Rail Shunting

Train brake control panel

All Aries Hyrail shunting vehicles feature cabin mounted train brake controls that allow safe operation of the train brake system from the driver’s seat. Easy to operate controls, air pressure gauges and driver vigilance systems ensure the vehicle operates in the safest possible manner at all times

Aries Rail offer a wide range of rail shunting equipment from small rechargeable electric shunters to road licensable vehicles with 5000t shunting capacity.

The range of shunters is available with a compressed air system that allows full control of the train braking system from the driver’s position. All Aries Rail shunters are compliant with Australian Standards including the recently published AS7502:2016 Road Rail Vehicles standard.

Road-rail shunting machine

Colmar Diesel Shunter – Up to 4000t Capacity

The Colmar diesel shunter is a dedicated heavy duty shunter. Fitted with the familiar Aries Hyrail control system, the driver has full control of the machine from the driver’s seat with a view in both directions through windows that provide excellent visibility.

Road-rail shunting machine

Colmar Electric Shunters – 310 to 1000t Capacity

Electric shunters are often used in a yard or workshop environment where they can be easily recharged and are able to move freely around on a hard, level surface.

The electric shunters may be driven either from the drivers position or by wireless remote control.

The full range of Colmar electric shunters is available in Australia and New Zealand through Aries Rail.

Compact AUSA Implement Carrier– 200t Capacity

The AUSA implement carrier is a diesel engined European machine that is fitted with Aries Hyrail equipment, suitable for standard and broad gauge rail.

Front and rear couplers allow this tough little machine to shunt in either direction whilst the easily accesibly fully glazed cabin provides the operator with maximum visibility.

Road-rail shunting machine

Telehandler Machines – Capacity dependent on machine.

Aries Rail have converted many telehandlers for use as rail shunters. Available for all Australian rail gauges, the machines retain their boom function with the front coupler quickly detachable to allow the use of standard forks or buckets for off-rail work.

The rear mounted diesel air compressor supplies the train braking system.

Road-rail shunting equipment

Wheeled Loader

The Volvo wheeled loaded is a heavy duty machine converted exclusively for shunting duties. Available for standard gauge rail only, the articulated steering is automatically locked when the rail wheels are deployed.

Aries Rail have converted multiple Volvo L70 loaders for use as shunters.

John Deere shunter


Farm tractors have been used for moving rollingstock for many years with many now fitted with hyrail equipment to allow them to comply with ONRSR and WorkSafe requirements relating to the safe movement of rollingstock.

The tractor shown is fitted with a dangerous good specification compliant air compressor to supply the train brake system.