The Railway Technical Society of Australasia is putting the finishing touches to preparations for the region's biggest annual railway engineering conference, CORE. The 2016 event will be held in Melbourne in mid May with a record line-up of presentations and tours both locally and to Tasmania.
The release of previously sealed Cabinet papers has revealed that Australia's Department of Defence may have played a major part in having plans to develop high-speed rail put on hold.
Throughout Australia and New Zealand and in cities as diverse as Manchester and Jerusalem, light rail is winning favour with the travelling public. Melbourne - home to the world's longest light-rail network with 250km of tram track - hosted a conference on for the sector in February.