Momentum Trains is working with the NSW Government to replace the ageing NSW regional rail fleet of XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains, which are up to 37 years old. The new trains will improve safety, amenities, accessibility and reliability for customers who travel from Sydney to many regional centres in NSW, as well as Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.
CAF is an international leader in the design, production, maintenance, overhaul and supply of rolling stock, rail system components, simulators and associated equipment. CAF is responsible for the supply of the new passenger intercity and regional trains. The trains will be Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) with bi-mode capability. Bi-mode capability allows the trains to operate as electric trains where overhead power is in place. The new fleet will consist of 117 carriages which will form 29 new trains; 10 regional intercity trains (3 car sets), 9 short regional trains (3 car sets) and 10 long regional trains (6 car sets).
The new fleet will be predominantly manufactured in Spain. The final fit out of the fleet known as train completion works, will take place at the Dubbo Maintenance Facility. The fit out activities involve installing such items as seating, lighting, electrical components, buffet equipment, handrails and CCTV to complete the build of the fleet. Train completion work and testing and commissioning activities are expected to commence in 2022 and will continue until 2024.
The first new trains are expected to be running from 2023, with the full fleet coming into service progressively.
The design of the new regional trains is based on the CAF Civity model. Civity is a family of modular low-floor trains designed for regional and commuter services.
Artist’s impressions of the new train interior. Image is representative of the preliminary design and may be subject to change during detailed design activities
CPB Contractors has been engaged by CAF to design and construct a new train maintenance facility in Dubbo. CPB Contractors is the Australasian construction company of the CIMIC Group. CPB work across all key sectors of the construction industry, including roads, rail, tunnelling, building, defence and resources infrastructure.
The construction work will include utility diversions, earthworks, pavements and drainage, steel structures and roofing and cladding for the main build of the maintenance facility, plus fit out works.
The maintenance building will have three tracks inside, as well as workshops and storage areas for spare parts. Once operational, this main building is where most of the maintenance work will occur. The size of the main building will be approximately 220 metres by 70 metres.
External to the main building, there will be additional facilities which include a wheel lathe and train wash building using non-potable water, an administration building, storage areas and tracks external to the building.
A new mainline track will be built on the northern side of the facility for passenger and freight train services. To build the new main line, rail work includes installing ballast, sleepers and rail and tamping activities, signaling and commissioning.
Construction of the maintenance facility is expected to commence in 2020 and take approximately 30 months to complete.
Construction of the maintenance facility also includes:
UGL will perform all asset management and maintenance activities for the new regional rail fleet of 117 rail cars, training simulators and the maintenance facility in Dubbo for at least 15 years.
It is expected the maintenance facility will commence operation in 2022 in time for the arrival of the first train from Spain and the commencement of train completion work, testing and commissioning.
UGL is a specialist end-to-end asset solutions provider. UGL has a proven track record in delivering projects and outcomes for clients, from global corporations, government agencies, public institutions and private enterprises, through to smaller-scale operators.
UGL will provide a range of opportunities for local and Aboriginal businesses, through jobs, workforce skill development and supply opportunities.
Information about the opportunities available to businesses during operations and maintenance of the new fleet and facility will be provided closer to the commencement of this phase of the Project. It is anticipated that tenders for work to support UGL during this phase will be progressively released from around late 2021.
Artist’s impressions of the new facility. This is representative of the preliminary design and may be subject to change during detailed design activities.
The Transport for NSW website will continue to be the key Project Information page. For more information about the Regional Rail Fleet Project and for progress updates, visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/regional-rail