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Israel Railways Orders Double-Deck Coaches for its First Electrified Line

Bombardier Transportation signed a contract on December 31 to provide 54 additional Bombardier Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways (ISR).

This call-off is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010 and is valued at approximately €104 million euro. Delivery of the new coaches is scheduled to be completed by August 2020.

Double-Deck Coaches for Israel Railways
Sixth order will increase Israel Railways’ fleet of Bombardier Twindexx Vario coaches to 512 © Bombardier

Bombardier Double-Deck Coaches

The new order consists of eleven control cars, eleven 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 like air conditioning as the Bombardier Traxx locomotives that ISR 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.

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Alleviating Congestion in Israel

This single-car concept enables ISR to configure the loco-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.

Mr. Avi Zalman, Head of Development and Engineering Rolling Stock Division, Israel Railways, said:

The new coaches will be fully compatible for revenue operation on ISR’s first electrified line, the A1, which connects Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Together, ISR 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

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 for an Electrified Network

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 160 km/h and for electric traction. This month, ISR 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. Bombardier team continues qualifying local staff to carry out the final assembly of the coaches, recently-delivered at an ISR shop floor in Be’er Sheva, part of a call-off from March 2016.

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Yossi Daskal, Chief Country Representative Israel, Bombardier Transportation, said:

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. Together with ISR we will continue transforming this growing market and meeting its increasing need for public transport.

Original article © Bombardier.

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