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THE last of the NSW government’s Waratah Series 2 trains has entered service, on the anniversary of the first Waratah series starting operations.
THE last of the NSW government’s forty one Waratah Series 2 trains has entered service, on the 10th anniversary of the original Waratah series hitting the tracks.
Transport minister Andrew Constance said the new trains would help support future patronage growth across the network.
“We based the design of our Waratah Series 2 trains on the original Waratahs which meant we could get the new trains on the network in record time,” Constance said.
“The introduction of the Waratah Series 2 fleet also led to the retirement of the S-Sets after almost 50 years in service, which means 100 per cent of the Sydney Trains fleet is now air conditioned.”
“The new Waratah also feature high definition customer information screens, internal and external CCTV, priority seating, wheelchair spaces and hearing aid loops.”
Sydney Trains chief executive Matt Longland said the initial order of 24 trains Waratah Series 2 trains was placed in late 2016, before the size of the fleet was increased to 41 in February 2019.
“The time between the delivery of the first and the last of the additional 17 Waratah Series 2 trains was just 302 days,” Longland said.
“This Waratah fleet is the workhorse of our network and has not only proven to be the most reliable double deck train in Australia but is clearly a favourite with our customers.
“We want to thank those behind the scenes at the Auburn Maintenance Centre, who have played a huge part in this successful rollout, as well as the ongoing maintenance and training of our crew.”
This article first appeared on railexpress.com.au
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