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Alstom signs a contract to rebuild two more Rocky Mountaineer luxury rail cars

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December 20, 2018 – Alstom has been awarded a contract to rebuild two additional SilverLeaf cars for Canadian customer Rocky Mountaineer. The project requires the cars to be stripped to their frame and trucks and entirely re-engineered; producing newly refurbished train cars for the Rocky Mountaineer fleet. These will be the 11th and 12th SilverLeaf cars Alstom rebuilds for Rocky Mountaineer, with cars 9 and 10 to be delivered in March 2019.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the iconic Canadian Rocky Mountaineer. Alstom has rebuilt eight cars thus far which are in service as part of the fleet, with two others currently being rebuilt and modernized at our facility in Mare Island, California,” said Angelo Guercioni, Managing Director, Alstom Transport Canada.

The modernization work includes installation of oversized dome windows, spacious seats, and a new interior, which extends the car’s lifetime by at least 10 years. The work also includes a thorough engineering design and review to deliver a quality product that assures a vastly improved customer experience thanks to new systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) to increase guest comfort, as well as new flat and curved windows that give guests a 167% larger viewing area than before.

Alstom began working on overhauling the Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf cars in 2014. It has since converted eight cars, which also includes mechanical, electrical, and rail testing, as well as commissioning.

With its long-standing experience as a system integrator, rolling stock designer and manufacturer, Alstom is a preferred partner for modernisation projects to extend the lifespan of rolling stock. The company is currently working on several overhaul projects in North America, including the Port Authority Transit Corporation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Maryland Transit Authority.

Alstom’s Mare Island facility in Vallejo, California, boasts 100, 000 sq. ft. of production and warehouse space and a team of more than 100 employees. In addition to overhauling the coaches for the Rocky Mountaineer, the site also supports the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), for Vendor Management Inventory. The Mare Island team is also modifying bi-level coaches for Caltrans, modernizing light rail vehicles for Los Angeles (LACMTA) and repairing damaged trains for other customers.

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