SNCF orders 30 Alstom TGV power cars

Alstom has won a 188 million Euro order from the French national railway company, SNCF to supply 30 power cars that will equip 15 existing TGV trainsets.

The power cars will be integrated into renovated TGV Reseau trainsets and run on the new TGV Est Europeen network, offering very-high-speed service from Paris and the northeast of France to southwestern Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

The current order is part of a master agreement under which SCNF may exercise options to order up to 31 additional power cars, which would bring the total fleet to 61.

The new power cars will be equipped with triple-voltage traction units, and with the signalling systems used in France, Germany and Switzerland as well as ERTMS, the new European Rail Traffic Management System.

The renovated trains will be interoperable and able to run on the various power-supply and signalling systems found in the countries in the TGV Est Europeen network. The trains will run at 320 km/h in France and at 300 km/h in Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

A pre-production trainset will be assembled to carry out performance and certification tests for French railways (RFF) as well as those of Germany (DB), Switzerland (CFF) and Luxembourg (CFL).

The testing will be carried out over a period of over one-year. Delivery of the trainsets will begin in October 2006 with commercial service currently set to begin in mid-2007. Completion of delivery is scheduled for the end of 2007.

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