Train Maintenance Facility – Pakenham East

Evolution Rail is building the new state-of-the-art depot in Pakenham East that will provide maintenance facilities for Melbourne’s new HCMTs, a stabling yard for 30 of the trains, and a driver training simulator.

Feature facts:

  • 400 jobs at the peak of construction for the depot
  • 100 long term rail maintenance jobs at the depot
  • The depot will be constructed using at least 87 per cent local content.

Here’s what the new depot will include:

  • The size of the depot site is 118 hectares.
  • A state-of-the art train maintenance facility
  • Offices
  • Stabling yard for 30 trains
  • Underfloor wheel lathe
  • Bio and graffiti cleaning
  • Test track
  • Train washing
  • Guardhouse
  • Upgrade of external roads to access depot
  • Traction power and overhead wiring
  • New storm water drainage, civil and landscaping works
Dirt moved on site 167,000 cubic metres Equivalent to 67 Olympic sized swimming pools
Roof space of buildings 22,000 square metres
of roof
Equivalent to 3 soccer pitches of roofing
Water conservation 160,000 litres of harvested water for
use such as toilets
Water will be collected from rainfall

For more information about the Pakenham East Depot, visit:

Train Manufacturing Facility – Newport

As the largest order of new trains in Victoria’s history, the HCMT Project will help Victoria’s rolling stock manufacturing industry become a sustainable, globally-competitive export industry.

The Project will proudly achieve 60 per cent local content for the fleet, with the new trains being built in Newport, by Victorians.

Downer has invested $16M to upgrade its Newport facilities to create our Newport Centre of Excellence for Rolling Stock. This exciting investment will breathe new life into Victoria’s traditional home of rolling stock, creating a modern rolling stock facility.

Downer has upgraded facilities and introduced new equipment and technologies to undertake rolling stock assembly, refurbishment, heavy maintenance and overhauls, including car body fit-out, bogie assembly and overhaul, and testing and commissioning. The Newport fit out will align with the world’s most advanced rolling stock manufacturing processes.

The HCMT Project is building a skilled workforce and is investing in apprenticeships, cadetships and traineeships. The Newport site will house the Evolution Rail Academy for pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training, and a Rolling Stock Cadetship Program.

By locating our Centre of Excellence for Rolling Stock in Newport, we can link to the Victorian Government’s future East Werribee Employment Precinct, which creates synergies between major employment and learning centres and will support reinvigoration of the west.

This investment represents the largest investment in the iconic Newport site for over 30 years.

Feature facts:

  • 175 Manufacturing jobs
  • 60% local content/materials to build 65 new trains
  • Manufacturing commenced early 2018
  • $16M to upgrade site – 50 jobs created during construction
  • Dedicated training facilities to house Evolution Rail Academy.