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4/5/2005



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Bombardier receives $323 million order to supply 100 locomotives to Italian Railways


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Today, Bombardier Transportation announced that it received an order from Trenitalia (Italian Railways) for 100 E464 electric locomotives.

The $323 million contract follows an initial 50-unit order placed in 1996, and three additional options for 90, 100 and 48 units received in 1999, 2001 and 2003, respectively.

Deliveries of the new 100-unit set are scheduled to take place between September 2005 and November 2007. Bombardier will build the locomotives at the company’s site in Vado Ligure, Italy; propulsion and electric equipment will be supplied respectively by Bombardier's sites in Mannheim, Germany, and Trapaga, Spain. Production will overlap with the delivery schedule of the previous contract, scheduled to end by September 2006. To date, Bombardier Transportation has delivered 240 (out of 388) E464-type locomotives.

With a maximum power of 3.5 MW and a top speed of just under 100 mph, the E464 represents state-of-the-art technology for medium-power 3kV DC locomotives, Bombardier says.


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