With a combined resource total of more than $100 million over seven years, the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Rail Innovation was a significant asset to the Australasian Rail Industry. The CRC for Rail Innovation was a unique and productive endeavour linking the substantial skills and resources of the rail industry with the research and development expertise of seven of Australia's leading universities. Collaborative research enabled a small contribution to be leveraged in order to solve serious problems common to several participants.