Rail News: Passenger Rail

Talgo ramps up rail-car overhaul work in Milwaukee

Talgo built these trainsets at its Milwaukee plant several years ago.Photo – Julie Sneider


Talgo Inc. has begun refurbishing rail cars in Milwaukee under the Spanish train manufacturer's contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA).

Talgo and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced last year that the manufacturer would return to Milwaukee's Century City business park, where it once built high-speed trains for Wisconsin and Oregon.

The company received its first LACMTA rail car at the Milwaukee plant last month. The contract's intent is to maintain the agency's Red Line fleet in a state of good repair, Talgo officials said in a press release.
The contract calls for Talgo to improve the performance of the Metro Red Line A650 heavy rail vehicles (HRV) by replacing and/or overhauling the units' critical systems and subsystems. The A650 HRV fleet consists of 37 A650 married pairs built by Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie between 1992 and 2000.

"We are excited about the opportunity to expand our business in the U.S. and transfer our extensive expertise in the overhaul business to vehicles owned by LACMTA," said Talgo Chief Executive Officer and President Antonio Perez. "Our Milwaukee facilities will accommodate those 74 vehicles and still have sufficient room for growth. Talgo will show how its 75 years of experience overhauling rail vehicles will be beneficial to transit agencies."

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