Western Australia plans to build its own suburban trains

The Western Australian government is planning to integrate local rail car manufacturing into its ambitious plans to expand Perth’s suburban rail network. The government , which has just taken delivery of the last of 78 Queensland-made B-series rail car sets, plans to let an order in 2019 for new Metronet trains. The final three-car B-series…

Downer EDI’s $900 million train order

Rolling stock manufacturer Downer EDI (ASX: DOW) has won a $900 million contract to construct an additional 17 Waratah Series 2 trains as part of the Sydney Growth Trains contract. The double decker suburban trains, manufactured jointly by Downer and China’s CRRC Changchun, adds to orders for 102 trains, the largest single order of rolling…

Rio completes deployment of world’s biggest robot and ‘factory’

Analysis by Peter Roberts Iron ore miner Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) has completed the deployment phase of its $900 million Pilbara AutoHaul automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. After a build up from running its first autonomous train in July, the company has announced the system is now fully operational. The company operates more than…

Mildura manufacturer in railway sleeper breakthrough.

Mildura manufacturer, Integrated Recycling has won approval from Metro Trains Melbourne to trial its Duratrack composite recycled plastic sleeper on the Melbourne rail system. “This follows hot on the heals of Queensland Rail Type Approval for mainline trials,” the company said. At this stage, MTM will trial Duratrack at at last two sites in Melbourne…