Bombardier Transportation and joint venture partner, Downer EDI Rail, have been awarded a contract by the Queensland Government in Australia to build 20 three-car electric commuter trains.

The contract is valued at approximately €104m and is a follow on from the SMU260 vehicles currently entering service with Queensland Rail (QR) Passenger and will provide increased capacity across the QR network.

Executive general manager of QR Passenger, Paul Scurrah said that the provision of the trains would add much-needed capacity on the network.

“The delivery of these new trains will see about 650 carriages from the joint venture in service with QR,” he said.

Bombardier’s scope in the project is the overall design of the vehicle, integration of the vehicle systems, bogie design and the supply of propulsion, electrical and communication systems.

The trains are stainless steel construction with narrow gauge, 25kV propulsion, utilising a number of mature systems service proven in Queensland Rail’s operating environment, including the Bombardier Mitrac propulsion system. The trains will operate at up to 130kph.

Assembly of the new trains will be carried out at Bombardier’s facility and EDI Rail’s facility in Maryborough, Queensland. Propulsion and traction equipment will be manufactured at Bombardier’s plants in Västerås, Sweden and Pittsburgh, US. Testing and commissioning will be carried out jointly.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in August 2010 and continue until December 2011.

By Daniel Garrun.