Alstom, CAF and Downer Rail have been shortlisted for a $600 million project to build 20 six-car trains at Maryborough.
The Queensland government made the announcement on Wednesday, following an expression of interest process led by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR.)
The winner of the contract will be named next year.
The trains will be the first 20 of a new fleet, represent the next phase of the Rollingstock Expansion Program (REP), and built in a “purpose-built Maryborough manufacturing facility,” said the state government.
“Plus there is a further option for an additional 45 additional trains to be built down the track,” said TMR minister Mark Bailey.
“We’ve also got… $1 million for a business case to build replacement carriages for the iconic Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback long-distance services right here in Queensland.”
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