the answer lies in data specialists who monitor and analyse the billions of data points that a train sends out every year. Gerhard Kress, Global Head of Data Services, Siemens Mobility, has some interesting thoughts on the matter.

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