Electric trains taking shape

Adelaide’s new electric trains are currently being assembled with the first due for delivery next year.

Called the A-City Class 4000, the trains will be the most modern in the country, including the first rail vehicle to meet stringent new international crash specifications as found in Europe and Great Britain.

Under a supply and maintenance contract with Bombardier Transportation Australia, 22 three-car units will be delivered.

The A-City will seat around 240 passengers with standing room for another 300.

The wide-body train will provide more room for passengers and a host of other features, including:
- safety CCTV covering the rear, front and interior
- high capacity air-conditioning to suit Adelaide’s winter and summer
- disability access compliance with wheelchair spaces and access ramps
- permanently coupled three car sets, with walk-through access between railcars
- double leaf saloon doors for quick entry and exit
- passenger emergency intercoms at each doorway
- maximum speed of 110 kph.

Once delivered next year, the first A-City trains will be subjected to an intensive on-track test and evaluation process in Adelaide prior to services commencing.

Early in 2013 a number of rail projects will begin to build the infrastructure for these new trains. Click here to view a map explaining the new projects.


Image: One of Adelaide's new electric trains is assembled