President's Welcome - Thomas Kerr

Welcome to the latest edition of EnGauge newsletter and to 2020. 

I am excited to kick off the year with our new leadership team, elected at our AGM in December. Orla O’Sullivan, new Vice President, Johnathan Barnes re-elected Vice President, Abbie Thomas new Secretary, Kieran Navin re-elected Treasurer and Laurena Basutu new Marketing Manager, join us with much enthusiasm.
We also welcome Anna Murray as Victorian Chapter Chair. Thanks to Steve Johnson and Jim Mahood for your valuable contributions to last year’s executive team and your continuing involvement this year.

There are some great events and initiatives outlined in this edition of EnGuage. We have our Annual Dinner on 26 March in Sydney, IRT have a number of lectures and courses in Melbourne, we have opened nominations for our Emerging Rail Specialist Award, and a number of other rail and construction conferences are coming up, where RTAA members can receive discounts.
In this edition we also have a brief wrap up AusRAIL 2019 with details on the RTAA Yellow Tie Dress.
Just a reminder that Encanta, who provided Business Management and Financial Management Services, has officially concluded their contract with the RTAA. We are in the process of sourcing a new Business Manager and have put interim procedures in place until an appointment takes place. I will be the main point of contact with the RTAA until advised otherwise.

Follow the RTAA on social media to stay tuned for further information on our activities in 2020! Twitter: @RailTAA , LinkedIn: @Rail Track Association Australia – RTAA and Facebook: @RailTAA
RTAA and RTSA Annual Dinner 
We are delighted to invite you to our 2020 Annual Dinner with special guest Pete Church, Head of Rail Delivery at Transport for NSW.

Please join us at Doltone House Darling Island from 6.30pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020 to enjoy great food, wine and networking in our premier event of the year. 

Get your tickets here!

For further enquiries and sponsorship opportunities, please contact our RTAA Marketing Manager, at
7th Stephen Marich Annual Lecture 
The 2020 Stephen March Annual Lecture in Railway Engineering   will be held on 4 March 2020 and Delivered by Dr Don Eadie - a leading international expert in the field of rail friction Management.

Hosted by the Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) this is a free event will bring together industry, academia and government representatives involved in railway management and technology. Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The IRT is also offering 2 short courses on  the fundamentals of Wheel-Rail Interaction  and  Wheel-Rail Friction Management in March.

Emerging Rail Specialist Award

In January, the RTAA launched the Emerging Rail Specialist Award. This award has evolved from the Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award, which was first established in 2008 in honour of the great Francis Gustave Franklyn who passed that year. Francis was the Chief Civil Engineer in NSW, for 8 years through the 1980s was the RTAA Vice President and is an Honorary Life Member of the RTAA.

The new award has developed out of a need to be more modern and relevant to today’s audience and environment. It recognises and encourages the contribution of emerging rail specialists in the early stages of their career within the rail industry and attempts to be more inclusive by not making age a limiting factor.
The winner of the Emerging Rail Specialist Award will be presented at the Australasian Rail Industry Awards (ARIA) on 2 July 2020 in Melbourne.

Nominations close 17 April 2020.
Further details regarding criteria and guidelines can be found on the RTAA website.  
Sydney Build 2020 
Sydney Build 2020, Australia's leading construction, architecture and infrastructure expo , is being held on 19-20 March 2020 at the ICC Sydney. This is the only event of its kind to offer 300+ accredited presentations, 350+ exhibitors and incredible networking opportunities with 10,000+ professionals!  

Find out more here and register for free tickets!
Bringing together rail professionals for over 21 years, Asia Pacific Rail is one of Asia’s premier railway industry events. Attended by movers and shakers of Asia’s rail sector, the event will feature 8 theatres, covering exciting developments in rail freight, mainlines, high-speed rail and metros. The conference features over 150 speakers including Dr Jacob Kam, CEO, MTR Corporation, Rail Projects Victoria’s CEO, Evan Tattersall and many more. The exhibition will feature leading exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies and innovations in digital rail, urban mobility, signaling, communications, track infrastructure, rolling stock, automated ticketing system, asset management, condition monitoring, mainline, construction and more.

Download brochure to find out more.

RTAA Members can enjoy 15% off with promo code: RTAA15

AusRAIL 2019 Wrap Up 

Last December in Sydney, over 7,500 visitors and delegates attended the largest AusRAIL PLUS Conference and Exhibition ever held. The RTAA held its own Technical Stream as part of the AsuRail program with a strong line up of excellent presentations on track construction and operation, asset maintenance, turnout, safety and rail head management. The RTAA would like to thank Kieran Navin, Peter Milton, Steve Johnson and Aleu Dekuek for their support on the program. 

The RTAA Yellow Tie Dinner was the highlight of the conference with a record attendance of over 1,350 guests. A new addition this year was the silent auction of the One Less Dress. this one-of-a-kind dress was made by Erika Barnes from over 50 yellow silk ties for the rail safety cause with proceeds from the auction donated directly to the TrackSAFE Foundation. Gary Davey of JMD Railtech Group provided the winning bid. 

Pictured below L-R: Danny Broad, Naomi Frauenfelder, Erika Barnes, Gary Davey and Thomas Kerr.
The One Less Dress was officially unveiled at JMDR's Sydney Office on 13 February 2020.

Pictured below L-R: Dilip Goyal, Danny broad, Erika Barnes and Gary Davey


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