Queensland places $74 million train order

Bombardier Transportation and joint venture partner Australian train manufacturer EDI Rail have been awarded an order by the Queensland Government in Australia to build 24 three-car electric commuter trains.

The contract is valued at approximately $158 million (AU$212 million). Bombardier’s share of the contract will be $74 million (AU$99 million).

Bombardier’s scope is vehicle integration, the structural design of the railcar, bogie design and the supply of propulsion, electrical and communication systems. EDI Rail will be supplying the body shell, interiors and bogies plus HVAC and door systems. Testing and commissioning will be carried out jointly.

Assembly will be carried out at EDI Rail’s and Bombardier’s facilities in Maryborough, Queensland. Propulsion and traction equipment will be manufactured at Bombardier’s plants in VästerÃ¥s, Sweden and Pittsburgh, USA.

The 24 trains will operate at 130 km/h, and will cater for increased Queensland Rail interurban services to the Gold Coast and other regional areas. The other eight trains will be used for increased suburban commuter services. The trains are narrow gauge with 25kV propulsion and are of stainless steel construction. The vehicles will be designed in Australia.