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November 3, 2016

Deals this week: Siemens, Hitachi Rail

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has ordered 45 S70-light rail vehicles (LRVs) from Siemens for operation on its Mid-Coast Trolley expansion line and on the under-construction San Diego Blue and Orange lines.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has ordered 45 S70-light rail vehicles (LRVs) from Siemens for operation on its Mid-Coast Trolley expansion line and on the under-construction San Diego Blue and Orange lines.

The new LRVs will be manufactured in Siemens’ Sacramento rail manufacturing hub in California, and feature a redesigned middle section to enhance passenger flow, as well as wheelchair accessibility and bicycle storage.

The first delivery of the vehicles is scheduled for late-2018.

"The first delivery of the vehicles is scheduled for late-2018."

Hitachi Rail Europe has been awarded a £60m ($74.8m) contract to supply five bi-mode (electric and diesel power) AT300 trains from First Group for operation on the London’s electrified East Coast Main Line and on the unelectrified line to Hull and Beverley.

Financed by Angle Trains, the rolling stock will be manufactured at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe facility in Country Durham and will enter service in 2019. Hitachi will also perform maintenance of the trains as part of the contract.

As part of the XPT fleet replacement project, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Government has granted A$50m ($37.9m) project financing to purchase new long-distance passenger trains that would replace the 35-year old regional rail fleet.

The new fleet will be procured in the first half of 2017, replacing the existing 60 XPT passenger cars that run between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Dubboo through certain regional towns.

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