The Murray Basin rail project, initiated in February 2015, includes significant upgrades on Victoria's rail freight network in order to standardise the rail freight services across Northern Victoria and increase the freight capacity.
Austrak was founded in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be Australia’s largest railway sleeper manufacturer and a world-leader in prestressed concrete sleeper design and production technologies.
For more than 30 years Austrak has provided its clients with safety, certainty and engineering excellence.
In that time, it has produced in excess of 18 million sleepers and built 12 factories in Australia and overseas.
Austrak specialises in providing flexible client-oriented cost-effective solutions, including sleeper design and supply, and end to end logistics capability.
New Dubai factory
The Dubai factory is Austrak’s newest and largest facility which commenced manufacturing in January 2012 and provides capacity in a location that could serve local and international projects.
Located in the heart of the Dubai Industrial district, the factory is just a few kilometres from the Port of Jebel Ali.
Austrak has developed a specially designed sleeper pack for easy handling and maximum sleeper protection during transit. With packaging targeted to impact areas, our slingable pack enables safe and efficient loading and unloading processes.
Concrete sleepers for heavy haul
Austrak’s emphasis on research and development in sleeper design and production technologies ensures it remains at the forefront of the industry. It supplies into the heaviest and most demanding railways in the world.
Austrak has in-house design expertise to develop sleeper designs for any application in any track gauge from 9tal to 50tal, 600mm to 1,600mm gauge. The patented design approach used for developing the concrete TRS sleeper provides an innovative solution for next generation metros.
The product range includes:
- Heavy haul sleepers
- Light rail sleepers
- Special sleepers
- Turnout bearers
- Mainline sleepers
- Timber replacement sleepers (TRS)
- Level crossings
While Austrak specialises in sleeper solutions, its real product is the intellectual property tied up in its factory designs and operating systems.
Some factories have been custom-built to meet a client’s specific project needs, at times in very remote and challenging locations.
The factories operate under Austrak’s own work methods and quality assurance standards which are third party accredited to ISO 9001. The systems also comply with the requirements of ISO 14001.
Austrak owns the design of more than 12 tailor-made machines. Built-in automation improves product quality by reducing product variation concerns.
Envisaged in 1911 with the creation of the Northern Territories, the 1,420km (880-mile) line between Alice Springs and Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory was completed on 17 September 2003.
Iron ore railways in the Pilbara region of north-west Western Australia are the most productive railways in the world and are set to improve over the next few years now that Hamersley Iron has finalised an agreement with Robe River Iron Associates to form a joint rail operation.
Tilt train technology has been introduced to eastern Australia in June 2003 following completion of Queensland Rail's (QR) A$590 million project to upgrade its 1,681km main line between Brisbane and Cairns, cutting journey times by seven hours, three times a week.
Austrak's Dubai factory continues to exceed production targets and is on track to make its fourth shipment of sleepers into Port Hedland this July.
Austrak's newest factory, their twelfth worldwide and the first in Dubai, produced its first pre-stressed concrete railway sleepers last week.
Austrak continues to grow in global reach and reputation, with work commencing on its first factory outside of Australia. Based in Dubai, this latest factory will be the twelfth built by Austrak since their inception 30 years ago.
On August 5, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) announced that Austrak had been awarded the $50m contract to produce 500,000 new pre-stressed concrete sleepers for ARTC track upgrades. The concrete sleepers will be used as part of the concrete resleepering of the line betw
The contract involves the supply of a minimum of 1.25 million sleepers and fasteners for its $2 billion North-South rail upgrade project, which will be delivered over the next three years. To meet the demand, Austrak will be manufacturing approximately 250,000 concrete sleeper
At a special event in Darwin, it was announced that Austrak had won the 'top employer' award at the Northern Land Council's 2006 Employer Excellence Awards. Judges of the awards were looking for projects, companies and individuals who have made a significant difference to the lives of
The new concrete sleeper factory at Wagga Wagga, which will supply one million concrete sleepers for Australian Rail Track Corporations Ltd's (ARTC) concrete re-sleepering of the interstate rail line between Sydney and Melbourne, is proceeding on schedule and will have its first pour of concret
Queensland Rail's (QR) CEO, Bob Scheuber, and the executive chairman of Laing O'Rourke Australia (the owner of Austrak), Andrew Wilson, took part in a signing ceremony at Austrak's Rockhampton factory to acknowledge the new relationship between QR and Austrak, known as the concrete sleeper sup