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Bombardier Sifang Clinches US$284M Deal For Train Cars In China

China: Rail vehicle manufacturer Bombardier Transportation announced that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang Transportation has secured a contract with China Railway Corporation to supply 144 CRH1A-A new generation high speed train cars for the country’s rail network.

The contract for the 18 eight-car trainsets is valued at approximately US$284 million, and the new cars will enter service with the Chengdu and Kunming Railway Bureau and support the continued development of western China’s new ‘Diamond Economic Circle’, which includes the cities of Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Guiyang and Kunming.

Jianwei Zhang, president of Bombardier China, said, “In light of this market’s fierce competition, we are pleased that CRC has selected our high speed technology to enhance the western China’s high speed rail network, connect cities and people there and help the new economic circle to reach a targeted GDP growth of 10 percent in 2017.”

The CRH1A-A train’s aluminium carbody is designed to reduce weight and track wear as well as aerodynamic drag, with an operation speed of 250 km/h.

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