Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bombardier wins $296 million U.K. add-on order

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Bombardier Transportation announced Dec. 28 it has secured an add-on order, worth $296 million, for 130  ELECTROSTAR electric multiple-unit (EMU) cars for the U.K.’s Southern rail operation.
“This is a significant project which emphasizes the performance of Bombardier’s products in the U.K.,” said Paul Roberts, Chief Country Representative and President of Bombardier Transportation, Services U.K. and Passenger Fleet Management Service Line. “Bombardier has a wealth of experience in aluminum train production in the U.K., with almost 2,000 ELECTROSTAR electric multiple unit cars produced and in service.”

Bombardier Transportation has production facilities in Derby and Plymouth and 15 maintenance and overhaul centers across the U.K. Bombardier is under contract to service 5,200 vehicles in Great Britain.

Picture above left is a Bombardier ELECTROSTAR consist in the livery of South Africa's 50-mile Gautrain line, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria, and OR Tambo International Airport.