NSW TrainLink H set
OSCAR set H11 at Scarborough
|Formation||55 four-carriage sets|
|Fleet numbers||OD 6901–6999, 6843–6854
ON 5901–5949, 5821–5826
ONL 5951–5999, 5871–5876
(motor cars with lavatory)
|Capacity||driving trailer: 102, motor car: 118, motor car with lavatory:110|
|Line(s) served||T1 North Shore, Northern & Western
T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra
Central Coast & Newcastle
|Car length||20.34 m (66 ft 9 in)|
|Width||3.03 m (9 ft 11 in)|
|Height||4.40 m (14 ft 5 in)|
|Maximum speed||130 km/h (81 mph)|
|Weight||47 t (46 long tons; 52 short tons)|
|Traction system||Mitsubishi Electric 3 phase induction motors|
|Electric system(s)||1,500 V DC catenary|
|Current collection method||pantograph|
|Braking system(s)||Automatic air, electropneumatic and regenerative|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The NSW TrainLink H set or OSCAR (Outer Suburban CAR) is a class of electric multiple unit built by UGL Rail, Broadmeadow for CityRail in New South Wales, Australia. They are now operated by both NSW TrainLink and Sydney Trains. These sets operate services from Sydney to Hamilton (Newcastle), Springwood and Kiama. The first entered service in December 2006 and the last in December 2012. They are formed into 55 four-carriage sets.
The H sets are an evolution of the Fourth Generation Millennium Train but is more suited to longer distances. The layout and features of the OSCARs are similar to their predecessor the G sets. The OSCARs released some V sets to allow services to be built up to eight carriages and 1977 built DCM and DCT carriages to be withdrawn.
There are many similarities between the OSCARs and the Millennium Trains, including improved external destination boards, internal destination boards displaying stopping patterns, Digital Voice Announcements and security cameras. The OSCARs also have additional features to increase comfort on the longer journeys they operate. These include high back seating covered with durable, vandal proof Woollen Moquette Fabric with padded head-rests, retractable footrests, luggage racks and a wheelchair-accessible toilet. Wheelchair seating is available in the vestibules, while 3x2 seating is provided in the upper and lower deck sections. Carriage interiors were designed by Transport Design International
The OSCARs also include several new safety features. The doors on older rolling stock such as V sets are all unlocked at every station (even short platforms). V Sets have doors which must be slid open for alighting/boarding and G Sets have push buttons. However on the H set, the guard is able to select the number of doors to be opened at a station. This feature is aimed at preventing incidents where passengers may fall from the carriage when stopped at a short platform. The H sets have been fitted with Dellner SP couplings, compatible with the Millennium Trains and the Hunter railcars. They are able to absorb the impact of a collision, and the anti-climbers on the H Sets will also reduce the force of impact. The trains also have a different body design. Instead of the entire body being of the same design, such as the Tangara, the driver's cab is built like a protective cage, made of fibreglass and supported by a box section steel frame, which stretches to the end of the guard's door. The rest of the train is made from conventional stainless steel.
The initial order was for 41 cars and the contract was awarded in February 2003. The second order for 81 cars was awarded in April 2005 and the third in March 2009 for 72 cars, increased to 74 in March 2010 and 99 in January 2011. The OSCARs were late in starting service as CityRail wanted to test the trains thoroughly after the Millennium trains had a troubled introduction. On 5 August 2006, set H3 was opened for inspection to the public, as part of Central Station's Centenary celebrations.
On 15 December 2006, the OSCARs entered revenue service between Central and Wollongong on Thursdays and Fridays. A few months later, OSCARs operated the services on all weekdays. Their progressive entry into service allowed G Set Tangaras to be redeployed on services to Wyong and Springwood. From 30 April 2007, the H sets were introduced on other services, but the original OSCAR service reverted to G Set operation. Eight car operation started on 26 November 2007.
On 8 April 2008, H sets were introduced on the Central Coast & Newcastle, North Shore, Northern and Western lines, operating in eight-car formations, principally between Sydney and Wyong, however they have been used for Newcastle services. H sets were the first rolling stock to be used on the Epping to Chatswood railway line, operating a shuttle service from 23 February 2009 to 10 October 2009. Four car sets operated on the line exclusively during the shuttle phase until it was integrated into the Northern line service.
An additional order for 72 cars was confirmed on 27 March 2009, forming 18 additional four-car sets. The 2010 State budget increased this order to 74 cars. The two additional cars will become spares. The first train from this order entered service on 18 October 2010. In response to passenger feedback, these carriages feature an additional 20 millimetres of padding on the seat backing and lengthened seat bases to increase comfort.
Operated by NSW TrainLink Intercity on the:
- South Coast line: Bondi Junction, Martin Place & Central to Port Kembla &Kiama
- Central Coast & Newcastle Line: Central to Gosford, Wyong & Hamilton (Newcastle)
- North Shore line: Central to Gosford, Wyong via Gordon (peak hours only)
- Main Western line: Central to Springwood (one service only)
Operated by Sydney Trains on the:
- Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Bondi Junction to Waterfall
- North Shore, Northern & Western Line: Emu Plains to North Sydney (weekdays only) and Central to Blacktown (weekday afternoons only)
The first and fourth car of the train in NSW TrainLink services are designated "Quiet Carriages". They do not apply for Sydney Trains services.
In May 2014, the State Government announced its intention to purchase 520 new carriages for the NSW TrainLink intercity network, with deliveries to commence in 2019. These new trains will release at least some H sets from intercity services, allowing them to be transferred to Sydney Trains to replace the remaining S sets.
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