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Axel fire caused train evacuation

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The Office of Transport Safety Investigations has released its findings into a fire which led to the evacuation of a NSW TrainLink service at Yerrinbool back in October 2020.

The train was slowing to stop at Yerrinbool Station, when a guard heard a loud noise and noticed smoke outside the window.

Around 20 passengers were evacuated onto the platform.

The OTSI has found the fire was the result of a collapsed axle bearing.

Chef Investigator Dr Natalie Pelham said it highlights the importance of having adequate bearing installation processes and ensuring that axle bearings are correctly maintained and monitored.

Image: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Big plans for historic locomotive

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Expect to see Australia’s largest operating steam locomotive, making more trips on the Southern Highlands line.

The Beyer Garrett 6029, has been secured by the NSW Government to form part of the Transport Heritage NSW fleet.

The loco came to Australia from England in the 1950's and retired from service in 1972.

In 2017, the loco was saved by a private syndicate.

Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith said it's a magnificent piece of machinery.

"I had a trip on it the other day and it is an absolute beast,

"I think it takes up to about 18 tonnes of coal,"Mr. Smith said.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith 

Cockatoo run to return after covid layoff

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After a lengthy layoff due to covid19, the Cockatoo Run will be returning to the Southern Highlands on December 5.

At full capacity the train will carry around 200 passengers, with stops at Summit Tank in the Illawarra, Robertson and Moss Vale along the way.

East Coast Heritage Rail General Manager James Bushell said it's great for local tourism.

"People from Robertson and Moss Vale have commented to us, how every train that we bring in has great benefits for the restaurants and the places people visit,"he said.

Tickets are still available.

Image: East Coast Heritage Rail

Industrial action could affect train commuters

bowral train station october 19 2021

Train commuters heading up towards Sydney are being asked to check the real time app before they head off today.

That's because the Rail Tram and Bus union is carrying out further industrial action.

Sydney trains will run to a reduced timetable and some will be cancelled.

NSW Train Link CEO Dale Merrick said there could be issues with connecting services.

"For the Southern Highlands our customers will see regular diesel services up into Macarthur and Campbeltown,

"However the connection to the suburban network will look a little different,''Mr. Merrick said.

Image: Denisbin/Flickr

Locomotive 3642 to be overhauled

locomotive 3642

Rail enthusiasts are welcoming a decision by Transport Heritage NSW to bring back steam locomotive 3642 to regular service.

The loco was built 95 years ago and will be able to handle the steep grades on future Loop Line services to Colo Vale.

In July 2018, it was withdrawn from active service[

Rail Author Leon Oberg said he thought it might not see service again,

"I think it's a brilliant move and I think we will see it running in many parts of the state,"he said.

The overhaul will start next year.

Image: Transport Heritage NSW


More funding for Picton to Colo Vale rail line project

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A further $9.1 million dollars has been made available from the State Government for the 32 kilometre Picton to Colo Vale Rail Line project.

The funding will enable the line to have a 23 tonne axel loading giving it the ability to take any steam train from the Thirlmere Rail Museum.

Our Member for Wollondilly Nathaniel Smith was able to secure the funding from the State Government's $3 Billion Infrastructure and Job Acceleration Fund.

He said it will provide a big boost for tourism in the region.

"Once we get the line to Colo Vale, we'll look at other funding possibilities to get it to Mittagong.

"The Rail Museum at Thirlmere has the largest collection of heritage trains in Australia," Mr Smith said.

Image: Office of Nathaniel Smith 

More industrial action

mittagong train station october 28

More interruptions are possible for train commuters on the Southern Highlands line today due to further industrial action.

Trains will run at a reduced frequency on some lines in the network to minimise the impact of the planned disruption.

Services will also be restricted to travelling no faster than 60 kilometres per hour.

Commuters are being asked to check the transport NSW website before they travel.

For further details Click here.

Moss Vale - Unanderra line out of action till September

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The Australian Rail Track Corporation isn't expecting the Moss Vale - Unanderra line to re - open until September.

Heavy rain caused land slips and significant movement of the embankment.

In a statement, the ARTC said it's continuing to work with all stakeholders, such as grain growers and train operators, to assess the impact to their operations.

Meantime Business Illawarra is calling on the NSW Government to put in a place a rail connectivity plan for the southern rail network.

There have been severe disruptions to BlueScope’s steelworks and GrainCorp’s Port Kembla grain terminal.

It's also forced the Manildra Group in Bomaderry to transport its products to trucks at a cost of $15 million.

Executive Director Adam Zarth said there are major flow on effects.

"The Moss Vale -Unanderra line of course connects the inland of the state to Port Kembla and is the principle rail line that services the grain and coal industries,

"We understand the ARTC is working on getting it repaired,"Mr. Zarth said.

Image: ARTC

New dates for Thirlmere Festival of Steam

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Some new dates have been set for the Thirlmere Festival of Steam which was postponed due the recent weather.

Wollondilly Council and Transport Heritage NSW have announced the event will now take place on the weekend of June 25 and 26.

Further details, including tickets will be made available from April 4.

People who purchased tickets for the original event dates will be emailed with priority booking information next week.

Image: Thirlmere Festival of Steam


Thirlmere Festival of Steam postponed

thirlmere festival march 10 2022

Wollondilly Council and Transport NSW have agreed to postpone the Thirlmere Festival of Steam.

A number to roads to Thirlmere sustained significant damage and the festival site has been saturated with water.

Wollondilly Mayor Matt Gould said unfortunately they were left with no other option.

"We will be holding the event bigger and better in September,

"It just became clear there was too much damage." Mayor Gould said.

For enquiries regarding tickets, contact the NSW Rail Museum on 1300 11 55 99.

Image: Thirlmere Festival of Steam

Train derailment at Moss Vale

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Authorities can't say at this stage how long it will be before passenger rail services will resume from Moss Vale after a freight train derailed this morning.

The train jumped the tracks and took out a line of fencing.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation is currently on scene

As a result of the derailment, no trains are running on the Southern Highlands Line between Moss Vale and Campbelltown.

Passengers are advised to allow plenty of extra travel time, listen to announcements and check information displays for service updates.

Image credit: Graeme Day

Train derailment near Mittagong

train derailment mittagong

The Australian Rail Track Corporation will be continuing track repairs this morning after a freight train derailed near Mittagong.

The incident took place on Monday night and work has started to remove the train and damaged wagons ahead of restoration operations to repair damage to the track.

Passenger services aren't operating and commuters are being asked to view real-time apps for the latest service information.

There'll also be limited freight services.

Image: Shannon Robert Wood

Train services impacted by industrial action

Mittagong railway station

Train services on the Southern Highlands line will be interrupted today due to Industrial action.

More than 8-thousand train drivers, guards and other railway workers across New South Wales will stop work for four hours, from 9 in the morning, over new enterprise agreements.

NSW Train link Chief Executive Dale Merrick said there will still be some bus replacement services.

"Buses will be on standby at Moss Vale and Campbelltown, but they won't follow the rail timetable,'' he said.

Further industrial action is possible over the coming weeks.

Image: Abesty, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Trains down between Moss Vale & Campbelltown

mittagong train station october 28

The Southern Highlands line is closed.

Trains are not running between Moss Vale and Campbelltown due to flooding.

A limited bus service is running.

However buses are not able to access Bargo, Picton, Douglas Park or Tahmoor due to road closures.

Severe flooding has affected the station at Picton.

Trains not operating between Moss Vale & Campbelltown

mittagong train station october 28

Buses are once again replacing trains between Moss Vale and Campbelltown.

Severe weather conditions have caused a landslip and flooding at Picton.

Limited replacement buses are running in both directions.

People are being asked to avoid all non-essential travel.


Trains still not running on Southern Highlands line

mittagong train station october 28

Trains are still not running between Moss Vale and Campbelltown on Southern Highlands Line - due to flooding on the tracks.

A very limited number of buses are running between both locations.

There are also various road closures in the area and commuters are being asked to allow plenty of extra travel time.

NSW Train Link South anticipates that trains will run tomorrow, but that may change depending on the weather.

An update will be provided as soon as there's new info.