Hofmann Engineering to build bogie frames for Australian metro project


Hofmann Engineering has secured a contract to construct 900 bogie frames for a high-capacity metro train project in Victoria, Australia.

The bogie frames will be built at the manufacturer’s workshop in Victorian city Bendigo, and the development is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Hofmann's frames will be taken to Newport upon completion to add other components such as wheels, suspension, motors and gearboxes.

The frames will be manufactured using 87% Victorian materials and will be installed in 65 metropolitan trains. They will be attached to carriages prior to transportation to the Pakenham East Depot, where they will undergo testing and commissioning.

"Bogie frames haven’t been built in Bendigo since the 1980s; our bigger, better, next generation trains will move more people and create more than 1,100 jobs for Victorians."

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “Bogie frames haven’t been built in Bendigo since the 1980s.

“Our bigger, better, next generation trains will move more people and create more than 1,100 jobs for Victorians.”

The project will see Hofmann Engineering work with Evolution Rail consortium member and rolling stock manufacturer CRRC, which will be responsible for designing and building Victoria’s new trains.

Victoria Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan said: “We see a long-term future in Victoria’s rolling stock industry, and that’s why we’re building our trains and trams right here.”

The new trains are scheduled to enter service from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

The vehicles are also planned to run through the metro tunnel to Sunbury.