A new wheel lathe has been installed at the NSW Government’s New Intercity Fleet maintenance facility at Kangy Angy with the aid of a 400 tonne crane.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the installation of the wheel late is a major milestone.
“This is a vital piece of machinery for the New Intercity Fleet maintenance facility which is scheduled to open later this year ahead of the first trains entering service on the Central Coast and Newcastle Line,” Mr Crouch said.
“The wheel lathe weighs 50 tonnes and is four metres wide and five metres long.
“It will allow the wheels of the new trains to undergo repairs while still attached to the train, which considerably reduces maintenance timeframes.”
Member of the Legislative Council Taylor Martin said work first commenced in 2017 and is powering along.
“This is the second major milestone on this project in the space of just a few weeks after new roads were opened in May and named after World War I veterans,” Mr Martin said.
“The New Intercity Fleet project is boosting local employment and business opportunities for the Central Coast with more than 300 jobs and apprenticeships during construction, with 100 jobs to be permanent once it starts operating.”
The wheel lathe is located in an enclosed building within the maintenance facility to minimise noise impacts, and took around six hours to lift into place.
For more information, go to: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/new-intercity-fleet-maintenance-facility.