http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/new-intercity-...005-grvmns.html My state has ordered $2.3B in "off the shelf" trains, as they argued (probably correctly) that buying off the shelf was cheaper rather than getting them custom built to their specs. Well they ordered them, now they are trying to work out whether off the shelf actually works...
The NSW government will need to modify station platforms and rail lines in the Blue Mountains because the new fleet of intercity trains it is spending $2.3 billion on will be too wide to make trips as far as Lithgow and Katoomba.
Which is strange considering that they are "cheaper, off the shelf", but also being "custom built"...
"The new trains are being custom-built to our specifications. It's always been our intention to carry out some modifications to the rail infrastructure so that we can run these trains and deliver our customers the comfort they deserve," it said in a statement. "These modifications are a part of the overall project to deliver the new trains."
Prior to the Olympics, they wanted to close the train lines up here, and DID use the Olympics to reduce services considerably. Guess this will be the new excuse.
When he awarded the $2.3 billion contract in August, Mr Constance said the government had made a 25 per cent saving on the cost of the trains by selecting a consortium which included South Korea's Hyundai Rotem and Australia's UGL. The contract to build the 512 double-deck train carriages does not include costs such as alterations to the line or a new maintenance facility at Kangy Angy on the Central Coast. Last year, the NSW Auditor-General warned that the total cost of the project would rise to as much as $3.9 billion. Ms Doyle said platforms at Blue Mountain stations such as Linden and Warrimoo would also be too short for the new trains, which would be up to 205 metres long.