Testing is ramping up on the New Intercity Fleet with the first two new trains now travelling on the network under their own power.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole were given a close-up look at the progress being made.
“When the trains first arrived, on-track testing involved using a locomotive to haul the carriages. What we’re seeing today is a really exciting milestone because they’re now travelling around the network under their own power,” Mr Constance said.
“Over the next few months you’ll see more of these trains on the network as we progressively test all train systems including Automatic Train Protection, passenger door systems, passenger information, CCTV, ride comfort as well as the maximum speed of 160kph. We’ll also be using this time to familiarise the train crew with the new operating systems and technology on board.”
Mr Toole said work was continuing on important enabling works across the intercity network.
“These are modern trains featuring the latest technology, so we need to ensure we upgrade the infrastructure on the network to accommodate them,” Mr Toole said.
“Work is also continuing on sections of the Blue Mountains Line, which will enable customers living between Springwood and Lithgow to experience a new train for the first time since the last of the V-Sets were introduced in 1989.
“This work, along with the construction of the new maintenance facility at Kangy Angy, has helped to create around 1600 local jobs.”
The New Intercity Fleet is comprised of 55 10-car trains, which will service customers across the Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast and Blue Mountains.
The new trains will feature more amenities for customers, including comfortable two-by-two seating, charging points for mobile devices, as well as storage for luggage and bicycles.