// Rail maintenance at Port Kembla

Rhomberg Rail takes over responsibility for below rail maintenance at one of the busiest ports in Australia

Leading rail infrastructure company, Rhomberg Rail Australia (RRA), is pleased to an-nounce the start of a new project in the Illawarra region - delivering vital rail mainte-nance services at the Port Kembla shipping terminal.

RRA has entered into a contract with Pacific National (PN), one of Australia’s largest coal haulage operators, to carry out ongoing below rail maintenance, including track structures, track infrastructure and civil drainage for NSW Ports Kembla.

The NSW Ports Kembla Rail Network branches off the Sydney Trains Metropolitan Network and includes the Outer Harbour and the Inner Harbour at Port Kembla, which comprises 29km of plain track, 88 turnouts, 6 bridges, 4 level crossings, weighbridges, signalling and electrical equipment. 

RRA Managing Director, Garry Thuer, said up to 13 staff would be working on site at various times throughout the project. This includes two female engineers and two new staff from Wollongong, specifically employed to work on various routine maintenance activities.

RRA will incorporate its in-house asset management knowledge to this contract, with the aim to optimise the existing infrastructure performance and to maximise “Whole of Life Benefit” of the assets.   

“RRA is looking forward to be bringing our expertise in ongoing rail maintenance to this project for PN at Port Kembla,” Mr Thuer said today.

“Importantly, RRA is pleased to be contributing to the Illawarra economy by creating two new jobs. Both positions have been awarded to Wollongong locals, who are from Cor-rimal and Thirroul.”

RRA currently maintains other track infrastructure for various clients in the region, ex-tending to Nowra.