Maintenance contract keeps Italian trains on the rails

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Trenitalia Frecciarossa ETR500 very high-speed trains to be serviced by Bombardier

Bombardier will provide maintenance and logistics service in support of the Trenitalia ETR500 Red Arrow trains.

Italian train operator Trenitalia has placed a contract with Bombardier to provide integrated logistics services to support the organisation’s fleet of ETR500 high-speed trains. The base order is for six years with an option for a further six. This is an important step in the ETR500 fleet’s lifecycle as it enables Trenitalia to benefit from Bombardier’s previous involvement in logistics and rolling stock maintenance for the national train operator.

According to Franco Beretta of Bombardier Transportation Italy, the contract will ensure continuous availability of consumable spare parts and repairable components for the ETR500 Frecciarossa fleet.

The ETR500 trains are very high-speed electric multiple units and the fleet of 58 trains were manufactured by a consortium of Bombardier, Alstom and AnsaldoBreda. The trains have been in service in Italy since the mid-1990s and have been operating under Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa (red arrow) brand since 2008.

Bombardier will provide around 120 different components to Trenitalia within a 48-hour delivery time, including new, repaired and overhauled items. The contract includes critical components such as traction cooling equipment and transformers.

Bombardier Transportation has approximately 700 employees in Italy located at its Vado Ligure production site, Rome signalling site and at service depots throughout the country, as well as a team based at the Rome Fiumicino Airport. Bombardier has extensive experience of delivering high-speed rail technology in Italy, most recently as a supplier to the V300ZEFIRO high speed trains, known in Italy as the Frecciarossa 1000, developed together with Hitachi Rail.

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