Regional Rail

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Project overview

The NSW Government is replacing the ageing NSW regional rail fleet of XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains, which includes trains that are up to 36 years old.

A new train maintenance facility will be built in Dubbo to stimulate the regional economy and help create sustainable job opportunities and skills.

The new trains will improve safety, comfort, accessibility and reliability for customers who travel from Sydney to many regional centres in NSW, as well as Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Key benefits

  • More comfortable and functional design including reversible seating, spacious buffet cars and overhead luggage storage
  • Accessible toilets on every train, wider doors, single-deck carriages, priority seating and accessible help points
  • Automatic selective door opening for stations with short platforms and modern CCTV equipment
  • Electronic device charging points, tray tables suitable for laptops and spacious seat pockets.

Project status

The NSW Government has awarded the contract to deliver the Regional Rail Fleet Project to Momentum Trains.

Momentum Trains is an international consortium comprising CAF, UGL Rail Services, Pacific Partnerships, CAF Investment Projects and DIF Infrastructure V Coöperatief.

The contract includes project financing, designing, building and maintaining the new regional rail fleet as well as designing, building, maintaining and operating the new purpose-built fleet maintenance facility in Dubbo.

NSW TrainLink will continue to operate regional rail and coach services.

Momentum Trains will start work on detailed designs for the Dubbo Maintenance Facility and the new fleet in 2019. The first new trains are expected to be running by 2023, with the full fleet coming into service progressively.

Artist’s impressions of the new trains

Please note the following video and images are representative of the preliminary design and may be subject to change during detailed design activities.