Austrian Federal Railways Increase Their Fleet for Local Traffic with 17 Additional Talent Trains from Bombardier

New Vehicles for Use in the Cross-Border Service Between Austria and Hungary

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Passenger Service AG is expanding its fleet of vehicles with 17 additional BOMBARDIER* TALENT* trains. The four-car units are being built in a consortium with Elin EBG Traction/Siemens. From a total order value of around 76 million euros ($108 million US), Bombardier has a share amounting to around 56 million euros ($79 million US). The new trains are scheduled for delivery from December 2008 to May 2009, and will then be used in cross-border traffic between Austria and Hungary.

ÖBB has operated these innovative regional and local traffic vehicles since 2001 and delivery of the latest tranche will bring the fleet size to 188 Talent trains. Low-floor entrances, generously-sized passenger compartments, state-of-the-art public address and emergency call systems together with air-conditioning ensure optimum travel comfort. Designed for speeds of 140km/hr, the train also features compartments and toilets to accommodate disabled persons as well as generous areas to store bicycles, prams and wheelchairs. The electrical equipment is provided by Elin EBG Traction.

“The Talent is increasingly becoming the standard for innovative and design-oriented regional and local traffic in Europe”, declared Stephane Rambaud-Measson, President Mainline and Metros at Bombardier Transportation. “Its modular and flexible concept continues to impress more and more customers. We now have more than 780 orders from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Norway and Canada.”

Karl Samstag, Country Representative of Bombardier Transportation in Austria added: “We are very pleased that the tried and tested collaboration between ÖBB and our consortium, which has proven to be successful for both parties, continues with the current purchase. With the Talent, ÖBB provides its passengers with a reliable and extremely comfortable means of transport and maintains its profile as a comprehensive provider of mobility.“

Background facts and figures

About Bombardier Transportation in Austria
Bombardier Transportation currently employs over 500 people at their Vienna site in Austria. Here the centre of competence for trams and light rail vehicles is located, which are developed and manufactured for the Austrian and the European market. In addition, the Vienna location houses the department of propulsion and control technology and the service facility for rail vehicles.

About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at

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