Careers in Rail
More than 2,000 people are employed in rail throughout Western Australia in diverse operational and professional occupations. This figure includes 1,394 in rail freight transport, 351 in rail passenger transport and 347 in areas not further defined. Many more work in support industries providing goods and services.
The rail industry is made up of companies involved in the transportation of freight and companies operating railways for the transportation of passengers. The industry is characterised by a relatively small number of very large organisations, with the remainder categorised as small to medium enterprises. Rail transport involves two main sectors: rail infrastructure which spans track works, construction of tunnels, crossing and bridges and rail operations which involve the day-to-day running of a rail network.
Companies involved in freight operate for-hire railways that transport freight; operate terminal or depot facilities for receiving, dispatching or transferring rail freight; or provide services allied to railway transport. The industry also includes the management of rail infrastructure and assets used by the freight rail industry. This industry does not include railroads operated in-house for the transportation of goods.
The majority of passenger services run on intra-urban lines with three regional lines and a small percentage of rail in the tourist sector. The primary activities of companies in this industry are passenger transport services (railway); railway station operations and suburban railway transport services.
Rail in WA consists of a 5,500 kilometre open access, multi-user rail freight network extending throughout the southern half of Western Australia operated and managed by Brookfield Rail; the Electrified Urban Passenger Network maintained by the Public Transport Authority, the interstate standard gauge line from Kalgoorlie to Adelaide which is owned by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and a number of heavy haul, standard gauge rail lines in the Pilbara which run from inland mines to the ports of Dampier, Cape Lambert and Port Hedland.
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