Section cars australia

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Section Cars Australia Co-Operative Ltd is currently applying to be a accredited heritage rollingstock operator based in Brisbane, Queensland and founded in November 2021 by 6 colleagues who share the love for section cars and railways. Section Cars Australia will operate vintage railway section cars on commercial rail lines.

Section cars (also known as a speeder, quad, trolley, inspection car or putt-putt) is a small railway track vehicle formally used by railways around Australia by rail work crews and inspectors, to move from worksite to worksite. During the 1990s, many section cars were withdrawn from service across Australia, in favour of utilising road-rail or hi-rail vehicles, which had more operational flexibility than section cars.

Section Cars Australia is fully insured and currently applying to be accredited with the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and is applying to have a track access agreement with Queensland Rail and Aurizon Network. Expansion of the group into New South Wales and Tasmania in the future is a core goal once operations have been proven to be successful in Queensland. The organisation regularly organises tours across the state to areas such as Wallangarra, Thallon, Warwick, Dalby, Chinchilla, Charleville, Quilpie, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, and Forsayth. Tours can last from single day, up to 6 days in length for longer tours. Further information can also be found in Section Cars Australia’s member information brochure.


John Summers

John Summers has been with Queensland Rail for over 44 years in numerous roles around the state including Night Officer Relief at Marlborough, 6th Class Assistant Station Master Relief at Bajool, 5th Class Assistant Station Master at Duaringa, 4th Class Assistant Station Master at Wallangarra, 4th Class Assistant Station Master at Helidon & 4th Class Redbank Roster. John has now worked 27 years in the Rail Management Centre as Train Control Supervisor and Day of Operations Coordinator.

Julian Hodson

Julian Hodson is a Network Controller with Queensland Rail and has worked in the rail industry for over 17 years. Julian holds a Master of Rail Operations Management from Central Queensland University and a Certificate 4 in Rail Safety Investigation, amongst other rail-based qualifications. As well as previously working in regional QR Control Centres, Julian now primary manages the Roma Street and Mayne Junction CBD control areas at the Rail Management Centre for the Brisbane suburban rail network.

Kent Wagner

Kent Wagner has had over 10 years experience in rail operations with many roles including Shunter in Charge at Mayne, Train Monitoring Officer, Network Control Officer at the Rail Management Centre. Kent is currently a Rail Traffic Guard on the Brisbane Suburban Network for Queensland Rail.

Hayden Quabba

Hayden has been with Queensland Rail for 5 years as a Network Control Officer. Prior to this worked for Mackay Sugar for 7 years as an Electrical Apprentice, Electrician and Traffic Officer coordinating the safe movement of Cane Trains across the Cane Railway System.

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell held a career spanning 42 years with Queensland Rail, 20 years as a former Station Master working all over Queensland including Mackay, Blackall, Cunnamulla and many locations in the South West Queensland area. Andrew also spent over 20 years in the Train Control environment as a Train Controller in the Regional Train Control Centre along with Supervisor and Day of Operations Coordinator in the Brisbane Rail Management Centre. Andrews holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessing and strengths include effective communication, leadership and encouraging a safe, teamwork environment. He has been involved for many years with Railway Heritage groups throughout Queensland.

Michael Fay

Michael Fay has more than 18 years experience in the rail industry with a strong background in operations and safeworking. Michael has held a number of positions from Train Control to senior management and supported the integration of major projects into the rail network.

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