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McGowan Government’s first locally built railcar leaves facility

  • First new C-series railcar built in WA now undergoing diagnostic testing before fit out
  • High Voltage Testing and Commissioning Facility at Bellevue now complete
  • Railcar manufacturing ramping up since returning to Midland area last year
  • More than 10,400 workers have been employed across METRONET program of works
  • 15 projects under construction, completed, in procurement or planning

The first C-Series railcar built locally, under the McGowan Labor Government, at the Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing and Assembly Facility has rolled into the next stage of production and is undergoing testing at the newly completed High Voltage Testing and Commissioning Facility.

This is the first time a railcar has ever been tested in Western Australia, with the previous B-Series railcars bought from Queensland under the former Liberal-National Government, and deployed directly onto the network.

After passing a series of static diagnostic tests the railcar will get its final touches including installing seating, passenger information systems and external livery. Six-railcars will then be joined together to create the first train to roll onto the network later this year for nine months of intensive trials along the Mandurah and Joondalup lines.

This rigorous testing program ensures the future railcars can help move the more than 103,000 daily boardings on these lines as safely, efficiently and smoothly as possible.

The WA Railcar program is delivering 246 new C-Series Railcars and six new Australind rail cars over a 10 year contract with more than 130 workers currently employed at the Bellevue workshop.

The project is on track to deliver its 50 percent local content commitment with more than 15 WA businesses currently delivering new components for the railcars, including:

  • Aerison - providing cab structures, fuel tanks and battery boxes for the C-series from their Forrestfield Fabrication Facility;
  • Austbreck - supplying pantographs from their facility in Kewdale;
  • McConnell - established a dedicated facilitiy in WA to manufacture railcar passenger seats;
  • Parker Hannifin - supplying piping from their Welshpool facility;
  • Knorr Bremse Merak - supplying air conditioning units from their facilitiy in Welshpool;
  • Unique Metal - a Wangara sheet metal fabricator providing metallic components; and
  • Dellner - procuring components from WA suppliers to assemble couplers in Australia.

The facility's assembly line setup allows for different components to be installed as each railcar moves through five workstations. Windows, doors, floors, and ceilings are among the first to be installed on each railcar, followed by the underframe and roof equipment.

The Bellevue Depot will be expanded to include a new diesel maintenance facility, B-Series maintenance facility, bogie and railcar wash facilities, railcar wheel lathe and an extensive railcar stabling yard.

The McGowan Government's METRONET program is tracking along with 15 projects under construction, completed, in procurement or planning.

For the first time, it can be revealed more than 10,400 workers have been employed across all those projects under delivery, with projects like Morley-Ellenbrook expected to ramp up over the remainder of this year and contracts additional projects to be signed later this year, creating thousands of additional jobs.

This includes more than 230 apprentices and trainees, with 51 per cent of total expenditure across the projects spent on WA businesses to date.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"This is about railcars made by Western Australians, right here in WA.

"Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in this major achievement for WA.

"On behalf of WA, I am proud Western Australian workers are being recognised for their craft, ability and skills in manufacturing, which will be seen rolling off the production line and onto the network in due course."

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"We've brought back railcar manufacturing to WA for the first time since 1994, and we're delivering on our promise to build our trains in WA with local workers, creating greater capacity and capability locally.

"Another milestone has now been reached with the first 6 railcars now being built right here in WA to create our first C-Series train; they need to go under significant testing before they can take passengers, but this is a great achievement.

Premier's office - 6552 5000

Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500

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