Bombardier to Deliver TWINDEXX Double-deck Coaches and TRAXX Locomotives for Long-distance Routes to Deutsche Bahn AG
New coaches and locomotives to enter service in December 2013
Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) for the delivery of 137 latest-generation BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX 2010 double-deck coaches and 27 BOMBARDIER TRAXX P160 AC locomotives. The order was announced by Bombardier on January 4, 2011 and is valued at approximately 362 million euro (485 million US dollars). The double-deck coaches and locomotives are scheduled to enter service at the end of 2013.
The contract involves TWINDEXX double-deck cab cars and intermediate coaches with high/low-floor entrance. It is part of a framework agreement signed in December 2008. The locomotives order is also part of a framework agreement signed in 2000.
This latest order marks the first time that DB has requested TWINDEXX double-deck coaches for long-distance routes. Bombardier double-deck coaches have been operating successfully on the DB regional network since 1993.
Grego Peters, President Business Unit Germany and Scandinavia, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Together with Deutsche Bahn AG, we are launching a new chapter for double-deck coaches. We are delighted that DB has now decided to introduce our successful double-deck units on its long-distance routes as well. About 2,000 of our double-deck coaches are already operating with DB Regio. The new-generation TWINDEXX 2010 will set new standards, particularly in terms of comfort.”
Ake Wennberg, President Locomotives and Equipment, Bombardier Transportation, said: “DB has once again turned to our high-performance, reliable and maintenance-friendly TRAXX platform. We are proud that our locomotives will now become an important part of DB’s new long-distance route concept. They form an ideal combination with our TWINDEXX 2010 double-deck coaches.”
The TRAXX P160 AC locomotives and TWINDEXX 2010 double-deck units are expected to enter service from the end of 2013 onwards. The order includes both 1st class and 2nd class variants of the double-deck units. They both feature carpeted floors, very comfortable seats with footrests as well as sun-blinds and spacious luggage racks. Numerous power outlets enable the comfortable use of electrical devices such as laptops.
The double-deck coaches will also be equipped with an air conditioning system, electronic seat reservation, exterior loudspeakers and amplifiers for optimised mobile reception as well as electronic displays for entertainment and multi-language information. The coaches will feature an innovative LED-lighting system which is energy saving and deploys indirect lighting to enhance passenger comfort.
The new trains will provide designated spaces for bicycles on Intercity routes for the first time. In addition to the conventional passenger areas, the coaches are also fitted with multi-purpose or family areas. All intermediate coaches have two toilets.
The new coaches are designed for a top speed of 160 km/h and will be built at the Bombardier site in Görlitz. The bogies are manufactured at the Bombardier site in Siegen.
The 27 ordered TRAXX P160 AC locomotives, with a power output of 5.6 MW and a maximum speed of 160 km/h, complement DB’s existing TRAXX fleet. It has more than 600 TRAXX locomotives in use already – for both passenger as well as cargo transport.
The final assembly of the locomotives will take place at the Bombardier site in Kassel. The carbodies will be produced at the Bombardier site in Wroclaw, Poland, and the bogies will be produced at the site in Siegen, Germany. The Mannheim and Hennigsdorf sites will provide the propulsion and controls technology as well as the propulsion equipment.
The TRAXX product family is designed for the transportation of goods and passengers on national and international routes on all networks. It is available in three electrical variants (for multi-system, AC and DC locomotives), as well as in a diesel-electric variant. All TRAXX locomotives set themselves apart thanks to their modular construction and their highly efficient BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and controls systems, which have already been put into service in over 3,800 locomotives.
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Photos : BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX 2010 double-deck coaches and BOMBARDIER TRAXX P160 AC locomotive.
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