Friday, March 30, 2012

Deutsche Bahn taps Bombardier for TWINDEXX trains

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Bombardier Transportation said Friday it will deliver 16 TWINDEXX Vario multiple units to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) for operation on the Kiel-Hamburg and Flensburg-Hamburg railway lines.

DB AG was awarded a contract to operate services on these regional lines in a Europe-wide tender process. The order is valued at approximately 160 million euros ($208 million), and is part of a framework agreement between Bombardier and DB AG reached in December 2008.

Bombardier said DB AG already has ordered 135 of the variable double-deck coaches for intercity transport as well as 18 intermediate coaches and three double-deck power cars for regional services. Each of the 16 new four-car TWINDEXX Vario trains comprises two double-deck power cars and two intermediate coaches.

The new trains will operate on the network LVS Schleswig-Holstein with speeds of up to 160 km/h (about 100 mph). The trains are due to be delivered in the second half of 2014.

"Bombardier's innovative TWINDEXX Vario trains have proven themselves over many years of service," said Michael Clausecker, chairman of the Management Board, Bombardier Transportation Germany. "With this order, we will be supplying Deutsche Bahn with the 2,000th of these modern double-deck coaches. Their variability in length, configuration and interior design is one of the key reasons for our trains' great success. We are delighted that they will continue to form the backbone of modern and efficient public transportation in northern Germany."

The double-deck coaches are built at Bombardier's Görlitz plant in Germany. The bogies are manufactured at its site in Siegen, Germany, and the propulsion and control system is manufactured at its site in Västerås, Sweden.