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Alstom has been awarded a contract to rebuild two additional SilverLeaf cars for Canadian customer, Rocky Mountaineer.
The project requires the cars to be stripped to their frame and trucks and entirely re-engineered, producing newly refurbished train cars for the Rocky Mountaineer fleet.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the iconic Canadian Rocky Mountaineer. Alstom has rebuilt eight cars thus far which are in service as part of the fleet, with two others currently being rebuilt and modernised at our facility in Mare Island, California,” said Angelo Guercioni, Managing Director, Alstom Transport Canada.
The modernisation work includes installation of oversized dome windows, spacious seats and a new interior, which extends the car’s lifetime by at least 10 years. The work also includes a thorough engineering design and review to deliver a quality product that assures a vastly improved customer experience thanks to new systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) to increase guest comfort, as well as new flat and curved windows that give guests a 167 per cent larger viewing area than before.
Alstom began working on overhauling the Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf cars in 2014. It has since converted eight cars, which also includes mechanical, electrical and rail testing, as well as commissioning.
Alstom’s Mare Island facility in Vallejo, California, boasts 100,000 sq. ft. of production and warehouse space and a team of more than 100 employees. In addition to overhauling the coaches for the Rocky Mountaineer, the site also supports the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), for Vendor Management Inventory.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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