05/31/2011 AT 07:31
SNCF had ordered a total of 55 train sets from Alstom in June 2007. Two of the train sets are currently undergoing final development and approval. Commercial operation is planned for late 2011. Among other routes, they will operate on the new Rhin-Rhône high-speed line scheduled to open in December 2011. The entire fleet will be delivered by 2014.
This event marks the introduction of a new generation of double decker railway equipment designed to meet new requirements in terms of interoperability, comfort, operations and total cost of ownership. The new trainsets, derived from previous generations of Duplex TGVs, take advantage of 30 years of experience in very high-speed railway equipment, which has resulted in a proven, safe architecture. The many shared components will help to reduce development, manufacturing, operating and especially maintenance costs.
The trains will run at up to 320 km/h on the railroad networks in France, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg. They feature signaling equipment compatible with all the aforementioned European networks and traction equipment suited to all currents encountered in Europe. Some of the trainsets will have modifications to allow them to travel in Spain; the Duplex TGVs sold in Morocco use the same platform.
The 3rd generation Duplex TGV trainsets are designed and assembled on Alstom's sites: passenger cars in La Rochelle, locomotives in Belfort and extremity cars in Reichshoffen. Other Alstom sites help to manufacture the equipment: Ornans for the traction motors, Le Creusot for the trucks, Tarbes for the electrical blocks and traction equipment, Villeurbanne for the control electronics, Montréal for the passenger information systems Charleroi for the auxiliary inverters. Every day, a total of 1,500 people go to work on these sites to serve high-speed rail. The main French suppliers on the project are Faiveley Transport, Alstom GRID, Logitrade, COMECA, CEIT, TFCM and Association Bretagne Atelier. Together with the other small and medium sized industries in the French railway sector, they employ 6,000 people in France.
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