Sweden orders high speed trains

Regina train in SwedenSweden’s state-owned railway recently put in a USD 348 million order for high speed trains with the world’s largest train maker, Bombardier Inc.

The contract for the delivery of 20 four-carriage Regina high speed trains also includes an option for Sweden to purchase an additional 20 trains. According to a Marketwire press statement released by the Montreal-based train manufacturer, delivery will begin in April 2010 and be complete by August of the same year.

Bombardier Transportation currently employs 1,600 staff members in Sweden and has a headquarters in Berlin. A representative from the company said that 70 Regina trains are already operating in Scandinavia or on order, making it a very popular model.

The vehicles will be assembled in Germany, at Bombardier’s Henningsdorf factory. From there, the trains will go to Vasteras, Sweden where the power system will be added. In addition, most of the project management and lead engineering for the trains will occur in Vasteras.

Bombardier is a Canadian conglomerate which has diversified over the years and now manufactures a variety of aircrafts including regional and business jets. In addition to providing other forms of mass transportation, Bombardier is also provides financial services and manufactures playground equipment.

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