An alternative fuel for Australia's ageing loco fleet
Recently there have been some very interesting moves in North America on using Liquefied Natural Gas to fuel locomotives, with Canadian National and BNSF both setting up test units. Although it is early days, the current results are very promising. Bill Hinte looks at what the American tests can teach us about the technology and the likely costs of implementation, while Peter Clark examines the potential for LNG power in the Australian rail environment.
The TasRail Annual Report
Introducing TasRail's fourth annual report since the island state's rail system returned to public ownership in December 2009, TasRail CEO, Damien White, said that the company has moved from the period outlined in previous annual reports of Rail Recovery to the next phase, Rail Revitalisation. John Hoyle takes a detailed look at the report, and how it reflects TasRail's aim of "...becoming a world class, vertically integrated, short haul freight railway".
Commuting for the disabled: A rail rethink required?
After an accident with a prolonged recovery period, Darren Tulk undertook a return to work process that used his routine commute in the Brisbane suburban area. With a new perspective on everyday surroundings, he looks at possible alternatives to the current disability policy for public transport infrastructure..