Bombardier's TALENT Trains Selected Again By Austrian Federal Railways

Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner Elin EBG Traction have received an order from the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) for 60 additional four-car Bombardier* TALENT* electric multiple units (EMUs) to be used for regional and commuter services across Austria. The contract, which follows an initial order for 51 TALENT trains placed in 2001 by ÖBB, has a total value of $334 million Cdn (215 million Euros), with Bombardier's share accounting for some $248 million Cdn (160 million Euros). The new trains are scheduled to be delivered between July 2005 and the end of 2006.

The vehicles will be built at Bombardier Transportation's site in Aachen, Germany. Elin EBG Traction will supply part of the electrical equipment from Vienna, Austria. Commissioning of the vehicles will be undertaken at ÖBB's Technical Services facility in Vienna.

"With more than 260 vehicles ordered by seven customers in four countries, the diesel version of the TALENT multiple unit has clearly become a classic since its introduction in 1996," stated Olof Persson, President, Mainline, Bombardier Transportation. "This follow-up order for the electric version shows that our TALENT family is a winning concept. With this modern train, we have met the customer's requirements for a reliable and economic vehicle, one which is also a visual enhancement for rail traffic thanks to its striking silhouette."

The four-car TALENT multiple unit, with its stepless entry points for a 500 mm platform height, six bi-parting sliding plug doors on each side of the train and an interior designed to offer passengers a clear view through the entire train are ideal for fast regional and commuter services. The automatic couplers provide multiple-unit control of up to four trainsets, which can then carry up to 800 passengers. The trains are equipped with video cameras, allowing the driver to monitor the situation at the doors. Passenger areas and toilet facilities designed for wheelchair accessibility are standard features, just like the modern passenger information and emergency communication systems.

Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail cars and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions.

Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).

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