Bombardier Transportation, in consortium with Alstom Transport, received from SNCB (Belgian National Railways) an order for the production of 70 additional double-deck passenger cars and the adaptation of 19 type T27 electrical locomotives to enable push-pull operation. This order is a follow-on order to a contract for 210 double-deck cars awarded in 1999, all of which have already been delivered. The total value of the additional coaches is approximately $222 million US (179 million Euros), Bombardier's share amounting to some $138 million US (111 million Euros). Deliveries are scheduled to take place between October 2006 and February 2008.
Olof Persson, President, Mainline and Metros, Bombardier Transportation, stated: "This order testifies to our excellent relationship with SNCB. This additional order of 70 coaches clearly shows the trust of our customer in Bombardier and his appreciation of our trains. I am therefore very proud that these highly comfortable trains will further contribute to the extension of the offered seating capacity in Belgium."
The final assembly of the intermediate coaches (19 first class and 19 multi-functional cars) as well as the complete production of 32 cab cars will take place in Bombardier Transportation's plant in Bruges, Belgium. The installation of an automatic coupler on the type T27 locomotives will also be done in Bruges.
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