SOUTH East Queensland's flagship fleet of new generation trains will be serviced, repaired and maintained west of Ipswich at a new $190 million centre that was officially unveiled by the Queensland Government last week.
Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe opened the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Maintenance Centre in Wulkuraka and said the centre would support more than 150 full-time local jobs.
"This state-of-the-art maintenance centre will support jobs into the future and is a critical facility to support the rollout of the 75 new six-car commuter trains for South East Queensland's passenger rail network," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"The first train will arrive at Wulkuraka in the coming weeks and will undergo extensive testing to ensure it meets Queensland Rail's operational and safety standards and is ready for passenger service.
"The new fleet of trains will be progressively rolled-out to replace the older trains with commuters able to get on board the first train when it begins services on the South East Queensland passenger rail network in the second half of this year.
"The purpose-built maintenance centre consists of five buildings and 10 stabling and maintenance tracks including a dedicated wheel lathe, lifting jacks, cleaning and decanting facilities and an Automated Visual Inspection System."
Mr Hinchliffe said the Automated Visual Inspection System was a first for Queensland and would automatically laser-scan the NGR trains as they returned to the maintenance centre from servicing.
"This system will provide preliminary data about the condition of the braking system, wheel profile, bearing temperature, the condition of roof-mounted pantographs and any exterior faults including graffiti," Mr Hinchliffe said.
"In addition to cutting-edge train maintenance technology, this impressive centre has been built using a significant amount of materials supplied by South East Queensland businesses including 26 km of piping, 970 tonnes of structural steel, 23,000m² of roof sheeting and cladding, 7,000 rail sleepers and 12.5 km of rail track."
The $4.4 billion NGR project is being delivered under an Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with the Qtectic consortium, which is made up of Bombardier Transportation, John Laing, Itochu and Aberdeen Infrastructure Investments Limited.
Qtectic is contracted to design, build and maintain the 75 NGR trains, procure and install training simulators for train crew, as well as design and build the Wulkuraka Maintenance Centre.
The new generation trains will replace the oldest trains on the network and boost the size of South East Queensland's passenger train fleet by 30 per cent.