Moving Heavy Haul and Freight Forward
Our pioneering signalling and train control innovations continue to change the face of heavy-haul and freight rail in Australia and in fact, the world. Hitachi Rail Australia is positioning itself as a centre of excellence with many new capabilities proven on the vast and remote networks renowned in this sector. This includes the possibility of adopting artificial intelligence for collision avoidance.
Our solutions are focused on delivering ongoing cost savings and efficiencies through a standardised platform, reducing maintenance through less trackside infrastructure, and introducing improved asset management and preventative maintenance capabilities. This extends to managing obsolescence, optimising pit to port operations, and supporting clients’ decarbonisation efforts. Current work on maintenance worker and vehicle protection is also set to become a game changer for passenger, heavy-haul and freight operators.
As the long-term strategic partner and systems integrator for iron ore giant, Rio Tinto in Australia, we were the technical and delivery lead behind AutoHaul™, the world’s first fully autonomous heavy-haul rail network, and in 2022, for the new Gudai-Darri mine network extension. We continue to work closely with Rio Tinto to plan and manage assets, streamline maintenance (including rapid response and issue resolution), reduce fuel and carbon emissions, and set new benchmarks in heavy-haul safety, operational efficiency, and system flexibility.
For Roy Hill, we delivered a digital signalling and communication solution spanning nearly 350 kilometres of track: the first in the world to use a global navigation satellite system for signalling on a heavy-haul railway. It was designed in parallel with the mine’s phased requirements, with adaptability for future needs. More recently our work with Roy Hill has involved the design, fitment and testing of onboard technology.
Freight Projects Across Australia
Hitachi Rail has delivered sustainable transport solutions and network enhancements for freight rail operators in Australia including Arc Infrastructure, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Australia’s largest freight operator, Aurizon.
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