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ARA Heavy Haul Rail

The Australian heavy haul rail industry, boasting some the heaviest and longest trains, continues to lead the world in operations and innovation

16 – 17 October 2018 | Hyatt Regency Perth

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The Australasian Railway Association and Informa are pleased to be bringing our 8th Heavy Haul Rail Conference to Perth. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency on the 16 and 17 October 2018.

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.


  • Sue McCarrey, Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
  • Bonnie Ryan, Senior Manager – Freight, Logistics & Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia
  • Dr Carla Boehl, Principal Consultant Asset Management, SNC-Lavalin
  • Anshul Bajpai, Senior Engineer Reliability, Rio Tinto Iron Ore –Rail
  • Stuart Harrison, Head of Rail Operations, Roy Hill
  • Prof Maksym Spiryagin, Deputy Director of the Centre for Railway
  • Engineering, CQUniversity Australia
  • Cong Qiu, Senior Track and Materials Engineer, Institute of Railway Technology
  • Michael Charlesworth, HSEQ Manager, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia
  • Graham Hjort, General Manager Control Systems, 4Tel
  • Mark Wood, General Manager, Communications/Electronics, 4Tel
  • Matthew Barker, NYAB Systems Engineer, Knorr-Bremse Australia

Key topics will include:

  • Market outlook for Australia
  • Heavy haul operations across Australia
  • Delivering efficiency through strategic rail freight networks
  • Role of ports in successful heavy haul supply chains
  • Implementation of advanced simulation techniques for wheel/rail wear
  • Improving weld performance in heavy haul railways
  • Technology and innovation
  • Software solutions for improved efficiency and optimisation of assets




Packages Price
Two day conference - Standard rate$2095+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference - ARA member rate$1676+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference - Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 30)*$1047+GSTEarly Bird
Two day conference - ARA Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 30)*$838+GSTEarly Bird
Extras Price
Dinner (Non Member) - Single Ticket $170+GST
Dinner (Non Member) - Table of 10 $1530+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Single Ticket $136+GST
Dinner (ARA Member) - Table of 10 $1224+GST

Young Professionals rate (Under 30)*
ARA Members & Non-Members

The ARA is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 30 years old and under on 16 October 2018, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.

*To receive the Young Professionals discounted rate, you must be aged 30 years or younger.

Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.

Eligible for the ARA Members Rate? Visit the directory here.

Site Tour

Technical site tour – Roy Hill Remote Operations Centre, Perth
17 October 2018

The group will depart the Hyatt Regency at 2pm for a 90min tour starting at 2.30pm. At the end of the tour, the coach will drop off delegates to Perth Airport before returning to the Hyatt Regency at 4.50pm.

Conference delegates will enjoy a tour of Roy Hill’s Perth-based integrated Corporate Headquarters and Remote Operations Centre (ROC) which provides end to end integration of its operations, marketing and corporate services functions. The central component of the ROC is the control room, which houses the Demand Chain team who are responsible for the operational planning, scheduling and execution of production activities across all areas of operations.

Reserve your place on the tour when booking for the conference. NB: No PPE requirements

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner – 16 October 2018
To be held at the Hyatt Perth, the conference dinner provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Open exclusively to conference attendees and invited industry guests, register at the time of your conference booking.

when & where

16 - 17 Oct 2018

Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
+61 8 9225 1234

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Tina Karas
General Manager
+61 2 9080 4408

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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