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S-Bahn Hamburg Orders Its First Dual-Voltage Trains


The three-unit trains will offer service on a line that is being extended from its current terminus at Neugraben, south of Hamburg, to Stade, east of the city. On the Hamburg S-Bahn network, the 1.2 kV DC power supply is by third rail, while on the extension, overhead lines will supply the trains the 15 kV AC via the trains’ pantographs.

For this reason, the trains to be renovated and the new trains will be equipped to operate under both types of power supply. The 42 rebuilt and new dual-voltage trains will be called series 474.3.

Delivery of the trains is planned for March 2006 to August 2007. Passenger service between Hamburg and Stade is to start in December 2007.

ALSTOM will supply the mechanical equipment from its site at Salzgitter, and Bombardier Transportation will supply the electrical equipment from its site in Mannheim.

“We are very glad to implement our S-Bahn extension strategy in the metropolitan region of Hamburg with these new dual-voltage vehicles,” said Werner Wojtaschek, spokesman for the management board of S-Bahn Hamburg.

With more than 35 product lines and a presence in more than 60 countries, ALSTOM's Transport sector offers complete products and services for new rolling stock, signaling and electrical and mecanical infrastructure as well as maintenance and rehabilitation services to four distinct types of customers: urban transit authorities and operators; intercity passenger rail operators and rolling stock owners; rail freight operators; and intercity railway infrastructure owners. ALSTOM's Transport sector, with sales of €5.1 billion in financial year 2002-2003, is among the world's leading suppliers to the railway industry.

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