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ARA Heavy Haul Rail

Delivering future growth by driving innovation and collaboration

29-30 October 2019 | Newcastle City Hall

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The Australasian Railway Association and Informa are pleased to be bringing our 9th Heavy Haul Rail Conference back to Newcastle. The conference will take place at the Newcastle City Hall on the 29 and 30 October 2019.

The Australian heavy haul rail industry, boasting some the heaviest and longest trains, continues to lead the world in operations and innovation. With commodity markets regaining confidence, becoming an even more efficient supply chain for the export of coal and iron ore is fundamental to Australia’s productivity. The agenda will showcase the best in local and international project expertise and will give attendees an understanding of the strategic directions of the major industry players together with an update on developments in equipment, technology and maintenance to ensure efficient, safe and reliable operations.

Over the coming months, ARA and Informa will announce confirmed speakers from the public and private sectors, which will include high level executives from Australian mining and rail companies as well as senior members of government. These speakers will complement technical presentations which will be delivered by a wide range of industry experts.

Topics will include:

  • Market outlook for Australia
  • Heavy haul operations across Australia
  • Infrastructure and investment
  • Future technology, communications systems, cybersecurity and data capture and analysis
  • Role of ports and port automation in successful heavy haul supply chains
  • Rolling stock technology, innovation and maintenance
  • Improving weld performance and the implementation of advanced simulation techniques for wheel/rail wear
  • Software solutions for improved efficiency and optimisation of assets
  • Workforce development and diversity

EXTENDED FOR 2019! Young Professionals rate (Under 35)* The ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 29 October 2019, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.

For more information, contact
Tina Karas, General Manager on (+61) 2 9080 4408 or at
Sarah Ingram, Sponsorship & Exhibitions Manager on +61 406 530 043 or at



Exhibitor Brochures

To view our Exhibitor’s corporate flyers, click on their logo below.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2019 ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference will bring together senior government representatives and key decision-makers from Australia’s rail and resource industries, offering a unique profiling platform for sponsors and exhibitors.

Contact Sarah Ingram for a copy of the Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus, which includes detailed information on past attendees and a copy of the exhibition floor plan.

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager
Phone: +61 406 530 043

Site Tour

30 October 2019

On Wednesday 30 October, attendees will be provided with the option to choose between two technical site tours, each focusing on unique but connected aspects of Heavy Haul Rail operations in Hunter Valley, Australia’s largest regional economy.

Site Tour of Pacific National’s Greta Train Support Facility *This tour is now at capacity*
Pacific National’s Coal business transports coal from mines to ports, power stations and steelworks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and attendees will visit Pacific National’s state-of-the-art train servicing facility at Greta, which was built to help in response to the expanding operational needs in the Hunter Valley. The Greta Facility encompasses best practice engineering and design to provide innovative solutions and systems to improve safety and operational efficiencies not yet seen in the Australian rail industry.


John Holland Country Regional Network (CRN) Control Centre
This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the technology used and operational procedures applied for managing Transport for NSW’s Country Regional Network (CRN). The CRN is operated and maintained under contract to Transport for NSW by John Holland Rail via its Network Control Centre in Mayfield, Newcastle. Covering 2,386 route kilometres of operational passenger and freight rail lines and 3,139 route kilometres of non-operational lines, the CRN links broad areas of regional NSW to interstate and metropolitan rail systems, supporting customers, transporting coal, grain, cotton, minerals and containerised freight to domestic and export markets.


Site Tour of Port of Newcastle
With a deepwater shipping channel and berthside connections to the heavy rail network, the Port of Newcastle is the largest port on the East Coast of Australia.

Times and further details to be confirmed shortly.

Event Images

Below are images from day one of the ARA Heavy Haul Rail event.

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Official Conference Dinner

Guest Dinner Speaker: Jason Clarke | Innovation, Leadership and Embracing Change
Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the conference dinner at the Fort Scratchley Historic Site provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Attendees will enjoy a guest presentation by Jason Clarke, who as founder of Minds at Work, has been opening minds since the end of the last century. His vision? A future that works. Jason is the co-founder of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, now at Monash University and course designer and lecturer in Innovation, Logic and Problem-Solving at Melbourne Business School.

Dinner Venue:
Fort Scratchley
1-3 Nobbys Rd
Newcastle East NSW 2300

The dinner is only available to conference speakers, delegates and their guests. *The dinner is now at capacity*

when & where

29 - 30 Oct 2019

Newcastle City Hall
290 King Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
+ 61 (2) 4974 2166

Rydges Newcastle is pleased to offer accommodation at a special event rate of $270* per room per night, including breakfast for one, for conference attendees for the nights of the 28-29 October 2019 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until Friday 4th October 2019, unless sold out prior.

Newcastle Rydges
Cnr Merewether Street & Wharf Road
Main Beach QLD 4217 Newcastle NSW 2300
Tel: 02 4907 5000


Still have a question?

Tina Karas
General Manager
+61 2 9080 4408

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043

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NOTE: The Site Tour of the PN facilities at Greta, the Port of Newcastle Tour and the CRN Operations Centre are being held at the same time.
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