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The Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award is sponsored by the RTAA to promote excellence in the Australian rail community and recognise the achievements of young, outstanding individuals.

The award is aimed at all young rail specialists, not just young engineers.

What’s at stake?

Winners receive up to $10K to attend an international rail or transport conference of their choice.

Eligible participants are:

  • Employees of current corporate RTAA members, or personal members, who have held membership for at least one year
  • Under the age of 35
  • Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

Entrants must also have a minimum of five years’ experience in rail infrastructure fields of specialisation.

The 2016 winner is Paul Trask. Paul, a Project Engineer with Coleman Rail, impressed the panel with his entry entitled: Yarra Trams, Preston Workshop Yard Management System.

The winner is presented at the Australian Rail Industry Awards.

The 2017 winner is James Donovan.

James, a graduate engineer with Metro Trains Melbourne made an impressive win with his entry entitled:THE REMOTE ISOLATION SYSTEM: STREAMLINED SWITCHING IN MELBOURNE.

James has won travel costs valued up to $10,000 to attend a rail conference/exhibition overseas to Munster, Germany as well as an opportunity sit on the management committee of the RTAA. All winners receive three year's free personal membership of the RTAA. All winners are also invited to present their submissions at a Technical Session and Networking Meeting.

The 2016 winner is Paul Trask.

Paul, a  project engineer with Coleman Rail impressed the judging panel with his entry entitled: Yarra Trams, Preston Workshop Yard Management System
 

Paul has won travel costs valued up to $10,000 to attend a rail conference/exhibition overseas to Munster, Germany as well as an opportunity sit on the management committee of the RTAA.  All winners receive three year's free personal membership of the RTAA. All winners are also invited to present their submissions at a Technical Session and Networking Meeting.

2nd place winner - Shane Peirce - personal member and employee of LCRP Lendlease (prize - travel to the value of $2,000)

3rd place winner - Esther Warren, Metro Trains Melbourne (prize - travel to the value of $1,000)

Runner-up - Michelle Bakich, John Holland Rail 

The Award was  presented at the Australasian Rail Industry Award dinner in Melbourne on 7 July 2016. Four hundred guests attended this prestigious rail industry dinner. As in previous years, the RTAA judging committee will be selecting the winner or winners.

The Award was first established in 2008 in memory of one of the RTAA’s founding members, Frank Franklyn. Information on Frank’s inspirational life is provided below.

 

Winners 2015

The Frank Franklyn Award winners in 2015 are as follows:

Prize
Name
Employer
Paper
First Hassan Boussi Sydney Trains Bridge Renewal Granville
Second Daniel Cassar Vossloh Cogifer Australia  
Third Alex Pullman Metro Trains Melbourne  
Highly Commended Esther Warren Metro Trains Melbourne  

 

Winners 2014

The Frank Franklyn Award winners in 2014 are as follows:

Prize
Name
Employer
Paper
First Thomas Kerr Sydney Trains Track Reconstruction Works 2011 - 2014 Delivery Programme
Second Kathryn Crestan Sydney Trains  
Third David Nguyen Trackwork Services Alliance  
Highly Commended Jarrad Stephens Sydney Trains  

 

Winners 2013

The Frank Franklyn Award winners in 2013 are as follows:

Prize
Name
Employer
Paper
First Andrew Bressanutti John Holland Rail Link Track Reconstruction Works 2011 - 2014 Delivery Programme
Second Ian Maydew ARTC  
Third Sakdirat Kaewunruen Sydney Trains  
Highly Commended Daniel Thomson Sydney Trains  

 

Winners 2012

The Frank Franklyn Award winners in 2012 are as follows:

Prize
Name
Employer
Paper
First Rimmy Chahal John Holland Rail Link Track Reconstruction Works 2011 - 2014 Delivery Programme
Second Danial Thomson RailCorp  
Third Gareth Beynon Laing O'Rourke  
Highly Commended Greg Salisbury Leighton Contractors  

 

Who was Frank Franklyn?

Francis Gustave Franklyn was born in Lismore in 1911. He began his career in the railways as a cadet draftsman and, over a career spanning 47 years, he was promoted to the role of General Manager, Way and Works Branch, Public Transport Commission of NSW. This role has more recently been known as the Chief Civil Engineer.

In 1979 he was elected as Vice President of the Rail Track Association, a position he held until 1987. He continued to attend meetings until 1990, when he officially retired from the Association. He was awarded Honorary Life Member of the RTAA, and remained very active in the organisation 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.

 
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