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Monumental book on heavy haul locomotives sets up industry award

Published: 27 February 2019

Mark Lendich, Sir George Julius, Professor Maksym Spiryagin, Professor Peter Wolfs, Professor Colin Cole, Dr Yan Quan Sun and Tim McSweeney.
Mark Lendich (Engineers Australia) at left with Sir George Julius Medal winners Professor Maksym Spiryagin, Professor Peter Wolfs, Professor Colin Cole, Dr Yan Quan Sun and Tim McSweeney.

Five CQUni researchers and a Russian colleague have earned a prestigious Sir George Julius* Medal for their monumental book on the Design and Simulation of Heavy Haul Locomotives and Trains.

The award was presented during the 2019 Engineers Australia Central Regional Forum, hosted at CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus on Wednesday 27 February.

Engineers Australia Queensland Division President Mark Lendich congratulated Professor Maksym Spiryagin, Professor Peter Wolfs, Professor Colin Cole, Dr Yan Quan Sun and TIm McSweeney from CQUniversity and their collaborating author, Valentyn Spiryagin who is a railway consultant in Russia.

Published by CRC Press, the book includes 459 pages and 363 illustrations, offering a comprehensive insight on all the aspects of heavy haul freight train technology and operations.

Accepting the award, Professor Spiryagin said the book was a massive project but the authors would "continue their quest to educate and enlighten students, academics and engineering professionals through future endeavours".

The book's summary notes that, with the increasing demands for safer freight trains operating with higher speed and higher loads, it is necessary to implement methods for controlling longer, heavier trains.

"This requires a full understanding of the factors that affect their dynamic performance," the summary says.

"Simulation techniques allow proposed innovations to be optimised before introducing them into the operational railway environment.

"Coverage is given to the various types of locomotives used with heavy haul freight trains, along with the various possible configurations of those trains.

"This book serves as an introductory text for college students, and as a reference for engineers practising in heavy haul rail network design."

* Sir George Julius was an Australian inventor and entrepreneur who invented the world's first automatic totalisator, a device showing the number and amount of bets staked on a race.