Railway Digest November 2020 E-copy

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To Goulburn and back during Covid

Neville Pollard had a choice to make; stay at home and protect his septuagenarian frame from Covid-19, or visit family at Goulburn, not seen for many weeks! He chose the latter, and had an interesting journey on the Canberra Xplorer as a result.

The 2020 Australasian Rail Industry Awards

The outstanding achievements of the rail industry were celebrated at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards in a virtual ceremony live-streamed across the country on Thursday 16 October. As long-time media partner in the yearly event, Railway Digest was ‘there’!

NSW D Sets poised for commissioning

Covered previously in Railway Digest has been the arrival and pre-commissioning testing of the first examples of NSW Trainlink’s D Sets. Following almost a year of testing, the trains are poised to enter service before the end of this year. For those coming to the story late, Chris Walters provides a brief recap.

Watco launches its cattle train services

On Wednesday, 16 September 2020 a new era in Queensland rail freight commenced when Watco Australia operated its first cattle train from the western Queensland town of Morven to Oakey Beef Exports meat works. John Hoyle reports.

The Vlocity Mark 4

The Bombardier Vlocity railcars, now with close to 250 cars in service have become the backbone of V/Line’s regional passenger train fleet. Tim Sutherland takes a look at the latest members of the Vlocity family; the VL2018 sets, aka the Vlocity Mark 4.


Kalgoorlie-Esperance Rail Operations 2020

In July this year, Phil Melling spent 10 days covering rail operations around Kalgoorlie and south along the line to Esperance, and has provided this snapshot of the varied activities in the area, along with some of the other (non-rail) attractions that make a visit there worthwhile.



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