Management & Operations

Bombardier hybrid train enters service

Posted on October 10, 2007

Bombardier Transportation and Champagne-Ardenne regional and transportation authorities inaugurated the first dual-mode and dual-voltage AGC (Autorail Grande Capacité, high-capacity railcar) in the presence of French National Railways (SNCF) CEO Anne-Marie Idrac on Wednesday, Oct. 10.  


The hybrid AGC combines certain operating features for the first time ever in a train, including dual-mode (electrical and diesel) and dual-voltage (1500 and 25000 V) technology that will result in energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as negating infrastructure constraints and the need for passengers to change trains.  


SNCF will be operating the Hybrid AGC on Champagne-Ardenne lines between Paris, Troyes and Culmont and between Culmont, Saint-Didier and Vitry. 


Twenty-one French regions have ordered and/or operate 698 AGC regional express trains.

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