2000 class railcar

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2000/2100 class railcars
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2011 & 2106 at Gawler station in June 2005
In service 1980-2015
Manufacturer Comeng
Built at Granville
Constructed 1979/80
Scrapped 2016
Number built 30
Number in service 0
Number preserved 4 (two railcars are being used as training grounds by the metropolitan fire service.
Number scrapped 24
Fleet numbers 2001–2012
Capacity 64 passengers (2000)
104 passengers (2100)
Operator(s) State Transport Authority
TransAdelaide adelaide metro
Depot(s) Dry Creek
Maximum speed 140 km/h (87 mph)
90 km/h (56 mph) Network Speed
Weight 68 tonnes (67 long tons; 75 short tons) (2000)
42 tonnes (41 long tons; 46 short tons) (2100)
Prime mover(s) Originally two MAN D3650 underfloor turbocharged diesel engines until the early 1990s
after that, two turbocharged Cummins underfloor diesel engines
N/A Trailer
Power output Originally two x 377 kW (506 hp) until the early 1990s
after that, two x 390 kW (520 hp)
Transmission Voith T420r Diesel Hydraulic (2000)
N/A Trailer (2100)
Auxiliaries 175 kVA alternator, N/A Trailer
Power supply Voltage?
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)

The 2000/2100 class were a class of diesel railcars operated by Adelaide Metro. They were built by Comeng, Granville in 1979/80.


Three car set at Lonsdale station in May 2006
Four car set at Gawler station in May 2008

The 2000/2100 class are self-propelled diesel railcars operated by Adelaide Metro on the Adelaide metropolitan rail network. The body shell design was based on the Budd SPV-2000, Metroliner and Amfleet cars but the 2000 class railcars have a slightly different curve to the Amfleet. The bodyshells were built by Comeng, Granville before they were railed to Adelaide for fitting out. They entered service in 1980. They acquired the nickname "Jumbos" due to the raised driving cab, similar to that of the Boeing 747. This raised cab was designed so that two passengers could sit at the front or rear window.[1]

Twelve 2000 powercars and eighteen 2100 class trailer cars were built.[2][3] The powercars were originally powered by V12 turbocharged MAN engines that have since been replaced by two turbocharged 6 cylinder Cummins engines under the floor driving a Voith hydraulic transmission. They usually operate in 2-car (power-trailer) or 3-car (trailer-power-trailer) configurations.

From 23 February 2014, these cars were no longer permitted to operate on the Belair and Seaford lines due to low clearances as a result of the electrification of these lines. After February 2015, they only operated on the Gawler, Outer Harbor and Grange lines, with 11 of the original 30 railcars still in service.[4] The remaining fleet was retired in August 2015.[5]


2006 and 2112 have been preserved and were delivered to the National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide in July 2016, while 2010 and 2109 have been allocated to SteamRanger, they were delivered by road in June 2016.[6]

In addition, both 2009 (cut in half) and 2104 have been donated to the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service to be used as training areas. The rest of the railcars were scrapped in June 2016.


2000/2100 class
  2000 class 2100 class
Type: Diesel hydraulic Trailer
Track gauge: 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Transmission: Voith T420r N/A – Trailer
Power plant: Two turbocharged Cummins 6-cylinder 390 kW (520 hp) underfloor diesel engines [These replaced the original 377 kW (506 hp) MAN D3650 turbocharged engines in the early 1990s], plus two torque converters and 175 kVA alternator N/A – Trailer
Maximum speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) (conservative) but limited to 90 km/h (56 mph) in service Same
Number in class: 3 (originally 12) 3 (originally 18)
Unit numbers: 2001–2012 2101–2118
Introduced: 1980 1980
Built by: Comeng Comeng
Passenger seating capacity: 64 98 (90 in 2103, 2112 & 2116)
Weight: 68 tonnes (67 long tons; 75 short tons) 40 to 42 tonnes (39 to 41 long tons; 44 to 46 short tons)


  1. ^ Dunn, John (2013). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Volume 4: 1977-1985. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 16–30. ISBN 9781922013514. 
  2. ^ 2000 Class Rail SA
  3. ^ 2100 Class Rail SA
  4. ^ "Adelaide Metropolitan News" Catch Point (National Railway Museum) March 2015 page 14
  5. ^ "Limited life for 2000 class Jumbo railcars" Railway Digest January 2015 page 20
  6. ^ "Matthew Pantelis on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  • State Transport Authority Working Timetable – Book No. 15 (General Instruction and Addenda to Working Timetable – 12 February 1984)
  • State Transport Authority Working Timetable – Book No. 26 (General Instruction and Addenda to Working Timetable – 9 October 1988)

Further reading[edit]

"2000 Class Railcars", Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin March 1988 pp 49–69