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Rail Turnouts 2025

Consolidating and sharing the technical knowledge for rail turnouts

25 March 2025 | Crown Perth

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Image source: Vossloh Cogifer Australia

The workshop is tailored to those looking for a detailed guide, or fresh perspectives on the rail turnouts challenges of track construction, signalling of turnouts, maintenance and management. Experts within the industry will explore innovative solutions to the real challenges faced and work towards industry solutions.


  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Design
  • Module 3: Standards development
  • Module 4: Signalling
  • Module 5: Maintenance
  • Module 6: Turnout supply and installation

Mark your calendars today and join us in March 2024 for this intensive one-day workshop focusing on fundamental technical knowledge from a range of experts working across rail turnouts.

Why attend this crucial industry workshop?
The industry’s construction boom has highlighted the demand for specialist rail skills. One of the key challenges relating to rail turnouts is the declining knowledge base and this workshop offers the opportunity to build on this knowledge for the future while refreshing skills with an update on the new products, solutions and innovations related to rail turnouts.

This workshop represents the industry’s chance to:

  • Consolidate the existing knowledge base
  • Pass first-hand the knowledge to those coming into the industry
  • Retain industry expertise in a form that ensures it is easily passed on in the future

2024 Speakers

Carly Wilson

Rail Standards and Asset Management Specialist, RISSB

Dr Elias Kassa

Principal Engineer and Team Leader, Monash Institute of Railway Technology

Pierre-Henri Bougeant

Head of Digitalisation, Vossloh

John Smith

Managing Director-CEO, voestalpine Signaling UK Ltd

Agnes Kang

Superintendent Reliability Engineering Rail, Royhill

Michael Clarke

Senior Mechanical Track Design Engineer, Queensland Rail

Mark Fulford

General Manager, Salix

Sudha Niles

General Manager, Products & Innovation, RISSB

Matthew Reedman

Rail Performance Manager, ARTC

Joe McGinlay

Manager Engineering, Rail Systems, Rio Tinto

Robin Stevens

Manager Track and Alignment Design, Queensland Rail

Luke Pleasance

Track & Civil Engineering Manager, Hunter Valley, ARTC

Amy Washer

Senior Project Engineer, McConnell Dowell

Liam Diamond

Senior Project Manager, Transport for NSW

Darcy Carroll

Deputy Engineering Manager, Vossloh Cogifer Australia

Glenn Lorenz

Engineering Manager, Vossloh Cogifer Australia

Graham Holden

Engineering Manager – NEWest Alliance, DT Infrastructure

Sponsors Profiles

Vossloh Australia

Established in Australia in 2006, Vossloh Australia purchased the railway products division of Thompsons Kelly & Lewis Pty. Ltd. Thompsons Kelly & Lewis’ history in the railway industry extends back almost 150 years. To this day, the Vossloh’s Headquarters and one production site are still located on the same grounds in Castlemaine. VCA’s main business is the design and manufacture of turnouts and turnout componentry. VCA are leading experts in turnout design, with the Castlemaine headquarters employing engineers with a combined 150 years’ turnout design experience.

Our scope of services includes complex design for dual gauge rail and diamonds, through to performing Wheel Rail Interfacing and Finite Element Analysis.

On the production side, VCA has 2 turnout production facilities within Australia, one in Castlemaine, Victoria which supplies the east coast and South Australia, and one in Kewdale in Western Australia, which supplies the west coast of Australia.

Salix is an Australian owned and operated rail business engaged in the design and supply of railway products throughout Australia and multiple international markets.

Our core business started with turnout design, supply, installation, and maintenance and expanded to buffer stops, crane rail systems, port crane spares, points operation, slab track systems, green products and construction specific products.

We pride ourselves on providing a level of quality and service over and above our clients expectations. Our attention to detail and industry experience ensure that we understand our clients’ needs and provide an engineering solution unparalleled within the industry.

Sponsorship & Exhibition

The Rail Turnouts 2023 conference offers a unique platform for experts in all aspects of the turnout lifecycle to share knowledge and network with key industry stakeholders and suppliers. Please email Sarah Ingram for a copy of the sponsorship prospectus, or call to discuss the branding, thought leadership and exhibition opportunities available.

Sarah Ingram
Sponsorship & Exhibitions Manager
P: 0406 530 043

Heavy Haul Rail Conference

We are holding our 12th Annual Heavy Haul Rail Conference alongside Rail Turnouts Workshop. To be held on the 13-14 March 2024, the event 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.


Visit the website for more details

Event Images

Below is a slide show of images from the 2024 Rail Turnouts

To view all images from the event, view our Flickr album.

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Hear what our 2023 attendees had to say:

“Good discussions, new connections, good presentations, top organisation!”

“Really good content from all the presenters.”

“Good technical information on the maintenance/construction challenges of Turnouts, good to meet new people in Rail Industry.”

“I was happy to see a huge turnout of participation including from overseas.”

“The information was up to date and very detailed.”

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related transport events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

Event Code of Conduct

We want everyone who comes to our events to have a great experience. This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour, and how to report anything witnessed or experienced that goes against them. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.

when & where

25 Mar 2025

Crown Perth
Great Eastern Hwy,
Burswood WA 6100


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Sarah Ingram
+61 406 530 043

Speaking Enquiries
Kate Twentyman
Senior Conference Director

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Paul O’Connor

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