The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) is a world wide non-governmental, scientific and technological association of heavy haul railways and their advocates.
The IHHA is incorporated in the United States of America as a not-for-profit association.

2013 Conference in India


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Sharing Canada's Experience with Long Freight Trains


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The IHHA 10th International Conference in New Delhi

The IHHA 10th International Conference in New Delhi, India on February 4 - 6, 2013 was an outstanding success. Congratulations to the Co-Chairmen, Ranjan Jain, Advisor Infrastructure Ministry of Railways, India and Semih Kalay, Sr. Vice President, Technology, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. USA. The conference was attended by 676 delegates from 21 countries. There were a total of 127 technical presentations together with a poster session and exhibition hall. Technical and Cultural tours were held following the conference. A 2 1/2 day Heavy Haul Track Workshop was conducted before the conference and was attended by 117 railway engineers and managers. 17 presenters contributed to the workshop which was organized and managed by John Leeper, retired BNSF and based on the second IHHA Best Practice Book, Track.

At the Conference the IHHA Board of Directors announced the election of the newest member of the Heavy Haul of Fame ; Congratulations Bill Wimmer, Vice President Engineering, Union Pacific, retired. Bill becomes the 10th member of this elite group which includes, Braam le Roux, Bill Harris, John German, Steve Marich, Harry Tournay, Dan Stone, Gerg Zhixin, Joe Lalousek and Pierre Lombard.

Clayton McDonald, Vice President Network Operations, AURIZON in Australia joins the IHHA Board of Directors and will represent the heavy haul railway interests in eastern Australia. Welcome aboard Clay.

Director Stephen Cathcart, General Manager Integrated Planning, Fortesque Metals Group Limited, was elected Chairman and Semih Kalay, Sr. Vice President, Technology, TTCI was reelected Vice Chairman of the IHHA Board of Directors.

The next scheduled IHHA Conference will be held in Perth, Australia on June 21-24, 2015. The conference theme will be Operational Excellence.

Opening Session 2013 Conference, New Delhi, India:

Heavy Haul Updates from Australia (Please click on this link to open the PowerPoint)

Heavy Haul Updates from India (Please click on this link to open the PowerPoint)

Heavy Haul Updates from Nordic Region (Please click on this link to open the PowerPoint)

Heavy Haul Updates from North America (Please click on this link to open the PowerPoint)