Bombardier secures $145M German rail order

12 double-decker trains to be built in Germany

BERLIN — Bombardier Transportation has won a US$145-million order from German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG for 12 additional double-deck commuter trains.

The trains each contain two motorcars and two coaches that will travel at up to 160 kilometres an hour. Delivery of the trains will begin in the second half of 2015.

Under a framework agreement signed in 2008, the rail division of the Montreal-based transportation giant has already received orders for 290 coaches for long-distance and regional routes.

Bombardier has delivered almost 2,000 double-deck cars to Deutsche Bahn since 1992.

The coaches will contain first- and second-class seating, along with a dedicated area and special toilet for passengers with reduced mobility. The trains can also carry up to 48 bicycles.

Bombardier will build the trains at its facility in Gorlitz, Germany, with components manufactured elsewhere in Germany and in Sweden.

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