Bombardier Transportation has delivered the first of 36 ALP-46A electric locomotives to New Jersey Transit in the US.

The locomotive forms part of the $317m contract awarded by the US transport agency in 2008.

The 2008 contract was a follow-up of a previous order for 29 ALP-46 locomotives, which have been operating as passenger trains between New Jersey and New York City since 2002.

The new locomotive is an upgraded model of ALP-46 locomotives with modernised power electronics and an increased maximum speed of 200kmph, up from the previous 160kmph.

The power, control and data cables for the locomotive have been supplied by Nexans.