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The RTAA is pleased to partner with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) to make our historical, technical papers available for all via the Rail Knowledge Bank.

You will now be able to find technical papers from all of our historical conferences from 1971 onwards. This contribution to the body of rail history is just one way the RTAA is promoting “grassroots railway knowledge” retention from past and current generations to future generations.

Find our historical papers here.

Rail Knowledge Bank provides a ‘go to’ place for major industry Australasian conference material such as the papers from AusRAIL, Light Rail and Rail Safety conferences and exhibitions. Rail Knowledge Bank is free, open access and full text searchable with no fees or subscription required. Developed and maintained by the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) under the National Interest Services (NIS) program, the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) Rail Knowledge Bank is a managed online resource for the entire rail industry.

Bombardier recently announced the appointment of senior rail industry leader, Paul Brown, as the new managing director for their operations in Australia (ad interim).

“This management change is made as Bombardier undertakes a number of positive transformation initiatives to strengthen its business in key rail ecosystems,” said Per Allmer, President, Western Europe, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Australia, Bombardier Transportation. He added, “We are delighted to bring Paul into this role, to reinforce our management team, accelerate our transformation, and increase our focus on satisfying our customers in Australia”.

As Managing Director, Paul will focus on the competitiveness of Bombardier’s operations in Australia. His priorities include strengthening stakeholder relations, delivering projects and services to the highest standards, as well as business development and securing new business in a highly competitive market.

This month Paul celebrates 35 years in the rail industry with Bombardier. As a proven senior leader experienced in commercial management, sales and project management, he has successfully delivered assignments in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. In addition to the managing director for Australia role, Paul will also continue as project director for the Queensland New Generation Rollingstock project.

Paul Brown succeeds Andrew Dudgeon, who has decided to pursue other career opportunities outside of the business. Bombardier wishes to thank Andrew for his service and for his efforts in developing our business.

The RTAA is excited to partner with RISSB for the 2018 Horizons Program for up and coming technical professionals in the rail industry. RTAA President, Tom Kerr and Dr Martin Murray from KCPM Consulting will be facilitating a workshop on future technology in key areas at the launch forum in Brisbane in September. A development program targeted at technical rail professionals under 35 years of age, Horizons seeks to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and technical learning and innovation while extending the participants’ professional networks. Young Professional members of the RTAA may like to consider applying for the 2019 program.


RISSB is offering a unique opportunity to up and coming technical professionals in the rail industry to be part of shaping rail’s technical future. The inaugural Horizons Program, which will run from August 2018 to October 2019, will:

  • Encourage young professionals to provide technical input into RISSB’s and the rail industry’s future.
  • Assist in improving the safety and productivity of the rail industry through RISSB products.
  • Provide a forum for knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Extend the participant’s professional network on a national scale both within and outside the rail industry.
  • Provide participants with the skills to drive and manage change.

The Horizons Program will bring benefits to the young professional, their organisation and the industry more broadly.

The Horizons Program will encompass activities aimed at providing knowledge and understanding of:

  • The broader rail industry and the role of RISSB.
  • The future of rail in the context of evolving technology.
  • New and innovative technology.
  • Learnings from technical leaders in industry.
  • The role young professionals can play in shaping the technical future of the industry.
  • RISSB’s future directions and focus areas.

The Horizons Program is open to all RISSB members. Your organisation can nominate up to 2 people to be part of this program using the nomination form. RISSB reserves the right to limit participants to one per organisation and consider participants from other organisations.

Please note:

  • Nominees should preferably be aged 35 or under with up to five years’ experience in the rail industry.
  • We encourage DIVERSITY (e.g. in their role, gender, ethnic background, qualifications).
  • We want a line manager or senior manager to also sign the nomination form and support the nominee not only in the nomination process but throughout the program – this person must be prepared to be the RISSB contact for the program, mentor the participant and potentially attend some elements of the program as far as possible.