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Talgo: Getting the Public On Board

mt-talgo1 10719090Talgo Inc. has manufactured two intercity trainsets for Wisconsin at its plant in Milwaukee and caught in the middle of political crossfire, those trains may end up providing service elsewhere in the country.

On May 20, Talgo held an open house from noon to 3:00 for the public to, “be among the first to see the improvements awaiting riders on Amtrak’s Hiawatha line.”

Among a variety of technological advances, the trains feature lightweight construction, natural tilting and low center of gravity for a smooth ride, outlets between seats, Wi-Fi, closed-circuit TV and a variety of seating configurations for riders.

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Talgo, Inc. Mulwaukee Open Day
Talgo, Inc. hosts more than 1,000 visitors at Milwaukee central city factory
Open house provides sneak peek at completed Amtrak Hiawatha trains

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – More than 1,100 visitors got on the train Sunday at Talgo, Inc.’s Milwaukee factory for the chance to be among the first to experience Talgo’s Series 8 trains, built for use on Amtrak’s Milwaukee-to-Chicago’s Hiawatha line.

“We are very excited at the turnout and support we received from the greater Milwaukee community at our open house on Sunday,” says Antonio Perez, president and CEO of Talgo, Inc. “This was a very successful event for us – it is clear that citizens of Milwaukee are on our side and enthused about putting these new trains into service and keeping these jobs in Wisconsin.”

Sunday’s open house was the first time Talgo’s Milwaukee manufacturing facility was open to the public. Visitors from throughout the state of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee-to-Chicago corridor, along with local, elected officials, attended the three-hour open house.

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High-Speed Rail Mega Contract
The Spanish consortium led by Talgo, Renfe, Adif and OHL has been awarded the Very High-Speed Rail Saudi Arabia mega-contract
• This award consolidates Talgo’s worldwide position in the very high-speed rail market.

trenes lameca medinaMadrid, October 26, 2011 - A Spanish consortium of eleven companies has been awarded a $9 billion turn-key very high-speed rail project to connect the Saudi Arabian Cities of Medina and Mecca. Talgo’s role in the project entails the design, manufacture and maintenance of the trainsets for a value of $2.4 billion, which may increase to $3.4 billion if the option for additional trainsets options is executed.

The project relies on Talgo’s rolling stock technology and consolidates the company’s position in the very high-speed rail market. The Saudi Arabian authorities have taken in consideration the success of the high-speed rail model in Spain. Such award confirms that Talgo is not only a company with a successful line of products that are sold very well in its domestic market, but also that its state-of-the-art designs are internationally acclaimed. Talgo’s expansion in the international market started in 1992 with sales in Germany, followed by sales in the USA in 1994. From 2007 to 2010 Talgo was also awarded major contracts in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, USA and Russia. These latest developments have consolidated Talgo’s commitment to be a worldwide rail manufacturer. In 2010, 83% of the new contracts awarded to Talgo came from customers located outside of Spain.

According to Chairman Carlos de Palacio, “The award of this major contract is a milestone for the Spanish rail industry and rail technology and allows Talgo to fulfill its internationalization strategy. Further, this award adds competitiveness to bid in international high-speed rail projects”. Currently Talgo is working to develop business in 25 different countries.

Trainset offered

The trainset offered is the very-high-speed Talgo 350 (known in Spanish as “El Pato” for its duck head shape). It is the latest high-speed train sold in Spain, which enjoys 50% of the market share in this segment connecting the city pairs of Madrid-Málaga, Madrid-Valencia, Madrid-Valladolid, Barcelona-Málaga and Barcelona-Sevilla.

The Spanish consortium has been awarded 35 trains including the maintenance related services for this equipment. There is a future option to purchase 23 additional trains.

Trains will be manufactured in the various Talgo plants in Spain.


The Haramain High-speed Railway (HHR) is a 450 km (281 mile) high-speed rail corridor that connects Medina and Mecca. This corridor is intended for pilgrims who travel between the two Muslim holy cities. It is estimated that during pilgrimage periods, the trains will have a daily average occupancy of 166.000 passengers.

The project consists of the manufacturing of rolling stock and the development of a "super structure" that includes track, catenary and signaling systems. The project also includes the construction of other civil work elements such as building a control operational plant, high and low voltage supply network, catenary, track, signaling, etc. Operation and maintenance of the aforementioned systems and trainsets are also included in the scope.

The public procurement process started in October 1, 2006 and was divided into two stages: one for civil works and another for the manufacturing of the rolling stock and super-structure, operation and maintenance. In this second phase four consortiums, in addition to the Spanish consortium were pre-qualified: German, Korean, Chinese and French. The Spanish and the French consortiums were shortlisted. A stronger financial and technical package tipped the balance in favor of the Spanish consortium.

Spanish consortium

The Spanish consortium is made of Talgo, other eleven Spanish companies (RENFE, Adif, OHL, Copasa, Dimetronic, Inabensa, Cobra, Indra, Imathia, Ineco and Consultrans) and two local partners (Alshoula and Al Rosan) which will operate these lines during the twelve years following the start of rail passenger services.

This is the first time that the Spanish high-speed model will be implemented in a joint offer of public and private companies. For Spain, this project represents an export of innovative high-speed rail technologies valued at approximately 6.500 M €. This project will result in job creation and economic development not only for Spanish companies but also for local companies.




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Governor Doyle Welcomes Talgo Assembly Facility to Milwaukee
Will Create 125 Direct Jobs in Wisconsin Manufacturing and Assembling High Speed Trains

doyle jimMILWAUKEE – Governor Jim Doyle announced today that Talgo will locate its U.S. high-speed passenger rail manufacturing and assembly facility at the former Tower Automotive site in Milwaukee, creating 125 direct jobs in Wisconsin and about 450 indirect jobs through vendors throughout the Midwest. The announcement strengthens Wisconsin’s status as a national leader in high speed passenger rail manufacturing and builds on the Recovery Act’s $823 million investment in the state’s high speed rail network.

“I’m proud Talgo will locate its U.S. rail car assembly facility at the former Tower Automotive site in Milwaukee,” Governor Doyle said. “The new Talgo facility will create 125 direct jobs in our state, manufacturing and assembling Talgo trains for Wisconsin and states across the country. Through the Recovery Act and this facility, Wisconsin will see real economic benefits of high speed rail for generations to come. High speed rail is the future of transportation – and it is a really great thing for the state of Wisconsin to be leading the way.”

“Talgo has made a business decision to locate the manufacturing facilities in the Milwaukee Tower Automotive site after careful consideration of the sites presented to us in a quite open process,” Talgo CEO and President Antonio Perez said. “Our analysis included the following criteria: economic conditions, technical/operational conditions,logistics, cost of living, training facilities in the vicinity and availability of a skilled workforce. We believe that the Tower site will allow us not only to deliver the train sets on time and with our high standards of quality, but it will alsoallow for future growth. We appreciate the effort put forth by all the other communities that expressed interest."

“Once again, we have demonstrated that by working together, by using every appropriate economic developmenttool, and by selling Milwaukee’s strengths we can attract jobs to our community,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. “I am confident our partnership with Talgo will produce benefits throughout the region.”

In July, Governor Doyle announced the state’s agreement with Talgo to purchase two train sets for its Hiawatha line and an agreement to establish the company’s assembly and maintenance facility in the state. Not only will Wisconsin’s Talgo trains be built in Milwaukee, the Talgo rail car assembly plant will support the delivery of Talgo trains throughout the country and create hundreds of jobs through its supply chain vendors in the Midwest and U.S. Last week, the state of Oregon announced it has purchased two Talgo train sets that will be assembled in Wisconsin – saving both states millions of dollars.

In January, Governor Doyle announced Wisconsin will receive $823 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to build high-speed rail service to connect its centers of commerce and create thousands of jobs. Wisconsin is receiving $810 million to build high-speed passenger rail service between Milwaukee and Madison, $12 million to improve service between Chicago and Milwaukee, and $1 million to make final determinations on a route between Wisconsin and the Twin Cities – the next step toward connecting Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison with the Twin Cities. The project is estimated to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin in fields like construction, engineering, design and supply.

Governor Doyle was joined today for the job creation announcement by Antonio Perez, CEO and President of Talgo; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; Javier Ruprez, Consul General of Spain; Alderman Willie Wade of the Milwaukee Common Council; and Tim Sheehy, a member of the Milwaukee 7. The Governor thanked the leaders from Talgo, Milwaukee and the Congressional delegation for working together to make the project a reality.