Bombardier Transportation has received a 240 million Euro order for 73 AGC (Autorail Grande CapacitÃ©) high-capacity trains from French National Railways (SNCF).
This is a follow-on order to a contract awarded to Bombardier by SNCF in December 2001, for the supply of 500 AGC trains. That contract included an initial firm order for 192 trains. This additional order brings to 265 the number of AGC trains ordered to date by SNCF.
The AGC is available in different configurations. The seating capacity of the trains can range from 160 to 220 seats, depending on the number of cars whilst modular interior design exists in the High Class and Intercity versions. The trains can run on diesel fuel, electricity or a combination of the two and can travel at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.
The trains will be delivered between November 2006 and November 2007. Bombardier will build these AGC trains at its Crespin plant, in the Valenciennes region in France.