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SYDNEY Rail chief executive Howard Collins was a keen spectator yesterday as Downer Rail unveiled a $38-million upgrade of its Cardiff service centre.
The building works and equipment installation took 15 months to complete and includes a giant set of hydraulic lifts that raises an entire eight-car train 1.2 metres in the air to allow easier access for maintenance crews.
“Lifting the entire train at once is much quicker than doing it a carriage at a time, which was what happened previously,” Mr Collins said.
Other new facilities include wheel presses, axle and wheel lathes, automated bogie rotaters – another “easy access” innovation – spray painting booths and other specialist overhaul technology and equipment.
Downer Rail chief executive Michael Miller said Downer had operated at the Cardiff facility, which he said was built by NSW railways in 1928, for more than 20 years.
He said the Cardiff centre maintained Millenium trains, which were built at Cardiff, and Waratah trains, which were assembled at Cardiff after most of the construction was done in China.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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