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Uzbekistan: Central Asia’s first high-speed train
Since 2011 the Afrosiyob service has connected Tashkent with Samarkand in Uzbekistan using several Talgo 250 sets designed specifically for use on 1520mm-gauge infrastructure. These are Central Asia’s first high-speed trains.
Uzbekistan Railways (Temir Yoʻllari'). Has revitalised its operations following significant investments in infrastructure improvements and the procurement of new rolling stock for its Afrosiyob service, which operates between the country's capital, Tashkent, and one of its most important cities, Samarkand. Named after the founder of the historical city of Samarkand, the new trains have significantly reduced travel times between the two destinations while offering the safest and most comfortable means of travel. The 345km journey can be covered in only two hours instead of the three-and-half-hours it takes using conventional trains.
To the initial two 9-car trains purchased in 2009, two more 11-car trains were added in 2015, which allowed expanding routes to serve destinations both to the south of Samarkand, Qarshi, and to the east, Bukhara. This second order was testimony to the huge success of the first units, which was endorsed again in 2019, with the acquisition of two other units of 11 cars each and 4 complementary cars to increase the capacity of the first order. Now the Afrosiyob fleet consists of 6 trainsets of 11 cars each.
High-speed at low cost
- Operating speed of 230km/h in straight line segments.
- Optimal rounding of curves in the most complicated sections thanks to natural tilting technology.
- Powerful acceleration and braking to quickly adjust the speed curve to the permissible maximum in each section.
- Control offered signalling and remote communication systems Club-U and RVS-1.
- Power rating of 4.8MW and power supply at 25kV 50hz.
- Propelled by traction technology designed and manufactured by Talgo.
- Maximum speed of 270km/h, with much lower energy consumption than other trains with the same characteristics.
- Trains suitable for 1520mm gauge infrastructure which runs from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
- A high-tech, specialised workshop is located 25km of Tashkent.
- Equipped with modern maintenance equipment, including Talgo’s advanced pit lathes.
- Deployment of preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance techniques to ensure maximum reliability of rolling stock and reduced life cycle costs.
The best on-board service
- Universal accessibility with low floor at the same height throughout the entire train.
- Seats up to 287 passengers in 11 cars, distributed in three different classes: Standard, Business and VIP.
- Constant air conditioning and optimal isolation for winter weather.
- Bar-buffet car and catering facilities at-seat in all classes.
- Maximum safety due to the layout of articulated cars on independently rotating wheels, with a self-guiding system.
- Gentle and silent rolling assembly, and smooth side movements, even on the most winding sections of track.