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September 2014
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– Black Caviar
Rolling Stock
– Coal Traffic and Wagons in Central Queensland
– Contracts and deliveries
Preservation and Tourist
– Southern Steam
– Daylesford Spa Country Railway re-opens to Bullarto
– Valley Rattler: Rails or Trails
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While test running without passengers was under way on the new Gold Coast light rail line, on Monday 14 July, Bombardier Flexity 2 tram No. 14 races across the Nerang River bridge on its way to the line's northern terminus at Gold Coast University Hospital. Looming in the background is the high-rise Surfers Paradise skyline. At least two motorists have attempted to drive across the bridge with their progress being abruptly halted when their vehicles encountered the open track seen on the bridge. John Hoyle
Features

Semaphore Signal Farewell
Once a common sight around the extensive Victorian Railways network, semaphore signals – particularly the charming 'somersault' variety – have now all but disappeared. David Campbell takes a look at the history of these interesting devices and reports on where the survivors can still be seen in action.

Gold Coast Light Rail opens for business
In the pre-dawn gloom of Sunday, 20 July around 150 passengers joined Bombardier Flexity 2 tram No. 08 at Gold Coast University Hospital for the 5.00 am departure of the first southbound service on the Gold Coast's light rail line. At the other end of the line, at Broadbeach South, tram No. 12 departed at the same time with a similar passenger load, thereby marking the opening of the Gold Coast light rail, the latest addition to light rail operations in Australia. John Hoyle reports.

The CSR Qishuyuan SDA-2 Locomotive
Peter Clark takes a look at Pacific National's new 88 Class locomotives, recently delivered from CSR Qishuyuan, in China, as its model SDA-2. Although similar to PN's existing 83 Class in appearance and dimensions, the CSR SDA-2 is a completely new design, as Peter explains.


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