Metro Tunnel achieves major milestone with first test trains
The first test trains have started running through the Metro Tunnel, marking a major milestone for the project and the beginning of a rigorous, months-long testing phase.
Trains passed through the eastern entrance of the Metro Tunnel at South Yarra in the early hours of July 25, stopping at Anzac Station.
The journey was years in the making and marks the start of the project’s next major testing phase inside the new tunnels and stations, which will stretch into 2024.
Over the coming months, the seven-carriage trains will run back and forth deep under the CBD and Yarra River testing various equipment and systems to ensure they are working seamlessly and safely.
Fundamentals – such as lining the trains up with the platforms – will be tested first before the team gradually increases the complexity, from one train at low speed using minimal power through to multiple trains at greater speeds. •