Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation

October 02, 2007 06:00 ET

First Firm Order of 42 Bombardier TALENT 2 Trains by DB Regio

New Trains Will Operate on Nuremberg's Suburban Rail Network from December 2010

BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - Deutsche Bahn (DB) Regio AG has placed an order with Bombardier Transportation for the delivery of 42 BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 trains. Valued at around 170 million euros (242 million US dollars), this is the first firm order from a framework agreement signed in February 2007 for up to 321 vehicles. The four-car multiple units will be used to carry passengers on the Nuremberg suburban rail network from December 2010.

The new generation of the ET-platform type TALENT 2, known as the 428/438 series, is characterised by an extremely flexible configuration (two- to six-car vehicles) and a wide range of features. In the Nuremberg model, the passengers will benefit from the high standards of comfort provided by a modern train, with 225 comfortable 2nd class seats in an air-conditioned, high-quality environment.

The TALENT 2 train has also been designed to cater for the needs of passengers who are restricted in terms of mobility, sight or hearing. This includes tactile lettering on all controls, and audible and visual passenger information both inside and out. The interior design, attractive and functional in terms of both style and colour, enables easy, rapid orientation in the train. All entrances for Nuremberg's suburban rail trains are fitted with level-access sliding steps which bridge the gap between the platform and the entrance. The two end cars also have special entrances for disabled passengers. One end car is also fitted with a spacious toilet for easy maneuverability.

The trailer car design, featuring an additional door on each side (as with suburban railcars), enables passengers to get on and off the vehicle more quickly. Passengers benefit from an increased sense of security, with a design that provides high levels of visibility and freedom of movement within the vehicle, as well as video monitoring equipment. The train is also exemplary in terms of crash-worthiness and set up to meet the requirements of Europe's future TSI crash standard.

The highly energy efficient and reliable BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and controls system provides an installed power output of 3030 kW for both rapid acceleration and a top speed of 160 km/h, reflecting the requirements of the Nuremberg suburban rail network.

"This first call-off of TALENT 2 trains signals the start of a new era in regional and local transport," stated Dr. Klaus Baur, Chairman of Bombardier Transportation in Germany. "I'm certain that DB Regio's customers will appreciate the new levels of comfort, safety, attractiveness and short journey times. This order will also help safeguard jobs in our German plants."

Stephan Krenz, Managing Director and Head of Business Unit Germany & Scandinavia, Bombardier Transportation, added, "We're delighted that we've impressed our customers with the unique flexibility and modular design of the new TALENT generation. Not only does it offer a broad range of deployment options for all sorts of needs, but it also provides an excellent competitive advantage in the increasingly challenging passenger transport sector of the future."

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Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

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A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at

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