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The RTAA was established in 1973, following the first International Rail Sleeper Conference which was held in Sydney. The conference was the catalyst for the establishment of the RTAA, at that time called the Rail Sleeper Association.

In 2013 we celebrated our 40th anniversary and, in the following years, we have continued to grow. Some of our achievements and key players in our history are provided on the timeline below.

  • The Beginnings

    The Rail Sleeper Association was established at the First International Rail Sleeper Conference in Sydney

    TIn 1973, Brookes C. Wilson, Managing Director Koppers Australia Pty Ltd, became the first RTAA President (known as the Rail Sleeper Association at this time). He held the position until 1978

  • Rail Track Journal

    The first edition of Rail Track Journal is published by the Association

    Between 1979 and 1995, the Rail Track Journal was published by the RTAA

  • Name Change

    The Association’s name is changed to Rail Track and Sleeper Association

  • Change to RTAA Name

    The Association’s name is changed to the present Rail Track Association of Australia

  • Last Rail Track Journal

    The last Rail Track Journal is published

  • Track and Signal Magazine

    Track and Signal Magazine is established - taking over the work of the RTAA in publishing the successful Rail Track Journal

  • Passing of Steve Maxwell

    Dennis Dobson assumes the Presidency after the passing of Steve Maxwell

    Sadly, Steve Maxwell passed away in 1997. An award in his honour is presented by the NSW PWI every year at their annual convention

  • Joining Forces

    The RTAA took a new direction and secured an agreement with the ARA to join forces with other national rail associations, (including RTSA, IRSE and ARIC), to host a new rail conference

  • AusRAIL

    The first AusRAIL event is held in Sydney

  • Yellow Ties

    Yellow Ties are distributed for the first time at an AusRAIL Dinner (that is the RTAA’s inaugural No Tie Dinner)

  • Field Days

    The First Field Days event is held, in partnership with RailCorp, at Clyde Sidings in Sydney

  • 2nd Field Day

    The RTAA holds the second Field Days event

  • Frank Franklyn Young Achievement Award

    The Frank Franklyn Young Achievement Award is established and is won by Adam Morris. Sadly, Frank, a founding member and later a life member, passed away earlier in this year

  • Strategic Plan

    The Executive Committee develop a new Strategic Plan. It is the framework for the RTAA’s current priorities

  • 3rd Field Day

    The third RTAA Field Days event is held. The No Tie Dinner is held including the Steve Maxwell wine collection, dedicated to his memory. At the end of this year, the first online member survey is conducted

  • RTAA website

    The new RTAA website and logo are launched. The fourth Field Days event is held as well as the No Tie Dinner

  • No Tie Dinner

    The first No Tie Dinner is held that is independent of a Field Days event

  • 5th Field Day

    The fifth Field Days event is held. The second member survey is also conducted

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