Talgo selected for Latvian EMU contract

LATVIA: National passenger operator Pasazieru Vilciens has selected Talgo to supply a fleet of 32 electric multiple-units for suburban and regional services, CEO Rodzers Janis Grigulis announced on November 21. Formal award of the contract is expected to follow the 10-day regulatory standstill period.

The Talgo VitTal EMUs are to be delivered in 2020-23 for use on the routes from Rīga to Aizkraukle, Tukums, Skulte and Jelgava. This will enable the introduction of regular interval timetables with departures up to every 15 min in the peaks. Each of the 1 520 mm gauge EMUs will have a capacity of 450 passengers. 

CAF, Škoda Transportation and Stadler had also bid for the contract. Grigulis said Talgo’s €225m bid was the most economically attractive when assessed over the expected 35-year service life of the trainsets, taking into account maintenance and energy costs, being €20m less than the next lowest offer. The price includes staff training, maintenance equipment and the supply of spare parts for five years. There would be options for further units

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Talgo to supply 32 electric trains to Latvia



Talgo expected to deliver 32 regional ‘VitTal’ EMUs to Latvia



Spain's Talgo wins €225M Latvian train contract





Sep 25, 2018
Written by Keith Barrow

KING Salman of Saudi Arabia officially inaugurated the Haramain high-speed line in a ceremony at Jeddah station on September 25.


The 453km line connects the holy cities of Mecca and Medina via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City, with a short branch serving King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, the principal point of entry for Hajj pilgrims.

Guests at the inauguration ceremony included Spain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr Álvaro Iranzo, Saudi Railway Organisation president Dr Rumaih Al-Rumaih, the president of the Spanish High-Speed Mecca Medina Commission (CEAVMM), Mr Jorge Segrelles, and Mr Carlos Oriol, chairman of rolling stock supplier Talgo.

Mecca’s high-speed station is located in the district of Rusayfah at the entrance to the holy city and about 4km from the Holy Mosque.

“The journey between the Haramain [two holy mosques] is now shorter and easier than at any time before,” transport minister Dr Nabil al-Amoudi said at the opening ceremony. “The project highlights the kingdom’s commitment to serving Islam and Muslims.”

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Talgo Inc. is Shortlisted to Participate in VIA Rail Request for Proposal for Quebec City-Windsor Corridor Fleet

Seattle, WA – VIA Rail Canada announced on June 18, 2018 that Talgo, Inc. is one of the four trainset manufacturers shortlisted to participate in the Request for

Proposal (RFP) to manufacture a new fleet of 32 inter-city trains for the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

Talgo was one of the proposers who submitted a response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued by Via Rail on April 16. VIA Rail evaluated participant’s applications based on financial capabilities, concept product,

technical quality and conflict of interest. Qualified companies will have until October 5, 2018 to submit a proposal. Via Rail intends to have the new trainsets in service starting in 2022.

“Talgo will work hard to provide a response to VIA Rail's Request for Proposals that will meet its needs and expectations to ultimately provide Canadians with modern and reliable trains” said Antonio Perez, CEO and President of Talgo USA.

About Talgo:

Talgo is one of the world’s leading suppliers of rolling stock in business for over 75 years with a particular focus on extended lifecycle and service/reliability. While Talgo is primarily known globally as a railcar

manufacturer, its experience also encompasses overhaul and maintenance 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 1950 Seattle, Washington 98104 Tel: (206) 254 7051 Fax: (206) 748-6147 work. Customers in the US include Amtrak, Oregon DOT, and Washington

State DOT. The Company has 2.154 employees and services a fleet of more than 2.700 cars with emphasis on preventive maintenance and overhaul work. It is headquartered in Spain and has subsidiaries in the US, Germany,

Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. The US corporate office is based in Seattle, WA

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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Approves Option to have Talgo Overhaul 36 Additional Heavy Rail Vehicles

Seattle, Wash.October 30, 2017– During the October 26, 2017 regular meeting, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( Metro) Board  exercised the option to have Talgo overhaul  the remaining 36 of the 74 Heavy Rail Vehicles (HRV's) for an amount of $18.3 million. 

On September 22, 2016  Metro awarded a contract to Talgo for a total value of $72.9 for the overhaul of 74  A650 HRV’s. The contract included a base order of 38 cars and an option for 36 additional cars. The goal of the overhaul work is to improve the performance of the Metro Red Line A650 HRV’s by replacing and/or overhauling critical Vehicle systems and subsystems. 

"Today's decison enables Talgo to expand its production base and provides  Metro with economies of scale for the rest of the A650 fleet", stated Talgo’s US subsidiary CEO Antonio Perez.

Talgo ramped up  work when the first vehicle from Metro arrived to our Milwaukee facility on June 15th, 2017.  Talgo is currently in the Engineering phase of the project, and production will start on April 2018. "Talgo's team is working diligently and in close  coordination with  Metro to ensure that we meet their expectations and increase the safety, availability and reliability of  Metro's’s Red Line Fleet” said Project Manager Ferran Canals.

About Talgo:

Talgo is one of the world’s leading rolling stock manufacturers in business for 75 years. The company has 1970 employees and services a fleet of more than 4000 cars, with emphasis on preventive and overhaul work. It is headquartered in Spain and has subsidiaries in the US, Germany, Bosnia, Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The US subsidiary provides maintenance and overhaul services to Amtrak and the Departments of Transportation of Washington and Oregon, and it is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices in Washington, DC and Orlando, Florida.

About Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines.  The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County. 


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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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