Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Still here

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Just a quick update to say hello, and yes is still an active project. Our editors and I have been rather busy of late in our personal lives which has taken time away from the project.

Website wise – as always content is something that will be lacking for the time being due to a very busy personal life. However if you would like to become a contributor, register an account and I can update your access levels. I have been building a new motive power engine (so to speak) to manage our locomotive and rollingstock data, as well as planning a large scale sightings database when time permits. This will eventually lead to a mobile app to assist with sightings on the run.

QR Heritage Driver Training – A few videos from Wed 21st April 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

BB18¼ 1089 sits at Ipswich waiting to depart with the morning commute to the City and Shorncliffe (Photo: Dean Stalker)

On Monday 19th April – Wednesday 21st April, an unusual and unexpected opportunity was provided for commuters travelling between Ipswich and Shorncliffe on a post morning peak hour commute. Instead of the usual every day electric train pulling up, they were treated to the sight of a steam locomotive slowing to a stop ready to take them to their intended destinations.

A group of 3 drivers over three day were mentored by senior heritage drivers on the foot plate of BB18¼ 1089, hauling a water wagon (due to the lack of watering facilities for steam locomotives) and a 5 carriage strong SX Set. The below footage is from the day:

Interested in showing off your own footage, post them in the comments below (registration required)

Weeee’re Baaaack

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

We’re back again hopefully for good this time. Almost all of the data has been recovered from our take down, except a few of the newer locomotive classes are missing from the Motive Power section, as well as parts of the Safeworking section and all of the Lineside Histories.

I will need to ask Peter Burkitt if he is interested in publishing his Lineside Histories on again. Safeworking is generally well covered by our affiliate SigQ (

Still a bit of work to do, but we’ll get there in the end.

QR Chair Welcomes Board Appointments

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

27 April 2010

The new Board of QR National was world class and would be a foundation block in helping set the business up for future success, QR Limited Chairman John Prescott said today.

Mr Prescott said today’s official announcement of the new nine-member Board was a key milestone in preparing the company for an IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year.

QR National will be formed by the split of the current QR business with the Queensland Government retaining ownership of the passenger service business and assets, including ownership of the metropolitan rail networks in a new Government Owned Corporation called Queensland Rail.

All aspects of the current commercial operations including coal, freight, services and parts of network are being sold as a vertically integrated, multi-freight transport logistics enterprise to be called QR National.

“The new Board of QR National comprises some of the best business minds in the country,” Mr Prescott said.

“It is a strong mix of senior people with operational, technical, legal, financial and industrial experience.”

The new Board will comprise Russell Caplan, Andrea Staines, Gene Tilbrook, John Atkin, Graeme John as well as John Prescott, Lance Hockridge, Allan Davies and Peter Kenny.

“Allan, Peter, Lance and myself will bring knowledge and experience from the current QR Limited Board and management,” Mr Prescott said.

“This will be complemented by the unique business skills and experience of Russell, Andrea, Gene, John and Graeme.”

Mr Prescott said an extensive selection and recruitment program had been undertaken to get the best candidates for the QR National Board.

“QR National will potentially be a top 50 ASX company and will play a key role in shaping the future of the Australian rail sector,” he said.

“The outstanding calibre of this Board will ensure QR National is set up for success and will help provide the foundation for the business to grow into a world leader in the rail and transport logistics industry.”

Mr Prescott thanked all Directors of the current QR Limited Board for their service and work in improving the performance of the business.

“It is the hard work of these men and women that has allowed us to reach the stage that we have,” he said.

“Through a significant period of change and reform they have provided the platform to create two new successful companies for the future.”