Deal with S-Bahn GmbH includes option for further 86 trains until end of 2018
BERLIN—The rail division of Montreal-based transportation giant Bombardier says it has been awarded a contract worth approximately $427-million to build 60 commuter trains that will run in north Germany.
According to Bombardier Transportation, it won the order from the S-Bahn GmbH, a subsidiary of DB Regio AG, to deliver the five dozen single- and dual-voltage commuter trains that will run in the German city of Hamburg through the end of 2018.
The contract comes after the local government confirmed it is extending its contract with S-Bahn GmbH to operate the local S-Bahn rail network in Hamburg for another 15 years, beginning in December 2018.
According to Bombardier, the deal includes an option for a further 86 trains until the end of 2018.
All three-car trains, the single-voltage models have a maximum speed of 100 km/h and are used on the urban S-Bahn network.
The dual-voltage models can run at speeds as high as 140 km/h on route extensions to suburban regions, allowing for the creation of direct routes to the city of Hamburg without the need to change trains.
Design, engineering and assembly of the trains will take place at the Bombardier plant in Hennigsdorf, Germany, some 250 kilometres southeast outside Berlin.
The bogies are manufactured at the Bombardier site in Siegen, Germany.
Bombardier says the first eight vehicles will be handed over to the S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH by the end of 2016 for a 40-week testing period.
The last train will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018.