A contract has been awarded to build bogie frames for the largest order of new trains in Victoria’s history.

The contract was awarded to Bendigo manufacturer, Hofmann Engineering, and will create 30 new jobs.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, and Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan, visited the Bendigo workshop where 900 bogie frames will be built for the high capacity metro trains project.

“Bogie frames haven’t been built in Bendigo since the 1980s. We’re building world class trains and trams, and we’re building them right here in Victoria,” Ms Allan said.

The bogie frames are for Victoria’s 65, new metropolitan trains and will be made from 87 per cent Victorian materials.

Once constructed, the bogie frames will be transported to Newport for additional components including wheels, suspension, motors and gearboxes.

The assembled bogies will be attached to carriages before being transported to the Pakenham East Depot for testing and commissioning.

Local staff will be able to build their skills, working with the largest rolling stock manufacturer in the world, CRRC, part of the Evolution Rail consortium who will design and build the new trains for Victoria.

The partnership will enable Hofmann Engineering and other businesses to diversify and compete for further highly-skilled work on other transport and infrastructure projects, keeping and creating jobs in Victoria.

“By working with one of the world’s leading rolling stock manufacturers, Hofmann Engineering will have an opportunity to drive a new wave of local manufacturing,” Mr Noonan said.

The new trains will enter service from mid-2019 on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and eventually run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.

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