Bombardier Transportation : Bombardier to Supply Further TWINDEXX Vario
*12 new double-deck electric multiple units for Deutsche Bahn AG
*Contract valued at approximately 113 million euro
*Greater comfort and quality for the Main-Spessart region of Germany
BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwired - April 2, 2013) - Rail technology leader
Bombardier Transportation will deliver 12 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario trains for
commuter services to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG), which won a Europe-wide tender
to operate passenger services in the Main-Spessart region. The order placed at
the end of March 2013 is valued at approximately 113 million euro ($ 145
million US) and is part of a framework agreement signed in December 2008.
Under the agreement, DB AG has already ordered 290 variable double-deck
coaches for long-distance and regional routes.
The 12 new TWINDEXX Vario double-deck trains each consist of two motor cars
and two intermediate coaches. Their wide kinematic profile and lightweight
steel construction provide a spacious interior and generous headroom along the
upper deck windows. With a top speed of 160 km/h, the trains will operate
between the towns of Bamberg, Wurzburg, Aschaffenburg and Frankfurt. Delivery
of the trains will begin in the second half of 2015.
The coaches provide low-floor entrances and multi-purpose areas on the lower
deck with plenty of room to transport bicycles or luggage. Each train has an
intermediate coach with a dedicated area for passengers with reduced mobility
and a special needs toilet. The upper deck of this coach houses the first
class section, with a comfortable 2+1 seating layout and numerous extras such
as reading lamps and power outlets. The second class features comfortable
seats, tables, adjustable armrests, power outlets and a children's corner. The
motor cars and the other intermediate coaches are all equipped with a standard
toilet. Low-floor entry allows passengers to board and disembark easily even
on routes with different platform heights, serving platforms between 380 mm
and 760 mm in height.
"Travelling in the new TWINDEXX Vario double-deck trains from Bombardier is
particularly pleasant thanks to their spacious headroom, comfortable seating
and large windows that fill the interior with light and offer passengers
splendid views," said Dr. Roman Muller, Vice President Sales Germany,
Bombardier Transportation. "Our variable trains enable operators to meet fully
the needs of modern rail transportation by combining high passenger capacity
with enhanced flexibility. Continuous development of proven solutions is the
secret behind the success of these popular double-deck trains manufactured in
Gorlitz. The trains are always state-of-the-art and remain as reliable as
A high proportion of multi-purpose areas distributed along the entire length
of the train provide space for up to 48 bicycles. Greater space between seats
offering more legroom, a large number of tables, power outlets even in second
class, a toilet in each carriage, large windows and high-quality First class
seating with real leather seats, carpet and reading lights ensure a
comfortable journey. Light, friendly interiors, transparent glass partitions
and video surveillance increase passengers' sense of security.
The motor cars are equipped with the reliable, energy efficient BOMBARDIER
MITRAC 1000 drive and control system. With four drive motors per power car, a
four-car TWINDEXX Vario train is driven via 50% of its axles, which among
other things enables rapid acceleration, even in poor weather.
TWINDEXX Vario trainsets can be coupled together to double passenger capacity
on busy routes. The trains' length can be adjusted easily by inserting or
removing an intermediate coach, demonstrating a high level of flexibility and
the advantages of the variable single-car concept.
Bombardier builds its double-deck trains at its Gorlitz plant in Germany. Its
site in Hennigsdorf, Germany, is involved in a wide range of research and
development activities. The bogies are manufactured in Siegen, Germany, and
the drive engines are manufactured in Vasteras, Sweden. Bombardier has
delivered almost 2,000 modern double-deck cars to Deutsche Bahn since 1992.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the
broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and
services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4
technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy
and ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve
total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier
Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse
customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an
installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking
far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by
answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable
transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our
employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability
World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012,
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