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The first full six-car C-series train built in Western Australia has completed high voltage testing and will move out of Bellevue in the next month for extensive dynamic testing.
For approximately 12 months, the new train will travel along the Mandurah and Joondalup lines, outside of passenger service operating hours, to test it in a live environment.
This will include testing braking and acceleration, operational systems, passenger comfort, and energy consumption to ensure the train is ready for passenger services from late-2023.
This rigorous testing phase ensures the future railcars can move more than 103,000 daily boardings as safely, reliably and smoothly as possible.
In a WA first since 1994, METRONET brought railcar manufacturing back to the state by building trains locally while creating employment opportunities.
Over the 10-year contract to deliver 246 new C-Series railcars and six new Australind railcars, the METRONET WA Railcar Program will deliver local jobs, with at least 50 per cent of the contract value delivered right here in WA and more than 130 workers directly employed at the Bellevue workshop.
The new C-series will initially operate along the Joondalup and Mandurah lines to maximise capacity along the two busiest lines.