Melbourne’s metropolitan tram system is the biggest in the world. Obviously, the system’s operator Yarra Trams requires the best tracks available. And those have been coming exclusively from the voestalpine Schienen GmbH for the last 21 years.
“Never change a winning team” is a motto managers at Yarra Trams and voestalpine Schienen GmbH eagerly live by. Even though both companies are roughly 16,000 km apart, the team play between both has worked flawlessly for the past 21 years.
Custom tracks for the world’s biggest tram network
All in all, it’s 245 kilometers of tracks the Yarra Trams carriages travel on in South Australian metropolis Melbourne. The partially very old carriages require tracks of the highest quality, which all come from the voestalpine manufacturing site in Donawitz. voestalpine Schienen GmbH delivers 1,500 to 2,000 tons of tracks to Australia yearly, most of them grooved rails and Vignol rails. The unique grooved rail model RI57A was developed specifically for the Yarra Trams network to prevent derailments and provide more safety for cyclists. Currently, the new heat-treated grooved rail 290GHT-CL is being introduced, which is more weldable and more resistant to wearout.
Effective team play
The team play between voestalpine Schienen GmbH and Yarra Trams exceeds the mere supplier-customer-relationship. Melbourne’s tram operator represents the Austrian track manufacturer in Australia’s local traffic sector, like helping with acquisitions in Adelaide and Gold Coast. Not long ago, a grooved rail project in Sydney was assigned to voestalpine Schienen GmbH. But the company’s reputation is not limited to Australia: Yarra Trams sold Styrian tracks to the New Zealand cities of Auckland and Christchurch. That only proves that team play between two companies can work marvelously, even with a few time zones in between.