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Informa Australia's AusRAIL PLUS opens in Sydney on 26th November

The world’s leading authorities on rail will gather in Sydney when AusRAIL PLUS 2013 opens at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday, 26 November.

AusRAIL PLUS takes place from 26-28 November and will be hosted in conjunction with the 10th World Congress on Railway Research, which opens a day earlier on 25 November and brings together international researchers, manufacturers and operators from more than 30 nations and features over 195 plenary and technical presentations.

The co-located events will become the largest ever gathering on rail in the Southern Hemisphere, with more than 300 speakers and 5,000 attendees across the two conferences and exhibition. It will include a live train simulator and will be the last major exhibition hosted at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre before the venue closes for renovations.

‘Driving the costs out of Rail’ is the theme of AusRAIL PLUS, where more than 100 rail industry experts will speak on how to conquer this challenge. AusRAIL is Australasia’s premier rail conference and exhibition and will include presentations by government leaders, and local and international rail industry executives, engineers, project managers and academics.

“Australia has the sixth largest rail network in the world - moving 1 billion tonnes of freight and
undertaking 780 million customer journeys every year. The full potential of our railway network can only be realised when we tackle the challenge of driving the costs out of rail,” said Bryan Nye, CEO, Australasian Railway Association which is the lead Association hosting the event in conjunction with Informa Australia.

AusRAIL PLUS 2013 Conference and Exhibition - Opening Day
World Congress of Railway Research (WCRR) - Day Two

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000, Australia

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 – 9am – 5.30pm

Event Highlights:
9.20am – Ministerial Address
by The Hon. Bob Baldwin MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Industry
9.40amThe importance of R&D in supporting Rail Business – CEO Forum with Sir David Higgins, CEO Network Rail  UK; Howard Collins, CEO, Sydney Trains and Lisa Stabler, CEO, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (US)
10am – Exhibition Floor Opens including live Train Simulator + 400 Exhibitors
11.15am – Three technical papers specially selected from the WCRR to be presented to the AusRAIL audience showcasing the best of rail innovation

For the full event agenda, visit

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Australasian Railway Association ( The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) is a member-based association that represents passenger, freight, track, manufacturing, construction, supply and other rail companies in Australasia. The ARA is actively involved in the development of rail policy to ensure industry views are represented when decisions affecting rail are being made.