Rail today: the challenges facing the rail engineer

The development of Australia’s colonial population centres gave rise to the need for efficient transport systems. Australia’s new engineers were forced to overcome numerous technical, financial and political challenges in order to construct Australia’s first railway system, but at the same time a legacy was created which has left us with today’s varying gauge systems. Throughout history, the role of engineering has changed as a result of lessons learnt, the introduction of new technologies and the growth of commercial organisations delivering engineering capabilities. Engineers today require a new skill set in order to meet the expectations placed on them, overcome the criticisms of the past and to meet the demands of the new private railway industry. This paper will provide an overview of the history of railway engineering in Australia and identify the significant challenges facing railway engineers and identify the skills essential to today’s engineers.

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  • Pagination: pp. 40-45
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 2005 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01517035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:04PM