Australia Southern Railroad's $6m boost for regional railway workshops


South Australian rail operator, Australia Southern Railroad (ASR) has awarded the engineering company EDI Rail a total of $6 million in contracts associated with the Alice Springs to Darwin rail project. The contracts are for the refurbishment of locomotives and wagons to be used for construction of the rail link. The work will be carried out at EDI’s Port Augusta Workshops.

Australia Southern Railroad (ASR), a subsidiary of the Australian Railroad Group (ARG), will provide the construction trains to be used in building the railway.

The contracts awarded to EDI Rail provide for:

·        Full overhaul, upgrading and repaint of four 2000hp 422 class mainline locomotives.

·      Full overhaul, upgrading and repaint of four 3000hp L Class mainline locomotives.

·        Refurbishment and modification of 26 permanently coupled pairs of rail wagons.

The locomotives will be used in groups of three on the construction trains, which will radiate from Tennant Creek and Katherine to the railheads, carrying the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rail, sleepers and ballast required for the project.

The modified rail wagons will be used to transport 27.5 metre lengths of steel rail from the OneSteel plant at Whyalla to Alice Springs.

Chief Executive Officer of ASR, Wayne James said, “ASR is pleased that the work is being awarded to South Australian workshops. Port Augusta has a long and proud tradition as a strategic railway centre and it is only fitting that these workshops should play a pivotal role in the Alice to Darwin project.”

“This investment by ASR, comes on top of the financial commitment to the project from the Federal and State Governments and the Consortium partners. The refurbishment of the locomotives will extend their working life by at least ten years, well beyond the project’s construction phase.”

“They will continue to be a valuable asset to ASR and will assist with the further expansion of our business as we take advantage of the opportunities provided by the expanding regional and interstate rail freight market,” Mr James said.

EDI Rail State Manager, John Jason said, “I am delighted that our company has won the contracts. Contracts such as these are very important in creating opportunities to ensure continuity of employment for our workshop staff.”


Australia Southern Railroad is wholly owned by the Australian Railroad Group (ARG), Australia’s largest private rail operator. ARG through ASR and its other subsidiary Australia Western Railroad (AWR), provides intrastate rail freight haulage of bulk commodities to key industries in South Australia and Western Australia, as well as short-haul shunting and terminal operations in SA. It is also a major supplier of locomotives, crews and wagon leasing services to freight forwarders and infrastructure providers operating on interstate rail corridors.

ARG is jointly owned by leading US regional rail operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and WA based conglomerate Wesfarmers.

ARG is part of the Asia Pacific Transport Consortium, which will soon start construction and operation of the Alice Springs to Darwin rail link.


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