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Bombardier Transportation and joint venture partner Australian train manufacturer EDI Rail have been awarded an order by the Queensland Government in Australia to build 24 three-car electric commuter trains. The contract is valued at approximately US$158 million (AU$212 million). Bombardier’s share of the contract will be US$74 million (AU$99 million).
Bombardier’s scope is vehicle integration, the structural design of the railcar, bogie design and the supply of propulsion, electrical and communication systems. EDI Rail will be supplying the body shell, interiors and bogies plus HVAC and door systems. Testing and commissioning will be carried out jointly. Assembly will be carried out at EDI Rail’s and Bombardier’s facilities in Maryborough, Queensland. Propulsion and traction equipment will be manufactured at Bombardier’s plants in Västerås, Sweden and Pittsburgh, USA.
The 24 trains will operate at 130 km/h, and include 16 fitted with a toilet to cater for increased Queensland Rail interurban services to the Gold Coast and other regional areas. The other eight trains will be used for increased suburban commuter services. The trains are narrow gauge with 25kV propulsion and are of stainless steel construction. The vehicles will be designed in Australia.
“These trains will provide Queensland commuters with safe, fast, quiet and comfortable state-of-the-art transport for many years to come,” says Dan Osborne, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Australia. Building on over 600 carriages currently in service in Brisbane and Perth, QR’s new trains are a limited adaptation of 31 similar new trains built by EDI Rail and Bombardier which entered service in Perth earlier this month – on time and on budget.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at http://www.bombardier.com.
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