BOMBARDIER’S theme for the 2004 InnoTrans exhibition is ’crossing borders’, and this will be emphasised with the first public display of one of its multi-system locomotives being built for SBB Cargo services between Switzerland and Italy.

The Traxx F140 MS, or Class 484, has a rating of 5·6MW. The locomotives can operate under SBB’s 15 kV AC network as well as the 3 kV DC in Italy; they are fitted with the train control systems of both countries. The fleet of 18 will be delivered by March 2005, and they are expected to operate between Bellinzona, Luino and Gallarate at speeds up to 140 km/h.

Passenger rolling stock will be represented by one of 60 E-Talent four-car electric multiple-units ordered from Bombardier and Elin EBG Traction by Austrian Federal Railways for regional services. The trains feature six twin-leaf doors with step-free access on each side, and the toilets are wheelchair accessible. Automatic couplings allow up to three units to run in multiple.

A Flexity Classic tram from Frankfurt transport authority VGF (left) will demonstrate Bombardier’s light rail expertise. Over 1000 of the Flexity Classic trams have been sold, and the vehicle on show is one of 60 which have entered service in Frankfurt since autumn 2003. The 30m long steel-bodied vehicle was built at Bombardier’s Bautzen plant; it has wide doors and low-level entry for easy boarding, with space for 64 seated and 116 standing passengers.