Due to industrial problems the last Tait trains were withdrawn from service in 1984
The Refurbished and repainted "Grey" Harris Trains (to fit in with the Mets new Hitachi train), became known as the "Grey Ghost"
Carriages originally ran in a plain stainless silver livery, receiving green and gold side stripe with the introduction of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the side logos being altered with the re-branding as The Met. The side logos were again altered with the introduction of Hillside Trains and Bayside Trains, with the latter also applying branding to the front, and yet again for the introduction of Metro.
The Comeng trains are single deck and are semi-permanently coupled as M-T-M (motor-trailer-motor) sets, but these sets spend much of their time coupled in pairs to make six-carriage sets.
Comeng trains have power operated doors that must be pulled open by hand but are closed by the driver. The trains were the first suburban trains in Melbourne to have air-conditioning in the passenger saloon. (The older Hitachi trains having had driver only air-conditioning fitted more recently .)
The design of Melbourne's Comeng trains is closely related to that of TransAdelaide's diesel-electric 3000 class railcars.
45th supertrain from the met
Tangara / 4D Class
A train bearing strong resemblance to a Tangara, known as the 4D, was once in use by Connex on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines in Melbourne Australia. It was similar in its shape only as it was of a different gauge and is built to be compatible with Melbourne's Comeng trains. It was not actually a Tangara but was a new-build of a similar design. The 4D stood for "Double Deck Design and Development".
If the double-decker train had proved success on these Melbourne suburban train lines, another 19 double decker trains were proposed. By the end of 1992, it was decided not to order any more double decker trains. Despite its frequent breakdowns, the train lasted until early 2002 before its permanent withdrawal from service.
Unlike the Connex Melbourne/Hillside franchise and its X'Trapolis trains, the Siemens trains were not originally proposed by National Express in the privatization agreement. The original contract specified trains built by Clyde Engineering (now EDI Rail) using Adtranz (now Bombardier Transportation) traction equipment.
Melbourne's original order was for 62 3-car sets. The metropolitan network was then acquired and run wholly by Connex Melbourne until late 2009, with ownership of the Siemens trains transferred in April 2004, but an additional ten trains were ordered by Connex Melbourne in August 2005, with the last of these trains delivered in February 2006.
The trains differ from earlier trains on the Melbourne network in the following ways:
Doors open when button pressed
Sliding doors between carriages
1 pantograph per 3-car train
Pre-1999, the network was operated by the Victorian Government, under a number of names; MTA reborn as the Public Transport Corporation, trading as "The Met".
Pre 1980's :Victorian Railways, Early 1980s: Vicrail, Late 1980s: Metropolitan Transit, 1990's: The Met. (Later split into Bayside Trains and Hillside Trains)