Bombardier Transportation has received an order for 100 of its AGC type (Autorail Grande CapacitÃ©) trains from the French National Railways (SNCF) in a deal worth around 350 million Euros.
The trains, which will be delivered between December 2007 and February 2009, will be manufactured at Bombardier’s Crespin plant in the Valenciennes region of France.
In September 2001, Bombardier was selected by SNCF to supply 500 high-capacity AGC type regional trains for the French Regions.
In December 2001, the first firm order for 192 trains was signed followed by two additional options, one for 73 trains in February 2003 and one for 14 trains in March 2003. With the current order, the total number of firm orders from SNCF for the AGC type trains is 379.
The AGC is available in numerous versions and can run on either diesel fuel, electricity or a combination of the two. The first AGC was delivered in January of 2004 and about 30 are currently operating in France.