Bombardier wins US$244M contract to build trains for Abellio Rail in Germany
Built at two plants in Germany, all trains expected to enter service by 2020
BERLIN—Bombardier Inc.’s rail division has locked in an order for 43 TALENT 2 trains from European rail firm Abellio Rail Südwest.
Valued at 215 million euro (US$244 million), the contract includes the manufacture of 24 three-car trains and 16 five-car trains for a passenger line based in Stuttgart, Germany and operating in the country’s Neckar Valley region.
“This order is a great achievement for Bombardier’s rail business and it also signifies the continuation of our successful and cooperative relationship with Abellio,” said Germar Wacker, president of Mainline and Metros for Central/Eastern Europe at Bombardier Transportation. “We are pleased that Abellio relies on our modern TALENT 2 trains to further expand its mobility offering in Germany.”
Bombardier will build the trains at its plant in Hennigsdorf, Germany while the wheel bogies will be built in Siegen. The train and plane maker will begin delivering the trains in 2019, with all units expected to enter service by June 2020.
More than 350 of the company’s TALENT 2 trains are already in operation in the European country.