Bombardier to Overhaul 143 TWINDEXX Coaches for Israel Railways

Following the scheduled mid-life overhaul of Israel Railways’ 143 TWINDEXX double-decker coaches, Bombardier will also modernise the fleet to increase its reliability.

The overhaul project is valued at around 15 million USD and covers additional interior and exterior technical elements.

Double-Deck Coaches for Israel Railways
Double-decker Bombardier TWINDEXX coaches for Israel Railways

Bombardier delivered the TWINDEXX coaches to Israel between 2002 and 2006. These first-generation coaches will be given modern internal and external doors and new passenger information systems and jumper cables. The project recently got off the ground with design and engineering works. Next one train pilot train will be equipped. Bombardier is aiming to complete the project in full by January 2023.

The mid-life project is a step in the six-year retrofit programme for these TWINDEXX coaches. Bombardier Transportation and Israel Railways have recently implemented the necessary technical work packages to prepare the fleet for electric operation, including the installation of magnetic track brakes to allow the trains to travel at speeds of 160km/h. Additional diagnostics and safety systems have also been installed.

In full the project will deliver the following:

  • the overhaul and modernisation of the exterior door system
  • the overhaul of the toilet doors to make them more accessible
  • the replacement of the 400V jumper cables
  • the renewal of the passenger information system

“We thank ISR for entrusting us with yet another services and asset-life-management project. We look forward to continuing the long term and successful partnership with ISR as our strategic customer. This project provides our latest opportunity to implement the teams' extensive know-how and experience which are best suited to meet our customer's time to market, high availability and reliability targets.”

In total Bombardier has delivered 580 TWINDEXX coaches to Israel.

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