With nearly 700 units, this order is the most important series in today’s rail industry
Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has received an additional order for 19 high-capacity AGC type (Autorail Grande Capacité) trains from the French National Railways (SNCF). The SNCF represents the French Regions in this transaction, which is valued at about 82 million euros ($ 111 million US). 698 AGC trains have been ordered to date.
In total, nearly 700 AGC trains will be in service in twenty-one French regions by 2011. “This order, which is a part of the most important modern railway series, confirms once again, the trust SNCF and French regions have invested in Bombardier. It also consolidates Bombardier’s position in the French rail market, “ commented Jean Bergé, Chief Country Representative France, Bombardier Transportation.
The AGC train 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). Thus far, the SNCF has ordered over 125 dual mode/dual voltage AGC.
When the AGC dual mode/dual voltage train was first launched in the Champagne-Ardenne region last month, a young passenger commented on how bright, confortable and colourful the AGC trains were. “They really invite you to travel” she commented. The results of an opinion poll conducted during the 100th train launch confirmed that 95% of passengers responded very positively to the trains.
The SNCF signed an initial contract, on December 13th, 2001, for the supply of 500 AGC trains, with a subsequent amendment agreed in November 2006 for the supply of up to 200 additional trains. The AGC trains are manufactured at the Bombardier Crespin plant in northern France.
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Bombardier in France
Bombardier Transportation in France operates primarily at its Crespin facility in the Valenciennes region, employs 1,600 people and is the leading French manufacturing site in the railway industry. 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 Marseilles, Nantes and Strasbourg trams, the recent vehicles for the RER network, the TER2N NG regional transport railcars, the commuter trains to be used on the suburban network of Ile-de-France and the AGC trains (Autorail Grande Capacité), which 21 French regions have ordered to date. Bombardier is recognized as a global partner of the transport authorities in France.
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.
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 www.bombardier.com.
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