Bombardier Transportation and Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) have formally signed the framework contract for the supply of 321 new TALENT 2 trains to be used on its regional network throughout Germany. Bombardier Transportation was selected as the preferred supplier for this order on February 2, 2007. The total order is valued at about 1.2 billion euros (1.6 billion US dollars).
The new generation of electric multiple unit trains, the Bombardier TALENT 2, will join Bombardier double-deck trains and TRAXX locomotives (DB Class 146) as the backbone of DB’s regional transport service throughout Germany. The entire vehicle fleet will be developed and manufactured at Bombardier sites in Germany. Delivery of the new fleet is scheduled to start in 2009.
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Background facts & figures
Product name: TALENT 2 - latest generation of electric multiple unit
Key features and benefits: TALENT 2 multiple units can be configured variably to create two-car trains or trains with as many as six cars. Propulsion power options can also be selected, depending on the number of driven axles. Additionally, the vehicles can be adjusted to operate on different voltage systems prevalent in the European rail network (15 kV AC, 25 kV AC or 3 kV DC). Access heights of 598 or 800 mm can accommodate different platform levels. Once placed in service, the trains can be continuously re-configured to fit changing needs. Like its predecessor, TALENT 2 trains offer state-of-the-art public address and emergency call systems, transparent passenger compartments, and features to accommodate the needs of disabled passengers. Flexibility is also an important feature for TALENT 2 internal fittings. Individual components such as extra toilets or doors can be added at the operator’s convenience. Number and arrangement of seats can also be changed along with the number and size of multi-purpose areas. With a high level of acceleration and up to two swing-plug doors on each side of the car, the TALENT 2 offers the ideal solution for rapid regional and suburban transport. In addition, the new trains meet safety requirements of tomorrow, being fully compliant with the future European crash norms.
Markets currently in operation: TALENT 2 is advanced proven design of Bombardier’s popular TALENT product family, which has more than 450 trains in service in Germany, Norway, Austria and Canada.