Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment division of the Canadian firm, Bombardier Inc. Bombardier Transportation is one of the world's largest companies in the rail-equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. The division is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
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Today’s Bombardier grew out of a young mechanic’s inventive genius and entrepreneurial spirit. Born in 1907, Joseph-Armand Bombardier builds his first “snow vehicle” at the ripe age of 15. His motivation? To help people travel across the snow-covered roads of rural Québec in Canada.
The Québec government’s new snow-removal policy for rural roads deals a major blow to L’Auto-Neige Bombardier. The entrepreneurial Bombardier responds by developing new markets and products, including a truck with interchangeable skis and wheels for Canada’s lumber industry.
In 1937, J.-Armand achieves his first major commercial success with the launch of the seven-passenger B7 snowmobile.
It then moved out into trains, and eventually areoplanes.
- Over 100,000 Bombardier rail vehicles are in operation globally.
- Bombardier has participated in almost every high speed train operating today in Europe.
- One of the first trains in the world to feature an environmental product declaration, the REGINA multiple unit once again proved its versatility by setting in 2008 a new Swedish speed record of 295 km/h.
- Bombardier metro trains are providing reliable passenger service in more than 40 cities worldwide.