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ARA Heavy Haul Rail

Delivering future growth by driving innovation and collaboration

23-24 March 2021 | Hyatt Regency Perth

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The Australasian Railway Association and Informa are pleased to be bringing our 10th Heavy Haul Rail Conference back to Perth. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Perth on the 23 and 24 March 2021.

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 2021! 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 23 March 2021, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.

2019 Sponsors

Satchel Sponsor


2019 Exhibitors

Site Tour

Thank you to Pacific National, John Holland and the Port of Newcastle for hosting site tours of their operations to provide attendees with an experience of the unique but connected aspects of Heavy Haul Rail operations in Hunter Valley, Australia’s largest regional economy. Attendees had the option to enjoy:

  • Pacific National’s state-of-the-art Greta Train Support Facility
  • John Holland’s Country Regional Network (CRN) Control Centre which covers 2,386 route kilometres of operational passenger and freight rail lines and 3,139 route kilometres of non-operational lines
  • A guided cruise of Port of Newcastle: the largest port on the East Coast of Australia

Event Images

View images from Heavy Haul 2019 | Day One & Two


when & where

23 - 24 Mar 2021

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


Still have a question?

Tina Karas
General Manager
+61 2 9080 4408

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
+61 406 530 043

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