Railway Digest April 2017 E-Copy

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RD April Blurb

NSW request stops
Request stops (sometimes referred to as ‘a’ stops) are those stations where the train will only stop if a passenger advises the guard of their desire to alight, or if a passenger on the platform alerts the driver with a hand signal. There are nine such request stops on the Sydney intercity network, and in January this year Jonathan Green made an effort to visit as many as he could.

Bound for South Australia
We present a selection of recent images showing rail operations around The Festival State.

The race towards a better, connected rail
Norman Frisch, Chairman of the eLTE Industry Alliance, explains why he believes that LTE (Long-Term Evolution, a standard for high-speed wireless communication able to carry today’s higher broadband demands) is the key to empowering rail networks with the best possible digital foundations to help them grow intelligently and safely.

G512 ‘Peter Pan’ on the move again.
While working QUBEs 9374 Tocumwal goods on Thursday 12 January 2017, G512’s traction motor failed near Murchison East. The only option was to shunt G512 up the grain ‘hump’ siding where it was stabled near the Murchison-Violet Town Road just across from the Railway Hotel. Ewan McLean tells the story of how they retrieved the ailing G.

The RTAA/Sydney Trains Clyde Field Days 2017
Now a bi-annual event on the rail industry calendar, the Rail Track Association of Australia and Sydney Trains event was once again held at Sydney Trains Clyde depot, this time in early March. The event provides an opportunity for manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and engineering companies to promote what they have to offer the local rail industry. Shane O’Neil reports.