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The normal schedule of conferences and specialist technical sessions is as follows:

International Conferences -- every four years. These conferences will be hosted by one of the members in their country and will incorporate a program that includes the full spectrum of heavy haul subjects. Technical tours are scheduled before and after the meetings. Normally the conference and tours will cover a period of five days.

Specialist Technical Session (STS) - every four years and scheduled to fall in between the International Conferences (two years before and after). These are smaller conferences focused on critical issues of heavy haul operations. For example, in 1999 in Moscow, Russia a STS meeting was held on the subject of Wheel/Rail Issues of heavy haul railroads.


2017 - Cape Town International Conference - "Advancing Heavy Haul Technologies and Operations in a Changing World"

The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with Transnet and the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA), will be hosting its 11th International Heavy Haul Conference, on 02 – 06 September 2017, at the prestigious Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. A record 420 abstracts were received!

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2015 - Perth, Australia - "Operational Excellence"

The 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference was held 21 - 24 June 2015 in Perth, Western Australia at the world class facilities of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with a theme of “Operational Excellence.”


2013 - New Delhi, India - "Capacity Building Through Heavy Haul Operations"

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, Ministry of Railways, India and Semih Kalay, Sr. Vice President, Technology, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. USA and the small cohesive team of Indian Railway officers. The conference was attended by 676 delegates from 21 countries. The theme was "Sustaining Heavy Haul Operations by Best Practices."