S-Bahn Hamburg Orders Its First Dual-Voltage Trains

A consortium, comprising Alstom LHB and Bombardier Transportation, signed a contract with S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH for the supply of nine electric multiple units (EMUs) and the retrofit of 33 EMUs of type ET 474. The order is valued at about $136 million Cdn (90 million Euros), and Bombardier's share is approximately $68 million Cdn (45 million Euros).

Bombardier Transportation is responsible for the electrical equipment, which will be produced at its facility in Mannheim, Germany. Consortium leader Alstom is in charge of the mechanical scope of the order. The 42 new and retrofitted three-car dual-voltage trainsets are scheduled to be delivered from March 2006 to August 2007. Passenger service is scheduled to start in December 2007 between Hamburg and Stade.

"We are very glad to implement our S-Bahn extension strategy in the Hamburg area with these new dual-voltage vehicles," says Werner Wojtaschek, spokesperson of the Management Board of S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH.

Like for the Berlin S-Bahn, the EMUs of the Hamburg S-Bahn, which currently ends in Neugraben in the South of Hamburg, collect their current by a lateral third rail. On the planned extension of the line from Neugraben to Stade, the current will be collected from an overhead line. Accordingly, the nine trainsets ordered and the 33 units to be retrofitted will be equipped with a roof-mounted pantograph as well as with a lateral current collector. The new series will be called 474.3. As for other trains of type 474, the end cars will be motorized. The intermediate cars will feature a roof-mounted pantograph and the equipment required for the power supply with 15 kV 16 2/3 Hz, commonly used to operate electric trains in Germany.

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 Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people in 24 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2002 stood at $21.6 billion Cdn. Bombardier trades on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).



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