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Stainless Hitachi Electric Trains

The first modern stainless steel bodied suburban electric trains in Victoria were the "Hitachi" trains which entered service from 1972. They featured wide convex sided bodies built by Martin & King and the Newport Workshops with a distinctive fluted stainless steel exterior finish and Japanese-designed electric traction gear made by Clyde Engineering Co of New South Wales. They were the first standard suburban trains to be fitted with power-closing doors for improved safety. Fifty "Hitachi" stainless steel train sets were built from 1972-78, allowing many of the older red suburban electric rollingstock to be withdrawn.

Silver carriage, Jolimont worshopsview larger image Alteration to silver carriage No. 19M, Jolimont Workshop.

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