Waratah Train Project

The Waratah Train Project is the largest rolling stock project in Australia’s history and one of the largest projects ever undertaken by Downer.

The Waratah Train Project is the largest rolling stock project in Australia’s history and one of the largest projects ever undertaken by Downer.

The Waratah train is a major advance for passengers and crew with its smart technology, advanced safety and security, and improved comfort and accessibility.

The Waratah Train Project consists of three elements:

  1. Designing, building and commissioning the Auburn Maintenance Centre
  2. Designing, building and commissioning 78 eight-car train sets (626 cars) for use on the Sydney rail network
  3. Maintaining all 78 train sets as part of a 30-year Through-Life-Support contract


The Auburn Maintenance Centre was completed in June 2010. The first Waratah train entered passenger service on 1 July 2011.

47 Waratah trains are now available for passenger service. The 78th Waratah train is scheduled to enter passenger service in mid-2014.