Australia: 12 Additional VLocity DMUs Ordered for Victoria’s Regional Network

Alstom has received an order for an additional 12 VLocity diesel motor unit (DMU) regional trains from the Department of Transport in Victoria, Australia.

12 more VLocity regional trains to be locally manufactured by Alstom for Victoria.
12 more VLocity regional trains to be locally manufactured by Alstom for Victoria.

This is an option from a rolling stock manufacture and supply contract signed in 2018, made possible thanks to a 250 million AUD (170.01m EUR | 170.9m USD) investment from the Victorian Government as part of the 2022/23 state budget.

The new broad-gauge trains each have three cars, providing a total of 36 carriages. They will be used by operator V/Line on the Shepparton and Warrnambool lines of the state’s regional network.

The trains will be manufactured and tested locally at Alstom’s Dandenong facility and will consist of approximately 65% local content.

Since 2001, Alstom has received orders for 118 standard and broad gauge VLocity regional trains, with 99 currently in service.

Mark Coxon, Managing Director of Alstom Australia and New Zealand, said:

“Alstom is delighted to continue to support the state with its commitment to provide an outstanding rail service to its regional rail passengers.

“These locally designed and manufactured trains have proven themselves to be safe, comfortable and reliable for nearly two decades which is a true testament to the skills, workmanship and dedication to quality of our local employees.”

The highly reliable trains have helped provide a critical service for the state’s regions, demonstrated by the vast distance the fleet travels on an annual basis.

In the past 12 months alone, the VLocity fleet has travelled 39 million kilometres, or the equivalent to travelling to the moon and back more than 50 times.

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