Bombardier Celebrates 175 Years of Rail Innovation in the UK

Image Courtesy of Bombardier

Bombardier Transportation’s Derby Site is celebrating 175 years of train manufacturing in the city. An event that was attended by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon Patrick McCloughlin MP; the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Fareed Hussain; local dignitaries, key customers, suppliers and national and local media, Bombardier presented Derby’s past, present and future technologies.

Bombardier’s Derby site is renowned for its heritage locomotives, such as ‘The Midland Compound’ and ‘Tornado’ and these trains are reunited as a combined presentation of innovation. The showcase of these iconic trains, as well as more recent train technologies and current fleets, were to present Bombardier’s innovation and design.

Some of the technologies included at this event were the transformational sub-surface line trains being delivered to London Underground – which were first to feature air conditioning on the Tube.

Francis Paonessa, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation in the UK said: With the award of the Crossrail project in the 175th year of train manufacture in Derby, we are immensely proud to continue the tradition of designing and manufacturing high performance trains for the UK.

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