Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award
FRANK FRANKLYN YOUNG RAIL SPECIALIST AWARD 2012
The RTAA Management Committee awarded their annual Young Rail Specialist Achievement Award for Excellence and Innovation in Canberra on 28 November 2012. This award is granted to an eligible young specialist in the rail infrastructure industry (not necessarily an engineer) to recognise and encourage their contribution in their field, or generally in areas that are relevant to the objectives of the RTAA. The prize for this prestigious award is a trip to an international rail exhibition to the value of up to $10,000. The award is granted annually to a deserving nominee at the Gala Dinner at the AusRAIL Conference.
Winner - Rimmy Chahal (John Holland Rail)
Second Place - Daniel Thomson (RailCorp)
Third Place - Gareth Beynon
Highly Commended - Greg Salisbury (Leighton Contractors)
L-R Daniel Thomson, Greg Salisbury, David Bainbridge, Gareth Beynon and Rimmy Chahal David Bainbridge presenting the Frank Franklyn Award to Rimmy Chahal
This year it was decided to also award the runners-up with prizes. The second place winner receives a prize of attendance at a rail conference to the value of $2,000 while the third place receives a prize of attendance at a rail conference to the value of $1,000. All winners receive three year's free personal membership of the RTAA. We also invite our winners to present their submissions for this award at a Networking Meeting in 2012.
Past winners of this prestigious Award have been: Adam Morris (2008), Damien Brizzi (2009) and Ilija Kolak (2010) and James Vu (2011).
Who was Frank Franklyn?
Francis Gustave Franklyn was born in Lismore in 1911. Frank began his career in the railways as a cadet draftsman and over a career spanning 47 years he achieved the role of General Manager, Way and Works Branch, Public Transport Commission of NSW more recently known as the Chief Civil Engineer, in 1976.
In 1979 he was elected as Vice President of the Rail Track Association, a position he held until 1987. He continued to attend Council meetings until 1990 when he officially retired from the Association. He was awarded Honorary Life Member of the RTAA, and remained very active in our Association until 2007. He passed away in September 2008.
Frank earned the respect and admiration of others for his leadership skills, knowledge of the industry, courage and determination. In his memory the RTAA established the Young Rail Track Specialist Award in 2008 when the inaugural award was presented.