Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Deutsche Bahn orders more Bombardier doubledeckers

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Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday it will supply 18 additional doubledeck coaches to Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG. The order isworth approximately 24 million euros ($33 million). DB AG is exercising an option from a 2003 framework agreement, “comprising the delivery of 298 double-deck coaches as well as an option for a further 300 double-deck coaches,” Bombardier said.

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The additional cars will be used by DB Regio in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and in Baden-Württemberg; the cars are expected toenter into service beginning in December.

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DB Regio NRW GmbH will receive 13 double-deck coaches with high-floor entrances. These coaches include air conditioning systems, convenient luggage racks, and wider entrance areas.

DB Regio AG in Baden-Württemberg will receive five double-deck intermediate coaches with low-floor entrances. These coaches willbe in use on the Stuttgart-Karlsruhe and Stuttgart-Singen routes, and have multipurpose compartments with space for wheelchairs, children’s strollers, and bulky luggage. The coaches for Baden-Württemberg will also be equipped with electronic displays for information and entertainment as well as exterior loudspeakers.

Bombardier says all coaches will feature LED lighting, which save energy, while indirect lighting will ensure a pleasant ambience for passengers. Bombardier will produce the cars at its plant in Gorlitz, Germany.