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August 05, 2005 09:00 ET

OBB Expands its Bombardier Talent Train Fleet with 60 New Trains Valued at $293 Million US

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 5, 2005) - Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner Elin EBG Traction have received an order from the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) for 60 additional four-car Bombardier Talent electric multiple units (EMUs) to be used on regional and commuter services across Austria. The contract will allow OBB to expand its fleet of Bombardier Talent trains to 171 trains. OBB ordered its first 51 Talent multiple units from Bombardier in 2001. An initial option for 60 Talent trains was exercised in 2003. This new order is valued at approximately $ 293 million US (237 million euros), with Bombardier's share amounting to approximately $ 223 million US (180 million euros). The 60 new trains, which should go into service between January 2007 and mid-2008, are earmarked for use on the S-Bahn in Vienna and as regional trains throughout Austria.

"Following the success of the diesel version, which has developed into a veritable classic with orders totalling almost 270 units from eleven customers in four countries, the electric version of the Talent has a great future ahead of it," explained Olof Persson, President, Mainline and Metros, Bombardier Transportation. He added: "The vehicles of the Bombardier Talent family meet the high demands of our daily customers all over the world, and are a key element of innovative regional and commuter services concepts."

"Commencing in 2008, the Austrian Federal Railways will have a fleet of 171 Talent electric trains at its disposal. We are delighted that, in choosing the Talent from Bombardier, OBB has decided in favour of an extremely reliable and economical vehicle that is also an eye-catcher with its modern design," said Walter Grawenhoff, Chief Country Representative Austria, Bombardier Transportation.

The four-car trainsets designated for OBB will be delivered both as a single system version designed for 15 kV AC and as a dual system version for 15kV AC and 25 kV AC power supplies. With its stepless entry points for a 590 mm platform height, six bi-parting sliding plug doors on each side of the train and an interior designed to offer passengers a clear view through the entire train, the Talent has ideal credentials for rapid regional and commuter services. Passenger areas and toilet facilities designed for wheelchair accessibility are standard features, just like the modern passenger information and emergency communications system.

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