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ALSTOM to supply tilting technology and equipment for Swiss
Intercity trains

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The new trains are to be constructed by the 'Intercity
Neigezüge SBB' consortium, led by Bombardier, and follow the
order placed with the same consortium in June this year.
ALSTOMs share of that contract was approximately 20% of
total contract value.

Specifically, the order is for ten 7-car electric multiple
units which will operate at up to 200 km/h. Each trainset will
have a passenger capacity of 451 people: 125 in first class, 326
in second class. Delivery of the 10 trains will be made in 2004.
Beginning of revenue service is scheduled for December 2004.
After having completed this order, SBB will have a total of 44
ICN trains in revenue service.

These new trains allow SBB to realize the ambitious 'Swiss
Bahn 2000' time table not possible with conventional trains. The
tilting trains already supplied to SBB were well appreciated by
the customer and its passengers. The tilting bogies and the
tilting system will be manufactured by ALSTOM Schienenfahrzeuge
AG, which is located in Neuhausen, Switzerland.

TILTRONIX,
the ALSTOM technology behind these trains, makes trains tilt. By
leaning into curves while maintaining full speed, tilting trains
shave up to 20% off traditional rail travel times and provide
greater passenger comfort. The use of tilting trains allows
operators to optimize their existing main line services without
major infrastructure investment.

This order will further reinforce ALSTOMs position as
world leader in the supply of tilting technology and equipment.
The companys own best selling
PENDOLINO
tilting trains, which also rely on TILTRONIX technology,
operate in eight European nations and will soon usher in a new
high speed era for rail in the UK, as the star fleet of Virgin
Trains, serving the West Coast Main Line.

ALSTOM Transport, with sales of 4.4 billion euros and a 17%
market share, is a leading supplier of rolling stock, signaling,
services and railway systems to the rail industry world-wide.

Press relations
Ruth Pavans, Tel: 33 (1) 47 55 27 87

ruth.pavans@transport.alstom.com