BST Wins Maintenance Contract in China
The Bombardier joint venture BST has won a maintenance contract for 656 high-speed train cars in China, to be completed by the end of 2020.
Image courtesy of Alstom
The trains will begin passenger service in December 2018 on the Sdhessen-Untermain network, linking the cities of Wiesbaden, Mainz, Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Aschaffenburg, in west-central Germany.
The Coradia Continental regional train runs at 160 km/h. They possess good acceleration characteristics which further reduce travel time. The trainsets of 13 three-cars and 17 four-cars will be capable of transporting up to 350 and 460 passengers respectively.
Great effort has been made to ensure the comfort of passengers. Multi-purpose areas allow space for wheelchairs, bicycles and pushchairs. The traction equipment is placed on the roof, enabling a spacious interior allowing for a large central aisle for ease of movement. Coradia Continentals are fitted with Wi-Fi throughout the train, with power outlets for laptops and a real-time passenger information system which also provides connection information.
Didier Pfleger, Vice President Germany & Austria of Alstom said:
We are pleased that our long term customer HLB which ordered a variety of our diesel trains has chosen our modern electrical solutions manufactured at Alstoms site in Salzgitter (Germany). For the first time the Coradia Continental will meet the new standards for interoperability of locomotives and passenger cars.
Veit Salzmann, Managing Director of HLB GmbH said:
As a longtime partner, we are pleased to continue in the future the good cooperation with the company Alstom and to expand our fleet with Coradia Continental electric trains .
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