With the Regio 2N, Bombardier reinvents the double-deck train: it has more capacity, more comfort, and greater modularity for long and short trips
Bombardier presented the body of the first Regio 2N carbody to the SNCF and representatives of the Regions today. The event, at the company’s Crespin site in Northern France, launched the start of Regio 2N production.
Bombardier has designed this brand new double-deck product platform to meet the specific wishes of the Regions. The Regio 2N places a high priority on space and comfort for passengers, while addressing demands for modularity, accessibility and low energy consumption.
Sixteen months after contract signature, assembly lines are in place, and production has begun. The Regions have selected the interior colour schemes, and Bombardier and SNCF are about to approve the technical and functional design of the whole train.
At the Crespin site, the Regio 2N train is shaping up
Behind the scenes of the Regio 2N project, guests discovered novel initiatives and installations, the results of Bombardier’s investment in executing this new train concept during the design and industrialisation phases. Several full size mock-ups have been used to facilitate interior design and layout approval. These have allowed Bombardier to take into account feedback from users, drivers and passengers at an early stage.
The Regio 2N TrainLab (LaboTrain) is a complete integration bench for functional testing of electrical and electronics systems (train information networks and connected systems of the train). It will commence operation two years before first train commercial commissioning. Crespin teams will be able to use this genuine representative platform until at least 2015, to monitor the commissioning until the end of the warranty period of the first trains.
“The Regio 2N is the first double-deck platform which meets the diverse needs of transportation authorities. It offers versions tailored to commuter and intercity services, as well as a 200 km/h version,” explained Jean Bergé, President of Bombardier Transportation France.
“Only sixteen months after the project launch, Bombardier teams are in the ‘starting blocks’, ready to begin producing the first test train, which is due to be racked at the end of December. We have managed to reach this stage thanks to the excellent cooperation with the SNCF, the representatives from the Regions and Bombardier teams. I thank them all sincerely,” said Pierre Yves Cohen, Bombardier Project Director.
Discussion on Innovation in the Rail Transportation Sector
During a round table discussion, Jean Michel Bodin, Vice President in charge of Transport from the Centre regional council, who represents the Association of French Regions, exchanged views on the issue of innovation in the rail industry with Claude Solard, SNCF Regions and Intercity General Director, Bombardier’s Jean Bergé and Benoit Gachet, Product Director.
Key data on the Regio 2N Contract
Following the Regio 2N contract signed on February 24, 2010, SNCF placed a firm order for 80 double-deck electrical multiple units (EMU). The contract contemplates the design and manufacture of a maximum of 860 units. A further 49 trains were ordered in March 2010, as part of a contract option.
To date, six Regions have ordered a total of 129 Regio 2N trains: Aquitaine (24), Brittany (17), Centre (14), Nord-Pas de Calais (18), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (16), and Rhône-Alpes (40). Bombardier’s Crespin site (Nord-Pas de Calais/Northern France) will be able to produce up to 60 trains per year. First deliveries will start in June 2013. All 129 trains ordered so far will be delivered by mid 2016.
About Bombardier Transportation in France
As the largest industrial rail site in France, Bombardier’s Crespin site houses Centres of Excellence for bogies, reliability and onboard electronics, as well as a certified testing laboratory. The company develops a wide range of rail rolling stock products. Three milestone contracts demonstrate Bombardier’s capabilities and know-how: the Regio 2N, a double-deck high capacity train for the Regions which have ordered 129 trains in 2010; the Francilien, co-financed by the French National Railways (SNCF) and Ile-de-France Transport Authority (STIF), a state-of-the-art suburban train which started commercial service in December 2009; l’Autorail Grande Capacité (AGC), 700 regional train sets operating in all 21 French Regions and the world’s first hybrid train. Bombardier also participates in the MF 2000 metro vehicles and the MI09 RER A for the Paris Metro RATP.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.
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The first car body of the Regio 2N was produced 16 months after the SNCF placed an order on behalf of the French Region
The Regio 2N TrainLab (LaboTrain) is a complete integration bench for functional testing of electrical and electronics systems
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