The Queensland Government’s New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project will see a significant increase to the South East Queensland train fleet to meet the growing demand for rail services.

The project is the largest single investment by Queensland in trains and demonstrates the government’s commitment to public transport in South East Queensland.

The Queensland Government will contribute $4.4 billion over 32 years to fund the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project, which includes:

  • design, construction and maintenance of 75 new passenger trains for South East Queensland
  • design and construction of a purpose-built Maintenance Centre at Wulkuraka, west of Ipswich
  • procurement of 3 NGR training simulators for train crew.

Passenger service

The first NGR trains started passenger services on the Gold Coast and Airport lines on Monday 11 December 2017.

The first NGR trains will be deployed to these lines to meet higher patronage demand and provide improved customer service during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. 

NGR trains are planned to operate across the entire South East Queensland passenger rail network. 

Key milestones

  • December 2013 – Contract awarded to the Bombardier-led consortium called Qtectic
  • April 2014 – Works commenced on Wulkuraka Maintenance Centre
  • February 2016 – Wulkuraka Maintenance Centre officially opened
  • February 2016 – First NGR train arrived in South East Queensland to commence testing
  • September 2016 – Start of on-track testing
  • December 2017 – Start of passenger services

NGR fast facts: 

  • 147 metres long
  • Six carriages
  • Carrying capacity of 964 people (454 seated, 510 standing)
  • Maximum speed capability of 140km/hour (but will travel at lower regulated track speeds)
  • Weighs 260 tonnes
  • 16 traction motors rated at 250 KW each with a total power of 4 MW
  • 53 internal and external CCTV cameras with movement sensors
  • 36 LCD infotainment screens (six in each car)
  • On-board toilet with baby change table
  • Overhead ‘dropper’ handles and seat handles for standing passengers
  • Open gangways (doorways) fitted at each inter-car connection
  • More leg room in bay seating 


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