History: North America Historic Milestones
Talgo Series 1 (1942)
Three Talgo II locomotives and 32 railcars arrive in Spain, built at American Car Foundry (A.C.F.), in the United States, under technical management by Spanish engineers.
Talgo Trains test run in the Northwest Corridor
Talgo Inc. is awarded a contract brought for tender by the Washington State Department of Transport (WSDOT-USA) to perform commercial services between Seattle (Washington) and Portland (Oregon).Talgo equipment becomes the first European train with a regular commercial service in the United States.
Showcase runs of Talgo tilting rolling stock for railway authorities and technical experts in the States of Oregon, California, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine.
Renewal of the contract signed with WSDOT for the lease of the TP 200 trainset to continue regular passenger services in the "Pacific Northwest Corridor".
Seattle (Washington-U.S.A.)- Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) passenger service resumes with a daily service of two Talgo Series 6/TP200 tilting trains.
Washington State Department of Transport orders two Talgo Series 6/ TP200 trains and at the same time, Amtrak also orders another train.
Talgo 21 (1998)
At the railway facilities in Pueblo (Colorado USA) testing is concluded, with highly satisfactory results on the “Talgo Tilting 200 Series 6" trainset acquired by the Washington State Department of Transport.
Commercial passenger service commences with four TP 200 Series 6 trainsets acquired by Amtrak and by WSDOT for the – Vancouver (BC, Canada) and Seattle (WA)-Eugene (OR) corridor.
Talgo, Inc. signs a 20-year contract with Amtrak and WSDOT for the maintenance of the Amtrak Cascades trainsets.
The last 15 Talgo Tilting 200 coaches remaining in the United States, used in the trainsets leased to Washington State (USA) over the past few years disembark at the port of Santander.
Talgo acquires the American company "Transportation and Transit Associates LLC" (TTA LLC), established in New York state and specialized in the construction and repair of passenger coaches.
At the Vilanova and la Geltrú Railway Museum, Talgo ceremoniously gives 4 coaches belonging to the old Talgo II series to the Museum. Amongst these 4 coaches there is an end-saloon coach. These coaches, together with the locomotive from the same series named “Virgen de Begoña” already on display at the museum, will complete a small train set of this famous train.
The Talgo sailing team, 49 Class, becomes World Champion in the World Championships held in Mexico.
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) buys the fifth Talgo trainset.
Talgo sells it subsidiary company TTA, LLC with offices in Hornell and Kanona (USA), belonging to the Talgo America group of companies.
Talgo, Inc.(USA) obtains the ISO 9001 Quality Certificate for the maintenance and repair of railroad equipment.
Start of the overhaul and improvement program on Talgo trains running in Amtrak Cascades service. This overhaul includes mechanical inspections and replacement of parts and components scheduled as part the comprehensive Talgo preventive maintenance program. Additionally some of the improvements include trainset repainting, new leather seats, interior side panels, vestibule repainting and upgrade. Restrooms were repainted and have new floors installed. The Bistro and Dining cars were overhauled with interior décor updated.
For more information refer to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Rail/CascadesTrainsets/
Talgo, Inc. - The State of Wisconsin purchased two, 14-car train sets for $47 million. The agreement provided an option to buy two additional train sets.
Talgo, Inc. - The State of Oregon purchased two Series 8 passenger car trainsets using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Stimulus funds. By pooling the train purchase with Wisconsin, Oregon saved $6 million. The new trains are updated versions of the Talgo-made trains serving the Northwest. Amenities include WiFi capability, a Bistro (Food and Beverage) car, a business class section with roomier seats, and baggage car with bicycle racks. The trains are designed to run up to 125 mph. Any diesel-electric locomotive can pull them.