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Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment division of the Bombardier Inc.. Bombardier Transportation is the world’s largest company in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its headquarters is in Berlinmarker, Germanymarker.

Their wide range of products includes passenger rail vehicles, locomotives, bogies, propulsion, and controls. They also provide rail control solutions and build total transit systems.

André Navarri is the current President of Bombardier Transportation. In January 2008 the company had 31,500 employees, 23,800 of them in Europe.


Bombardier Transportation's first order for mass transit rolling stock was in 1974 for the Société de transport de Montréal (STCUM) (Montreal transport authority) to build metro trains for the Montreal Metro.

The original core of the Transportation group was formed with the purchase of Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) in 1975. With that purchase Bombardier acquired MLW's LRC (Light, Rapid, Comfortable) tilting train design which it produced the in the 1980s. The group also purchased Hawker Siddeley Canada . MLW was later sold to General Electric in 1988. GE ended railcar operations in Canada in 1993. Bombardier Transportation continues to operate the railcar operations in Thunder Bay.

In the late 1980s Bombardier Transportation gained a manufacturing presence in Europe with the acquisition of a 45% share in BN Constructions Ferroviaires et Métalliques (with its principal site in Brugesmarker, Belgiummarker) in 1986, and the acquisition of ANF-Industries (with its principal site in Crespinmarker, Francemarker, near the Belgium border) in 1989 In 1990 Procor Engineering Ltd. a manufacturer of bodyshells was acquired, in 1995 Waggonfabrik Talbot KG in Aachenmarker, Germany and in 1998 Deutsche Waggonbau AG (DWA). The latter was an entity that encompassed the major portion of the railway equipment industry of the former German Democratic Republicmarker ("Kombinat Schienenfahrzeugbau") with its principal sites in Görlitzmarker and Bautzenmarker. In 1998 Bombardier also acquired Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey in Veveymarker .

With its acquisition of the German company ADtranz from DaimlerChrysler in 2001, Bombardier Transportation became by many measurements the world’s largest rail equipment manufacturer The addition of ADtranz made Bombardier a manufacturer of locomotives along with its existing product lines of passenger car, multiple-unit trains, and trams. With the acquisition of ADtranz Bombardier gained competence in the electrical propulsion components business.

The Canadian mass transit unit was created from the purchase of Urban Transportation Development Corporation, a former Government of Ontario corporation (originally named Ontario Transportation Development Corporation).


Bombardier Transportation has production facilities or product development in:
  • Americas:
  • Europe:
    • Belgium : Passenger vehicles
    • Czech Republic : freight rolling stock
    • Denmark : Continues production of IC3 "flexiliner" passenger multiple units.
    • France : Public transport - mass transit, trolleybuses, metros
    • Germany : Major facilities for production of mass transit, regional, and high speed passenger trains. Control systems. Diesel and electric locomotive manufacture.
    • Italy : Production site for FS Class E464 in Vado Liguremarker (former Adtranz factory)
    • Norway : servicing of Adtranz products NSB Class 73 and GMB Class 71 built at former Adtranz factory in Strommen (see Strømmens Værksted), also manufactures NSB Class 93
    • Poland : Manufacturing site in Wroclaw - electrical and heavy engineering
    • Sweden : Production, engineering, development Also manufactures Regina EMUs
    • Switzerland : Research and design - propulsion and bogies, also manufacture of high capacity (double decker) passenger vehicles.
    • United Kingdom : Refurbishment, maintenence and overhaul facilities.
    • Also Hungary, Austria, Spain Finland, Romania.
  • Rest of the world:


Metro rolling stock

MBTA Red Line train (Boston Subway)
R142 car (NYC Subway)

Trams and light rail vehicles


Passenger carriages

Regular-speed multiple-unit trains

High-speed trains

People movers

Bombardier also supplies propulsion units, train-control systems, bogies, and other parts, and maintains train fleets.


Bombardier Transportation provides two major services for commuter train providers all over the world.


Bombardier Transportation has several maintenance contracts for the servicing of commuter trains. This includes fueling, storage, train washing and upkeep. One of their key clients is GO Transit.


Bombardier Transportation will be the next operator for 6 of the 7 GO Transit commuter train lines starting in June 2008.


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