Bombardier Talent

The Talent, short for Talbot Leichter Nahverkehrs Triebwagen, is a family of multiple units for mainline railway use. It was developed by Waggonfabrik Talbot of Germany and designed by award winning industrial designer Alexander Neumeister shortly right shortly before the company was taken over by engineering giant Bombardier Transportation. The Talent comes in flavours of 2, 3, or 4 car articulated tilting or non-tilting trainsets. They can either be diesel or electric, high floor or low floor. Each Talent trainset is connected by Jacobs bogies shared between the carriages; and like other multiple units, multiple Talents can be coupled together to form longer trains to suit different service needs. This stylish little train can go up to 140 km/h (87 mph) and is widely used in Europe since it first entered service in 1996.

NSB type 93 (Norwegian State Railways)

Ottawa O-Train crossing Rideau River

In 2001, 5 sets have been picked up by OC Transpo in Ottawa, Ontario for the O-Train service. The Talent is operated in Ottawa under exemption from Transport Canada for one-person train operation and is not certified for concurrent shared-track operations with freight trains in North America.


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