Our rail network is the largest privately-owned and operated rail system in Australia. It currently services 16 mines via mainline systems of more than 1,700 kilometres.


  • 200 locos and 11500 wagons, enabling 54 full train consists.

Train configuration:

  • Robe Valley – 3 locomotives hauling 167 ore cars
  • Pooled Fleet – 3 locomotives hauling 236 ore cars
Rail access roads

Our rail access roads are privately-owned and run parallel to our network throughout the Pilbara, providing maintenance access to the railway.

In order to drive on the rail access roads you must hold a valid permit.

  • General public - 30 day general public permits can be obtained by visiting your closest north west visitor centre or completing a short online training module.
  • Rio Tinto employees - If you are a permanent Rio Tinto employee you can access the training through your training profile or by contacting the Rail training team.
  • Company permits - Companies working in the Pilbara can travel on the rail access roads if the vehicle driver carries a copy of a company permit, they have a completed the online training, and the vehicle is registered and roadworthy. The permit does not cover sub-contractors unless specific arrangements have been made. Company permits are valid for 12 months.

Infringements will be issued for any persons who breach the safety requirements of the rail access roads. An initial breach will result in a formal notification and any subsequent breach may result in access being denied and your permit withdrawn.

For current road conditions contact our recorded information service on (08) 9143 6464.

Complete rail access road permit training

Rail access road map Cape Lambert to Pannawonica

Rail access road map Dampier to Tom Price

Rail access roads and crossings map