September 25, 2013

Bombardier debuts new double-deck train

Bombardier Transportation presented the first OMNEO train at Bombardier’s site in Crespin in Northern France.

The new double-deck train, named Regio 2N by the French regions, is wider than conventional EMUs. It offers a new level of passenger comfort through more onboard space, maximum seating, large access platforms with two wide doors and quiet cars for long journeys.

The Regio 2N platform is available in various configurations, from six to 10 cars, with a total length of between approximately 265 feet and approximately 442 feet. It is capable of travelling at speeds of between approximately 99 miles per hour and 124 miles per hour.

Bombardier has built nine test trains to allow the thousands of tests required for homologation to be conducted simultaneously. The fully-fitted Regio 2N train on show is the eighth of these special trains. While waiting for certification, several trains will run test journeys from January 2014 to allow SNCF’s staff to operate them and to check operational reliability before full commissioning.

At Bombardier's site near Valenciennes, the Regio 2N project teams are ready to ensure production and delivery of all 129 trains within only two years.

To date, the regions Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Rhône-Alpes have placed firm orders for 129 Regio 2N trains. The contract allows for a maximum of 860 trains.

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