Testing is ramping up on the New Intercity Fleet with the first two new trains now travelling on the network under their own power.
When the trains first arrived, on-track testing involved using a locomotive to haul the carriages. In an exciting milestone, the trains are now travelling around the network under their own power.
More of the trains will be out on the network in the next few months as all train systems are progressively tested, including Automatic Train Protection, passenger door systems, passenger information, CCTV, ride comfort as well as the maximum speed of 160kph.
This time will also be used to familiarise the train crew with the new operating systems and technology on board.
Work is also continuing on important enabling works across the intercity network to ensure infrastructure on the network is upgraded to accommodate the trains.
Work is also continuing on sections of the Blue Mountains Line, which will enable customers living between Springwood and Lithgow to experience a new train for the first time since the last of the V-Sets were introduced in 1989.
This work, along with the construction of the new maintenance facility at Kangy Angy, has helped to create around 1600 local jobs.
The New Intercity Fleet is comprised of 55 10-car trains, which will service customers across the Central Coast, Newcastle, South Coast and Blue Mountains.
The new trains will feature more amenities for customers, including comfortable two-by-two seating, charging points for mobile devices, as well as storage for luggage and bicycles.