Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received an additional order for 48 high-capacity trains AGC type (Autorail Grande Capacité) from the French National Railways (SNCF), valued at approximately $239 million US (186 million Euro). The SNCF represents the French Regions in this transaction. The trains will be delivered between February 2007 and March 2009. Bombardier will manufacture these AGC trains at its Crespin plant, in the Valenciennes region in France, and it is expected that this order will increase the manufacturing rate from 8 trains to 10 trains per month.
Deliveries of the AGC trains started in January 2004 and 60 trains are currently in service. This firm order follows the announced selection of Bombardier by SNCF in September 2001 for the supply of 500 high-capacity regional trains AGC type for the French Regions. In December 2001, a first firm order of 192 was announced, followed by three additional options, one for 73 trains in February 2003, one for 14 trains in March 2003 and one for 100 trains in January 2005. With the current order, the total number of firm orders from SNCF for high-capacity regional trains AGC type is 427.
Jacques Lamotte, Chief Country Representative, France, Bombardier Transportation commented on the occasion: “This new order confirms, once again, SNCF and the French Regions’ trust in Bombardier. Every day, these trains demonstrate that they fulfill passengers’ needs. This new order further reinforces Bombardier’s already strong leadership in the French high-capacity trains market.”
The AGC is available in various versions. The trains can run on either diesel fuel, electricity or a combination of the two, and also on a dual mode/dual voltage (diesel fuel and electricity 1.5 kV and 25 kV). The new order from the SNCF includes, for the first time, dual mode/dual voltage trains.
Bombardier Transportation in France operates primarily at its Crespin site in the Valenciennes region, where it employs more than 1600 people. In the French market, Bombardier Transportation participates in all TGV programs and manufactures a wide range of rolling stock for public transport. Among these products are the MF 2000 vehicles for the Paris Metro, the Strasbourg, Nantes and Marseille tramways, the recent vehicles for the RER network and the TR2N NG regional transport railcars.
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