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1/28/2002



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Alstom lands several European deals during past 30 days


Alstom Transport signed several contracts with European passenger rail operators late last year and in early 2002, worth more than $153 million.



In late December, Swiss National Railways signed a second follow-on contract with Alstom and its consortium partner, Bombardier Transportation, for 10 seven-car ICN intercity tilting trains designed to operate at up to 124 mph. Alstom’s portion of this contract is $26 million.



The consortium also signed a follow-on contract worth $16 million to Alstom to supply the traction equipment for suburban trains to be operated by the Swiss Railway Company BLS Lötschbergbahn AG.



Concurrently, German operator Regionalbahn Kassal GmbH, in cooperation with the Kasseler Verkehrsgesellschaft, signed a contract with Alstom to supply 28 tram-trains to operate in Kassel and its suburbs. The diesel-hybrid version of the Regio CITADIS™ is designed to operate on both the city center’s electrified tracks, and the suburbs’ non-electrified tracks.



Meanwhile, Germany’s Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen Jan. 4 inked a $52 million deal with Alstom, which will supply 16 two-car diesel multiple units, as well as maintain and repair the trains for 15 years. An $86 million optional contract would add an additional 30 two-car trains to the initial order. The trains would help meet increased passenger volume between Osnabrück, Bremen and Wilhemshaven in north-west Germany.



Finally, France’s Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux (CUB) signed a follow-on contract with Alstom Jan. 18 for 32 CITADIS™ trams; Alstom’s share is $59 million. This order follows one placed for 38 trams in June 2000. CUB plans to use all the vehicles on extensions — some lines that are planned and others under construction.


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