The upgrade to the Ballarat line commenced in 2017, and included the duplication of 18 kilometres of track, new regional stations, signalling upgrades and track improvements. During the execution of the project, Coleman Rail required a system that would provide safe access to the challenging site. The access system also needed to be easily transported and assembled on-site.

The undulating terrain presented a unique set of challenges, which would have made the installation of traditional steel step and stair systems difficult.

Following a visit to the site to assess the requirements, the SAYFA technical team generated a custom design to allow access down the embankment. The location of the signalling tower, out in the fields where ground conditions were far from ideal, meant the KOMBI modular aluminium stair systems from Sayfa Group presented the best solution.

The KOMBI stair system was pre-assembled by SAYFA and transported by ute in modules. This eliminated the need to hire a crane to lift the stairs into position, which would have created an additional set of issues given the soft and uneven surfaces at the location. Once delivered, the KOMBI system was bolted together on-site by Coleman Rail personnel.

Installing access steps and stairs in remote locations can be difficult. Time delays and additional costs for specialist trades and tools could potentially turn your simple project into a major problem.

With KOMBI stair systems, you can perform the installation in-house with your workers, enabling the completion of your project quickly and easily.


KOMBI modular aluminium access stair and platform systems do not require specialist trades or tools to assemble and install.

The KOMBI installation manual and ‘how to’ video webinars assist your workers all the way by providing detailed step-by-step instructions. The lightweight aluminium components ensure that they are easy to move, easy to build and easy to adjust, requiring no lifting devices that would normally be needed when installing steel fabricated stairs and platforms.

KOMBI ensures peace of mind by reducing the risk of a workplace injury to your workers.

Read Be Safety Smart - KOMBI Modular Stairs & Platforms save your time and your back - A Safety Analysis to know how we designed our KOMBI aluminium access stairs and platforms with the installer in mind.