Alstom to supply 54 additional Coradia Stream “Pop” regional trains to Trenitalia

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Alstom has been awarded four contracts totalling around €330 million by Trenitalia, the Italian national train operator, for the supply of 54 Coradia Stream regional trains. The trains are destined for the Italian regions of Abruzzo (4 trains), Liguria (15 trains), Marche (4 trains) and Veneto (31 trains) as part of the framework agreement signed in 2016 between Alstom and Trenitalia (1). The 54 additional trains add to the 47 trains already ordered by the Emilia Romagna region in 2016.

Alstom’s Coradia Stream for Trenitalia, dubbed “Pop” by the customer, is the latest generation of trains designed for regional and intercity lines. Coradia Stream is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) with maximum speed of 160 km/h in the regional version. The train ordered by Trenitalia can transport more than 300 passengers seated, offering easy accessibility thanks to its low floor. Designed to be eco-friendly, the train is 95% recyclable.

“We are very pleased that Trenitalia and Abruzzo, Liguria, Marche, Veneto have renewed their confidence in Alstom’s Coradia range of regional trains and we hope to get on board with other regions. The “Pop” is proving to be widely appreciated by local authorities and by passengers, who got a glimpse of it in full-scale mock-up form during a recent roadshow,” said Michele Viale, Managing Director Alstom in Italy.

Coradia Stream can be easily customised to different services. Interior layouts and seating arrangements can be modified, to provide for example, more seats for longer journeys, or fewer seats and more standing room for shorter trips. The cars’ interior layout can be adapted to seasons and specific needs: it is possible to add bicycle or ski racks, electric sockets, Wi-Fi connection, vending machines for drinks and snacks, multimedia areas, areas for working or relaxation. Aboard the Coradia Stream, comfort, space, and light are maximised by larger windows, while advanced services, such as infotainment, audio and video feeds and a live video surveillance system, ensure comfort and security.

The Coradia Stream “Pop” trains are manufactured by Alstom in Italy. Project development, most of the manufacturing and certification are performed at Alstom’s site in Savigliano, Cuneo. Design and manufacturing of the traction systems and auxiliary switches takes place at the Sesto San Giovanni plant (Milan), and the on-board signalling systems are delivered by the Bologna site.
(1) A frame agreement for the supply of 150 medium-capacity regional trains including a first firm order of 47 trains was signed in August 2016 between Alstom and Trenitalia.

Alstom to deliver 3 more trains to Östgötatrafiken

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Alstom will supply three more Coradia Nordic trains to Östgötatrafiken in addition to their current fleet of 15. The new trains will be delivered in spring 2019. The trains will be built in Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Germany.

The Coradia Nordic train delivered to Östgötatrafiken consists of four cars, is 74 meters long in total, and has a capacity for up to 510 passengers. The train will run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The Coradia family is characterized by modularity, safety and performance, more than 97% of of the train is recyclable.

Alstom is currently delivering an addiditonal 30 trains to Skånetrafiken and these new units for Östgötatrafiken will be an add-on to that production line notably regarding the car body shell production.

” I am very proud that our trains are to the full satisfaction of our customer, and that Östgötatrafiken now chose to increase their fleet of Coradia Nordics, co-producing with Skänetrafiken ,” says Björn Asplund, Managing Director for Alstom in Sweden.

Since 2002, 280 regional Coradia EMU [1] single deck trains have been sold in the Nordic region. In total, more than 3,000 regional trains have been sold in Europe, and they are currently running in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

 


[1] Electric Multiple Unit

:VIDEO: Alstom’s hydrogen train Coradia iLint first successful run at 80 km/h

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Alstom has successfully performed the first test run at 80 km/h of the world’s only fuel cell passenger train Coradia iLint on its own test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany). An extensive test campaign will be conducted in Germany and Czech Republic in the coming months before the Coradia iLint performs its first passenger test runs on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven (Germany) route beginning of 2018.

The four-week test runs currently undergoing in Salzgitter aim at confirming the stability of the energy supply system based on coordinated interaction between the drive, the fuel cell and the battery of the vehicle. The braking power is also being tested to check the interface between the pneumatic and the electric brake.

The Coradia iLint is the first low floor passenger train worldwide powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for the traction. This zero-emission train is silent and only emits steam and condensed water. Coradia iLint is special for its combination of different innovative elements: a clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and a smart management of the traction power and available energy. Based on Alstom’s flagship Coradia Lint diesel train, Coradia iLint is particularly suited for operation on non-electrified networks. It enables sustainable train operation while maintaining high train performance.

“This test run is a significant milestone in environmental protection and technical innovation. With the Coradia iLint and its fuel cell technology, Alstom is the first railway manufacturer to offer a zero-emission alternative for mass transit trains. Today our new traction system, so far successfully proved on the test ring, is used on a train for the first time – a major step towards cleaner mobility in Europe “, said Didier Pfleger, Vice President of Alstom Germany and Austria.

The dynamic tests are performed at Salzgitter plant at 80 km/h and in Velim (Czech Republic) at up to 140 km/h, the maximum speed of the Coradia iLint. For the purpose of the tests, a mobile filling station has been erected in Salzgitter to pump gaseous hydrogen into the pressure tank of the Coradia iLint. The hydrogen used for the test runs is the by-product of an industrial process, which is reasonably reused as a waste product. In the long term, Alstom aims to support the hydrogen production from wind energy.

The vehicle has already successfully completed the static commissioning process. All electrical and pneumatic functions of the trains have been tested and verified at standstill. TÜV Süd has certified the safety of the battery, the pressure tank system and the fuel cell for the coming test phases.

The Coradia iLint was designed by Alstom teams in Germany at Salzgitter’s site, centre of excellence for regional trains and in France notably in Tarbes, centre of excellence for traction systems and Ornans for the motors. This project benefits from the support of the German ministry of Transport and Digital infrastructure. Alstom has already signed letters of intent for 60 trains with the German states of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and the Hessian transport association ‘Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund’.

Alstom hands over five Prima H3 locomotives to Deutsche Bahn

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Alstom handed over five Prima H3 hybrid shunting locomotives to Deutsche Bahn during a ceremony at Alstom’s Stendal site in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, where the locomotives were built. In total, 23 of the environmental-friendly vehicles have been ordered from different customers until today. 

This new generation of hybrid shunting locomotive will be used at Deutsche Bahn, making a sustainable contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions on rail tracks in Germany.

Alstom has been consistently developing its environmentally friendly hybrid technology under European conditions for many years, and it is the first manufacturer to have put this technology on rail. Our Prima H3 locomotive is paving the way to the new reality of zero-emission freight transport in Europe” said Daniel Croonen, Director Service for Alstom Germany and Austria. 

“We are already thinking of the future. For this reason, we strive for better climate protection and less noise impact. The new Prima H3 hybrid locomotive will help us to achieve both. Hand-in-hand with the industry, DB has brought the environmentally friendly technology to be used in full rail operation. I’m proud that the five vehicles are due to take up service in Franconia from November,” Andreas Gehlhaar, Head of Environmental Affairs at Deutsche Bahn AG.

Alstom innovates with its Prima H3 locomotive in a market segment that has long been left apart: in comparison to conventional shunting locomotives, the Prima H3 with its hybrid drive produces up to 50% less CO2, while other pollutant emissions (Nitrogen dioxide) are cut by up to 70%. Noise emissions have also been significantly reduced. The 350 kW diesel generator meets the requirements of exhaust gas standard stage IIIB[1] and has been designed with future exhaust gas standards in mind. Depending on its use, the shunting locomotive will spend between 50% and 75% of its service time in battery mode. This makes it possible to achieve zero-emission rail transport in urban areas or production plants. The locomotive reaches speeds of 100 km/h and can therefore easily be integrated in main line traffic.

More than 200 employees are working at the Alstom site in Stendal, thus making it one of the most important employers in the region. The facility exists since 1873 and meanwhile is specialised in servicing as well as repair and modernisation of rail vehicles and their components.


[1] Most recent European standard on the regulation of emissions

Alstom to provide Amtrak with its new generation of high-speed train

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Alstom and Amtrak announced today that they have signed a contract for Alstom to design and build 28 new high-speed trains, which will run on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington D.C. Amtrak and Alstom also signed a long-term contract under which Alstom will provide Amtrak with long-term technical support and supply spare components and parts for the maintenance of the new trainsets. Together, these contracts are worth €1.8 billion ($2 billion). 

The Northeast Corridor (NEC) line covers roughly 730 km (457 miles)[1]. In only ten years, the number of passengers has increased from 2.4 million passengers in FY 2002 to 3.5 million in FY 2014. As part of an effort to renew and expand their premium product, Amtrak has therefore decided to purchase new trainsets to replace the existing Acela trains [2], thus increasing passenger capacity, providing more frequent service, minimizing journey times, and improving operating costs and energy efficiency.

The train ordered by Amtrak is Avelia Liberty, the latest development of Alstom’s high-speed train range Avelia. The new trainset will be able to carry up to 33% more passengers than the current Acela trains. The trainset configuration includes an innovative compact power car and nine passenger cars, with the possibility of three more being added if demand grows. The train is capable of travelling at speeds up to 300 km/h (186 mph), but will initially operate at a maximum speed of 257 km/h (160 mph) based on NEC track speed limits. Additionally, each concentrated power car is equipped with Alstom’s pioneering Crash Energy Management (CEM) system.

Another key feature is the train’s articulated architecture, which provides greater stability and passenger comfort while enhancing safety. The train also includes Alstom’s innovative Tiltronix anticipative tilting technology, which allows the train to manoeuvre curves safely and more comfortably at high speeds.

Amtrak is taking the necessary actions to keep our customers, the Northeast region and the American economy moving forward,” said Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman. “These trainsets and the modernization and improvement of infrastructure will provide our customers with the mobility and experience of the future.

Jérôme Wallut, Senior Vice President, Alstom North-America said “Alstom’s high speed trains, which we have branded Avelia, are the most advanced, reliable and safest trains in the world. Avelia Liberty will not only provide premium passenger experience but will also provide greater energy efficiency and lower lifecycle costs. This award is an illustration of the success of Alstom’s strategy of customer proximity. We would like to thank Amtrak for its vote of confidence and remain fully dedicated to making this project a success”.

Most of the Avelia Liberty for Amtrak will be manufactured in the United States. The new trainsets will be manufactured at Alstom’s 150 year-old historic site in Hornell, NY. They will be maintained in the depots of Amtrak in Boston, New York and Washington DC under a specific Technical Support and Spare Supply Agreement with additional support from Alstom’s sites in New York, Delaware and Illinois for a period of 15 years, with an option for an additional 15 years. These contracts will result in the creation of more than 1,000 jobs nationwide, including 750 in New York with 400 of those at Alstom facilities.

In nearly 40 years, Alstom has sold more than 1,100 Avelia high speed trains around the world and equipped over 300 more with its technology.  As of today, Alstom’s Avelia high-speed trains have covered over 6.4 billion kilometres in 20 countries and transported 4 billion passengers.


[1] from Boston, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C. via New York and Philadelphia

[2] In commercial service since 2000. Trains manufactured by Alstom-Bombardier Consortium

Alstom awarded a frame contract to supply 150 regional trains in Italy

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Alstom will provide Trenitalia, the Italian national operator, with 150 new medium-capacity regional trains within a frame contract worth about €900 million. This includes an option for maintenance services. The first order concerns 47 trains totalling €240 million. It is expected that Alstom will begin delivering the first trains in early 2019. 

This award confirms the excellent work done by our company in the field of regional transport over the last 15 years. Alstom has had an excellent return on experience with its Coradia Meridian, a successful train that fully respected delivery times, product quality and reliability. This new order offers us the opportunity to reinforce our customer proximity and continue working with the Italian Regions and Trenitalia to improve local transport in the country”,declared Andreas Knitter, Senior Vice-President for Europe at Alstom.

The new medium capacity regional trains for Trenitalia are single-deckers featuring two train lengths and up to 321 seats. This solution is adapted to different configurations and capacity needs for regional and suburban transport. The train offers a wide range of easily combined interiors, liveries and accessories. Every Region can easily personalise its trains using an interactive configurator.

To date, more than 100 Coradia Meridian are already operational in Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Marche, Abruzzo, and will soon enter in service in Trentino and Sicily. While preserving the best characteristics of its forerunners, this evolution of Coradia trains for Trenitalia will be even more innovative as a result of the many solutions designed to satisfy the needs of the different Italian Regions. This train is the fruit of Alstom‘s careful project design and experience in fleet management.

Passengers will appreciate the comfort, space, brightness and exceptional services offered by these trains, all of which create a completely new travelling experience, such as the Wi-Fi network, the audio/video information and entertainment service, and the system of live digital video surveillance cameras for passenger safety.

The train will be even more environmentally friendly than the previous generation of regional trains with a significant decrease in energy consumption per passenger, despite the greater installed power required for the air conditioning system. All of the consumable materials are recyclable up to 95%.

The three Alstom sites in Italy will be involved in the design and manufacturing of the new regional trains for Trenitalia: Savigliano (1,000 employees), Sesto San Giovanni (340 employees), and Bologna (600 employees). The contract will also create help developing Alstom’s Italian network of suppliers.

Alstom awarded major re-signalling project in the UK

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Alstom [1] has been awarded a contract by Network Rail for the full re-signalling of the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Paddington in the west of London. This major contract is worth over €100 million [2]. 

Network Rail and Alstom have worked in close collaboration to develop an interlocking solution based on Alstom’s Smartlockrange that will be ready for ETCS installation allowing trains with ETCS capability to operate on that section of the line. Smartlock interlocking proven solutions has been developed for the most complex and challenging major railway re-signalling projects. The works, which include both the renewal of the existing Interlocking and some track remodelling, have already started in order to maintain the tight delivery programme. They are due to reach completion by the end of 2017.

Alstom is very proud to take part in this project and will provide Network Rail with state-of-the-art, proven and reliable solutions” declared Nick Crossfield, Managing Director Train Control solutions in UK.

In February 2014, Alstom joint venture, ABC Electrification Ltd, had been selected as one of four suppliers to deliver a €2.4 billion electrification programme which will electrify more than 3000 kilometres of Britain’s railways over the next seven years. In November 2015, Alstom was awarded a Network Rail framework agreement to design and develop European Train Control System (ETCS level 2) using Alstom’s proven Atlas technology, and was awarded recently a first contract to deploy ETCS trainborne solution on intercity trains.

Alstom is now responsible for providing signalling renewals and enhancements as primary supplier in three out of eight geographical regions in the UK: Central East, Great Western Inner and Great Western Outer. Alstom also is the secondary supplier in four other geographical regions: Scotland, Central West, Wales and Western and Kent and Anglia.


[1] Through SSL: Alstom acquired 100% of Signalling Solutions Ltd (SSL), in the United Kingdom in May 2015. On 1 April 2016 SSL was formally integrated into Alstom.
[2] Booked in Q4 of fiscal year 2015/16

About Smartlock 400
The latest generation in computer-based interlocking systems for station and line control, Smartlock 400 reduces operating costs through the full automation of route settings and direct links to station services such as passenger information systems. The fully integrated train detection system, direct interface with point machines and signals (no need for traditional signalling relays) and remote diagnostics help to reduce maintenance costs. Installation can be simplified thanks to the system’s modular architecture and extensive factory testing of the final configuration.

Alstom and NTV unveil the design and technology of the Pendolino

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Flavio Cattaneo, CEO of NTV and Pierre-Louis Bertina, Managing Director of Alstom in Italy today presented the design and technology of the Pendolino that Alstom is building for the Italian private operator.

A real Christmas present: the Pendolino is fire red and features a futuristic front end, designed to provide crash protection. The design of the train was created by Alstom’s Design & Styling Centre, which also designed the AGV.italo exterior. The interior will be selected and presented to the public in the coming months.

The Pendolino is conceived to be environmentally friendly, thanks to its high recyclability and reduced CO2 emissions. Moreover, its optimized distributed traction system enhances efficiency and acceleration and regenerates energy while braking.  This new train is an evolution of the former Pendolino high speed train. It can reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The 187-metre-long train will be composed of 7 cars accommodating around 480 passengers. The major innovation of the train compared to previous generations of Pendolino is its full compatibility with the very latest 2014 TSI [1] regulations established by the European Union. This EU standard contributes to guaranteeing high levels of safety and efficiency. The Pendolino is part of Alstom’s Avelia family [2] which also includes AGV.Italo train previously purchased by NTV.

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The Pendolino will complement the existing fleet of 25 AGV, bringing to a total of 33 trains the Italo fleet. NTV will thus expand its network, responding to a growing demand. The objective is to develop the offer of high-speed main lines on the busy north-east and north-west corridor of Italy. This will represent a new opportunity for millions of travellers who constantly travel along these lines.  The increase of the fleet will be part of a development process undertaken by NTV, which in 2015 carried more than 9 million passengers, an increase of 40% compared to the previous year.

Flavio Cattaneo, CEO of NTV said “the seriousness, reliability and the ability of Alstom to offer the maximum in the shortest possible time are the basis of our choice. We started our journey together with Alstom, and together we will continue to grow in a difficult market which has great potential. The demand for mobility is very high in Italy and Italo promises, with its high quality services and with its new high-tech trains, to succeed in satisfying the passengers. This train, you have seen, it will be great“.

We are delighted that the Pendolino, a versatile and high performance train, has also conquered NTV. With more than 500 trainsets sold worldwide and over 1000 million km achieved in commercial service, the Pendolino is one of Alstom’s flagship products, made in Italy in our high-speed competence centre of Savigliano. NTV’s choice contributes to supporting the local industry, which we very much welcome”, said Andreas Knitter, Senior Vice President of Alstom Europe.

The 8 trains, purchased by NTV on 28 October, are already in planning to soon enter in production at Alstom’s sites in Savigliano (CN) for the design and manufacturing of the trains, Sesto San Giovanni (MI) for the traction systems and Bologna for the signalling systems, while the maintenance will be conducted at Alstom’s site in Nola (NA). The trains are scheduled to be delivered in late 2017, ready to enter service in early 2018.

[1] Technical Specifications for Interoperability

[2] The Avelia range is based on 3 current flagship products – Pendolino, Euroduplex and AGV – representing the culmination of 35 years of expertise and more than 1,050 trains in service around the world.