Benchmarking track maintenance on Queensland coal network

Over the past few years, there have been a number of major advances in terms of increased speeds, heavier axle loads, longer trains and increased traffic density for many international and national heavy haul railway operations. Australian railways can learn through observation and review of other heavy haul railways across the globe, both through the identification of where efficiencies can be gained and through confirmation that some of the processes implemented in Australia may already be considered leading edge on a global platform. A known and accepted method of accumulating this information is to conduct a benchmark survey. However, previous benchmarking has tended to concentrate on European and UK operations and has tended to concentrate on passenger transport lines. These conditions found in these operations can vary greatly from infrastructure, conditions and operational factors encountered in Queensland, and from the Queensland environment which poses additional challenges for heavy haul maintenance with periods of very heavy rainfall and flooding, black soils, and extreme heat conditions.. For this reason benchmarking as a comparative exercise has often been criticised. Hence a benchmark survey was conducted for major coal networks in Queensland which identified specifically those criteria which impacted their operations. Railways from all over the world were selected only if they fitted into the criteria, in order that a “best fit” assessment could be made. The results of the benchmarking defined a diversity of practices despite similar working conditions although some general trends and common practices were identified. Many areas were identified where Queensland coal operations are implementing and developing innovative engineering and sustainable solutions with efficient results. These are discussed in relation to relative performance, possible future research and application in international operations.

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  • Pagination: 9p.
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2009, doing more with less, 17-19 November 2009, Adelaide, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01516989
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:02PM