Australia’s largest rail contractor launches new work trains business

Source: John Holland - 

28 January 2014

John Holland will today launch its work train operations with the handover of three refurbished diesel- electric locomotives.

John Holland is leasing the locomotives from Greentrains and is also purchasing 20 remote controlled ballast wagons and upgrading two ballast plough wagons.

The operation will be managed under a new organisational structure within the John Holland Rail division.

Executive General Manager for Transport Services, Karl Mociak, said the new locomotives will be utilised to haul ballast, rail and sleepers supplied by the Country Regional Network (CRN) across the NSW rail network.

“John Holland’s capabilities in rail cover all aspects of the rail life cycle, from project development to plant/equipment to systems assurance. We are recognised as offering our customers a whole-of-life approach,” Mr Mociak said.

“We are in the unique position of being able to offer our clients the full range of rail services from construction to operation.”

General Manager of Operations for Rail, Richard Stewart, said a variation to the John Holland regulatory accreditation was obtained in late October to operate diesel locomotives and freight wagons in NSW.

“When hauling ballast, these work trains will marry proven light axle load locomotives to newly designed 100 tonne remote controlled hopper wagons, providing the safest and most efficient service across the NSW network,” Mr Stewart said.

“Ballast delivery is key activity for the CRN delivery team, and having an integration of John Holland safety practices across this activity will ensure greater safety for our work force.”

The machines will commence work next month



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