THE Queensland State Government has short-listed Alstom, CAF and Downer Rail to manufacture the first 20 EMUs of the government’s Rolling Stock Expansion Programme (REP).

The government has committed $A 600m ($US 448m) for the first 20 trains from the 65-train programme, which will be manufactured at a purpose-built facility in Maryborough, 265km north of Brisbane.

In addition, the state Department of Transport and Main Roads has allocated $A 1m for a business case to manufacture replacement coaches for three iconic long distance services: Westlander, Inlander and Spirit of the Outback.

Mr Mark Bailey, transport and main roads minister, says the initiative will deliver a $A 1bn guaranteed pipeline of train building work in Maryborough. The funding for both projects was allocated in the Queensland state budget agreed in December.

For detailed data on fleet orders from around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro.