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13 December 2018 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 04:54 GMT+1

December 22, 2017

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Mercitalia Rail has ordered 40 new locomotori to Bombardier

The store clerk, that she includes an option for ulterior 20 locomotives, has a value of about 210 million euros

Mercitalia Rail, the railway society of transport goods of the group Italian Railroads of the State, has ordered to Bombardier the supply of 40 locomotives of last generation TRAXX DC3 to continuous current. The contract includes the supply of the services of maintenance of the fleet, for a duration 16-year-old (eight estendibili for others eight), and an option for the purchase of ulterior 20 locomotives.

The total value of the store clerk piles to about 210 million euros. The deliveries of the locomotives are previewed for the beginning of fourth trimester 2018.

"We are many satisfying - the managing director of Mercitalia Rail has declared, Gian Paolo Gotelli - to reach today, at less than a year from the start of Mercitalia Rail, to the subscription of this important investment in the full respect of our Industrial Plan. We will use the new locomotori - Gotelli has explained - in order to upgrade and to improve the services goods in Italy, thanks to the possibility to increase the cargo ability of the freight trains regarding the current convoys. An advantage for our operating activities and an ulterior step ahead in the process of guideline and attention towards our customers and the market. Moreover, entrusting for a long period the manutentivo service to the same constructor, we expect a highest availability of our fleet. We are trusting that this combination will favor high performance and in the long term".

The responsible for the Italian market of Bombardier Transportation, Luigi Corradi, has specified that the contract of service with Mercitalia Rail will be managed by the Italian division of the company. In Italy Bombardier Transportation he gives job to beyond 700 people in the plant of Vado Ligure and the center of Rome specialized in the systems of signalling and control for the railway traffic and metropolitan. Up to now Bombardier Transportation Italy has produced 728 E464 locomotives, 50 trains ETR1000-V300 Zephyr and 191 locomotives TRAXX DC. Altogether in the site of Vado Ligure they are produced about 2.000 locomotives.

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