Trans Australian railway self restoring point system

The Trans Australia Railway is a 1685.5 kilometre long standard gauge rail corridor linking Port Augusta in South Australia and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, for much of its route the corridor traverses a remote and environmentally harsh area of Australia. To reduce train transit time, a self-restoring point system was introduced in 1993. Reliability problems with that system necessitated the application of speed restrictions at each of the 42 loop locations. These restrictions, in total exceeded 75 kilometres of the corridor and substantially negated the benefits of civil engineering improvements directed at reducing transit times. This paper case studies the Trans Australia Railway Self Restoring Points System and highlights the process applied to determine the performance requirements and the lessons learnt. The paper concludes with a review of the project's success measured by a comparison of prior and current reliability of the self-restoring point system.

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  • Pagination: 7p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:54AM