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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.

2019 - Narvik Norway Technical Conference - "Heavy Haul 4.0 - Achieving Breakthrough Performance Levels"

The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with Bane NOR and Trafikverket (Nordic Heavy Haul) will be hosting its 12th International Heavy Haul Conference on 10-14th at the Arctic University of Norway in Narvik, Norway.        Based on past successes, the conference will be broken into three sections:

  • Optional Technical Training for Railway Professionals June 10-11th
  • Main STS conferenence June 12-14th
  • Optional Technical tour will be arranged June 15th. 

At this point we are collecting abstracts for the conference that will include streams that focus on:

  • Vehcile Track Systems
  • Track
  • Bridges and Tunnels
  • Operations
  • Rollingstock
  • Motive Power, Traction, and Energy Efficicency
  • Heavy Haul Under Extreme Conditions
  • Human Factors
  • And many others.  

Sponsorship packages and more information will be available at our dedicated conference website:  www.ihha2019.com

Don't hestiate to contact us if additional information is needed at [email protected]


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), hosted its 11th International Heavy Haul Conference, on 02 – 06 September 2017, at the prestigious Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.    Over a thousand delegates from 35 countries attended this outstanding event. 


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."