Morwell workers powering new fleet

Latrobe Valley workers are helping to power Melbourne’s bigger, better trains.

Traction and electrical auxiliary systems for Melbourne’s 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains are being made at Times Electric Australia in Morwell.

The facility has already created jobs for 16 workers in a variety of roles – from manufacturing and logistics to administration.

A number of staff have transitioned from previous roles in forestry, coal-fired power, construction and aviation.

The traction system propels the train using motors, gearboxes and invertors.

The electrical auxiliary systems power the train’s internal lighting and air-conditioning and provide emergency power when overhead line power is not available.

Once the systems are complete, they are sent from Morwell to Newport where the trains are being assembled and fitted out.

The HCMT Project is the single largest order of new trains in the state’s history.

The new fleet will be built using Victorian suppliers and businesses – generating about 1100 jobs.

The trains will start running on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019.

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