Spanish national operator Renfe has signed a framework agreement with Talgo worth 281.5 million euros for the production of 40 variable-gauge terminal motor cars.
This includes a firm order for 26 such cars worth 195.5 million euros.Talgo will build motor cars based on the Avril high-speed train platform.
They can be used on both 1435 mm and 1668 mm gauge lines, electrified with both 25 kV alternating current and 3 kV direct current, that is, both on high-speed and conventional lines in Spain.
The contract can be viewed as the final part of a project to re-equip the passenger cars of 13 night trains running at speeds up to 200 km / h for operation as part of high-speed trains by adding motor cars to the head and tail of the train.
The original contract, worth € 107 million, was awarded under this project in February 2018, and was subject to the conversion of 156 Series 7 cars on Trenhotel’s night trains to 13 high-speed day trains. It also included the option to re-equip another 72 wagons to form six trains from them.
The new contract also envisages the subsequent maintenance of these 13 trains, the number of which could increase accordingly if all 40 motor cars are delivered.Currently, 30 Avril trains, also ordered by Renfe, are undergoing certification.
Daily dynamic tests are carried out on the 89 km high speed line Venta de Banos – Burgos, which is not yet open for commercial use. Avril’s new motor coaches for the refurbished 13 trains will be tested at 360 km / h (photo: Talgo).
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