The Railway Technical Society of Australasia

The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) is a Technical Society of Engineering Australia and a Technical Group of Engineering New Zealand formed to further the interests of the railway industry at large and its individual participants.  The RTSA is a non-profit organization and was established in 1997 for the purpose of promoting the co-operation of academic, industrial, commercial and governmental organizations in relation to the practice and advancement of railway technology and management in Australasia.

The Activities of the RTSA are directed towards providing leadership for the facilitation and coordination of professionalism in the railway industry and the encouragement of member contributions to the application of railway technology and good management practices. The objectives of the RTSA are, to stimulate the active contribution and participation of its members in the development and dissemination of railway technology and management knowledge, so to support the business of the railway industry, to provide for the continuing professional development of its members and to promote close working relationships amongst participants in the railway industry.

Currently there are six Chapters established under the RTSA umbrella. These include NSW Chapter (including NSW and ACT), SA Chapter (including N.T.), VIC Chapter (including Tasmania), QLD Chapter (including Overseas), Western Australia Chapter and New Zealand Chapter. All of these chapters will have programs running. The programs will not only address topical railway issues but provide the opportunity for joint meetings with other similar groups in the industry.


Our History

In June 2008, the RTSA published  “The Railway Technical Society of Australasia – The First Ten Years” by Philip Laird.  A pdf version of this publication is available here:

0036 RTS 10 Years_FINAL_v4

In December 1981, the National Committee on Railway Engineering (the precursor of the RTSA) submitted a detailed report on a the Bicentennial High-Speed Railway Project.  A copy of that report is available here:

High Speed Report NCRE December 1981