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February 11, 2016 17:00 ET

Bombardier Opens the Doors at New Train Maintenance Facility in Queensland

- Queensland Government officially opens New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) train maintenance facility

- Ipswich residents invited to look inside the new facility

- Bombardier's availability and maintenance staff in Queensland ready for the arrival of first NGR train

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Rail technology leader Bombardier will officially open the doors to a new purpose-built rail maintenance facility in Wulkuraka, Ipswich, tomorrow [February 13, 2016].The occasion is being marked by a Community Open Day where residents of Ipswich are invited to take a look inside the new facility.

"This is a great achievement and very proud moment for Bombardier and all the team involved in Queensland's New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) project," said Paul Brown, Bombardier Transportation's Project Director for the NGR project.

"Bombardier is a world-class provider of integrated rail systems, and moving into this wonderful new piece of infrastructure means we are really close to seeing Queensland's new trains in service."

"Our maintenance team has been involved in the design of the new trains and the facility from the outset, which means we have state-of-the-art equipment to make maintenance of Queensland's new trains easier and faster."

The new facility is part of the Queensland Government's AUD $4.4 billion transportation investment - the State's largest single investment into transport. The NGR project includes the purchase of 75 new six-car trains, the construction of the new facility as well as the 30 years of maintenance of the new trains. The maintenance facility alone will provide 150 full-time jobs.

The Bombardier-led consortium won the tender for the project in January 2014 and started construction on the new maintenance facility in February 2014. Construction was completed in December 2015 and Bombardier has been staffing and stocking the facility ready for the arrival of the first of Queensland's new trains.

Key features of the facility include a dedicated wheel lathe, lifting jacks, cleaning and decanting facilities, and an Automated Visual Inspection System (AVI System).

The AVI System will scan the new trains as they return to the facility to provide vehicle condition data and includes scans for graffiti, condition of the braking system, wheel damage, bearing temperature and the thickness of roof-mounted pantographs.

The first of the new trains will be tested across the network during the first half of the year and is expected to be in service mid-2016.

The maintenance facility will provide same-day service for any issue that might arise, which will mean greater train availability for commuters across the South East Queensland network.

The Community Open Day will start with an official ceremony at 11am and finish at 3pm. Visitors are welcome to walk through the facility. Food and entertainment will also be available.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 37,700 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

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