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Bombardier Transportation and Carillion have announced the launch of a new UK joint venture, named Infrasig.

The new venture is already making a ‘significant contribution to the upgrade in UK infrastructure,’ having recently been appointed as one of the suppliers awarded a framework agreement by Network Rail for its rail signalling upgrade programme.

This will see the implementation of the latest European Train Control System (ETCS) technology.

The technical basis used for Infrasig’s work on the development phase of the ETCS roll out will be Bombardier’s INTERFLO 450 ERTMS Level 2 solution.

The technology ‘further removes the need for the installation and maintenance of wayside equipment, particularly light signals and their support systems, and similarly reduces cabling supply and civil works’. Signals displayed in the cab present the opportunity for higher line speeds and increased capacity.

Paul Roberts, Chief Country Representative UK & Ireland, Bombardier Transportation said:

“It is in keeping with Bombardier’s leading global position as a manufacturer of rail transportation solutions that we are announcing this exciting joint venture.”

Adam Green, Managing Director of Carillion UK Construction Services, added:

“We are delighted to launch this new joint venture in partnership with Bombardier Transportation. Through Infrasig we will build on Bombardier’s smart and internationally proven signalling technology and adapt it to the UK rail infrastructure.

“This will help deliver Network Rail’s commitment to maximise travel flow and ensure a fast and reliable railway service.”

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bombardier Announces Closing of 500 Million Euros Revolving Credit Facility

March 30, 2012 — Montréal 
Bombardier Inc.

Bombardier announces today that it has closed an unsecured €500 million (approximately $665 million US) revolving facility with a syndicate of international financial institutions. The facility is set up for the sole benefit of Bombardier Transportation.

This new facility is dedicated to supporting the general corporate purposes of Bombardier Transportation. It meets Bombardier’s objectives of taking advantage of current favourable conditions and increasing its contingent liquidity.

“This transaction was more than 50% oversubscribed, with commitments received from 15 financial institutions. Bombardier is pleased with this significant demonstration of bank support for its business plan and contingent liquidity strategy,” said Pierre Alary, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, RBC Capital Markets and UBS Securities LLC have jointly arranged the facilities as Joint Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Filiale Luxemburg has also acted as Facility Agent.

About Bombardier 
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial 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 December 31, 2011, were $18.3 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at http://www.bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter@Bombardier.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bombardier Wins Order to Supply TWINDEXX Vario Double-deck Multiple Unit Trains for Northern Germany

March 30, 2012 — Berlin 
Transportation

First call-off by Deutsche Bahn of variable double-deck multiple units for regional transport 

Bombardier Transportation will deliver 16 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario multiple units to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) for operation on the Kiel-Hamburg and Flensburg-Hamburg railway lines. DB AG was awarded a contract to operate services on these regional lines in a Europe-wide tender process. The order is valued at approximately 160 million euro ($208 million US) and is part of a framework agreement between Bombardier and DB AG from December 2008. DB AG has already ordered 135 of the variable double-deck coaches for intercity transport as well as 18 intermediate coaches and three double-deck power cars for regional services.

Each of the 16 new four-car TWINDEXX Vario trains comprises two double-deck power cars and two intermediate coaches. The new trains will operate on the network LVS Schleswig-Holstein with speeds of up to 160 km/h. The trains are due to be delivered in the second half of 2014.

With high-floor entry and LVS’ new interior design, the trains offer improved passenger comfort including more legroom and large storage spaces for luggage and bicycles. Wide doors allow passengers to enter and exit the trains quickly, especially during peak travel times. The centre buffer coupling enables double traction operation, allowing seamless travel without the need for passengers to change trains in Neumünster. The trains’ single car concept means they can be lengthened or shortened easily to meet varying passenger demand.

“Bombardier’s innovative TWINDEXX Vario trains have proven themselves over many years of service,” said Michael Clausecker, Chairman of the Management Board, Bombardier Transportation Germany. “With this order, we will be supplying Deutsche Bahn with the 2,000th of these modern double-deck coaches. Their variability in length, configuration and interior design is one of the key reasons for our trains’ great success. We are delighted that they will continue to form the backbone of modern and efficient public transportation in northern Germany.”

The TWINDEXX Vario power cars are equipped with the reliable and energy efficientBOMBARDIER MITRAC 1000 propulsion and control system. One of the advantages of this system is that it allows trains to accelerate quickly to an optimum speed. The double-deck coaches are built at Bombardier's Görlitz plant in Germany. The bogies are manufactured at its site in Siegen, Germany, and the propulsion and control system is manufactured at its site in Västerås, Sweden.

Bombardier double-deck trains move millions of passengers on local and regional rail networks each day in countries including Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Israel and the United States.

 
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Bombardier Transportation is celebrating the start of passenger services on the newly extended Bombardier Innovia APM 100 automated people mover (APM) system at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The transit system extension will serve millions of world travellers at the brand new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which has now officially opened.

Bombardier won the turnkey system contract to extend the transit system to the new international terminal in December 2007. The contract included the supply of 10 Innovia APM 100 vehicles and all electrical and mechanical equipment associated with the 0.42 mile dual-lane extension.

The APM system at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport first opened in September 1980. Since opening, the system has seen fleet expansions, extensions to the international concourse, two generations of replacement vehicles and numerous system upgrades. Bombardier has operated and maintained the APM system since the start of service in 1980, consistently delivering an on-time performance over 99.5%.

Bombardier's plant in Pittsburgh designed and supplied the electrically powered, rubber tired, driverless Innovia APM 100 vehicles with Bombardier CityFlo 550 automatic train control. Bombardier also supplied communications and power distribution systems, station platform doors, and outfitting the new maintenance and storage facility, as well as providing project management, systems engineering and integration and test and commissioning.

Following the completion of the extension work, the system is now 2.8 miles in length and operates with 59 vehicles. The journey time from the Main Terminal (Concourse T) to the new Concourse F takes approximately 10 minutes

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Deadline extended for Kuala Lumpur metro train tender


Tuesday, May 15, 2012


THE closing date for a tender to supply 58 four-car trains and equip a new 51km metro line under construction in Kuala Lumpur is expected to be extended from this week to June 14 because only one of the six companies which prequalified on March 6 has so far submitted a bid.


The sole bidder to date is CSR Zhuzhou, while the five remaining contenders are a consortium led by Bombardier, Changchun Railway Vehicles (CNR), Hyundai-Rotem, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Siemens. It is understood that bidders have requested the extension to allow more time to prepare their bids.

The new heavy metro line, which is currently known as My Rapid Transit, is due to open in 2016 and will run from Sungai Buloh in the northwest, through the city centre to Kajang in the southeast.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

  Bombardier Transportation is celebrating 20 years of business with the Mexican rail manufacturing industry. To mark the occasion, the company will hold a ceremony with government officials from Mexico, Canada and Quebec, customers, and local economic development and union representatives. As part of its development strategy in Mexico in 1992, Bombardier chose Ciudad Sahagun, Hidalgo to install its design and manufacturing plant for passenger trains. 

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bombardier Transportation celebrates 20 years of success in Mexico

May 16, 2012 — Berlin 
Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, celebrates an important milestone with 20 years of sustained and successful presence in the Mexican rail manufacturing industry. For the occasion, Bombardier is holding a twentieth anniversary ceremony in the presence of government officials from Mexico, Canada and Québec, along with customers, local economic development and union representatives.

As part of its development strategy in Mexico in 1992, Bombardier chose Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo to install its design and manufacturing plant for passenger trains, after-market maintenance and customer service. Bombardier established its footprint in Mexico with the acquisition of Constructora Nacional de Carros de Ferrocarril S.A de C.V. (Concarril), a rolling stock manufacturer present in the industry since 1952. Throughout the years, this plant has produced various rail vehicles products such as metro cars, light rail trains, locomotives, regional trains as well as subassemblies.

Bombardier Transportation is the only rail company with integrated engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Mexico and leads the Mexican market with close to 70 per cent of all the rolling stock in operation.

Participating at the Bombardier in Mexico twentieth anniversary celebrations, Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board said: “Having been personally involved in the acquisition of Concarril in 1992, I am proud to celebrate this twentieth anniversary of our presence in Mexico. By this acquisition, Bombardier was able to expand in other business sectors in Mexico and contribute to the economy and create jobs in our different fields of expertise.”

Bombardier’s commitment to the Mexican market has been demonstrated over the last few years with millions of dollars invested in equipment, site upgrades, and training in its Mexican facilities. True to the company’s vision, Bombardier Transportation in Mexico is committed to be an active and responsible corporate citizen in the communities where it is located. Together with the Government of the State of Hidalgo, Bombardier has participated in the BECATE program to help train welders, buyers and designers with the objective of integrating workers into Bombardier’s specialized manufacturing processes. Bombardier Transportation has also established partnerships with leading Mexican universities, including Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Through our development strategy in Mexico, we were engaged to develop strong roots in this country and were confident that we could rely on a determined and proud workforce. The first twenty years of operations have proved us right. Every day, we have vibrant examples of the Bombardier expertise and the Sahagún quality of work,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America.

About Bombardier Transportation in Mexico
Bombardier Transportation’s Mexico main manufacturing site is located in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo, 90 kilometres from Mexico City. With a skilled workforce of over 1,000 employees, this facility specializes in the manufacture and product introduction of passenger rail vehicles, as well as after-market maintenance and customer service. Bombardier also operates a manufacturing site in Tlanalapa and specializes in the manufacture of electric harnesses at its facility in Huehuetoca, State of Mexico.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bombardier Congratulates Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Opening of New International Terminal

May 16, 2012 — Berlin 
Transportation

High performing BOMBARDIER INNOVIA people mover system extension opens to passengers at new international terminal at the world’s busiest airport

Bombardier Transportation is today celebrating the start of passenger services on the newly extended BOMBARDIERINNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover (APM) system at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The transit system extension will serve millions of world travellers at the brand new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which officially opened today.

Bombardier won the turnkey system contract to extend the transit system to the new international terminal in December 2007. The contract included the supply of 10 INNOVIA APM 100 vehicles and all electrical and mechanical equipment associated with the 0.68 km (0.42 mile) dual-lane extension. The APM system at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport first opened in September 1980. Since opening, the system has seen fleet expansions, extensions to the international concourse, two generations of replacement vehicles and numerous system upgrades. Bombardier has operated and maintained the APM system since the start of service in 1980, consistently delivering an on-time performance over 99.5%.

David Barry, Vice President Americas, Systems, Bombardier Transportation added: “We congratulate our customer, City of Atlanta Department of Aviation, on the opening of the impressive Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal today. We place great value on our long-term relationship with Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. As both the supplier and operator of the airport’s people mover system for more than 30 years, we are confident that our INNOVIAtechnology, together with the service delivery support of our highly skilled operation and maintenance team, will continue to provide exceptional service for passengers and satisfy the demanding requirements of the world’s busiest airport.”

Bombardier’s plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, designed and supplied the electrically powered, rubber tired, driverless INNOVIA APM 100 vehicles with BOMBARDIER 
CITYFLO 550 automatic train control. Bombardier also supplied communications and power distribution systems, station platform doors and outfitting the new maintenance and storage facility, as well as providing project management, systems engineering and integration and test and commissioning. Following the completion of the extension work, the system is now 4.51 km (2.8 miles) in length and operates with 59 vehicles. The journey time from the Main Terminal (Concourse T) to the new Concourse F takes approximately 10 minutes.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, moving nearly 92.4 million passengers in 2011. Around 80% of these passengers ride the APM system which is one of the busiest and most complex systems of its kind, operating in an underground spine to connect the main terminal and the separate concourses. The transit system operates 20 hours each day, seven days a week and moves more than 200,000 passengers daily between the main terminal and air-side concourses.

In 2005, Bombardier received a 10-year contract to continue to operate and maintain the APM system. Prior to the opening of the new international terminal, Bombardier’s APM Service Delivery Centre in Atlanta employed 95 people. With the completion of the APM system extension, this number has increased to 120 employees.  

Bombardier has supplied its highly reliable INNOVIA APM systems to more than 20 airports, including Beijing, China; Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Italy; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Madrid, Spain and London, United Kingdom. In the US, INNOVIA APM systems are in operation at Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Newark, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Seattle-Tacoma, Tampa, San Francisco and Sacramento airports. In 2011, Bombardier launched its latest INNOVIA APM 300 technology in the Middle East, winning an order from the King Abdulaziz International Airport. This was closely followed by an order from the Munich, Germany Airport. Bombardier is also installing a new INNOVIA APM 200 system at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the USA which will open near the end of 2012.

About Bombardier Systems
Bombardier Transportation’s Systems division has delivered more than 50 turnkey transit systems in 18 countries around the globe. The division’s range of solutions includes the driverless INNOVIA family of automated people mover, metro and monorail systems, as well as light rail, heavy metro and intercity systems. The Systems division also has more than 40 years of experience in providing comprehensive operation and maintenance services.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Indian Railways may have informally put on the back burner two marquee projects to manufacture electric and diesel locomotives at Madhepura and Marhowra, respectively, in Bihar, according to a senior railway ministry official and two industry executives with direct knowledge of the matter. Neither the official nor the two executives wanted to be identified.

The ministry official said the railways now wants to push ahead with a proposed locomotive unit at Dankuni in West Bengal, which will be built to supply engines for the eastern and western wings of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (Railfan). The railways is constructing Railfan with help from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank. The locomotives are likely to be manufactured at Dankuni with technology from two Japanese companies—Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.

The railway official and one of the industry executives cited said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had informally asked Kul Bhushan, member (electrical) on the Railway Board, to expedite the Dankuni project and keep the two controversial projects in Bihar on hold, at least for the time being. Banerjee, leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), is a former railway minister. The current railway minister Mukul Roy is also a member of the TMC, a regional party based in West Bengal and an ally of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

Another senior railway official independently confirmed that the meeting involving Banerjee and Bhushan did take place.

Bhushan declined to comment on the matter.

Mint could not independently verify what exactly transpired at the informal April meeting.

The other industry official said railway officials had informally told him that the Dankuni project was being fast-tracked and so the two projects in Bihar were likely to be taken up only after that. “The last we formally heard from the railways on the two projects was in November-December last year. Since then, there has been no official word,” he said.

The proposed plant at Dankuni, expected to be developed on the lines of Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, will have a capacity to manufacture 200 locomotives a year, the same as the proposed units at Madhepura and Marhowra together. “So, there is a good chance that the two projects may eventually be shelved, if the Dankuni project takes off,” the second industry official said.

Several other railway officials said Banerjee still wields influence in the ministry. Banerjee and Roy could not be reached for comment despite several attempts.

To be sure, no official decision to put the cabinet-approved projects on the back-burner has actually been taken yet.

In fact, any such decision is unlikely to be taken unilaterally by the railway ministry since it involves other arms of the government, including the Planning Commission, the finance ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In fact, a senior executive with a leading consulting firm said that RITES Ltd, the railways’s in-house consulting arm, had invited it and other consultants to bid for offering their services for the Marhowra project. This executive said that a letter to this effect had been received on Monday. “We are not looking at bidding for this contract. The railways typically ask consultants to come on board for six months, but these contracts linger on forever,” he said.

Till recently, Grant Thornton International had been consultant to the railways on the Bihar projects, which were announced by then railway minister Lalu Prasad in 2006. Prasad belongs to Bihar and is a former chief minister of the state. Grant Thornton didn’t respond to queries for comment.

The total estimated value of the Bihar project contracts for 800 electric engines and 1,000 diesel ones is $13 billion (around Rs.70,590 crore today). The value of the projects is based on the price of the engines, design costs and expenditure on establishing the proposed units.

Four firms—General Electric Co. (GE), Alstom SA,Bombardier Inc. and Siemens AG—are competing for the electric engine contract. A joint venture between GE and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) is competing with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD) for the diesel engine contract. The projects have been conceived as public-private partnerships, with the railways holding a 26% stake in each.

“We have been participating in the new tender process, which started in early 2010; last discussion we had on these projects with the railways was in December 2011,” said Pratyush Kumar, president and chief executive officer of GE Transportation in India. “We hope that the ongoing tender process will be concluded openly, fairly and in a timely manner.”

Bombardier Transportation India spokesperson Harsh Mehta said: “Bombardier is following these projects as our recent investments demonstrate that we are committed to the development of rail transportation in India, where we have built capabilities covering complete range of railway vehicle manufacturing, software engineering and development along with customer service competencies.”

Siemens, Alstom and EMD declined to comment.

Incidentally, the railways is in the process of tweaking the draft production-cum-maintenance agreements for the two projects and seeking cabinet approval for the same. Mint reported this on 17 November.

Mint has reviewed internal railway documents that outline the changes that the ministry may make to the contentious documents, a move that has generated heated debate within government circles in the last few months.

On 23 March 2011, The Financial Express newspaper, citing unnamed government officials, said that the Planning Commission and PMO were monitoring the Marhowra project closely, after information that one of the bidders was trying to influence the bidding process for the project.

Mint first reported on 27 June 2011 that there were serious differences between the finance and railway ministries over several aspects of the draft documents, including the price the companies can charge for the engines.

Following this, on 12 March 2012, The Pioneer newspaper reported that the railway and finance ministries were opposed to the Plan panel’s suggestions to alter the cabinet-approved bid documents and supply conditions, saying that these changes would put an extra burden of Rs.16,405 crore on the exchequer.Mint has reviewed the documents cited by The Pioneer.

Gajendra Haldea, adviser to Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, declined to comment.

In a related development, the railways is considering floating an open tender for any additional annual requirement of locomotives, over and above what is manufactured by its own factories.

Typically, the railways contracts out its additional requirements to Bhel on a nomination basis. In effect, the company typically gets an order of about 50 locomotives a year from the railways.

 
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Canadian rail car manufacturer Bombardier has opened its extended Innovia APM 100 automated people mover (APM) system at the new $1.4bn Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US.

The Canadian rail car maker secured the contract to extend the transit system to the new international terminal in December 2007, which included the supply of 10 Innovia APM 100 vehicles and all electrical and mechanical equipment related with the 0.68km dual-lane extension.

For the APM system, the company designed and supplied the electrically powered, rubber-tired, driverless Innovia APM 100 vehicles with Bombardier CITYFLO 550 automatic train control. The vehicles were manufactured in the Bombardier plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

The rail manufacturer also supplied communications and power distribution systems, station platform doors and outfitted the new maintenance and storage facility. It also provided project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning.

The line has been extended to 4.51km and now operates 59 vehicles, reducing the journey time from the main terminal (Concourse T) to the new Concourse F to about 10 minutes.

Around 80% of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport passengers ride the APM system, which operates in an underground spine, and the transit system moves around 200,000 passengers daily between the main terminal and air-side concourses.

Bombardier has also supplied similar systems to more than 20 airports, including Beijing, China, Frankfurt, Germany, Rome, Italy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore, Madrid, Spain and London.

Image: The Bombardier Innovia APM 100 is expected to serve millions of passengers at the newly opened $1.4bn Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, celebrates an important milestone with 20 years of sustained and successful presence in the Mexican rail manufacturing industry. For the occasion, Bombardier is holding a twentieth anniversary ceremony in the presence of government officials from Mexico, Canada and Québec, along with customers, local economic development and union representatives.

As part of its development strategy in Mexico in 1992, Bombardier chose Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo to install its design and manufacturing plant for passenger trains, after-market maintenance and customer service. Bombardier established its footprint in Mexico with the acquisition of Constructora Nacional de Carros de Ferrocarril S.A de C.V. (Concarril), a rolling stock manufacturer present in the industry since 1952. Throughout the years, this plant has produced various rail vehicles products such as metro cars, light rail trains, locomotives, regional trains as well as subassemblies.

Bombardier Transportation is the only rail company with integrated engineering and manufacturing capabilities in Mexico and leads the Mexican market with close to 70 per cent of all the rolling stock in operation.

Participating at the Bombardier in Mexico twentieth anniversary celebrations, Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board said: “Having been personally involved in the acquisition of Concarril in 1992, I am proud to celebrate this twentieth anniversary of our presence in Mexico. By this acquisition, Bombardier was able to expand in other business sectors in Mexico and contribute to the economy and create jobs in our different fields of expertise.”

Bombardier’s commitment to the Mexican market has been demonstrated over the last few years with millions of dollars invested in equipment, site upgrades, and training in its Mexican facilities. True to the company’s vision, Bombardier Transportation in Mexico is committed to be an active and responsible corporate citizen in the communities where it is located. Together with the Government of the State of Hidalgo, Bombardier has participated in the BECATE program to help train welders, buyers and designers with the objective of integrating workers into Bombardier’s specialized manufacturing processes. Bombardier Transportation has also established partnerships with leading Mexican universities, including Tecnológico de Monterrey.

“Through our development strategy in Mexico, we were engaged to develop strong roots in this country and were confident that we could rely on a determined and proud workforce. The first twenty years of operations have proved us right. Every day, we have vibrant examples of the Bombardier expertise and the Sahagún quality of work,” said Raymond Bachant, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America.

About Bombardier Transportation in Mexico
Bombardier Transportation’s Mexico main manufacturing site is located in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo, 90 kilometres from Mexico City. With a skilled workforce of over 1,000 employees, this facility specializes in the manufacture and product introduction of passenger rail vehicles, as well as after-market maintenance and customer service. Bombardier also operates a manufacturing site in Tlanalapa and specializes in the manufacture of electric harnesses at its facility in Huehuetoca, State of Mexico.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Montreal commuter agency may boost length of commuter trains

Published: May 21, 2012

MONTREAL — The Agence Métropolitaine de Transport may add two cars to the 10-car train commuter train sets it now uses on its route to Deux Montagnes, the Montreal West Island Gazette has reported. The line to Deux Montagnes is Montreal’s busiest commuter line.

The ex-Canadian National line serves Montreal’s West Island to Laval and the north shore, and is electrified. Each train on the Deux Montagnes line has a capacity of 900 seats, but the agency said that at rush hour they often carry more than 1,800 people. New bi-level cars, now in use on other lines, would significantly boost capacity. The new cars were to be used with 20 new Bombardier dual-mode locomotives the agency has purchased, but they are out of service until the Canadian Transportation Safety Board completes its investigation of a derailment of one of the locomotives at Montreal’s Central Station in December 2011. It’s unclear when the investigation will be completed. Current trains on the line are self-propelled and do not require locomotives.

Agence Métropolitaine de Transport President Paul Côté told the Gazette it hopes to add six more weekday trains on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line after upgrades announced in March are completed. More trains could be added “in the near future,” Côté said. Among other plans the agency revealed:

  • By June, screens at six stations will alert riders to late and cancelled trains in addition to the scheduled times now displayed. By October, screens at 29 stations are to offer real-time information, with all 51 stations to be equipped by early 2013. The rollout of the $3.5 million network of display screens has been repeatedly delayed.
  • The agency is working on a plan to simplify public transit fares in the Montreal region. Currently, various transit agencies offer more than 700 different types of fares.
  • Ridership is expected to hit 18 million this year, up from 16.6 million in 2011.
  • The Train de l'Est project, a new 32-mile route between Central Station and Mascouche, Que., which has suffered cost-overruns and delays, should be up and running at the end of 2013.
 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

NO] Three CargoNet Traxx locomotives coming back to Germany / leasing contract with Alpha Trains not extended

CargoNet from Norway has decided not to extend the rental contract of three of its Traxx locomotives. Therefore, 119 001119 002 and 119 003 are send back to Germany. Possibly EL18 units will be hired instead.

The 001 and 002 will go south bound the regular way, in a freight train. But 003 has to travel over the road. Since its delivery, the 003 has suffered from various accidents. In January 2012, the engine was finally knocked out, after its derailment in Dombås station.

So, yesterday, 119 003 was loaded onto a heavy duty truck. Today, the transport should have been embarked the Oslo - Kiel, hopefully arriving in Kiel tomorrow. Its final destination should be the DB Dessau works. - MO/DSO/Jernbane.net/medlem.njk.no

Railcolor: CargoNet 119.001, 002 and 003 are three of ten Traxx AC2 locomotives, hired from Alpha Trains. In the fleet of the leasing company they have service number 185 620, 621 and 622. With the Traxx units, Bombardier is learning a hard lesson in the severe environmental conditions in Northern Scandinavia, which prove not to be the most ideal environment for their standard platform locomotive. However, one can learn from experience.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

A Bombardier/New United Group JV has won a 469m yuan contract to supply Mitrac traction equipment for 63 six-car trains which CNR Changchun and CSR Sifang are building for the 473 km Beijing metro Line 14 scheduled to open in 2013-14.


Decimal point missing somewhere

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

France: Bombardier has been awarded a €238m contract to supply six more Flexity Outlook 1 trams to Marseille, and provide support services for the existing fleet of 26. 

 
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Location: Botany NSW

Germany: On April 3 DB Regio announced firm orders for EMUs within existing frameworks. Stadler will supply 14 four-section Flirts for Münster - Mönchengladbach service RE42 at a cost of €75m, while Alstom has a €140m contract to supply 28 three-section Coradia Continental units for Rhein-Ruhr routes S5 and S8. 

On March 30 DB announced a €160m order for 16 four-car Bombardier Twindexx double-deck EMUs within a 2008 framework. They will be deployed on services from Hamburg to Kiel and Flensburg from 2014. 

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

 On March 28 New York MTA selected lowest bidder Bombardier for a contract to supply 300 metro cars. Bombardier's bid of $600m beat a rival offer from an Alstom/Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The R179 cars are to built at Bombardier's Plattsburgh factory in New York State to replace R32 cars on the C Line from late 2016. 

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Three industry partners are collaborating in a ground-breaking research project that aims to provide regenerative braking capability with on-board mechanical energy storage for the first time on diesel commuter trains.

Due to start later this year, the project will see technology consultancy Ricardo join forces with fluid power expert Artemis Intelligent Power and rail systems business Bombardier Transportation. Additional funding will come from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board.

The system they are working on is intended for use on diesel-powered multiple units. It is conceived as a cost-effective solution that could be retrofitted to existing rolling stock as well as built into new rail vehicles, to achieve fuel savings of between 10 and 20 per cent.

To demonstrate a complete rail driveline, an Artemis Digital Displacement hydraulic pump-motor and a Ricardo Kinergy flywheel high energy density storage system will be coupled to a wheel-set supplied by Bombardier and will be tested on a dynamometer rig at Artemis’s facility in Midlothian, Scotland. If all goes well, a follow-up project will progress to an operating train.

The equipment from Ricardo and Artemis, together with Bombardier’s manufacturing and system integration expertise, will enable energy recovery and storage to be integrated into diesel trains for the first time. The system can be tailored to suit operating philosophies, such as adjusting the engine demand to operate closer to its optimum brake-specific fuel consumption, hence saving fuel and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Alternatively, stored energy could be used to augment the peak acceleration of the vehicle, which would increase the operational flexibility of older rolling stock. Trains that accelerate faster allow for increased network capacity, hence enabling more rapid recovery from delays and minimising consequential impacts across the network.

“While we are evaluating the Kinergy in a commercial bus application, this project will be the first to deploy this very promising mechanical energy storage technology in a rail application,” said Ricardo head of rail vehicle technology, Jim Buchanan.

Paul Roberts, UK head of Bombardier Transportation, said the project would help towards improving the long-term operational viability of legacy diesel fleets.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Press Releases

Bombardier Partners with Atlanta to Improve Track Worker Protection with TrackSafe Technology

April 17, 2012 — Berlin 
Transportation

U.S. Federal Transit Administration Approves the Bombardier/Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Demonstration Project 

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has teamed up with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in a demonstration project to enhance the safety of rail transit workers at the track side.

The Bombardier/MARTA project was approved by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, following a request for proposals specifically aimed at improving right-of-way safety for rail transit workers, through innovative use of new and advanced technologies. With this project, the FTA aims to mitigate the risks of accidents for passengers and transit system workers in the U.S. According to FTA statistics, between 2003 and 2008, 53% of reported rail transit worker fatalities were right-of-way related incidents. The Bombardier/MARTA demonstration project, featuring Bombardier’s leading-edge TrackSafe technology, was chosen among eight proposals submitted to the FTA.

TrackSafe: Automating Alerts to Reduce the Hazards of Track Inspection and Repair
Since the advent of subway operations, the task of inspecting and maintaining track, signals and related wayside infrastructure has been essential to moving millions of people every day. It has also been one of the most hazardous jobs in the rail industry.

Track workers need advance warning of an approaching train, and train operators require advance warning of workers’ presence. TrackSafe is a Bombardier turnkey solution that creates improved location awareness for track workers and train operators through the use of Radio Frequency Identification and other advanced technologies. TrackSafe offers an additional element of protection by providing highly relevant alerts to track workers and train operators in real time.

“Bombardier’s TrackSafe solution reduces the hazards associated with track level inspections and maintenance,” said Matt Byrne, Vice President, Services Business Unit for Bombardier Transportation North America. “We are glad that the FTA has approved our project and are honored that MARTA has agreed to partner with Bombardier. Like us, they are strongly committed to the safety of track workers. We look forward to demonstrating the advantages of our cutting-edge TrackSafe technology.”

The equipment will be installed between Ashby and Bankhead stations on MARTA's green line. Some preliminary work such as the installation of power and communications feeds has already begun. The demonstration project will be held later in 2012. The results will be communicated through selected industry forums.

Georgetta Gregory, MARTA’s Assistant General Manager for Safety and Quality Assurance, said: “MARTA ranks employee and customer safety as a top priority for our system and we continually seek new technological advances to achieve that goal. We are pleased and proud to be working with Bombardier on this critically important initiative.”

About Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
Founded in 1971, MARTA is the principal rapid transit system in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the ninth-largest in the United States. MARTA is composed of heavy rail rapid transit, bus transit and Mobility vans for paratransit customers that operate within the boundaries of Fulton and DeKalb counties. The MARTA rapid rail system has 47.6 miles (76.6 km) of railroad tracks and 38 rail stations located on four service lines: the Red Line, the Gold Line, the Blue Line and the Green Line. MARTA operates a bus network linked to its rapid transit system.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bombardier is back on track in Brazil

The Canadian airplane manufacturer not only settled its bitter trade war there, it’s leading a new era of investment too

by Gustavo Vieira on Monday, May 28, 2012 1:13pm - 0 Comments



INNOVIA Monorail 300

The trade relationship between Canada and Brazil has long been rocky, due largely to an ugly dispute over government subsidies to their respective airplane manufacturers—Bombardier and Embraer—in the late 1990s. During a visit to São Paulo last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper lamented the “barely $6 billion in business” between the countries in 2010, vowing to renew relations with the South American powerhouse.

Now, the company leading the rebuilding of that estranged relationship is none other than Bombardier. Last month, it opened a state-of-the-art monorail factory in São Paulo. As part of a $816-million contract for a new line of the city’s rapid transit system, Bombardier will build 53 of its INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains in the factory. Designed and tested in Kingston, Ont., the São Paulo monorail trains are a newer version of the ones running on Vancouver’s Canada Line.

At the opening of the plant, the president of Bombardier’s transportation arm, André Navarri, said the facility would be “the world centre of monorail production” for the firm. It may only be the start. Brazil plans to spend $25 billion on railroads and urban transportation in the next five years, including a high-speed train link between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Bombardier, though, has so far said it will stay out of that project as local officials struggle with delays plaguing the bidding process.

 

The hostility between Bombardier and Embraer, which put Canada on the sidelines for 10 years of booming economic growth in Brazil, “has definitely been set aside,” says Ted Hewitt, an expert on Brazil-Canada relations at the University of Western Ontario. (Officially, the dispute ended in 2001 when it went to arbitration at the World Trade Organization, with no clear winner.) Michael McAdoo, Bombardier’s vice-president for international trade, plays down the old dispute, calling Latin America a “critically important” region. Even the company’s aerospace division sees a land of opportunity. McAdoo forecasts 1,200 business jet sales there in the next 20 years.

 
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Location: Botany NSW



28th May 2012

Breaking NEWS

AWARDS: The winners of The Global AirRail Awards 2012 with RE:SYSTEMS have been revealed at the ceremony in Stockholm on 24th May 2012. Global AirRail Awards is the first ever international awards ceremony dedicated to the air-rail market to recognise the best practice in intermodal travel around the world.
 

 

 

Winners announced of The Global AirRail Awards 2012 with RE:SYSTEMS

 

AWARDS: The winners of The Global AirRail Awards 2012 with RE:SYSTEMS have been revealed at the ceremony in Stockholm on 24th May 2012. Global AirRail Awards is the first ever international awards ceremony dedicated to the air-rail market to recognise the best practice in intermodal travel around the world.

To stay ahead in the competition with other transport modes, air rail links have to constantly improve their service via new technologies, customer service and marketing. Strong brand values mean that a railway can attract air travellers who normally would travel with cars or taxis. 

Co-operation is a vital feature in delivering the seamless journey experience between train and plane. Vision, creativity and determination are the ingredients of mature relationships that often span transport modes, companies and countries.

This year’s awards were dominated by the integrated air-rail ticket offering and a focus towards inspired customer experience. 

Nine judges from air and rail industries, excellent specialists in their field, have been evaluating the entries and chose this year’s winners. It has been a close race. All of the entries received significantly high scores.

Winners of the Global AirRail Awards 2012 with RE:SYSTEMS

Environmental Commitment
This award recognises innovations in air-rail towards sustainable development.  

Flytoget - for the active participation in various environmental programmes and a significant reduction of energy consumption for train operations. Flytoget also bases its reports on the Global Responsibility Initiative, which was adopted for the first time in 2009.

Supplier of the year

This award is open to any business - including suppliers, consultants, manufacturers, logistics or transport companies - providing products or services within the global air-rail market.

Bombardier Transportation - who won the contract to supply the Stansted Express line with the most technological advanced trains on the UK Network. The specifications for the new trains required a significant advance in the services to be provided, both to the operator and also the services and functionality that would be offered to their passengers. 

Customer Service Excellence
Customer experience is one of the most important aspects of an air-rail operation. Transferring between two modes can be very stressful and ensuring that the passenger journey would be as smooth and easy as possible, guarantees the business success. 

Hong Kong Airport Express Line - for listening to their customers through comprehensive channels so they could further improve their distinguished service. Their customer can enjoy the 24 hour advance in the in-town check-in service, free porter and shuttle bus services at two of their stations, a full wi-fi coverage on board and stations and many more advantages.

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Delivering a clear message to the passengers and convincing them to use your service is not an easy job. This category looks at the most creative and successful marketing campaigns in the air-rail.

Gatwick Express - for their challenging and successful marketing campaign towards shifting customers’ behaviour to increase their e-commerce sales. The campaign helped increasing online ticket sales by 150%. This campaign showed that by using quirky, standout tone of voice with superior intelligence, e-commerce growth in the air rail industry can really be achieved.

Innovation of the Year
This category recognises true innovation and its positive impact on the running and effectiveness of the air-rail service. The judges gave consideration to the reason for the innovation, the design of the improvement, the scale and nature of the current and any projected economic, business, environmental or social benefits of the innovation.

Ultra Global - for Heathrow Pod the pioneering, on-demand transport service. Running on 99% service and availability, Heathrow Pod is a perfect complement to other transport modes such as bus, coach, tram, bike and etc. Personal Rapid Transit isn’t designed to replace what’s already on offer but works as to provide a link to the parts other transport either cannot reach or have difficulty in reaching. 

AccesRail Integrated AirRail Partnership 
No project, innovation or improvement would be possible without a good cooperation and understanding of your partners. This category recognises the incredible achievements various partners have delivered so that we all, as passengers, would experience a seamless and stress free travel.

Lufthansa German Airlines and Deutsche Bahn - for the AIRail high speed rail service connecting cologne and Frankfurt Airport. For the first time in Germany, an attractive product incorporating train service replaced a flight route. Strong passenger growth of 40% in 2011 shows that intermodal networking can be successful. 

Project of the Year
This award is given to a project that is or will contribute greatly to the future air-rail services. The judges were looking at how it complies with modern commitments to environment, sustainability and community engagement, what is the use of modern technologies and what innovations it will bring for future integrated travel and transport.

Foster+Partners - Thames Hub a visionary integrated transport and energy hub in the Thames Estuary, London. Bringing together a new river barrier and crossing an international airport, shipping and rail complex, the Thames Hub is unique as a project in both its conception and ambition. It represents a holistic vision for infrastructure development in Britain that will lay the foundations for future prosperity. 

North Star Air Rail Link of the Year
Judges of this category were looking for excellence in some or all of the following areas:
•   Service to customers.
•   Revenue growth.
•   Development and introduction of new services and products.
•   Performance improvements.
•   Safety and security achievements.
•   Effective communication with customers.
•   Examples of integration with other transport modes such as bus, coach, tram, bike, air, etc.

KLIA Ekspres – a dedicated high speed rail service between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the city centre. ERL achieved a bumper year in 2011 with its highest ever total ridership (4.82 million), revenue and operating profit in its 10 year history. ERL also executed number of improvements to the train services, with scheduled trips in the early hours, new seats and carpets and a free high speed wifi onboard. 

Personality of the year
This award is given to a person who through his or her work contributed greatly to promoting and growing the air-rail business in the world. Integrating air with, rail it’s not just an infrastructure matter. It means that you have to get many different people from many different organisations on board and to make it happen. It means that you have to convince the public that in a long term the air-rail integration will benefit them and their kids, even if they might not see it that way today. 

John Morris, Head of Government and Industry Affairs at Birmingham Airport for campaigning for the High Speed Rail 2 and the benefits it brings to air-rail intermodality in UK.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

L270 - Stephenson Award Judging Evening

Lecture
 
Active 
Wednesday 20 June 2012 

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
London
SW1H 9JJ United Kingdom

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Overview

Refreshments will be served from 17.15 and the event will start at 18.00. If you have any queries please contact Laurie Thompson on +44 (0)20 7973 1317 email railway@imeche.org

The Award


The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has joined forces with the National Rail Awards to create the Stephenson Award for the Engineering Innovation with the best potential impact on the Business performance of the Railway.

The Process
The shortlisted entries will make a presentation to a judging panel and audience.  The audience will participate with questions and secret voting.The panel will consider all the inputs and deliver a recommendation for the NRA judges. The winner will be announced at the NRA awards dinner on the 20th September.

The Shortlist

  • E:Voyager – Bombardier
  • Third Rail Monitor – Southern
  • MkIII Re-engineeing – Wabtec and Chiltern
  • Conductor Rail Skid – Tubelines
  • Electronic Programming Machine - Tubelines 

Your Role

  • Come and see the best in engineering innovation
  • Judge which will make the best impact on the railway business
  • Vote and help the panel
 
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Bombardier and National Express named Supplier of the Year

  30.05.2012    


Award recognises Bombardier Transportation’s contribution in developing one of the UK’s most technologically advanced trains, linking Stansted Airport to the heart of London.
Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation, jointly with its customer National Express, has won the Supplier of the Year award at the Global AirRail Awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, the premier international awards ceremony dedicated to the air-rail market.
The judges praised Bombardier for its partnership approach with the operator National Express East Anglia (NXEA) to replace its old rolling stock with cutting edge Class 379 trains on the Stansted Express rail link between London Liverpool Street station and Stansted Airport. The airport is an important transport hub for the city in 2012, with the new fleet of four-car trains that currently operate in the formation of eight-car trains enabling a 15 minute frequency in operation.
The first new train was introduced onto the network in March 2011. Bombardier in partnership with National Express upgraded its market leading BOMBARDIER ELECTROSTAR train to include some of the most technologically advanced rail vehicle features in the UK. Built at Bombardier’s UK manufacturing site in Derby, and serviced at Ilford depot, the Class 379 vehicles provide unique improvements for passengers, drivers and operators including a best-in-class lightweight build to reduce energy consumption, driver monitoring of every door during station stops to ensure passenger safety, and advance warning of faults and potential service failures.
A wireless communications link shares real time information between the train and control room about passenger volumes, systems performance and closed-circuit television. It also updates the passenger information screens and provides automatic passenger seat reservation as well as Wi-Fi internet access at every seat.
Mark Phillips, Rail Development Operations Director for National Express, said: “This project is a great example of what the rail industry can achieve by working in close collaboration, with the result a significant improvement for passengers, delivered on time and on budget. I’m immensely proud that National Express’ contribution has been recognised by this prestigious award.”
Paul Roberts, President, Services UK and Chief Country Representative, UK and Ireland, Bombardier Transportation, said: “We’re honoured to be recognized for our technological edge in the UK rail market by this prestigious award. Not only do we build some of the most advanced rail vehicles for the UK in the UK, we also guarantee operators class-leading performance through our fleet maintenance services.”
The Class 379 trains’ current performance is such that on average each train would circumnavigate the world more than twice before encountering a technical failure. The target availability of 90% has been met consistently.
The seamless integration of air and rail at airports like Stansted is helping to reduce the environmental footprint of transportation, attracting more travellers away from roads and onto rail. By offering the latest solutions in passenger comfort and high speed, intermodal public transport can cut emissions on short to middle distance routes. Rail technology also increases transport efficiency by alleviating congestion at busy airports and in city centres.

Photo Caption
Class 379 trains for the Stansted Express rail link

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Bombardier to build new commuter cars for GO Transit

Published: May 30, 2012

THUNDER BAY, Ontario – GO Transit will purchase 60 new bi-level commuter cars from Bombardier that will be built in Thunder Bay. Bi-level cab cars and coaches have been part of GO Transit’s fleet since 1978, and were designed by Bombardier in Thunder Bay.

Design of the new cars is under way, with the first delivery of new cars scheduled for spring 2015. GO Transit’s fleet currently includes 650 of the more than 1,000 bi-level cars that have been manufactured in Thunder Bay, Bombardier said.

Bombardier said it would hire about 100 new employees to fill the order for the cars. The plant is now the largest private sector employer in Thunder Bay with approximately 1,300 workers.

 
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Bombardier Transportation presented a new application of its Primove system, which has been installed in a pilot demonstration area of the Augsburg tram network in Germany. The system transfers power contactlessly without the use of any overhead wires. In addition, Bombardier revealed testing of the Primove solution on a passenger van, using the same technology.

Additionally, the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development announced funding for an electric bus project in the city of Braunschweig, Germany, where Bombardier will apply its emission-free Primove solution in partnership with the local transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG. This initiative represents Bombardier’s first Primove bus project for passenger operation and marks a significant leap forward in bringing clean e-mobility solutions to urban areas.

Based on the principle of inductive power transfer, Bombardier’s Primove technology allows electric vehicles to be recharged either in motion (dynamic charging) or at rest (static charging) without affecting driving habits or journey times. The system transfers energy at very high levels of efficiency without compromising on performance and can significantly reduce energy consumption when combined with an onboard energy storage solution. By eliminating the overhead cables and other wires previously needed to power electric vehicles, public transit networks can now blend in effortlessly with their surroundings. City landmarks, parks and heritage sites are left intact and the overall attractiveness of the city is thereby enhanced.

 

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