Bombardier Transportation has commenced the mid-life overhaul of 143 TWINDEXX double-deck coaches for Israel Railways (ISR).

The $15m modernisation project will also include extra interior and exterior technical works for the coaches’ systems.

These coaches were supplied to ISR between 2002 and 2006.

Overall, the project will include overhauling and modernisation of coaches’ exterior door system, overhauling of toilet system doors, replacement of 400V jumper cables and renewal of the passenger information system.

Along with the design and engineering works, one pilot train will also be equipped.

The entire project is expected to be completed by January 2023.

Bombardier Transportation Israel managing director Eran Cohen said: “We thank ISR for entrusting us with yet another services and asset-life-management project. We look forward to continuing the long term and successful partnership with ISR as our strategic customer.

“This project provides our latest opportunity to implement the teams’ extensive know-how and experience, which are best suited to meet our customer’s time to market, high availability and reliability targets.”

Bombardier Transportation and Israel Railways’ expert teams will be working together for on-time delivery and augmented quality performance.

The company said that this mid-life renovation project is a part of a six-year retrofit programme for the ISR’s fleet of TWINDEXX double-deck coaches.

Bombardier Transportation and ISR recently executed the essential technical work packages for enabling electric operation.

Under the work package, magnetic track brakes were implemented to allow speeds of 160km/h, along with the additional diagnostics and safety systems.