Tag: Rail freight transport

Transport & Logistics

Is Lean manufacturing the answer for Australian rail?

Lean methodologies have existed in one form or another since the turn of the 19th century, but were popularised by the development of the Toyota Production System (TPS) in the decades after the Second World War. The term 'Lean' itself started being used in the 1990s, with the system encompassing a range of techniques employed…

5 Dec 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

VIC railway engineering receives $14m maintenance boost

A new $14.6 million freight rail maintenance depot in Victoria is set to give railway engineering in the state a boost. The Victorian coalition government revealed the rail freight wagon terminal and sidings will be a central part of the state's push towards strengthening the logistics sector and improving activity in Melbourne's western suburbs. The…

14 Nov 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Using technology to reduce maintenance times by almost a third

Downer Rail has instigated sweeping changes to how it approaches passenger and freight rail maintenance, with reductions in maintenance times of up to one third. Its new approach to passenger and freight rail maintenance focuses on long-term Through Life Support (TLS) relationships, condition-based monitoring and Lean methodologies. “Our focus is keeping our customers’ trains on…

7 Nov 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

QLD committee to examine freight railway engineering

Railway engineering will be under the spotlight in Queensland, following news that a state parliamentary committee will be investigating regional freight rail. Scott Emerson, transport and main roads minister, requested that options and incentives be examined to allow the agricultural and livestock sectors to make better use of rail. The Transport, Housing and Local Government…

5 Nov 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Lean: Securing the future of Australian rail manufacturing and maintenance?

Without a new approach to reducing overheads and increasing efficiency, the Australian rail manufacturing industry will not survive. In response to this industry-wide challenge Downer Rail has developed a new model for passenger and freight rail manufacturing and maintenance that uses Lean methodologies to reduce costs and streamline productivity. The introduction of Lean was initiated…

30 Oct 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

WA government outlines port railway engineering project

The details of a railway engineering project for Fremantle Port in Western Australia have been outlined by both federal and state government officials. An extension to the North Quay Rail Terminal will aim to reduce further port-related traffic in the area, with Australian engineering and construction company York Civil winning the contract. Deputy prime minister…

29 Oct 2013, by test test

Transport & Logistics

Close-Up: Paul Hamersley

With over 17 years public and private sector experience in the Western Australian transport and logistics industry, Paul Hamersley is uniquely qualified to discuss the growth for rail freight in Western Australia. As Brookfield Rail’s General Manager Commercial, Paul has Executive responsibility for Commercial Contracts, Customer Service, Business Development, Property, Network Lease & Regulatory Management…

8 Jul 2013, by test test