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10/3/2007



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Bombardier to build 19 trams for German public transit agency; refurbish coaches for Norwegian railway



Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (RNV) GmbH recently ordered 19 low-floor trams from Bombardier Transportation.

An option from an original 1998 contract for 36 trams, the $74 million order calls for Bombardier to build the 19 additional units at its Bautzen, Germany plant, and deliver the trams between July 2009 and May 2010. Bombardier's Mannheim plant will supply electrical equipment and Siegen facility will furnish bogies.

RNV will operate the trams on a jointly used public transit network in Germany's Rhine-Neckar region.

Bombardier also obtained a $91 million contract form the Norwegian State Railway to refurbish 56 Class 5 coaches. The contract - which includes an option for an additional 18 coaches - calls for repainting exteriors, replacing windows and external doors, installing Bombardier's BT5000 bogies, and providing new HVAC systems, lighting and seats.

Bombardier will begin refurbishing coaches at its Strommen, Norway, and Dunakeszi, Hungary, plants in November 2008, and deliver the vehicles between January 2009 and June 2010. The company originally built the Class 5 coaches from 1977 to 1981.


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