Bombardier Transportation's Chinese joint venture (JV) known as Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation (BST) has secured a contract from China Railway (CRC) to build 40 high speed train cars.

The new deal will see Bombardier deliver 40 CRH1A-A new generation trains to the Nanning Railway Bureau, which will become a part of the ongoing integration of Guangxi’s regional railways into the national high-speed network.

The new $79m contract for the supply of five eight-car trainsets follows a separate contract for 144 train cars, which was announced by the JV in March.

Bombardier China president Jianwei Zhang said: “Our cutting edge rail technology is one of the driving forces behind the rapid development of China’s advanced high speed train network.

“We have already provided over 3,000 high speed train cars to the Chinese market, and this latest contract is further proof of our ability to consistently leverage our expertise and experience to contribute to the development of local and national economies in regions like Guangxi.”

"Our cutting edge rail technology is one of the driving forces behind the rapid development of China’s advanced high speed train network."

The new high speed trains are set to connect the region with adjacent cities and help strengthen its economy.

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CRH1A-A trains have an operational speed of 250km/h and feature an aluminium car body design that facilitates improved performance.

The trainsets also feature the Bombardier Mitrac propulsion and control system, which is supplied by a separate Bombardier Chinese JV, Bombardier CPC Propulsion System. The locomotives will be manufactured at Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation's production facilities in Qingdao, China.

Bombardier’s six JVs have delivered a combined total of more than 3,500 railway passenger cars, 580 electric locomotives and more than 2,000 metro cars to China’s urban mass transit markets to date.

Image: Bombardier JV to build 40 high speed train cars for China. Photo: © Bombardier.