Bombardier Transportation won the tender from SBB, the Swiss Railways, to supply new double-deck trains for intercity rail travel.
The contract for 59 Bombardier TWINDEXX trains has a total value of approximately $1.6 billion, making the project the largest vehicle order in the SBB's history. The contract also includes options for more than 100 additional TWINDEXX trains.
The 59 trains consist of a total of 436 fully air-conditioned carriages providing more than 36,000 seats. The train concept was developed by the Bombardier Transportation Competence Center for Double-Deck Technology in Görlitz.
Features of the TWINDEXX trains that will increase passenger comfort include spacious interior compartments, wide doors for entry and exit, wireless internet access and business class compartments. The trains are fitted with electronic customer information and emergency call systems as well as CCTV.
Both the Bombardier site in Zürich and the Villeneuve factory will increase their capacity in order to complete the project.
Delivery of the TWINDEXX trains will begin in 2012, and the first vehicles will feature in the standard timetables from December 2013. All 59 trains will be delivered by the end of 2019.