French National Railways (SNCF) has today placed a 45 million Euro order with Bombardier Transportation for 14 AGC (Autorail Grande CapacitÃ©) high capacity trains.
The 14 three-car trains are scheduled to be delivered between January 2006 and December 2007. Bombardier will build the AGC trains at its Crespin plant, in the Valenciennes region of France.
Twelve of the 14 AGC trainsets were ordered on behalf of the Region of Limousin. These 12 AGCs are said to be equipped with a bi-mode power transmission (diesel and electric). The two AGC trainsets ordered by the Region of Auvergne are provided with diesel motorisation.
This additional order brings to 279 the number of AGC trains ordered to date by SNCF.
Today’s contract is a follow-on order to a contract awarded to Bombardier by SNCF in December 2001 for the supply of up to 500 AGC trains to the French Regions.