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Bombardier Presents its New OMNEO Double-deck Platform in France: the Regio 2N

September 25, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Trains

  • With the BOMBARDIER OMNEO double-deck train, Bombardier adds a new product platform to its EMU double-deck portfolio
  • A multi-type platform to meet a wide range of needs: from high capacity suburban to a more comfortable intercity, while integrating regional travel
  • The 129 double-deck trains ordered will operate in the Regions of Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Rhône-Alpes
Photo courtesy of Bombardier

Photo courtesy of Bombardier

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation today presented the first OMNEO train to the vice presidents for transportation of various French regions and Guillaume Pepy, Chief Executive Officer of SNCF, at Bombardier’s site in Crespin in Northern France. This new double-deck train, named Regio 2N by the French regions, is wider than conventional EMUs. It offers a new level of passenger comfort through more onboard space, maximum seating, large access platforms with two wide doors, and quiet cars for long journeys. The Regio 2N platform is available in various configurations, from six to 10 cars, with a total length of between 81 m and 135 m. It is capable of travelling at speeds of between 160 km/h and 200 km/h.

Representatives of the Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Industrial Renewal were also present, as well as Lutz Bertling, President of Bombardier Transportation.

Bombardier has built nine test trains to allow the thousands of tests required for homologation to be conducted simultaneously. The fully-fitted Regio 2N train on show is the eighth of these special trains. While waiting for certification, several trains will run test journeys from January 2014 to allow SNCF’s staff to operate them and to check operational reliability before full commissioning.

At Bombardier’s site near Valenciennes, the Regio 2N project teams are ready to ensure production and delivery of all 129 trains within only two years.

To date, the regions Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Rhône-Alpes have placed firm orders for 129 Regio 2N trains. The contract allows for a maximum of 860 trains.

“The increasing use of regional trains in France reflects the Regions’ successful efforts to facilitate sustainable and comfortable mobility of their populations,” said Lutz Bertling, President of Bombardier Transportation. “This train is the right choice to meet the future needs of regional transportation not only because of its large capacity, passenger comfort and high performance but also thanks to the many configurations available, such as the InterCity V200 version. Bombardier’s Crespin teams have met an outstanding technical challenge by delivering a completely new industrial product as complex as this one, and in such a short time-frame.”

OMNEO is the latest product of the Bombardier double-deck EMU portfolio. Offering high capacity in densely populated areas and fast speed on intercity rail links, double-deck trains are central to an eco-friendly and comfortable rail transportation, moving millions of people every day. Bombardier’s portfolio is well positioned to meet the demand of market growth in this sector. UNIFE research shows that demand for regional trains should remain high, reaching 4,000 cars per year in the period 2014 to 2016. France, Germany and the UK are forecast to represent more than half of the world’s regional train market. In the regional segment, the share of double-deck trains is increasing due to the constant need for increased capacity.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only 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.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Alstom delivers first Regiolis train to Lorraine Region

September 23, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Trains

Regiolis train, Lorraine Photo courtesy of Alstom

Regiolis train, Lorraine
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Alstom delivered on Saturday 21 September at the Metz train station, the first Regiolis train to Lorraine Region (north-east of France). Attending the event were Jean-Pierre Masseret, Lorraine Regional Council Chairman, Alain Autruffe, SNCF Lorraine Director, Claude Solar, SNCF Regions and Intercités Director and Jérôme Wallut, Alstom Transport France Managing Director. Lorraine is France’s second region (after Aquitaine in July 2013) to receive its next-generation regional train.

The arrival of Regiolis trains in Lorraine has closely followed the inauguration of Alstom’s Regiolis After-Sales Service premises on September 5th 2013 at the SNCF Technicentre in Metz. Alstom teams are on hand to take part in the training of drivers and maintenance teams.

To date, 182 Regiolis trains have been ordered for 12 of France’s regions, as part of the contract signed by Alstom and SNCF in 2009. The Lorraine Region ordered 10 Regiolis bimodal trains (diesel or electric (dual voltage 25 kV / 1,500 V)), 72 metres in length and with capacity for up to 219 seated passengers. On top of the standard layout, Regiolis trains in the Lorraine Region will feature extra equipment like a passenger-counting system, a space for bike storage and door-recognition assistance.

Regiolis trains have travelled around 250,000 km and are due to complete the certification phase in October 2013. They will be put into service upon receiving their AMECs (Commercial Operation Permits), issued by the EPSF (French Railway Safety Board). Thanks to the hard work performed by SNCF and all the players in France’s rail business channel, about 100 Regiolis trains will have been delivered by late 2014. Besides the Lorraine Region, trains for Alsace, Aquitaine, Lower Normandy and Picardie will be available as of 2013. Initial commercial service will begin in 2014.

Regiolis trains are from the Alstom’s Coradia range. They are modular and can be adapted to the needs of every region: they come in three lengths (56, 72 or 110 metres), with a choice of four comfort levels to suit the travel distance (suburban, regional or intercity), and features a bimodal (diesel/electric) or electric drive. Regiolis trains are ecological and economical on account of their low energy use and reduced maintenance costs. Lastly, they are accessible to everyone thanks to their integral, platform-height low floor.

Manufacturing Regiolis trains generates over 4,000 jobs in France at Alstom’s and its suppliers. Six out of the ten Alstom facilities in France are taking part in the project: Reichshoffen (design and assembly), Ornans (engines), Le Creusot (bogies), Tarbes (drive chains), Villeurbanne (on-board computers) and Saint-Ouen (design).

This article is a repost, credit: Alstom.

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Alstom’s Citadis commissioned in Tours

August 30, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Streetcar

Alstom's Citadis tramway, Place Jean Jaurès, Tours (France). Copyright: Alstom Transport / E.Lamperti Photo courtesy of Alstom

Alstom’s Citadis tramway, Place Jean Jaurès, Tours (France). Copyright: Alstom Transport / E.Lamperti
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On Saturday August 31, 2013, will be inaugurated the first line of the Tours tramway network at the Tours train station by Jean Germain, president of the Greater Tours Community and the Greater Tours Transport Union (SITCAT), Guillaume Pépy, president of SNCF, and Jérôme Wallut, Managing Director of Alstom Transport France.

Alstom's Citadis tramway. Interior. Copyright: Alstom Transport / L.De.Serres Photo courtesy of Alstom

Alstom’s Citadis tramway. Interior. Copyright: Alstom Transport / L.De.Serres
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Alstom supplied 21 Citadis trams that are 43 meters long to the Greater Tours area, with a capacity of up to 280 passengers. The trams run on the network’s first tramway line, which is 15 km long and serves 29 stations. Alstom has also fitted 1.8 km of tracks with its APS system using a third rail and ground-level power supply, between the Tours train station and Place Choiseul to preserve the historic heritage of the city centre.

The Tours tramway was designed by the “Ensemble(s) la ligne” collective under the direction of the RCP agency1 and adapted to the Citadis by Alstom Design & Styling department. With its interior fittings, the Tours Citadis has achieved an unmatched level of passenger comfort using sensorial design technology. The on-board lighting depends on the exterior luminosity: it is softer in summer and warmer in winter.

The exterior colors of the tram, “mirroring the waters of the Loire” a tribute to the river that crosses the town, reflect the city of Tours and the weather’s color. The design of the tram’s front section is natural and discreet. It has two luminous LED strips that light the tracks and give the impression that the tram is moving like a cursor and raising the track in front of it.

Alstom’s Citadis tram offers a quality on board experience and optimal comfort thanks to an integral low floor, air-conditioning, video-surveillance systems and information conveyed via announcements and screens. Alstom’s APS solution, tested for the last ten years2, preserves the urban setting and the historic heritage of the cities that have opted for it.

Alstom's Citadis tramway, Wilson bridge, Tours (France). Copyright: Claire Garate/SITCAT Photo courtesy of Alstom

Alstom’s Citadis tramway, Wilson bridge, Tours (France). Copyright: Claire Garate/SITCAT
Photo courtesy of Alstom

Eight French Alstom Transport sites were involved in this project: La Rochelle for the design, Reichshoffen for the assembly, Ornans for the engines, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for traction system components, Villeurbanne for on-board electronics, Saint-Ouen for interior design and Vitrolles for the APS. The project has generated more than 2,000 jobs in France at Alstom and its suppliers.

Alstom has already sold nearly 1,700 Citadis to 42 cities in the world. The trams have already carried more than 5 billion passengers and demonstrated their reliability operating across more than 450 million kilometers.

1 – Styling agency headed by Regine Charvet-Pello. 2 – 12 million kilometres covered in the cities of Bordeaux, Orléans, Angers and Reims.

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SNCF exercising entire option involving 40 Alstom Euroduplex very high speed train sets

August 11, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Trains

Photo courtesy of Alstom

Photo courtesy of Alstom

SNCF has confirmed it was exercising the entire option for 40 Euroduplex trains, Alstom’s double-decker very high-speed train, called for in a contract signed by both companies in 2007. The contract involved a firm batch of 55 trains and an option on another 40, now fully confirmed1. Delivery of the 40 trains is expected to be spread over the period from 2015 to 2019.

Extending train capacity is the most appropriate response both in economic and operational terms for handling increases in passenger traffic and saturated corridors on the high-speed network. The latest Euroduplex trains will hold up to 560 seats in total. They are fully compliant with European interoperability technical standards (TSI2, ERTMS3). The trains also feature drive equipment suitable for the various power voltages in use in Europe; this allows them to travel across the continent’s entire network.

To date, there are 21 Euroduplex trains travelling on France’s high-speed lines (Paris to the East, Paris to the South-East, Rhine to Rhône) as well as Germany’s (Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart). In the near future, the trains will also travel in Spain (between Paris and Barcelona) and Switzerland (between Paris and Zurich). Since December 2011, they have already travelled over 6 million kilometres.

Every day, there are 1,000 people working on high speed sector within nine Alstom facilities located in France, generating 4,000 jobs throughout the country.

The La Rochelle facility – which manages the whole project – performs the studies, the assembling and the fitting of the passenger cars. The other sites involved are Belfort for the locomotives, Reichshoffen for the end car bodyworks, Ornans for the traction motors, Le Creusot for the bogies, Petit-Quevilly for the power transformers, Tarbes for the power converters, Villeurbanne for the on-board computer systems and passenger information, and Saint-Ouen for the overall design.

  1. Of those 40 options, 30 had already been duly ordered from Alstom in March 2012. This newly exercised option provides a firm order for 10 additional trains for an amount of about €300m.
  2. Technical Specifications for Interoperability
  3. European Rail Traffic Management System

This article is a repost (press release 7-29-13), credit: Alstom,