Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has started the dynamic testing of its very high-speed train, the Talgo Avril.
The first Talgo Avril started its test phase on the rail network this week on a segment of the Madrid-Galicia line. Once this technical homologation is complete, the trains can be put into passenger service by Spanish train operator Renfe. Each Talgo Avril will have a capacity of 581 seated passengers, making it the lightest high-capacity train on the market. The very high-speed train will have a top commercial speed of 330km/h.
The dynamic tests are there to determine the behavior of the train’s elements while in motion, such as the running gear systems. The operating conditions will become increasing complex over the course of the test phase, reaching the speed required for technical homologation of more than 360km/h. The tests will continue for several weeks. For the moment the plan is for them to take place fully on the Madrid-Galicia high-speed line but they could be extended to other parts of the Spanish rail network as well.