Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received an additional order for 112 high-capacity trains AGC type (Autorail Grande Capacité) from the French National Railways (SNCF), valued at about 467 million euros ($ 605 million US). The SNCF represents the French Regions in this transaction. Deliveries of the trains are scheduled to begin in October 2007. Bombardier will manufacture these AGC trains at its Crespin plant, in the Valenciennes region in France.
This firm order follows the announced selection of Bombardier by SNCF in September 2001 for the supply of 500 high-capacity regional trains AGC type for the French Regions. The total number of firmly ordered AGC trains by SNCF is now 612.
Twenty-one French regions have already ordered AGC trains, including most recently Poitou-Charentes and Ile-de-France.
“This new order confirms the AGC’s impressive success with the operator and the French regions alike. Passenger surveys have yielded a positive feedback of more than 90 % on design, comfort and convenience of these trains,” commented Jean Bergé, Chief Country Representative France, Bombardier Transportation. “We are especially proud of this new milestone. It bears witness to SNCF’s confidence in the AGC, positioning it firmly in the exclusive circle of large-scale modern railway series.”
The AGC is available in various versions. The trains can run on either diesel fuel, electricity or a combination of the two, and also on a dual mode/dual voltage (diesel fuel and electricity 1.5 kV and 25 kV). The new order from SNCF includes dual mode/dual voltage trains.
In France, Bombardier Transportation operates primarily at its Crespin factory in the Valenciennes region, which employs 1,600 people and is the leading French manufacturing site in the railway industry. Bombardier Transportation is involved in all TGV (high-speed rail) programs. The group manufactures a wide range of rolling stock for public transport. Among these products are the MF2000 vehicles for the Paris metro, the Marseille, Nantes and Saint-Etienne tramways, and the recent RER (commuter train) vehicles. Bombardier is a major player in regional transportation with its TER2N NG railcars and the AGC (Autorail Grande Capacité/high-capacity rail liner) which 21 French regions have ordered to date. Bombardier Transportation is recognized as a global partner of the transport authorities in France.
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