Lessons from remote area operations

Rail transport in Australia is undergoing a step change revolution in driving out cost. We have lagged behind the innovations in road, air and sea technologies. The experience of operating rail in remote areas has driven change in Australian rail operations, which will move into more mainstream rail operations for the benefit of the industry as a whole. Rail operations in Australia are some of the most diverse in the world. This paper is intended not to individually explore each innovation, but rather to step back and look at the direction of innovation into the future. In general rail is most economic over long distances, or moving high volumes of freight compared to alternative modes of land transport. From the experience in remote area operation, existing enabling innovations are considered, which have opened up new opportunities; · Relay Running · In-Line-Fuelling The paper then considers subsequent innovations. · Warehousing, high capacity purpose built rollingstock, · AC Locomotives, · Track Condition Monitoring – In Running, Finally the paper addresses new innovations under development; · Live Bearing Condition Monitoring · Automatic Train Management System – “moving block” · Driver Decision Support Software · Second Generation Crew Van Facilities It is argued that these innovations need to be supported by appropriate infrastructure investment, infrastructure charging and holistic transport regulation. We in rail must move from a defensive stance in preserving redundant technologies and infrastructure to embrace the future and invest in where rail delivers the best outcomes; new infrastructure and smarter trains. The future is an exciting mixture of opportunity, growth, safety and cleaner land transport. So what conclusions can we draw and where do we go from here?

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  • Pagination: 13p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2013, driving the costs out of rail, 26-28 November 2013, Canberra, ACT, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:02PM