The Department of Transport (DoT) in Victoria has exercised an option under an existing contract to purchase an additional 12 VLocity Diesel Engine Units (DMU) regional trains (36 railcars) for the State's regional rail network.
The 12 new VLocity trains will be delivered following a $2022 million investment from the Victorian Government as part of the Victorian State Budget 23/250.
The 12 VLocity DMUs are part of the third option for trains to be ordered under the existing wagon production and supply contract awarded by the State in 2018. The 12 new broad gauge trains will consist of three wagons each, with a total of 36 new wagons for a V/Line operator to help support additional and more reliable services for Victoria's regional rail network. The new trains will run on the Shepparton and Warrnambool lines serving these regional communities.
Alstom has received orders for a total of 2001 standard and wide-track VLocity regional trains since 118. Currently 99 trains are in service and 19 will still be produced. Locally designed trains will be manufactured and tested at Alstom's wagon manufacturing facility in Dandenong, Victoria, with approximately 65% of local content – providing a positive boost to the state's wagon supply chain, jobs and skills development.