VLocity 160 | Bombardier Transportation
Building on over 20 years' experience in Australian regional passenger transport, the VLocity 160 diesel multiple unit (DMU) provides a flexible vehicle solution through the use of technology that has been tried and tested in local conditions. Based on the service proven Xplorer / Endeavour DMUs designed and manufactured at Bombardier Transportation's Dandenong facility, the multiple unit set comprises two permanently coupled cars, with weatherproof inter-car connections, which can be readily coupled to form a train of up to eight cars.
The vehicles are designed to operate at a maximum speed of 160 kph. The exterior of the train is styled to make a statement of dependability and elegance complemented by corporate livery, which blends into the low maintenance stainless steel exterior finish. Proven components and systems ensure high reliability, coupled with diagnostic systems designed to minimise downtime during maintenance. Using a modular approach to both body and interior construction, everything from the propulsion systems through to seating and luggage facilities have the flexibility to be economically tailored to meet the demands of individual routes.
These factors combine to give a very high rate of availability and thus ensure a highly efficient train service.
Emerging passenger trends, fire safety, performance requirements and other relevant standards have been considered in every aspect of the vehicle's design, manufacture, maintenance and operation. The feature rich VLocity 160 is the answer to Australia's regional transport future.
Operator V/Line Passenger
Length 25,255 mm (one car)
Width 2,920 mm
Max. Speed 160 km/h
Seated Passengers 144 (2-car unit)
Track gauge 1,600 mm
Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract in Australia by the Victorian Government, to build a further 32 VLocity DMU cars, to be supplied as a mix of two and three car units, valued at approximately 75 million euros ($95 million US, $148 million AU). The new vehicles will be operated as part of V/Line Passenger's regional rail fleet.
This brings the number of VLocity DMU cars operated by V/Line Passenger to 134. These trains, operated as two and three car sets, have proved very popular with both V/Line and the travelling public and provide rapid and comfortable links from Melbourne to Victoria's major regional centres. Since the introduction of the VLocity DMUs into service in 2005, V/Line has experienced excellent patronage growth.
'The Victorian Government has again expressed its confidence in the VLocity DMU and Bombardier with this purchase,' said Dan Osborne, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Australia. 'These units have delivered excellent performance and reliability since entering service, and have contributed significantly to the sustainable transportation provided by the Australian rail industry.' The VLocity DMUs have been built at Bombardier's plant in Dandenong, Australia, with 70% local content.
Rob Barnett, CEO of V/Line Passenger, stated: 'V/Line has enjoyed a massive increase in patronage over the last few years, and the Bombardier VLocity trains have been an integral part of that. I am pleased that we are expanding our fleet'.
The VLocity DMU is made out of stainless steel, operates at 160 kph, and provides a comfortable passenger environment with large panoramic windows, air conditioned interiors and luggage space including bicycle and surfboard storage. A three car VLocity DMU provides 214 fixed seats, six wheelchair locations with eight folding seats and two onboard toilets.
This order will be delivered through 2010 and 2011 and will respond to V/Line's growing capacity requirements.
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
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