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Heavy Haul Rail

Driving efficiency, sustainability and intelligent solutions for the future

6 – 7 April 2022 | The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

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Early Bird rate expires 28 January 2022 // See Pricing Below


We pleased to be hosting our 11th Heavy Haul Rail Conference in Australia’s heavy haul capital of Perth. The conference will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Perth on the 6th and 7th April 2022.

The Australian heavy haul rail industry, boasting some the heaviest and longest trains, continues to lead the world in operations and innovation. As confident commodity markets drive our COVID recovery, 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.

Suggested topics to be addressed include:

  • The National Rail Safety Regulator’s view of new innovations, technology and automation
  • Rail’s place in the global supply chain
  • Market outlook for Australia
  • Extending special trackwork through automated laser additive repairs
  • CASE STUDY | Increasing axle load on existing infrastructure
  • Heavy haul operations across Australia
  • PANEL DISCUSSION| Intermodal transport
  • INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Empowering innovation in the North American railway industry
  • Safety and sustainability
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Accelerating the growth, uptake and commercialization of heavy haul innovation
  • Hydrogen in heavy haul rail– Why it is right for rail
  • Emissions reduction in heavy haul rail
  • Statistical study of railway resilience in the face of climate change using graph theory
  • Turnouts for the highest axle loads on earth State of the art designs / new research insights
  • WORKFORCE PANEL| Future workforce for heavy haul rail
  • New innovations, technology and automation

BACK IN 2022!

To encourage the transfer of specialist knowledge and foster mentoring and networking opportunities, Informa is delighted to continue it’s support of our emerging leaders with these popular programs.

Stay tuned: Details for the Next Generation Conference Scholarship will be released in the coming weeks.


Kari Gonzales

President and CEO, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

Sue McCarrey

Chief Executive, Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator

Megan Surawski

Manager, Emissions Avoidance Methods, Clean Energy

Phillip Campbell OAM

General Manager Technical Standards, ARTC & 2021 Railway Professional of the Year, RTSA

Claire Pierce

Vice President, Sales, Australia and New Zealand, Wabtec Corporation

Dr Paul Nicholson

Principal Engineer – AutoHaul® & Rail Productivity, Rio Tinto Iron Ore – Rail Operations, Rio Tinto

Kevin Piefer

Managing Director, Holland Rail Services Australia

Greg Wright

Senior Engineer - Advanced Technologies, Wabtec Corporation

Surendra Bisht

Technical Director – Rail, Aurecon

Megan McCracken

Chair, Freight and Logistics Council, WA, & Leadership Coach, Pleiades Consulting, & Non-Executive Director, Pacific Energy Limited

Catherine Yu

Graduate Rail Engineer, WSP





Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2195$1995+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner Table of 10 $2200+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1095$995+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner Table of 10 $2200+GST

Early Bird rate expires 28 January 2022

Young Professionals rate (Under 35)*

Informa is delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 6 April 2022, to attend this year’s ARA Heavy Haul Rail conference.

*To receive the Young Professionals discounted rate, you must be aged 35 years or younger.

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

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Proudly sponsored by

Do you have an idea that could disrupt or bring greater awareness of heavy haul rail in Australia and New Zealand?

We invite rail sector personnel aged 25yrs and under to submit their innovative ideas on how to market and promote the heavy haul rail in a positive and impactful way, as well as educating the broader community’s perception of the benefits of rail in general.

In 200-300 words describe your idea or concept that could be applied to the Heavy Haul Rail industry. From human resources and training opportunities to rollingstock maintenance, engineering innovation or industry-wide marketing campaigns, this is your opportunity to win one of 10 scholarships to attend the Heavy Haul Rail conference and dinner in Perth on 6-7 April 2022.

Entries open: 21 October 2021
Competition deadline: 21 January 2022
Winners announced: 10 February 2022
Certificates presented at the Conference Dinner: 6 April 2022



Rail Turnouts

Alongside Heavy Haul Rail comes the return of the popular specialist Rail Turnouts Workshop in 2022. To be held on the 5th April 2022 as an intensive one-day focused introduction to the fundamental technical knowledge, the workshop will exchange and transfer knowledge from a range of experts working across rail turnouts.

Visit the website for more details

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our speakers, attendees and guests is our top priority.

Informa Australia’s events will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standards. As the world’s leading events’ organiser, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest level of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.

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when & where

06 - 07 Apr 2022

The Ritz-Carlton Perth
1 Barrack St
Perth WA 6000
+61 8 6559 6888

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Kate Twentyman
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Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship Manager
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