Talgo letter to NTSB

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Talgo letter to NTSB


Southern California Regional Rail Authority Selects Talgo-Systra Joint Venture to Rebuild Rail Cars.


Seattle, WA-Talgo and SYSTRA are delighted to acknowledge that the Board of Directors for Southern California Regional Rail Authority has awarded the Talgo SYSTRA joint venture a contract to Rebuild up to 121 Bombardier Rail Cars operated by Metrolink for a total contract value of US$138.9 million. The base order is for 50 cars with an option for up to 71 additional cars.

The scope of the work includes updating the control voltage and battery system (charger and batteries), lighting, trucks, passenger communication system, remodeling restrooms,

providing overhauled HVAC systems that are ecofriendly, updating door operators and controls, repainting the exterior, providing new seat cushions and coverings and installing new floor covering. This contract aims at improving the reliability and appearance of the existing fleet of passenger cars while complying with current standards and regulations for there benefit and comfort the passengers.

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9 April 2019

Egypt orders six inter-city Talgo trainsets

Egyptian National Railways (ENR) has awarded a €158m contract to Talgo for six inter-city trainsets through an open competitive process. 

The contract involves the delivery of six Talgo trainsets each comprising a diesel-electric locomotive, a technical car or power car and 14 passenger cars. 

It also includes integral maintenance of the vehicles for a minimum of eight years. The Spanish rolling stock manufacturer is expected to train local people to provide maintenance services.

Once delivered, the trains will be used to provide services on the main route of the country, connecting Alexandria, the Egyptian capital Cairo and the southern city of Aswan. 

Capable of operating at a maximum speed of 160km/h, the trains will have the capacity to accommodate 492 passengers across first and second class compartments. 

They will also have a cafeteria and separate spaces for passengers with reduced mobility. 

All six trains will be equipped with certified indoor climate control to ensure comfortable journeys in extreme temperatures, on-board Wi-Fi connectivity and infotainment systems with LED screens in each of the seats located in first class. 

ENR launched the procurement process of the trains in August 2016 and the submission of bids was closed in October last year. 

The official contract between ENR and Talgo is expected to be signed in the coming weeks, following which the Spanish rolling stock manufacturer will proceed with the project. 

The Talgo trainsets are expected to be delivered during 2021 and 2022. 

Last month, Talgo unveiled designs for the long-distance train ECx. The company is scheduled to deliver 23 ECx units to Deutsche Bahn under a contract that includes the option for delivery of up to 100 trainsets. 


Link: https://www.railway-technology.com/news/egypt-orders-six-inter-city-talgo-trainsets/

More comfort, more reliability, more space: presenting the ECx, Deutsche Bahn’s new long-distance train



      1. Setting a new standard for accessibility

      2. The first trains are coming in 2023

      3. Substantially shorter travel times between Berlin and Amsterdam

In February, Deutsche Bahn (DB) awarded a contract to Spanish manufacturer Talgo for the supply of 23 new long-distance trains. Given the working title of "ECx," the new trains will be used to expand DB's vehicle fleet starting in 2023. The locomotive-hauled passenger coaches are highly versatile, making them an ideal addition to DB's fleet. Deutsche Bahn consistently expands its fleet of long-distance vehicles to create additional rail capacity. That allows the company to offer more and more passengers better products and a higher level of comfort. The ECx trains will run on a cross-border route from Berlin to Amsterdam, cutting the travel time on this route by some 30 minutes to 5 hours and 50 minutes. The new vehicles will also be used on tourist connections to Westerland (Sylt) and Oberstdorf.

The ECx lets Deutsche Bahn offer its guests true ICE comfort: Apart from Wi-Fi, that also includes a great deal of room for baggage, an on-board bistro and real-time data to keep passengers informed. This train sets a new standard for accessibility. At every door, guests can enter the train at the height of the platform without climbing any stairs, making it easier for all passengers to travel and enabling passengers in wheelchairs to come on board independently.

The first EUR 550 million order of 23 trains is part of a framework agreement DB signed with the Spanish manufacturer Talgo for up to 100 multi-system locomotives and passenger wagons. In a European contract award procedure, Talgo submitted the most attractive bid and was awarded the contract.

Read more: Talgo presenting the ECx, Deutshe Bahn's new long-distance train


DB orders Talgo 230 inter-city trainsets


GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has selected Talgo to supply a new generation of push-pull trainsets to operate long-distance inter-city and international services, the national operator announced on February 5. 

Following an international tender, DB Fernverkehr has awarded Talgo a framework contract for up to 100 trainsets, placing a firm order for an initial build of 23 sets valued at €550m. Formed of an electric locomotive, driving trailer and an unspecified number of intermediate coaches, the trainsets will be designed to operate at a maximum speed of 230 km/h. 

The first Talgo 230 trainsets are expected to enter service from 2023. According to DB Fernverkehr, they will initially be deployed on routes including Berlin – Amsterdam, Köln – Westerland (Sylt) and Hamburg – Oberstdorf. Dual-system capability would be required to operate in the Netherlands, while sections of the other two routes are not currently electrified. 

DB had called tenders in 2017 for a fleet of new single-deck inter-city trains to replace its ageing fleet of loco-hauled stock used on InterCity and EuroCity routes not served by ICE high speed trains. The trains were to have at least 485 seats, and offer a similar level of comfort to the ICE fleet, while being suitable for operation in Germany, Austria and ‘other European countries’, including the Netherlands. 

‘We see an encouraging trend continuing, with more passengers than ever using our ICE and IC trains’, said DB Board Member for passenger services Berthold Huber. Last year, DB Fernverkehr reported more than 145 million passenger journeys, up from 142 million the previous year. 

Last September the DB board approved the procurement of another 18 ICE4 trainsets and 50 intermediate cars from Siemens as part of a €1bn fleet investment package which included the refurbishment of older trains. DB subsequently committed to further fleet expansion as part of its five-point performance improvement plan presented to the government on January 17.


Link: https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/europe/single-view/view/db-orders-talgo-230-inter-city-trainsets.html