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Bombardier to build trains for South Africa

March 17, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Bombardier Inc. is one of four companies picked to supply a total of 1,064 locomotives to South Africa’s state-owned freight rail system.

Transnet Freight Rail said Monday the total contract is worth about US$5 billion.

Bombardier’s announcement didn’t disclose how much its share of the contract is worth but a spokesman said the company will supply 240 electric locomotives.

In total, Transnet says it’s buying 599 electric locomotives from Bombardier and CSR Zhuzhou Electric and 465 diesel engines will be supplied by General Electric and CNR Rolling Stock.

Montreal-based Bombardier says it will build all its Traxx Africa design locomotives in South Africa.

The Canadian company, which is more involved in passenger rail equipment and commuter trains than freight equipment, has been in South Africa since 1995.

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