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December 2015
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Platform 2015
Rail Industry
Railway people
– Four days beside the permanent way
Rolling Stock
– The TasRail Wagon Fleet
– Contracts and deliveriess
Preservation and Tourist
– Pioneer gets a new start
– Tragedy at Loftus
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Genesee & Wyoming Australia locomotives GWN003, 1301 and 1302 leave Whyalla with Train No.79WB Down empty ore train heading inland to the loaders at Iron Knob, on Saturday 31 October. GWA operates the 1067mm gauge railway, on the east coast of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, on behalf of Arrium Mining. John Scott


The BHP Billiton Dash 8 Locomotives
The last Dash 8 locomotive working on the BHP Billiton iron ore lines out of Port Hedland was withdrawn from service in July. Since many of these locomotives were rebuilds of Australian-built Alco locomotives, a link to the earliest days of the Mt Newman Mining railway has been lost. Peter Clark takes a close look at the rise and fall of an interesting locomotive type that played a significant role in the development of the Pilbara's iron ore railways.

One Man's Dream – A National Trunk Railway for Australia
As a civil engineer, Dr Ken Davidson specialised in transport network planning and practiced in that area for over 50 years. The concept of an integrated and consistent national rail network first emerged for him 40 years ago in Canberra, when, being responsible for its transport network, he became frustrated by how badly the National Capital was served by rail. His concept for a National Trunk Railway System, which he describes in his article, emerged 25 years ago as a transport planner's response to this network issue of fundamental importance to the effectiveness of Australia's transport task.

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