Our History


Rail network privatised

The West Australian Government managed both passenger and freight rail services as Westrail in Western Australia until 18 December 2000. Westrail’s freight business was then sold to Australia Western Railroad (AWR), a consortium of Wesfarmers Ltd and Genesee & Wyoming Inc., operating on a 49-year track lease.


ARG and WestNet Rail formed

In 2002 AWR was rebadged and two companies were formed; Australian Railroad Group (ARG) and WestNet Rail.


WestNet Rail acquired by Babcock and Brown Infrastructure Group

In 2006 ARG was sold to a consortium comprising of Babcock and Brown and Queensland Rail.

WestNet Rail subsequently went to Babcock and Brown, and the above rail business to Queensland Rail, which was later rebranded to QR National, and then became Aurizon in December 2012.


Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. acquires 40% of WestNet Rail


Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. wholly acquires WestNet Rail


WestNet Rail becomes Brookfield Rail

WestNet Rail, owner and operator of over 5,500 kilometres of critical rail infrastructure in Western Australia, announced it will become Brookfield Rail, aligning with its parent company, global infrastructure owner Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (Brookfield Infrastructure).

The move coincides with plans to expand Brookfield Rail’s network capacity to meet the growing demand for open access, multi-user rail infrastructure from resource projects in Western Australia’s South West, Mid-West and Yilgarn regions, along with significant projected increases in inter-state freight volumes. Freight volumes on Brookfield Rail’s network are expected to increase by approximately 45 per cent over the next two years, from 55 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to over 80 mtpa.