Israel Railways agrees to buy more bilevels from Bombardier

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Twindexx Vario coaches Bombardier built for Israel Railways.
Bombardier Transportation
BERLIN — Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation signed a contract on Dec. 31, 2017, to provide 54 additional Bombardier Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways. The order is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010 and is valued at approximately $126 million. Delivery of the new coaches is scheduled to be completed by August 2020.

"The new coaches will be fully compatible for revenue operation on [Israel Railway's] first electrified line, the A1, which connects Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Together, [Israel Railways] and Bombardier teams collaborated closely to develop the necessary technical adjustments required to enable the trains to operate in tunnels and on electrified lines. We also considered local and international standards to ensure and further increase safety for both operator and passengers, while keeping comfort in mind," says Avi Zalman, Israel Railways head of development and rolling stock engineering. "We look forward to Bombardier continuing the on-time and on-quality delivery of our double-deck coaches so we can provide the expected reliability and availability for this important new A1 line."

"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," says Yossi Daskal, Bombardier's chief country representative for Israel. "Together with [Israel Railways] we will continue transforming this growing market and meeting its increasing need for public transport."

The new order consists of 11 control cars, 11 intermediate coaches with dedicated space for people with reduced mobility and 32 trailer cars. The control cars will no longer use diesel generators to feed auxiliary systems, such as air conditioning as the Traxx locomotives that Israel Railways has recently ordered will provide more than enough power for both traction and auxiliaries. Additionally, the driver's desk in the control car will be re-designed to be identical to the Traxx electric locomotives' desk, scheduled to be delivered in 2018.

This single-car concept enables Israel Railways to configure the locomotive-hauled trainsets according to the required capacity. Each of the eight-car trains currently in service feature seating capacity for 1,000 passengers. The popular trainsets, based on a proven platform concept, are in operation across Europe and Israel and compliant with all current safety, comfort and efficiency standards. They represent great strides in helping alleviate congestion in Israel.

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 100 mph 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. The Bombardier team continues qualifying local staff to carry out the final assembly of the coaches, recently delivered at an Israel Railways shop floor in Be'er Sheva, part of an order from March 2016.

— A Bombardier news release. Jan. 3, 2018.

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