Bombardier’s Electrostar unveiled

Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 8:23 by Auto Correspondent

The first Bombardier Electrostar Vehicle for the Gautrain rapid rail link is out.

Designed by Bombardier’s Derby manufacturing facility , the 96 Electrostar vehicles for the 80-kilometre Gautrain link will go on final assembly in South Africa.

Bombardier EMU unit

The Electrostar fleet is part of the concession contract awarded to the Bombela Consortium in 2006 for the financing, design, construction and operation and maintenance of the Gautrain system. Bombela Consortium members include Bombardier Transportation, French civil contractor Bouygues, South African civil contractor Murray and Roberts and Strategic Partners Group. Bombardier, in conjunction with its Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment partners, will also maintain the fleet for 15 years and RATP Developpement will be responsible for operating the system, said a company source.

The Derby facility, which is considered the backbone of Bombardier design and manufacturing capability in the UK, represents many years of success in delivering high performing rail passenger vehicles. The roll out of the first Electrostar train for the company’s South African customer marks the beginning of ties with the modern rail network.

According to industry reports, the award winning Electrostar train is a well proven product, with over 1,600 cars in service with three operators in the UK. The trains have been named the most reliable modern EMU in the UK for the past six years, achieving some of the highest reliability figures in the country. The trains feature the energy efficient Bombardier Mitrac propulsion and control equipment. Electrostar trains were also ordered in 2006 by Transport for London for the “London Overground” services for East London Line and North London Railway.

Canada-based Bombardier, a  leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, makes products ranging from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services.

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