"Our next-generation locomotives are the most technologically advanced rail fleet in Australia, meaning our local workforce is able to work more efficiently, safely, and with a smaller environmental footprint."
Recruitment of around 50 staff is underway and the first four new locomotives are due to arrive in 2021.
Head of Project Delivery, David Wassell told local media yesterday, "The benefit of our fleet is that it can be operated by anyone once they have had the right training, regardless of their physical size, age or experience, which means we can open up operator-type roles to a much broader workforce and to people who haven't necessarily worked in the rail sector. Our goal is to ensure approximately half of our workforce is comprised of new-to-rail employees."
The recruitment process is expected to take the next six to nine months.