Bombardier has announced that Israel Railways has signed a deal with Bombardier Transportation to buy 54 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches for $126 million. Delivery of the new coaches, for use on the new high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem rail link, is scheduled to be completed by August 2020.
Yossi Daskal, Chief Country Representative Israel, Bombardier Transportation, said, "Israel Railways' vision of an electrified network is becoming a reality. We are proud to continue playing such a major role in their ongoing modernization by providing our modern double-deck coaches. Together with Israel Railways we will continue transforming this growing market and meeting its increasing need for public transport."
The new order consists of eleven control cars, eleven intermediate coaches with dedicated space for people with reduced mobility and 32 trailer cars.
As a full solution provider, Bombardier Transportation operates a service depot in Haifa where the existing 293 double-deck coaches are being upgraded for a speed of 160 kilometers per hour and for electric traction. This month, Israel Railways and Bombardier also started static and dynamic tests on the new TRAXX electric locomotive ensuring the delivery of the first electric locomotive in March 2018. Bombardier's team continues qualifying local staff to carry out the final assembly of the coaches, recently-delivered at an Israel Railways shop floor in Beersheva.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 4, 2018
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