CORE (Conference on Railway Excellence)


CORE has grown to be one of the most respected railway technical conferences available, offering only peer reviewed technical papers of the highest standard. CORE is a non-commercial conference overseen by a voluntary organising committee of railway professionals as a service to the profession and the industry and offers high value for money to attend.

CORE offers complimentary Emerging Rail Professionals Scholarships to selected undergraduates and recent graduates to promote the rail industry as a unique place to build a career.

CORE2025 planning is underway. It will be held in June 2025 in Auckland, New Zealand.


CORE2023 was recently held in Melbourne 19-21 June, 2023.  Click here – ENCA_3689_Program Handbook – for the program.

Previous CORE conferences have been held in:

  • CORE2023 – Melbourne (Theme – “Celebrating 25 Years in Motion”)
  • CORE2021 – Perth (Theme – “Collaborating to Master Complexity”)
  • CORE2018 – Sydney (Theme – “Rail: smart, automated, sustainable”)
  • CORE2016 – Melbourne (Theme – “Maintaining the Momentum”)
  • CORE2014 – Adelaide (Theme – “Rail Transport for a Vital Economy”)
  • CORE2012 – Brisbane (Theme – “Global Perspectives”)
  • CORE2010 – Wellington (Theme – “Rail – Rejuvenation & Renaissance”)
  • CORE2008 – Perth (Theme – “Rail – The Core of Integrated Transport”)
  • CORE2006 – Melbourne (Theme – “Rail Achieving Growth”)
  • CORE2004 – Darwin (Theme – “New Horizons for Rail”)
  • CORE2002 – Wollongong (Theme – “Cost-efficient railways through engineering”)
  • CORE2000 – Adelaide (Theme – “Railway Technology for the 21st Century”)
  • CORE1998 – Yeppoon (Theme – “Engineering Innovation for a Competitive Edge”)
  • CORE1995 – Melbourne (Theme – “World Best Practice The What Why and How”)^
  • CORE1993 – Newcastle (Theme – “Contracting Railways – Safety, Standards and the Surroundings”)^
  • CORE1991 – Adelaide – Asset Maintenance^
  • CORE1987 – Perth – Productivity – What can engineers contribute^
  • CORE1985 – Brisbane – Electrification^
  • CORE1983 – Melbourne – Upgrading Australia’s Railways^
  • CORE1981 – Sydney – Track and Vehicle Dynamics^

^via RTSA’s precursor, the National Committee on Railway Engineering

In 2014, CORE changed it’s name from Conference on Railway Engineering to Conference on Railway Excellence.


RTSA is a supporter of the Rail Knowledge Bank which houses papers from previous CORE conferences*.

*Proceedings from 2000, 2002 and 2004 are available in the Documents Folder in the members only section.