Sydney Growth Trains
Sydney, Australia

At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • Transport for New South Wales
  • Work Performed By
  • LTK Sydney
  • Project Contact
  • C.P. Luk, Managing Director, LTK Australia
  • Project Description
  • Provide 24 new, eight-car Sydney Growth Trains
  • Project Duration
  • 2016-2019
  • Project Cost
  • $1.3 billion

The Challenge


Keep up with passenger demand. 

Surging ridership, which is expected to increase 21 percent by 2021, means Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) must replace aging vehicles with modern electric multiple unit trains.

The Solutions


LTK Australia is overseeing CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd, which is manufacturing the double-deck Waratah Series 2 EMU trains with modifications designed and engineered by the Downer Group in Sydney. The new fleet is based on the existing Waratah trains, which entered service between 2011 and 2014, and includes air conditioning with temperature control, high-definition customer information screens, and an extended closed-circuit TV system. The trains are also equipped with a passenger counting system and have the ability to retrofit a passenger Wi-Fi system in the future.

LTK Australia’s team, working within TfNSW in Sydney, includes technical advisors and supporting engineers. LTK Australia also has seven quality engineers on-site at the manufacturing facility in Changchun, who are responsible for monitoring vehicle production and undertaking quality assurance. In addition to Project Management and manufacturing oversight,  the Changchun team is providing subject matter expertise in:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Safety and Security
  • Propulsion and Brakes
  • Signaling and Train Control

The Results


The first Waratah Series 2 train arrived in March 2018 and is currently undergoing extensive testing. That train is expected to be fully operational in late 2018 after which the rest of the fleet is expected to be gradually placed into service through early 2019. Once the new trains are in operation, the non-air-conditioned S-set trains, many of which are over 40 years old, will be gradually decommissioned.

Did You Know?


  • The Sydney rail network carries more than 1 million passengers each business day
  • Sydney’s train network has 506 miles of track with 178 stationover eight lines
  • The first railway in Sydney was opened between Sydney and Parramatta in 1855

LTK Capabilities Used on This Project