+ CEO Message + AS 7451 Train integrity +AS 7637 Hydrology and Hydraulics Review + RISSB response to ATSB final investigation report - Wallan + An update on AS 7505 Signal detection and Interface + Europe’s journey of interoperability and more at our next RISSB MasterClass Webinar + People Spotlight on the 2023 Horizons Interoperability Strategy Competition Winners
I thought it might be worthwhile to communicate the work that RISSB has been doing over the last couple of years, in conjunction with industry and governments, and being led by the National Transport Commission (NTC). This work relates to the harmonisation of rolling stock standards to facilitate greater local manufacturing of components and rolling stock units. This work, funded by the NTC under the National Rail Action Plan (NRAP), has included standards relating to wheelsets, heating & air-conditioning, brake components, suspension components, and flooring.
The NTC has also funded the establishment of a National Rolling Stock Register that RISSB is now populating with the national rail vehicle fleet. This is important foundational work that will help identify the variations in rolling stock registration requirements between Rail Infrastructure Managers (RIMS) and, in working with RIMS, start to streamline those requirements and processes.
The focus of the work on harmonised rolling stock standards is now turning to improving the processes for the adoption of the standards, so that the local manufacturing benefits can be realised, and in identifying opportunities for imbedding these standards for new builds and for maintenance and upgraded programs.
AS 7451 Train integrity
AS 7451 Train integrity is now available for an 8-week public consultation.
The objective of this Standard is to describe train integrity requirements for Australian operations. It includes minimum requirements for train inspection and carding requirements for vehicles requiring repair. The Standard applies to train configuration design, maintenance process, and operation of rail vehicles.
This Standard belongs to the suite of Australian Code of Practice (ACOP) publications that RISSB manages on behalf of the Australian rail industry.
This Standard also supersedes AS 7503.6 Train identification and integrity - Part 6: Whole of train, published in 2014
Through the ACOP publications, RISSB is driving national harmonisation and interoperability, moving the rail industry towards technical and operational consistency, improving safety, lowering costs and enhancing productivity.
For more information and how to comment on the draft, please download it here.
RISSB response to ATSB final investigation report - Wallan
RISSB acknowledges the ATSB final investigation report (published 9 August 2023) into the derailment of XPT passenger train ST23 at Wallan, Victoria, on 20 February 2020.
rail workers were killed, eight passengers were seriously injured, and 53 passengers plus five onboard crew suffered minor injuries.
RISSB has committed to consider the outcomes of this investigation in a review of the Australian Standards for body structural requirements (locomotive) and access and egress.
Additionally, RISSB is undertaking a review of all relevant RISSB products, including those relating to temporary safe working arrangements, to identify opportunities to reduce the risk and resultant severity of future incidents.
RISSB is seeking nominations from industry representatives and subject matter experts to review and update the AS 7637 Hydrology and Hydraulics Standard.
The purpose of AS 7637 Hydrology and Hydraulics is to specify the requirements for the adequate planning and design procedures, and the development of a Flood Management Plan and Emergency Response Plan to mitigate flood risk to railway infrastructure, rail traffic
and personnel. This is especially important as the industry is subject to more frequent extreme weather events.
Stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit nominations for subject matter experts to join this Development Group to contribute to the overall depth and quality of the product.
Further information can be found here. The closing date for nominations is Monday, 4 September 2023
An update on AS 7505 Signal detection and Interface
The Development Group of AS 7505 Signal Detection and Interface are scheduled to meet at the end of this month to continue their review. Currently the review has moved to the appendices with their progress ongoing. The Development Group has representation from major Rail Transport Operator's (RTOs) including heavy haul.
Some of the changes undertaken in this review have been the inclusion of content from the now discontinued AS4292, some more information on the requirements for Axle Counters (at the request of the Train Control Systems Standing Committee), and further details around Interfacing with the signalling equipment in section six and associated appendices.
The Development Group are working towards having a final draft ready for Public Consultation by the end of the year.
This standard is expected to be an important reference as the industry seeks to improve interoperability.
Europe’s journey of interoperability and more at our next RISSB MasterClass Webinar
Want to learn more about Interoperability in Europe? Join us for the next RISSB MasterClass Webinar and learn about Europe’s journey of interoperability and potential lessons for Australia, especially in support of rail freight.
You will hear from Torben Holvad and Francesco Rotoli from theEuropean Union Agency for Railways as they discuss the European interoperability framework, the progress on interoperability to date, the costs of non-interoperability for the European railway system and the findings from a recent Agency study that identified strong potential for time savings for rail freight.
Interested? The webinar will be held on Tuesday 29 August at 4pm (AEST).
Make sure to register using the button below. We look forward to seeing you there!
PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT ON... 2023 Horizons Interoperability Strategy Competition Winners!
This week we wanted to highlight the recent winners of theHorizons 5 Program Interoperability Strategy Competition - team Eurostar!
The competition involved teams identifying five key challenges currently facing the Australian rail
industry, and providing staged solutions to implement and deliver an interoperable future in the industry.
The work produced by the teams for this competition, and over the entire Horizon 5 Program, will contribute greatly to the rail industry as a whole, to help improve its safety standards and performance.
A big congratulations to the winners, we enjoyed watching you grow your knowledge and develop your skills, and we look forward to seeing what you do in the future! Find out more about team Eurostar below.
Station Design Coordinator, Suburban Rail Loop Authority
Amelia's career has progressed impressively since she graduated with her Master's Degree in Architecture (Design Management) in 2015 from Deakin University. She has had many years experience at train operating companies before moving into a coordination role at the Suburban Rail Loop Authority two years ago.
Safety Strategy Manager at Queensland Rail
Michael has extensive experience working in the rail Industry, most recently working for Queensland Rail for the last six years. He is a proven ES&H Manager with broad industry experience across a diverse portfolio of sectors including rail, mining, construction and oil and gas.
Design Engineer Rail, Cold Forged Products
Tomos is a driven Individual following a genuine passion for Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working in the Australian rail sector with over 3 years of industry experience. He is working as a Design Engineer for Cold Forged Products, and also has experience planning and scheduling on the North West Rail Link - Sydney Metro Project.
Senior Manager, Workforce Modelling, Sydney Trains
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Economics, Human Resource Management in 2020 from UNSW, Ken has achieved a lot in his career, and has has extensive experience working in the rail industry. He has had several years experience working at Sydney Trains before recently moving into a senior role.
Crewing Coordinator, One Rail Australia
Karen began her railway career driving trains for Pacific National and has worked at some of Australia’s biggest rail organisations ever since; she’s now the Crewing Coordinator at One Rail. Karen’s impressive professional development includes achieving Diplomas in ‘Leadership and Management’ and Organisational Development’ adding to her skills in software design, sustainability and change management.
Signalling Design Lead at Quantum Rail
Suresh has been a part of the rail industry for many years, and is a testament to what young people can achieve in our industry. He has worked at Downer as an engineer for the past 4 years, recently moving into a new role as Signalling Design Lead at Quantum Rail.