The Railways in India: A Big Network With Big Opportunities for Australia

Everything about railways in India is big. The country has one of the world’s largest rail networks under single management, 119,600km of track, and a transportation system that carries over 22 million passengers a day and 8.4 billion passengers a year.

A number of Australian universities are home to highly regarded specialist centres for railway engineering. In recent years, these specialist centres have been contributing to India’s rail modernisation program. Melbourne’s Institute for Railway Technology (IRT) at Monash University, which has established a track record in solving railway-related technical issues, was recently engaged by India’s state-owned DFCCIL – the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited – to advise on setting-up a new research and development entity to support the development of rail in India.

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