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Award Winning NS Sprinter Train at New Design Museum


Prestigious “Good Design Show” Heralds the Design Energy, Vitality and Innovation of the Bombardier-Siemens Sprinter Trains for NS

The Award winning NS (Netherlands Railways) Sprinter train, designed and manufactured by the Sprinter LighTTrain Consortium formed by Bombardier and Siemens, is now being showcased in Athens (Greece). It is being presented at the newly opened Contemporary Space of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the European centre for architecture, art, design and urban studies.

The Contemporary Space Athens opens today, with an inaugural exhibition that honors the best new designs of the world’s foremost designers and manufacturers from Europe, Asia, and North-America. The opening exhibition takes place from 18 September until the end of December 2008 and showcases all winners of the 2007/2008 Good Design Awards, including the new Bombardier-Siemens Sprinter train.

The Sprinter trains, that amongst other prestigious brands, received the Good Design Award in the transportation category, are based on a proven Bombardier-Siemens commuter train design, adapted in close partnership with NS to suit the specific requirements of the Netherlands.

The Sprinter combines the tradition of its proven technology with a modern futuristic and timeless approach taking into account the long lifespan of these vehicles. The exterior design of the trains offers a dynamic, attractive and friendly appearance. Important technical requirements like high efficiency and crashworthiness according to the latest standards are incorporated without losing the aesthetic quality of the design or the reliability of a regional and commuter train.

Particular attention was paid to the harmonious balancing of all design-relevant elements like windows, split lines, lights and contour edges on the front end while maintaining appropriate functionality, feasibility, technology and manufacturing compatibility. The livery is based on the pattern NS employs for its Sprinter brand, which combines the corporate yellow and blue color scheme with a distinctive white. The yellow doors also provide visual functionality in line with disability requirements. The blue arrow pattern towards the front accentuates the notion of speed.

In September 2007, NS ordered 32 four-car and 32 six-car Sprinter electric multiple units (EMUs) in addition to the 2005 base order for 18 four-car and 17 six-car EMUs.

The Sprinter’s four-car trains are being produced and tested at Bombardier’s manufacturing facilities in Aachen and Hennigsdorf, Germany. The Sprinter’s six-car trains are being produced at Siemens’ production site in Krefeld-Uerdingen and tested in Siemens’ test centre Wildenrath, both Germany.


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