An Insight into Rollingstock Engineering Course

ARA and the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) will conduct the Insight into Rollingstock Engineering course again in 2019.

The 1.5 day introductory course will provide an insight into the principles used in the design, manufacture and maintenance of railway rollingstock including locomotives, passenger cars, multiple unit trains and freight wagons. The course is designed for those new to the industry and those required to liaise with rail engineering people involved with rollingstock acquisition, operation and whole of life support projects and the interface between each of the rail operating systems.

Due to the continuing uncertainty relating to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and the travel and event attendance restrictions being introduced by some members, the ARA Board has has decided that all ARA events until the end of June will not be going ahead. We are planning for these events to be rescheduled later this year, new dates will be promoted in the ARA Weekly Update and Event Alert emails when confirmed.

If you have booked places for an event, we will be in contact with you in the next two weeks or organise refunds.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however the health and wellbeing of attendees is of the utmost importance to the ARA and we appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support.

Insight into Rollingstock Engineering Course flyer

2020 courses (dates tbc)

  • Sydney 
  • Brisbane 
  • Melbourne

Registration fee

Registration includes the 1.5 day course, hard copy and electronic versions of all presentations, morning, afternoon tea and lunch. Prices are in $AUD and include GST:

  • ARA/RTSA members - $1,240
  • Non-members - $1,620

* Employees of ARA Members and members of the RTSA are eligible for the Member Rate, to obtain the Discount Code, email

Course content

  • Type of Rollingstock
  • Rollingstock Dynamics - Adhesion
  • Bogies
  • Diesel Elec Loco Design - Engines - AC/DC - Auxiliaries
  • Freight Wagons
  • Passenger Rollingstock - Types
  • Passenger Rollingstock - Design
  • Passenger Rollingstock - Devices
  • Braking Systems
  • Railway Safety
  • Management of Risk
  • Maintenance
  • Support Services
  • Interfaces


  • John Watsford BSc (Elec Eng), FIE Aust, Life Member RTSA, Engineering Consultant
  • Ian Rossow BTech Elect, MIE Aust, Engineering Consultant
  • Colin Butcher BSC (Mech Eng), FIE Aust, Engineering Consultant

Further information

For further information or to register your interest to attend, please contact or on 02 6270 4527.