CityRail M set

CityRail M set
Millennium Train

Millennium set M32 at Sydney Central.

The vestibule of the Millennium train looking towards gangway
In service 2002–present
Manufacturer EDI Rail
Constructed 2002–2005
Entered service 2002-
Formation 4 and 8 car (two 4 car sets)
Capacity 904 seated (8 car set - 104 in driver cars, 122 in motor cars)
Operator RailCorp as the product group CityRail
Car length 20.532 m (67 ft 4 in)
Width 3.03 m (9 ft 11 in)
Height 4.381 m (14 ft 4 in)
Weight 45.5 tonnes (44.8 long tons; 50.2 short tons)
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The CityRail Millennium or M set is a class of electric multiple unit operated by CityRail in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of CityRail's newest members of the fleet and was the first "4th generation train" on the network. The fourth generation trains were put into service from July 1, 2002[1] after short delays due to electrical defects.[2] The trains can operate over the entire suburban network, but they currently operate in Sector 2.

The Millennium trains replaced the aging 1960s Tulloch trailers by March 31, 2004.

The Waratah trains were subsequently based on the design of the Millennium train, adopting many features including interior carriage design. [3]



The Millennium train, like the Tangara, is a double decker, four car consist, with the middle two cars being non-control motor cars and the two outer cars being driving control trailer cars fitted with the pantograph. The Millennium train is equipped with an AC drive system, whereas the Tangara has a DC drive system (except G7, which was scrapped after the Waterfall train disaster). Two four car sets are usually combined to form an eight car set.

While the Millennium train concept is an evolution of the Tangara concept (manufactured by Goninan), the Millennium train introduced new features such as internal electronic destination indicators, automated digital voice announcements (DVA) for upcoming stops, a return to reversible seating, surveillance cameras, wider stairways, a new safety yellow colour scheme, and push-button opened internal doors. The Millennium Train also introduced crumple zones to absorb impact in a collision.


The cars were constructed by EDI Rail in Cardiff, NSW.[4] As part of the purchase conditions, the manufacturer has a 15 year contract to maintain the trains at their own maintenance centre at Eveleigh, near Redfern Station. During testing and initial revenue service, the train ran as four car sets, with eight car sets commencing service towards the end of 2002 after further testing. All 35 four car sets were delivered by October 2005.


The Millennium trains were criticised for having several technical problems and causing problems with the CityRail network; they were referred to in the media reports as The "Mi-lemon" and "Millenni-Bug" as a result. Some of the problems were caused by insufficient power supply on the overhead to cope with the power demands of the more technologically advanced trains causing them to shut down. Software bugs also contributed to the trains' poor reliability.

The Millennium trains were withdrawn from service in April 2003 while the problems were being rectified and a full audit was carried out.[1] They were subsequently reintroduced into service in June 2003 and have since been operating on Sector 2.

In service

External Carriage Camera Trial

Trial camera on train (Circled)
An exterior camera on a Waratah carriage

In late 2008 some trains were fitted with external cameras atop of carriages near the doors, testing their use for the then-future Waratah trains. These cameras were subsequently incorporated into the final design of the Waratah train.[5]


On 10 October 2011, an empty Millennium set was involved in a shunting incident with an empty Endeavour set which was docked at the Eveleigh Train Yards in Redfern. The lead car only sustained minor damage with no injuries reports.[6]

Lines serviced

M sets typically operate on the following lines:

  • Bankstown Line: City Circle to Lidcombe or Liverpool via Bankstown
  • Inner West Line: City Circle to Liverpool via Regents Park
  • Airport & East Hills Lines: City Circle to Macarthur via Airport or Sydenham
  • South Line: City Circle to Campbelltown via Granville
  • Olympic Park Service: Lidcombe to Olympic Park


See also


  1. ^ a b R J Sendt (June 2003). "Performance Audit - The Millennium Train Project" (PDF). The Audit Office of New South Wales. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  2. ^ Darren Goodsir (April 16 2002). "Signal failure? No, it's just the Millennium train picking up steam". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Reliance Rail project page
  4. ^ CityRail. "M Set (Millennium) control trailer carriage". Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  5. ^ Platform Guards Irrelevant- Ecotransit
  6. ^ "Two trains crash into each other during a shunting procedure at Sydney's Eveleigh train yard". The Daily Telegraph. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 

External links

Further reading

Beckhaus, John; Halgren, Stephen (2007). Sydney's Electric Trains. Australian Railway Historical Society NSW Division. ISBN 978 0 9757870 8 3 

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