Advertising screens and provisions for driver-only operation expected for the 24 new eight-car Waratah-style trains
24 new trains have been ordered as part of Transport for NSW’s More Trains, More Services program. These eight-car trains, together with signaling and rail infrastructure upgrades, will enable Sydney Trains to deliver more express services over the existing heavy rail network.
Downer EDI won the contract, worth $1.7 billion dollars, to deliver and maintain the new trains. Chinese manufacturing company CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles will manufacture and deliver the trains under a subcontract agreement with Downer EDI.
These trains have been described as being “Waratah-style” trains. I decided I’d take a peek inside the Sydney Growth Trains contract, to see if there are any other quirks expected in the new fleet.