• WA’s first locally-manufactured train in 30 years has been unveiled!

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WA’s first locally-manufactured train in 30 years has been unveiled!

In a massive milestone for local railcar manufacturing in Western Australia, the first fully completed, locally manufactured C-series train is now ready for testing on the network.

The new 143-metre train is fitted out with close to 400 seats, and for the first time, the new design for the C-series has been revealed.

The fully completed rail car set will be the first locally built and manufactured C-series train to enter operations later this year on the Joondalup and Mandurah Lines.

Two C-series train sets are already undergoing detailed diagnostic testing on the network but still require seating and handrails to be installed, as well as the external design applied.

More than 15 Western Australian businesses are working with Alstom to provide components for the railcars including:

  • Bogie frames (Hofmann Engineering);
  • Fuel tanks and battery boxes for the C-series from their Forrestfield Fabrication Facility (Aerison);
  • Pantographs (mounts on the roof of the train that connect with the overhead line) (Austbreck);
  • Passenger seats (McConnell);
  • Piping (Parker Hannifin); and
  • Metallic components (Unique Metal).

Once operational, the six-car C-series train will manage more than 103,000 daily passenger boardings safely, reliably, and smoothly.

When the first new C-series train enters operation later this year, it will be the first locally manufactured and built train to join the rail network in more than 30 years.

The decision to bring railcar manufacturing back to WA is about creating employment opportunities and helping drive new capabilities within the State for the rail industry.

Over the duration of the 10-year contract with Alstom, 246 new C-series railcars and six new Australind railcars will be built, while more than 130 workers will be directly employed at the METRONET Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing and Maintenance Facility.

The new C-series trains will help meet growing rail network demand in the future with a significant expansion underway through METRONET.

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