The New Intercity Fleet (NIF) is a fleet of new trains being introduced to operate NSW TrainLink electric intercity services in NSW. The trains are designated “D-Sets”. They will allow for the retirement of the aging V-Set fleet and the reallocation of the OSCar H Sets to Sydney Trains for suburban services. The new trains will operate services on the Central Coast & Newcastle, Blue Mountains and South Coast Lines.
A total of 554 carraiges are being manufactured by Hyundai Rotem in South Korea, and will be maintained by UGL at a new maintenance facility built at Kangy Angy on the Central Coast. They are formed of 4 and 6 car sets, which will be formed into 4, 6 or 10 car trains in service. Four car sets are numbered D1-D56 and the 6 car sets are numbered D101-D155.
The first two 10 car trains (D2, D3, D102 and D103) were delivered in December 2019 and began testing in January 2020. D4 & D104 arrived in mid-July 2020. They are expected to enter service in late 2020 or early 2021 on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line, followed by the Blue Mountains Line in 2022 and South Coast Line in 2023.
The new trains have two-by-two fixed seating with fold down tray tables. The DND cars have an accessible toilet and three bicycle racks. The DNL cars have an ambulant toilet and the DT cars have a large luggage rack. DN, DND, DNL and DT cars all have a luggage rack at one end of the lower deck.
As part of the introduction of the new fleet, the Blue Mountains Line is having modifications to increase the loading gauge from “Narrow” profile to “Medium” profile. The work involves shaving of platforms, track slewing and “notching” of the Ten Tunnels near Lithgow. Additionally, stabling sidings and platforms have been lengthened to accomodate the 10 car trains, especially at stations where the trains will begin and end services.
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For an overview of past and upcoming testing click here.