Prevention of reinvention: the application of “KISS” in the global rolling stock village

This paper takes a glimpse at some of the issues of procurement of new passenger rolling stock in Australia. It is designed to be a talking point to encourage the industry to take a critical look at options to improve rolling stock purchasing to enable Australian railway companies to be able to purchase vehicles at a lower capital cost and whole of life price. The paper describes possible methods to drive the costs of procurement lower, by examining some of the areas with room for improvement including the use of evolutionary, not revolutionary performance orientated specifications, allowing the manufacturer to use their strengths and abilities to deliver a standard train; critical analysis of the specification to ensure the correct inputs have been included; observation and understanding of the trends and research of our global neighbours; and development of true harmonisation, not just between the states and territories of Australia, but also globally. Australia will find it increasingly difficult to specify bespoke rolling stock, and the aim of this paper is to point the industry towards purchasing trains aligned to major manufacturers standard offerings, therefore giving governments the option of spending taxpayers money wisely, either by purchasing more trains for the same money, or spending the savings on other useful projects. The future of the Australian passenger rolling stock market is up for grabs. Now is the time to align the rolling stock market for the future, and give it a true global perspective.

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  • Pagination: 10p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Rail - the core of integrated transport: CORE 2012: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2012, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532173
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:59AM