On 7 June, the 700th AGC train (Autorail Grande Capacité – High Capacity Trainset) left the Bombardier workshops in Crespin, Northern France. Nowadays, the 700 trains are operated by the French National Railway Company (SNCF). The first deliveries began in 2004.
The AGC train represents a new generation of regional trains designed to meet current needs regarding the development of urban and intercity rail transportation. Technologically innovative, the trains are run on diesel fuel, electricity or hybrid, and are available in seven technical configurations. The seating capacity of the trains range from 160 to 220 seats, depending on the number of cars. Modular interior design exists in the High Class and Intercity versions.
The Hybrid AGC is the world’s first hybrid train. Dual mode – electrical and diesel – and dual voltage – 15,00 and 25,000 V – technology enables the Hybrid AGC to run across the entire railway network. This results in energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as negating infrastructure constraints and the need for passengers to change trains.
To mark the occasion, Jean Bergé, President of Bombardier Transportation France, symbolically presented the train keys of the 700th train to Jacques Goolen, SNCF Regional Director.