Talgo wins the most important high-speed tender in Europe with its new Avril, the most advanced high-speed train:



Talgo To Supply 15 High Speed Trains to Renfe

Spanish railways operator Renfe has awarded Talgo a €78n milliom contract for the supply of 15 very high-speed trains and to maintain this fleet for 30 years. The contract includes an option to buy a second block of 15 additional units and to extend the maintenance period 10 additional years. Talgo shall deliver the first block in 36 months.




Renfe selects Talgo for high-speed train order 

SPAIN’s development minister Mr Iñigo de la Serna announced on November 28 that national train operator Renfe has awarded Talgo a contract to supply and maintain up to 30 high-speed trains.

The initial contract is worth €786m, including €337m for 15 330km/h Avril trains and €449m for 30 years’ maintenance with options for 15 additional trains and a further 10 years’ maintenance. If both options are exercised, the total value for the contract will reach €1.491bn..





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Talgo wins Spanish high speed train order

SPAIN: Talgo has been selected for a contract to supply 15 high speed trainsets to RENFE and maintain them for 30 years, Minister of Development Íñigo de la Serna announced on November 28. The first of the trainsets from Talgo’s Avril family are to be ready for service in 38 to 42 months



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Spanish railways operator Renfe has awarded Talgo a contract for the supply of 15 very high-speed trains Avril with a maximum commercial speed of 330 km/h. The contract also includes maintaining this fleet for 30 years. Total contract value reaches EUR 787 million.




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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Awards Talgo, Inc. the A650 Heavy Rail Vehicle Overhaul and Critical Component Replacement Project
Seattle, Wash. September 28, 2016–

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) awarded Talgo, Inc., on September 22, a project to overhaul critical systems and subsystems to 74 vehicles assigned to the Red Line that will be operated in a married pair configuration. The award consists of a base order of 38 vehicles with an option to add 36 more, for a total value of $72.9 million. The work will be delivered over a period of 56 months.

Talgo will replace vital systems and components and update relevant technology to ensure the continued safety, reliability, availability, and maintainability of the Red Line fleet for full revenue service and maintain the fleet’s State of Good Repair.

Talgo has been working, for over a year, with suppliers that have a proven track record in delivering propulsion, brake, communication, signaling and other components required by LACMTA. The work will be performed in Milwaukee, Wis. and Los Angeles, Calif..

“Talgo is excited to have this opportunity to show Metro how our extensive overhaul experience will improve the performance of the vehicles servicing metro network in Los Angeles" said Antonio Perez, CEO and President of Talgo

“The City of Milwaukee is very pleased Talgo is growing its operation in our city. I have seen the high quality rail car work the company has undertaken here, and I am confident this new work will meet the highest expectations,”  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

About Talgo:
Talgo is one of the world’s leading rolling stock manufacturers in business for over 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.

Saudi HS line "on schedule" for 2017 opening     

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Saudi HS line "on schedule" for 2017 opening         

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IRJ at the UIC High-Speed Rail World Congress, Tokyo: CONSTRUCTION of Saudi Arabia's Haramain high-speed line is back on schedule and services will be running on the entire route within 18 months, according to Renfe, which will operate the 450km line from Mecca to Jeddah and Medina.

Renfe is a member of the Spanish Al-Shoula consortium, which is equipping the new line and will operate and maintain it for 12 years.

"I think we can open the entire line by 1 January 2017 and we have caught up with the delays," Renfe chairman and CEO Mr Pablo Vázquez told IRJ at the UIC High-Speed Rail World Congress in Tokyo on July 8, adding that Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) plans to open the 320km section between King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh and Medina earlier than the remainder of the line to Mecca.

Vázquez says that the initial operating section would attract more traffic if services from Medina could operate beyond KAEC to Jeddah, but this will not be possible because a 3km tunnel on the approach to Jeddah has not yet been completed.

Services will be operated by a fleet Talgo 350 high-speed trains, which are currently being delivered. Each set will seat up to 417 passengers and the trains are configured for operating in multiple.

SRO president H E Mohammad Khalid Al-Suwaiket said last November that the service pattern when the line is fully-completed will be seven Mecca – Jeddah, two Mecca – Medina, and four Mecca – KAEC services per day. A special timetable will operate during the annual Hajj period to accommodate around 3 million pilgrims, when the interval between trains on the Jeddah - Mecca section could be as little as 5-7 minutes.

The line will have daily capacity for up to 160,000 passengers and is forecast to carry more than 50 million passengers per year.

"This project is a challenge because of the extreme climate, the high level of ridership, and the need to accommodate passengers of many different nationalities," Vázquez says.





Picture for website SRO Orders Talgo TrainsSAUDI Railways Organization (SRO) has awarded TALGO a contract worth around €200m to supply and maintain six 13-car diesel trains for Riyadh – Dammam services.

The sets will be capable of operating at up to 200 km/h using diesel traction, and they are expected to help SRO to achieve its objective of reducing journey times on the route by more than 25%, from the current 4h 20min to less than three hours.

In the longer-term SRO is planning to build a HIGH-SPEED line to link the two cities and a Spanish consortium was appointed last year to carry out feasibility studies for the project.

According to TALGO sources, the trains will resemble the TALGO 350 sets currently being shipped from Spain for the HARAMAIN HIGH-SPEED railway between Mecca, Jeddah and Medina. The final specification for the six additional units has yet to be defined.

TALGO has currently two diesel products in its portfolio: TALGO XXI and TALGO 250 Dual. The TALGO XXI a pure diesel train developed in the early 2000s and currently holds the world speed record for a non-electric unit – 256.38 km/h.

TALGO 250 Dual is a development of the variable-gauge electric TALGO 250 HIGH-SPEED train, which has operated as RENFE class 730 on the Madrid – Galicia corridor since June 2012. The class 730s are equipped with two diesel-electric generator cars, which are used to feed the 3kV dc/25kV ac power cars on non-electrification lines.


Oregon Talgo trains enter service
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Oregon DOTTHE first of two 13-car Talgo trains acquired by the state of Oregon with the aid of stimulus funds from the United States government entered service on July 26.

The Series 8 trains are being used alongside three Talgo sets owned by the state of Washington and two owned by Amtrak on Cascades services from Eugene, Oregon, to Seattle and Vancouver.

According to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the service pattern on this route was stretching the existing fleet, and additional rolling stock is required for the launch of two additional daily services between Portland and Seattle in 2017.

Each train seats 286 passengers and with features including catering facilities, bicycle storage, business class accommodation, and passenger Wi-Fi.

ODOT says it has spent $US 38.4m on the two trains, plus an additional $US 6m on consultants, spare parts, testing, and the addition of Wi-Fi equipment.   Read More....