Bombardier Inc.’s rail division has clinched a $145-million (U.S.) order for 12 double-decker commuter trains from Deutsche Bahn AG.
Each trainset consists of two motor cars and two intermediate coaches and has a top speed of 160 kilometres per hour.
The order is the latest from Germany’s DB under a framework agreement signed in late 2008. DG has already ordered 290 double-deck coaches for its long-distance and regional routes.
The 12 new units for DB will operate between the German towns of Bamburg, Wurzburg, Aschaffenburg and Frankfurt.
Delivery is set to begin in the second half of 2015.
Montreal-based Bombardier says it has delivered close to 2,000 double-deck cars to DB since 1992.
The 12 new units are to be built at Bombardier’s Gorlitz plant in Germany.
Among the features are first- and second-class seating, a special area for reduced-mobility passengers and a special needs toilet, as well as multipurpose sections that can accommodate up to 48 bicycles.