ÖBB signs off €1.8bn order for new regional trains

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A framework order for up to 300 Talent 3 EMUs has been placed by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) with rail vehicle manufacturer Bombardier.

The €1.8 billion contract, which was signed on December 27, includes an initial firm order for 21 trains.

The wide car bodies of the Talent 3 units will allow 50 per cent more seating than the previous generation of vehicles.

Bombardier will deliver the EMUs in 2019. They will operate regional and cross-border services in and around Austria’s Vorarlberg region.

Christian Diewald, managing director of Bombardier Transportation Austria, said: “ÖBB is one of Europe’s most renowned and punctual railways.

“With the Talent 3 train they have chosen a product with high acceleration power and an exceptional reliability, which will help them maintaining their ambitious train schedules in geographically demanding regions.”