MPs get a close-up look at railway giant

MPs get a close-up look at railway giant

The visit was part a familiarisation trip to view the railway operator’s extensive operations.

Brookfield Rail service delivery manager Adam Sidebottom and corporate affairs manager Melanie Henley escorted Jim Chown MLC, Michael Sutherland MLA, Paul Miles MLA, Chris Hatton MLA and East Metropolitan Region Alyssa Hayden MLC on the day-long tour.

Brookfield’s network spans about 5500km and is a crucial transport link that provides access to the eastern states and overseas markets through the region’s six government-owned ports.

The network carries a wide range of commodities including grain, iron ore, mining products, general container freight and interstate freight. It also carries about 132,000 passengers.

After stopping in Midland, the group boarded a hi-rail vehicle specifically designed so it can operate on both roads and railway lines and stopped off at Brookfield’s asset protection supersite at Millendon in the Swan Valley.

Ms Hayden said the familiarisation tour was informative.

‘Not only did we gain a better understanding of the Tier 1, 2 and 3 rail network but we also learnt of the innovative technologies Brookfield Rail has installed that are designed to protect cargo,’ she said.

The asset protection supersite has a range of sensors that ensure a train is safe and fit to travel into a densely populated area or travel for long distances over the Nullarbor.

The sensors monitor the sounds of each individual wheel bearing on a train, identifying failed wheel bearings and defective wheels. It has live video streaming to identify overloading and uneven loading of wagons and can detect dragging or overhanging materials.

There are also level crossing monitors to measure the health of Brookfield Rail’s 500-plus active level crossings in real time.