New South Wales Endeavour railcar
Refurbished Endeavour at Newcastle station
in July 2013
Refurbished interior in January 2011
|In service||1994 – present|
|Number built||15 two-carriage sets|
|Number in service||14 two-carriage sets|
|Fleet numbers||TE 2801-2815 and LE 2851-2865|
|Capacity||95 (TE) 82 (LE)|
|Line(s) served||Hunter Valley
|Car length||25.25 m (82 ft 10 in)|
|Width||2.92 m (9 ft 7 in)|
|Height||4.11 m (13 ft 6 in)|
|Maximum speed||145 km/h (90 mph)|
|Weight||56.6 tonnes (TE) 57.2 tonnes (LE)|
|Prime mover(s)||Cummins KTA-19R|
|Power output||514 hp (383 kW)|
|Transmission||Voith T311R KB260, with Voith Turbo V15 20 final drive|
|Auxiliaries||Cummins LT10R(G) - 181 hp (135 kW)|
|Bogies||PJA (Power), NJA (Trailer)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
The Endeavour is a diesel multiple unit train operated by NSW TrainLink on passenger rail services in New South Wales, Australia on the Hunter Valley, Main Western, Southern Highlands and Illawarra lines. They are mechanically identical to the Xplorers. All 30 carriages were built by ABB Transportation in Dandenong, Victoria.
Fourteen two-carriage sets were ordered in April 1992 to replace Class 620/720 railcars, DEB set railcars and locomotive hauled stock, with the first entering service in March 1994. In November 1994 one further two-carriage set was ordered. All are scheduled to be replaced in the early 2020s by the NSW TrainLink Regional Train Project.
Each set consists of two carriages, one having a wheelchair-accessible toilet (TE), and the other having luggage space and bicycles racks (LE). All cars are air-conditioned. They operate as four carriage sets on a few peak hour services.
Each car is powered by a Cummins KTA-19R diesel engine rated at 383 kW at 1800rpm coupled to a Voith T311r hydraulic transmission driving both axles on one bogie via Voith Turbo V15/19 final drives. The transmission incorporates a Voith KB260/r hydrodynamic brake. An auxiliary 135 kW Cummins LT10R(G) diesel engine drives a Newage Stamford UCI274F alternator to supply power for the air conditioning and lighting.
The maximum speed of Endeavour railcars is 160 km/h but in service this is limited to 145 km/h.
Endeavours operate on four lines:
- Hunter Valley: between Newcastle and Maitland or Telarah, with some services extending to Dungog and Scone
- Main Western: the Bathurst Bullet service, between Sydney Central and Bathurst
- Southern Highlands: between Campbelltown and Moss Vale, sometimes extending to Goulburn and Sydney Central
- Illawarra: between Bomaderry and Kiama, sometimes proceeding to Dapto or Wollongong
- New reversible 3x2 seats, as found on the Hunter railcars and H sets, the seat covers are made of woollen moquette farbric which is more durable and vandal proof
- Vinyl flooring, replacing the original carpet flooring
- Voiceovers to closing the doors
- Improved air-conditioning system
- Improved crew facilities
- A new livery (blue and yellow front, black window band and underskirts, and yellow doors)
- New lighting
- New flooring, similar to the Waratahs
- New livery (Similar to the Xplorers, but with blue replaced with orange), only 2802 and 2852 have that livery
Conversions to Xplorers
The similarities of the Endeavours and Xplorers have allowed easy conversions. Endeavour carriages LE 2865 and TE 2815 were converted to Xplorer carriages EA 2508 and EC 2528. Endeavour carriage TE 2805 was temporarily converted to an Xplorer carriage between September and November 2007. The CityRail logos were removed and its skirts painted black, but it otherwise retained its livery. It also retained its carriage number.
- "CityRail to have Explorers too" Railway Digest May 1992
- "Endeavours Enter Service Only Days After Launch" Railway Digest May 1994
- "More Xplorer & Endeavour Cars Ordered" Railway Digest December 1994
- NSW Region train fleet on track Transport for New South Wales 14 August 2017
- NSW seeks private finance for regional fleet International Railway Journal 15 August 2017
- NSW regional train fleet to be replaced Railway Gazette International 15 August 2017
- Xplorer/Endeavour Operating Manual. ABB Transportation. 1994.
- "New Timetable Sees Demise of Loco-Hauled Services" Railway Digest July 1994
- CountryLink train refurbishment Hansard 1 September 2010 New South Wales Legislative Assembly