State-owned Israel Railways (ISR) and Siemens have signed a contract for the delivery of 60 Desiro HC regional trainsets over the next ten years. The order has a total value of around €900 million.
The double-decker trains can be ordered in 4-car as well as 6-car configurations. Upon signing the contract, Siemens received the first call for 24 trains – six in a 4-car and 18 in a 6-car configuration. The order includes the maintenance of the first 24 trains over a period of 15 years, the construction of a maintenance workshop in Ashkelon, and further options for maintenance.
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“This order is strategically important for us in two respects. For the first time in our company’s history, we will be delivering complete trains to Israel. And also for the first time, we’ve sold our innovative Desiro HC train platform outside of Germany,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division.
Railcolor: Israel Railways is the third customer for Siemens’ Desiro High Capacity product. The manufacturer is currently completing the certification of such trains for Germany. 82 units are on order for the Rhein-Ruhr-Express, 15 more will come for services connecting Karlsruhe with Basel (CH) in Southern Germany.