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June 10, 2011

Bombardier hands over 700th AGC regional train

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SEVEN years after it delivered the first train, Bombardier celebrated the handover of the 700th and final AGC multiple unit for the French regions at its Crespin site in Nord-Pas de Calais yesterday.

agc700.jpgAppropriately the final train is destined for the region in which it was built, and was presented to Mr Dominique Plancke, chairman of the transport commission of Nord-Pas de Calais by Mr Jean Bergé, president of Bombardier Transportation France, in the presence of Mr Jaques Goolen, Regional Director of French National Railways (SNCF).

Since 2004 AGCs have been delivered to 21 French regions in a variety of traction configurations including diesel, single and dual-system (25kV ac/1.5kV dc) electric, and bi-mode. The trains are formed of three or four cars, seating 160-220 passengers. Rhône-Alpes has the largest fleet with 83 trains.

Nord-Pas de Calais has ordered 45 AGCs, of which 30 are bi-mode trains and 15 are dmus.

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