Adelaide, 19 May 2000 - Railway Technical Society of Australasia

The biggest rail industry conference to have ever been held in South Australia, and one of the largest held in Australia in recent years will take place at the Stamford Grand, Glenelg from Sunday May 21 to Tuesday May 23.

Over 340 delegates and exhibitors from around Australia and Overseas will attend the CORE2000 Conference on Railway Engineering hosted by the SA Chapter of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia.

RTSA, SA Chapter Chairman, Mr John Adams said today, "It is significant that South Australia is hosting CORE2000 as the State has always played a strategic role at the crossroads of our transcontinental rail routes. The theme of the conference "Railway Technology for the 21st Century" reflects the increasing need for new and improved technology to assist the rail industry in achieving its full potential in providing innovative transport solutions for the 21st century."

The Conference will be officially opened at 8.50 a.m. on Monday 22 May, by the Hon John Olsen MP, Premier of South Australia. Keynote speakers will include Mr Mike Franke, former Vice President and Chief Engineer of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad in the US and Mr David Marchant, Managing Director of the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Overseas speaker from Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, the USA and New Zealand will complement a diverse line up of Australian presenters in exploring the conference theme. Technical papers will be presented on a wide range of issues, including performance monitoring, rail safety, track analysis, infrastructure development, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction.

A trade exhibition will also be held at the Stamford Grand in conjunction with the CORE2000 technical presentations and the gala dinner at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday evening will be attended by over 400 people.

RTSA National Chairman, Dr Philip Laird in Adelaide for the conference said, "The rail industry continues to play a vital role in transporting large volumes of freight around the country. In our major capital cities, conventional and light rail services play a strategic role in moving high volumes of people within metropolitan areas, thereby easing road congestion and reducing vehicle exhaust emissions.

The rail industry in Australia remains a significant employer with over 180 private and public companies employing around 80,000 people in Australia. It generates significant economic benefit to the country with an output of goods and services of $7 billion per annum, or approximately 2% of national GDP. 

Dr Laird concluded by saying, "The RTSA believes that railways in Australia will continue deliver considerable transport cost savings to business and the community as well as significant environmental and social benefits."

For further information contact: Mark Carter, CORE2000 Conference Manager on 0408 800 903

Keynote Speakers and other presenters will be available for interview from 10.30 a.m. on Monday and during the remainder of the event. The RTSA is a professional society of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, that promotes the science and practice of railway engineering and related technology.

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