Bombardier receives $103 million launch order

Bombardier Transportation has received $103 million Cdn to manufacture 18 new multi-system locomotives, derived from its class 185 model, for SBB Cargo in Switzerland.

The official contract is scheduled to be signed within the next few weeks.

The locomotives, which are adapted to both AC and DC networks, will be used for freight transport between Switzerland and Italy. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from October 2004 to March 2005.

According to Bombardier, the class 185 locomotive can be equipped with the most advanced and powerful electronics used both on the 15 kV AC network in Switzerland and the 3 kV DC network in Italy. The train control systems of both countries will be installed in the vehicles.

Bombardier in Oerlikon and Turgi, Switzerland will develop the new locomotive, which can reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h and a power of 5.6 MW at an alternating current of 15 kV. It will be manufactured in Kassel, Germany, before being commissioned by Bombardier in Switzerland.