Last Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2006

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Sprinters are V/Line's second newest addition to their fleet - being introduced into service between 1993 & 1995.

Delivered in the short lived teal and gold PTC livery, they were built at the Goninan Broadmeadow (NSW) workshops between March 1993 & January 1995.

To get to Victoria, Sprinters were transferred on Standard Gauge transfer bogies on the back of SG freight trains to Dynon, before having its transfer bogies swapped with its permanent broad gauge bogies.

Designed to replace the troublesome and unreliable DRC railcars, and at the same time, provide faster and more frequent train services to country and interurban Victorians, Sprinters are commonly seen on all V/Line lines operating services to locations as close to Southern Cross as Sunbury and Cragieburn, but at times throughout their service, as far away as Albury, Echuca and Ararat!  For a list of destinations Sprinters presently run services to, please click here

Basic Technical Specifications

Sprinters can operate as single railcars or multi-unit with up to 7 other sprinters, creating an 8 car Sprinter. They have a fully stainless steel body, two Deutz BF8L513C, V8, 4-stroke, turbo-charged, air-cooled diesel engines, Voith T211rz transmission, and a Davies and Metcalfe EBC/5 EP air brake and anti-slide disc brake system.


The seating saloon of Sprinters feature carpeted floors, large double glazed windows and a primarily 3 x 2 seating layout, with some rows of 2 x 2 seats, providing a total of 90 seats per sprinter. Seats are fitted with un-adjustable arm rests, and the seats are smaller than that of N, Z, H & S cars and V'Locities. Seats are covered in a blue cloth texture.

Sprinters are fitted with air conditioning and heating systems, enabling the climate of the train to be comfortable for both passengers and crew.

Disabled Access

Wheelchair access is available from the East End of each sprinter.
There are two fold down seats opposite the toilet - enabling the seats to be used by ordinary passengers, or when required, for use as an area for people in wheelchairs to be able to remain in their chairs for the duration of their journey. The toilet has a wide door enabling wheelchair access, and has bars and other easily accessible fittings within it to aid disabled passengers.


Overhead luggage racks above seats on both sides of the saloon provide room for passengers to stow their luggage. There is also a limited amount of luggage space in the cab at the rear of the Sprinter (the non-leading cab), and in selected sprinters, additional luggage space within a pre-defined 'Luggage Area'.


Each sprinter has a wheelchair accessible toilet located next to the cab at the East End of the sprinter. Bars and other easily accessible fittings have been fitted to aid disabled passengers, as has a small seat next to the toilet. Sprinter toilets also contain two power points, a basin, hand wash dispenser, hand dryer, mirror and syringe deposit box.

Access in and out of units
Access in and out of Sprinters from platforms is by the means of an automatic plug door, with the release and locking of the doors controlled by the driver. The doors can not be opened in normal transit by passengers, except in the case of emergency. Exit from the saloon is the same as entrance - by the automatic plug style door.

Destination Boards
A destination board which displays the location the train is travelling to is fitted in the centre on the sides of each Sprinter. The destination displayed is entered by a numeric keypad located in the drivers section of either cab - each location having a three numeral code. 

Sprinters are numbered between 7001-7022.

Present Status
All Sprinters except for 7019, which was in a severe shunting accident at Spencer Street in 1996, are presently in service. They can be seen operating solo, or in multiples of two, three or four.

For more information on the accident of 7019, please click here.

General Summary - Sprinter Railcars
Introduced: 1993 (Testing), 1993 (In Service)
Amount: 22 (21 in service, 1 scrapped)
Manufacturer: Goninan
Built: 1993-1995
Built at: Goninan Broadmeadow, NSW
Length: 25.9m
Mass: 51t
Liveries: Public Transport Corporation/V/LINE Teal & Gold livery
V/Line Red & Blue livery with V/LINE & V/Line logos.
Couplers: Scharfenburg couplers, compatible with other Sprinters & VLocities.
Seats: 90
Maximum Capacity:
(including standees)
Class: Economy Only
Notes: Single railcar with two drivers cabs - one at either end of the car.  


# Delivered: In Service: Name: Named On: Livery: Notes:
7001 24/03/1993 20/12/1993 Sir Hubert Opperman 16/12/1993 VLP mk I  
7002 16/04/1993 20/12/1993 Steve Moneghetti 16/12/1993 VLP mk II  
7003 27/05/1993 8/01/1994 James Tomkins 17/03/1994 VLP mk II  
7004 01/07/1993 8/01/1994 Nick Green 17/03/1994 VLP mk II  
7005 06/08/1993 8/02/1994 Michael McKay 17/03/1994 VLP mk II
7006 03/09/1993 1/03/1994 Andrew Cooper 17/03/1994 VLP mk II  
7007 29/09/1993 28/03/1994 Faith Leech 03/08/1994 VLP mk II  
7008 27/10/1993 20/06/1994 Gary Ablett 01/09/1994 VLP mk II  
7009 24/11/1993 15/07/1994 Bob Davis 01/09/1994 VLP mk II  
7010 14/01/1994 19/07/1994 Andrew Gaze 14/12/1994 VLP mk II  
7011 11/02/1994 24/08/1994 Raelene Boyle 14/12/1994 VLP mk II  
7012 09/03/1994 1/09/1994 Roy Higgins 14/12/1994 VLP mk II  
7013 20/04/1994 26/10/1994 Lionel Rose 18/06/1995 VLP mk I  
7014 25/05/1994 24/10/1994 Kirstie Marshall Unknown VLP mk II  
7015 06/07/1994 14/11/1994 Louise Dobson 4/09/1996 VLP mk II  
7016 27/07/1994 28/11/1994 Michael Tuck 18/06/1995 VLP mk II  
7017 17/08/1994 28/12/1994 Debbie Flintoff-King 27/10/1995 VLP mk II  
7018 14/09/1994 7/02/1995 Bill Roycroft 27/10/1995 VLP mk I  
7019 07/10/1994 1/03/1995 Danni Roche 4/09/1996 VLP mk I Damaged - Stored
7020 04/11/1994 5/05/1995 Not Named VLP mk II  
7021 16/12/1994 8/05/1995 Not Named VLP mk II  
7022 17/02/1995 17/06/1995 Not Named VLP mk II  

To view a list of Sprinters and the people they are named after, along with a description of the person, please click here (requires Adobe Reader)



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