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Sydney Trains classes A and B “Waratah”
Australia | 2010 | 120 produced
B2 in September 2018 entering Lidcombe
B2 in September 2018 entering Lidcombe
Gareth Edwards

The class A and B double-decker multiple units are the most modern vehicles in Sydney's commuter transport system. The nickname “Waratah” stands for the heraldic flower of New South Wales. They are based on class M and were developed with the help of Hitachi. Production of the car bodies is partly carried out in China by CNR and continues in Australia by Downer.

While the older Sydney Trains sets consisted of four cars each and two sets were usually coupled together, each train now consists of eight cars. Four of them are powered on all four axles. After 78 A sets, 24 B sets were built, which have modernized interiors and electronics.

Built2010-2014, 2017-2021
ManufacturerCNR/CRRC Changchun, Downer Rail
Axle config2-2+B-B+B-B+2-2+2-2+B-B+B-B+2-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length535 ft 1 1/4 in
Fixed wheelbase2300
Empty weight897,280 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Top speed81 mph
Power Plant
Calculated Values
twin deck
last changed: 02/2024

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