Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees
“Traincrew Representing Traincrew”

Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees
Traincrew Representing Traincrew


Stewart Rach has been a very active AFULE Union delegate since 2004 starting as a Committee member and over the years performing the roles of Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Chairperson of Sub Branch Callemondah. As well as AFULE No. 3 Councillor for Bluff, Callemondah and Stanwell. Since 2004 Stewart has been a very active representative of the AFULE, assisting his comrades whenever needed and getting behind Union Campaigns. He has been particularly passionate about the 2018 Change the Rules Campaign and will continue to fight for improvement in Australian working conditions.

Stewart served as Proxy Division Three Councillor from 2010 before becoming the Division Three Councillor in 2013. Stewart has worked tirelessly over the years for the members of Gladstone as a Representative and as a Councillor for AFULE.

Stewart has been a proud member of the AFULE since starting in Rockhampton as an Engine Cleaner for Queensland Government Railways in 1984.Stewart has worked in Rockhampton and Emerald as a Cleaner. Bluff, Biloela, St. Lawrence, Sarina and Mackay as an Acting Fireman (Locomotive Assistant) before being appointed as a Locomotive Assistant to Greenvale in 1988. In 1991 he worked briefly in Townsville before returning to Greenvale.
In 1993 the Greenvale depot was closed and Stewart moved to Gladstone. Stewart passed the Locomotive Driver’s exam in 1990 and was appointed as a Driver in Gladstone in 1994. In 2015 Stewart was appointed as a Tutor Driver.
Division Three is proudly represented by Stewart and its Representatives and serves AFULE members competently.

Stewart can be contacted 0407 810 824



John Pedersen joined AFULE January 1984, and has been an active union member throughout all his railway career. Starting by attending Local Depot Union Meetings as a committee member before taking on more senior positions such as Secretary of the Maryborough AFULE Sub Branch in 2002. In 2002 in addition to being Sub Branch Secretary John was elected in the Proxy position for the Division Four Councillor. When the 2008 AFULE Election came about John took the opportunity to nominate for the Division Four Councillor.

Like many within the Rail Industry, John comes from a strong Unionised Rail Family, both John's father and and grandfather both worked within the Rail Industry before him. When joining the AFULE in 1984, John was employed by Queensland Rail as an Engine Cleaner. During his first few weeks on the job Queensland Rail rain the first trial of Two Driver Operation run trains, securing employment for Engine Cleaners for years to come.

After 5 years as an Engine Cleaner John sat for and was qualified as Fireman in 1989. Working as a Fireman saw John travel West from his hometown of Maryborough doing stints in the suburbs of Monto and Gayndah.

Mayne ran a Training School in 1991, which John Pedersen was in attendance. The Training School enhanced John's rail career via promotion to Assistant Driver. John continued working from Mayne Depot until taking a transfer with promotion to Qualified Driver at his home town of Maryborough. John settled in comfortably to the Maryborough Depot, establishing himself within AFULE Sub Branch and gaining the support of it's members. In addition to taking on union responsibilities John furthered his traincrew career by stepping up into Tutor Driver position at Maryborough in 1999.

John is a passionate advocate for the rights of AFULE members and their fair treatment by management, backed with a wealth of knowledge specialising in freight traincrew agreements.

John can be contacted on 0407 812 062



 AFULE Division 5 Proxy Councillor Anthony Woodward has taken the lead with AFULE Citytrain duties, as Ian Casey recently resigned from the Railway. Anthony has been involved with Numerous Committees as a representative of the Union, since becoming a member early 2011. In addition to Anthony's Council responsibilities he is also currently the branch Secretary of Kippa Ring Depot.

Ever since join AFULE Anthony has been an active advocate for the union and continues to be involved in the implementation of rosters and Leave committees. When AFULE held the 2016 election Anthony nominated himself for the Proxy Division 5 position. Anthony saw this as an opportunity to learn from the wealth of knowledge and exprience of the Rail Industry which members of the AFULE Divisional Council have obtained during their individual careers.  

Since starting in the Rail Industry for Queensland Rail in 2007 as a transit Officer, Anthony quickly succeed in making career choices to move into traincrew. Firstly as a guard in 2008, and then June the following year graduating as a qualified Locomotive Driver. Anthony was based in Mayne Depot from 2009 until transferring to Kippa Ring in 2016 when the Moreton Bay line became active.

Division 5 is made up of numerous Sub branches within the Division, covering majority of the South Eastern Queensland Depots. Depots include Beenleigh, Bundaberg, Caboolture, Ferny Grove, Gympie, Ipswich, Kippa Ring, Manly, Mayne, Nambour, Petrie, Redbank, Robina, Shorncliffe, Springfield. Division 5 manages all these depots with the enthusiastic help of Sub Branches within each Depot.
Division 5 proudly represents all AFULE members.

Anthony can be contacted on 0408 562 494



James Melgert – AKA to all as Wally, has been a member of the AFULE since 2002. His Union involvement started as a member before signing up as Sub Branch President when working at the Emerald Freight Depot.
In 2006 Wally was transferred to his current Depot at Fisherman Islands, were he regularly attended Sub Branch Committee meetings. He stepped up to the position of Fisherman Islands Sub Branch President in 2008. Whilst continuing in the Presidents position he was also nominated as the Proxy Divisional Councillor for Division 6. The sudden passing of Wayne Roebeck during his tenure saw Wally move from Division 6 Proxy Councillor to Division 6 Councillor.
Wally’s Career in the Rail industry started in 1976 as a lad porter at the Indooroopilly Depot. Four years later in 1980 he was relocated to Acacia Ridge Depot in a shunter’s position. When transferred to Townsville Depot in 1982 he was promoted to Shunter in Charge, a position he held until 1989 at the Townsville Depot. After his stint as Shunter in Charge he relocated to Emerald in the position as foreman shunter until undergoing Driver Training during 2001. Wally has been qualified Locomotive Driver for the last 16 years, after being signed off in 2002.
November 2018 will mark 42 years in the Rail Industry; this long serving career gives Wally a wealth of knowledge to draw upon to assist AFULE members with their own Rail Career’s.
Since his time at Fisherman Islands, Wally has always been able to rely on the services of the AFULE State Office to assist him in providing the best possible advice to advocate and represent AFULE members.


Wally can be contacted on 0407 819 011


Kevin Voll has been a member of AFULE since joining Queensland Railways in 1972 in Toowoomba. Kevin has always been an active member of the union attending Toowoomba branch meetings from the beginning of his career.

Originally as a fireman, then acting Driver out at Toowoomba. In 1982 Kevin took a promotion seeing him leave Toowoomba depot for Cloncurry, as a qualified Driver. Kevin continued being an active member of the AFULE attending Cloncurry Sub Branch Meetings, where he was then elected as the Sub Branch Chairperson until he was transferred to Collinsville in 1986. Keeping up his commitment to improving the working conditions of the Traincrews he was a regular attendee at the Collinsville Branch meetings. Kevin was still working from the Collinsville Depot when it closed, resulting in a transfer to Cairns where he continued his union pride.

In 1993 he took a transfer sending him back where Kevin’s AFULE career began at the Toowoomba Depot. It didn’t take long for the Toowoomba Sub Branch Committee to title Kevin as Sub Branch Secretary. Whilst acting as the Sub Branch Secretary, the position for No. 7 Divisional Councillor came up for nomination, to which Kevin put his hand up to fill, whilst continuing to maintain his Sub Branch Secretary status. He did this until Mr. Sam Brotherton offered to relieve Kevin as the Sub Branch Secretary. Sam is currently still AFULE Toowoomba Sub Branch’s Secretary. Kevin Voll is available to support any of AFULE Division 7 members with any industrial issues they may experience.

With 7 grandchildren, 3 Sons, a daughter and a loving wife, Kevin is able to balance his work and union careers as well as being a devoted family man.

Kevin can be contacted on: 0407 818 905