05 Feb 2020

DSB awards Talgo a contract to supply 8 coach formations

  • This is the first order within a framework agreement with a total value of 500 million euros
  • The awarded trains are based on a tested platform fully compatible with infrastructure in Germany and other European countries and support DSB’s ambitious plans for transport decarbonization
  • The lightweight and efficiency of the vehicles manufactured by the Spanish train maker is one of its key competitive advantages

Danish state railways company DSB confirmed it has chosen Talgo to supply eight standard coach formations as a result of an international competitive tendering process. The train is an iteration of the Talgo 230 conventional intercity platform, the same already chosen by the rail transport giant Deutsche Bahn only some months ago.

Under the contract, Talgo will supply eight full standard coach formations, each with a passenger capacity of over 440 seats, along with spare parts during 16 full years. Total amount of this first order is 1 billion DKK (around 134 million EUR). The contract is a framework agreement allowing DSB to procure both more single coaches and full formations, if need arises, with a total value of 500 million EUR.

Talgo trains enable a 30% reduction of energy consumption as compared with the industry standard attributable to the unique rolling assembly technology, exclusively developed by the Spanish-based company and allowing for the manufacture of much lighter coaches. This supports a further reduction of carbon emissions from rail transport, which is already the most sustainable form of transportation, in Denmark – a country that has committed to cut carbon emissions by 70% from the 1990 level before 2030, and to become truly carbon-neutral no later than 2050.

No borders

Key to this agreement has been Talgo’s impeccable track-record of on-time delivery and the company’s capability to provide DSB with a multisystem train, ready for cross-border services whenever and wherever necessary. The Talgo 230 train sets are tried and tested, and they are fully aligned with the demanding technical rules enforced in Denmark and Germany, while also complying with the European-wide standard (known as TSIs).

The train DSB has commissioned will be used in the international route connecting its capital city, Copenhagen, with one the busiest rail hubs in Germany, the port city of Hamburg.

The standard track-gauge Talgo 230 for DSB will reach a commercial top speed of 200km/h and will feature wide bodyshell coaches providing passengers with more interior room compared to other trains.

Talgo President Carlos Palacio said: “Climate change is a challenge that requires decisive and realistic actions, and we are pleased to see that decision-makers from leading nations share our confidence that a swift transition to a decarbonized transport system based on efficient and lightweight railway transportation is one immediate answer to that challenge.”

“DSB’s choice of Talgo’s coaches acknowledges among other features the extreme lightweight features and superior energy efficiency of our trains, which are hallmarks that allow train operators like DSB to contribute decisively to the fight against climate change with tangible actions in the transport sector.”

Talgo 230

The Talgo 230 platform is based on the same technological foundation that has established the Spanish train producer’s intercity trains as an international reference. They are light vehicles boasting independently rotating, self-guided rolling assemblies, able to maximize capacity and which can mount natural tilting systems and/or automatic track-gauge changing systems. They are also highly scalable: Acquired as conventional trains, they can be easily and inexpensively upgraded into true very high-speed trains for commercial top speeds of 300km/h –as Talgo is currently doing for the Spanish state-run company Renfe.

The Talgo 230 trains now awarded by DSB are to follow the ones already awarded by Deutsche Bahn in early 2019 under a 100-train wide framework contract that included an immediate order for 23 trains, which will be allocated to landmark routes like the one linking Amsterdam in Netherlands to Berlin in Germany. Talgo also has conventional intercity trains operating under very different scenarios like Russia, United States, Canada or Kazakhstan.

About Talgo

Talgo is a leading specialized rolling stock engineering company mainly focused on designing, manufacturing and servicing technologically differentiated, fast, lightweight trains with industrial presence in seven countries: Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and United States. The Company is renowned worldwide for its innovation capacity, its unique technology and reliability. Talgo is the rolling stock provider for the Haramain high speed railway line between Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Photography Contest


Take part in our photography contest “Talgo Trains,” and you could win a range of prizes and visit our factory.



Photography contest “Talgo Trains”



Once again, Talgo announces the opening of the annual “Talgo trains” photograph contest. This year´s novelty is that you can send us both: photos and videos!

Participants can share their photograhs/videos of Talgo trains operating around the world by filling in the registration form below.

Participate and win prizes up to 1000€ and a visit to our factory!

The deadline for submitting your photos/videos is May, 31st, 2017

For any questions related to the contest, please, email us at: concurso@talgo.com


Prize: 1000€ | Video contest: 500€ | Another two prizes of 250€ each will be distributed among both photograph and video categories.

Rules of the contest


Fill in your personal information in this application form. Upon completion you will be provided access to the photos/videos uploading area. To log in enter your name, surname and email address and send us as may photos/videos as you want.


From January 24th, 2016 at 00.00 to May 31st, 2017 at 23.59 (Spanish time) any person can participate in the contest by sending us photographs/videos of Talgo trains.

If you are younger than 18 years old, contact us at: concurso@talgo.com , and we will inform you on the participation conditions.