High Capacity Metro Train (HCMT)

HCMT 9008 at Seddon running tests on the Werribee line, 23 October 2020. Photo: Steve Nguyen Transport, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

DMp9201–65, DMp9701–65, DT9301–65, Mp9101–65, Mp9801–65, Tc9001–65, Tc9001–65 (Not all in service yet)

 

Set numbers:

E001–065 (Not all in service yet)

 

Operator:

Metro (Metro Trains Melbourne)

 

Gauge:

1600 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2020

 

Number built:

455 (Not all in service yet)

 

Manufacturer:

Changchun Railway Vehicles; Downer EDI Rail

 

Manufacturing location:

Changchun, China; Newport, Vic

 

Weight:

45.1 t (DMp: motor car with pantograph, inter-car door, one sanded axle); 41.3 t (DT: trailer car with inter-car door) 46.1 t (Mp: motor car with pantograph, no inter-car door, two sanded axles); 46.6 t (Tc: trailer car with cab)

 

Length:

22.2 m (DMp: motor car with pantograph, inter-car door, one sanded axle); 22.2 m (DT: trailer car with inter-car door) 22.2 m (Mp: motor car with pantograph, no inter-car door, two sanded axles); 24.6 m (Tc: trailer car with cab)

 

Seats:

70 (DMp: motor car with pantograph, inter-car door, one sanded axle); 78 (DT: trailer car with inter-car door) 80 (Mp: motor car with pantograph, no inter-car door, two sanded axles); 62t (Tc: trailer car with cab)

The High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) are being purchased for operation on the Melbourne suburban network. They are being built by Evolution Rail, a consortium of Downer EDI Rail and Changchun Railway Vehicles. The shells are manufactured in Changchun, China, with final assembly at Newport in Melbourne. They operate as indivisible seven-car trains with a length of 161 metres, compared to 143 metres for the six-car trains in service in Melbourne. Potential exists for the future addition of an additional three carriages, taking the length to 230 metres for a ten-car train, and having capacity for 1970 passengers. After extensive testing, the first HCMT entered revenue service in December 2020 and they are in operation on the line from the city to Cranbourne and Pakenham.