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No, the double-decker train in the video was not ‘Made in India’


A post is being shared on Facebook with a claim that the Sydney Metro train being shown in the video was manufactured in India. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: The Sydney Double-Decker Metro Train in the video was ‘Made in India’.

Fact: The Sydney metro train coaches manufactured in India were single-decker, not double-decker. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.  

When searched about the double-decker Sydney metro train on Google, the same video was found to be uploaded on YouTube in 2018 whereas the metro trains made in India by the Alstom company began operations only in May 2019. While it is true that 22 ‘Made in India’ trains manufactured at Alstom’s Sricity facility (Andhra Pradesh) were delivered to Sydney Metro, the train in the video is not one of them. On the Sydney Metro website, it can be seen that the design of the metro coaches made in India is very different from the train design shown in the video. Also, the coaches manufactured in India by Alstom were single-decker, not double-decker.

Also, in the search results, it was found that the double-decker train in the video is called ‘Waratah Series’. When looked for more about Waratah trains, it was found that the first CityRail double-decker built by ‘Reliance Rail’ (not Indian ‘Reliance’ company) was delivered in 2009. According to an article in Railway Gazette, the manufacturing process was done at China Northern’s Changchun plant and Downer EDI Rail’s plant (in Cardiff). Further details about the Waratah trains can be read here.

To sum it up, the double-decker train in the video was not ‘Made in India’.

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