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Rail innovation

Ferreira, Luis (2005) Rail innovation. In Sayeg, P. & Charles, P. (Eds.) Transport Innovation: A New Era for Australia. CL Creations, Lane Cove, N.S.W., 12.1-12.9.

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Abstract

As Australia moves into the 21st century, rail is again poised to contribute significantly to an efficient and environmentally sound transport and logistics sector of the national economy

Private enterprise, having been responsible for the first rail developments in Australia in the mid-19th century is again playing a major role in harnessing the potential for rail to become a vital component of the freight and logistics sector of the national economy in the 21st century. Australia’s geography and settlement patterns have made efficient, effective and low cost transport critical to the country’s economic and social wellbeing. Rail played a significant part in the rate and the pattern of development of the country in the 19th century with its emphasis on moving people and freight between coastal ports and their hinterlands. From mining to agricultural developments, rail was vital in lowering costs and improving access to markets. The different rail systems, which were further developed by governments, comprised an extensive collection of mainly unconnected lines by the 1920’s suitable for the economic needs of the day. The rapid development of an integrated national economy in the 20th century saw the progressive transformation of railways into a unified network culminating in the linking of Darwin to a standard gauge network linking all state capital cities on the Australian mainland. As Australia moves into the 21st century, rail is again poised to contribute significantly to an efficient and environmentally sound transport and logistics sector of the national economy.

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ID Code: 2514
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details : l.ferreira@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Railway operations, railway track management, rolling stock maintenance, train planning, train scheduling, intelligent transport systems, railway education, railway technologies, railway materials
ISBN: 0958067031
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 CL Creations
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:28

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