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TALGO 230 IN DENMARK
- DSB, the Danish National Railway operator, signs a contract with Talgo for the purchase of 8 Talgo 230 trains to run on the international route between Copenhagen and Hamburg.
- The first Avril trains for Renfe completed and ready for dynamic and structural testing.
From Berlin to Cairo through COP25
- Talgo signs a framework contract with the Deutsche Bahn, the German national railway operator, for the supply of up to 100 Talgo 230 trains, and the first order of 23 trains for a total of 550 million euros. (See project)
- Egypt awards Talgo a contract for the manufacture and supply of 6 cutting-edge units with an operating speed of 160 km/h.
- The joint venture Talgo-Systra receives a contract for the revamp of up to 121 cars of the Metrolink commuter network in Los Angeles, California (USA), for a total of 138,9 million dollars.
- Uzbekistan purchases two Talgo 250 trains and four extra passenger cars for the units currently in operation. (See project)
- Adif places an order with Talgo for the manufacture of a high-speed rail inspection train Avril provided with a variable track gauge running gear.
- Talgo signs a framework contract with Transport Scotland and Scottish Enterprise for the construction of a Talgo UK facility.
- Committed to tackling climate change, Talgo participates in the COP25 conference, held in Madrid.
UPGRADING THE SERIE 7
Talgo is awarded a contract of 107 million euros for the refurbishment of 157 vehicles of the Series 7 hotel train into modern high-speed trainsets.
- Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan start commercial operation of the new wide-carbody Talgo trains on the international route linking Almaty and Tashkent. (See project)
- Talgo trains race at 310 km/h in Saudi Arabia Saudi, far beyond their future commercial speed. Field tests are conducted in the desert, between the Saudi cities of KAEC and Medina. (See project)
- Under the framework arrangement for the supply of very high-speed trains, Renfe awards a new call-off contract adding 15 units to the previously ordered ones and, therefore, increasing to 30 the total number of Avrils to deliver.
- In Great Britain, Talgo is pre-selected in the HR2 tender for the supply of the very high-speed rolling stock that will link London and Birmingham.
- On the July 13 2016, Talgo trains set a speed record in India when they surpass 180 km/h during testing on the 84 km Mathura – Palwal line. The journey takes 38 minutes.
- Over the summer, Talgo successfully concludes the certification of its new very high-speed train Avril. After eight years´ development, its two versions are announced: units featuring fixed running gear and those provided with automatic variable-gauge system. Avril becomes the first train worldwide with operational speed above 300 km/h offering these characteristics. (See product)
- In November, Talgo wins the most important railway tender in Europe for the supply of 15 very high-speed trains to the Spanish railway operator Renfe, having offered its latest development Avril and 30 years of maintenance services at a very competitive price. (See project)
- Talgo train connects Moscow and Berlin, shortening the travel time by 4.5 hours on a route crossing 4 countries with two different track gauges: the wide Russian gauge (1,552 mm) and the standard European gauge (1,435 mm). (See project)
- Los Angeles Metro Rail (California, USA) awards Talgo a refurbishment and overhaul contract, which includes the replacement of the most critical components in 74 vehicles of the A650 fleet. (See project)
STOCK EXCHANGE DEBUT, NEW CONTRACTS AND OPERATIONS IN RUSSIA
The new Talgo Avril, a very high speed and high-capacity train, reaches 363km/h in testing.
On May 7, Talgo makes its market debut on the Spanish Stock Exchange.
Talgo trains start to operate in Russia on June 1, reaching full capacity on the maiden voyage of the first of four trains that are set to connect Moscow with Nizhny Novgorod.
In July, testing of Talgo 350-Haramain begins, the train that will connect the cities of Mecca and Medina.
Talgo 350 inaugurates the Madrid – Leon high-speed line.
Procurement contract worth €38 million for two Talgo 250 trains is signed with Uzbekistan Temir Yollari.
PILGRIM HS TRAIN
Talgo’s high-speed train for Saudi Arabia, also known as the “Pilgrim High Speed train,” is boarded for the first time in Barcelona. It successfully starts track testing.
Talgo engineer José Luis López Gómez receives the 2013 European Inventor Award granted by the European Patent Office.
An agreement is signed with KTZ to manufacture 603 trains.
Talgo announces the opening of a new office in Ankara, Turkey, as well as a new trade office in Russia.
- The new Talgo 250 Dual model is launched. This train will connect Madrid with various Galician cities and can operate using both diesel and electric traction, different voltages, signalling systems and track gauge.
- A €1 billion agreement is signed with KTZ for maintenance of 1044 cars over the next 15 years.
PRESENCE IN EASTERN EUROPE AND IN ARABIA
Talgo enters Russia, one of the biggest railway markets in the world, with the sale of state-of-the-art trains.
In Uzbekistan, the first passenger services are launched with Talgo 250 trains.
A Spanish consortium wins the international tender for the high-speed line that will link the Saudi Arabian cities of Medina and Mecca. The trains chosen for this project are the Talgo 350.
Talgo consolidates its internationalisation process with the opening of a factory in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
TALGO INTERCITY OUT TO WIN ASIA OVER
- Talgo and the Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) reach an agreement to replace the 3000 passenger cars in service with the Talgo Intercity model.
- The Madrid - Valencia route enters into service with Talgo 350 trains, which are given the commercial name of Renfe Series 112.
FAREWELL, TALGO III
Spain’s first enhanced overnight service begins operation on the Coruña - Vigo line.
The veteran Talgo III retires after 45 years of service, having been a benchmark of quality, speed and comfort on Spanish railways.
Amtrak purchases two 14-car trains from the new Series 8 USA range of passenger cars for operation on the Midwest corridor between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Talgo and the Kazakhstan Railway Company renew their comprehensive rolling stock maintenance contract, and a contract is signed with Uzbekistan to provide the country with high-speed trains.
Uzbekistan railways purchase two Talgo 250 trains for the Tashkent -Samarkanda route.
TRAVELLING THROUGH SPAIN
Talgo trains 250 and 350 start providing services on the high-speed corridors between Madrid and Valladolid and Madrid and Malaga, with commercial speeds of up to 250km/h and 330km/h, respectively.
SPAIN TRAVELS AT HIGH SPEED
The Talgo 350 Renfe trains inaugurate the Madrid - Lleida and Madrid -Saragossa – Huesca high-speed lines, and initially operate at average speed of 200km/h, and a maximum estimated speed of 300km/h.
Talgo signs a comprehensive five-year maintenance contract for its rolling stock used by the Railway Administration of Kazakhstan.
Talgo Oy (Finland) presents the new Talgo 22 double-deck train in Helsinki, which is intended for suburban lines.
The Talgo-Bombarbier consortium signs a contract with Renfe to procure 18 Talgo 250 high-speed trains, which are equipped with state of the art systems for a push-pull configuration, four safety systems and an automatic gauge changeover system.
TALGO AND RENFE, A DREAM TEAM
Renfe awards Talgo the contract for the procurement of 10 sleeping cars and 26 high-speed coaches with two electrical power heads. All of them are equipped with variable gauge axles using the Talgo RD system. Renfe also confirms the procurement of an additional 30 Talgo 350 trains, which will become the Renfe 102 series. In test runs, this series achieves a Spanish speed record, running at 365km/h.
VARIABLE GAUGE IN POWER HEADS
Two Talgo night trains are delivered to the National Kazakhstan Railway Administration to operate night trains between Almaty and Astana.
Renfe awards Talgo a contract for the first 44 electric power heads with variable gauge axles using the Talgo RD system.
AND MORE RECORDS
- The Talgo XXI beats the world speed record for diesel traction when it runs at 256km/h along the Olmedo - Medina test track, which is owned by GIF (the railway infrastructure managing body).
- The Talgo 350 again beats the Spanish speed record, reaching 362km/h on the Madrid - Barcelona line.
TALGO ROLLS IN CENTRAL ASIA
Renfe purchases 16 Talgo 350 trains to operate as the fastest commercial trains in the world on the new Madrid - Barcelona corridor.
The first Talgo train is delivered to Kazakhstan for use on the line from Almaty to Shymkent.
The Talgo 350 beats the Spanish speed record when it reaches 359km/h on the Madrid - Seville high-speed line.
TALGO 350 IS BORN
The Talgo Group acquires the American company Transportation and Transit Associates, LLC and the American subsidiary Talgo LCR, LLC. is incorporated.
Talgo XXI, the first diesel powered train to use automatic variable gauge technology, and the Talgo 350 high speed train, which reaches a speed of 340km/h in test runs on the Madrid-Seville corridor, are officially presented.
Tests on Talgo Tilting train start in Bosnia and Croatia.
The Tilting Talgo Series 7 trains, purchased by Renfe, are commissioned.
ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW CENTURY
- The first tests of the new Talgo XXI train are carried out on Renfe tracks using both Iberian and standard gauge. The power head is fitted with a powered bogie with variable gauge system.
- The railway department of the Finnish company Rautaruuki merges with the Talgo group to form Talgo Transtech Oy, which carries out the design and construction of high-speed cars including double-deck vehicles as well as special freight wagons and other railway rolling stock.
TALGO MANUFACTURES IN USA
The manufacturing of Tilting Talgo trains starts in Seattle.
In Spain, a Talgo train reaches a speed of 333km/h between the cities of Ciudad Real and Mora.
VARIABLE GAUGE WINS NORTHERN EUROPE OVER
Tests of the Talgo 200 and a flat wagon using variable gauge axles are carried out at the Shcherbinka test track in the Russian Federation.
A contract is signed to assemble a permanent automatic gauge changing facility on the border of Sweden and Finland, and to undertake necessary axle and bogie tests using the Talgo RD system with freight wagons.
FROM THE USA TO CANADA
The Tilting Talgo 200 starts its daily service on the Seattle – Vancouver corridor.
DB commissions Patentes Talgo, S.A. to manufacture 38 passenger cars for the Munich - Hamburg night-train.
PIONEERS IN THE USA
Renfe-Talgo of America (RTOA) won the tender to provide commercial passenger services between Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. Thus, Talgo became the first European train manufacturer to offer a regular service in the USA.
In November 1994, a Talgo train reaches a speed of 360km/h on the high-speed line between the German cities of Göttingen and Hannover.
RD SYSTEM TRAVELS TO JAPAN
Talgo grants a licence to Sumitomo Metals Industries in Japan to use its variable gauge RD (rueda desplazable) system.
NIGHT TRAINS IN GERMANY
DB signs a contract to purchase 211 Talgo Tilting trains, and 200 sleeping and coach cars. They are set to operate the night train service between Berlin and Munich, and Berlin and Bonn. Maintenance will be undertaken by Talgo Deutschland GmbH, registered in Berlin.
AT HIGH SPEED
A Talgo Tilting train hauled by locomotive 353-002 sets out on the first official journey on the new high-speed line from Madrid to Seville.
AND NOW, AT 500KM/H ON A TEST BENCH
A Talgo Tilting train records a speed of 500km/h on a test bench in Munich, beating previous bench record.
AT 200 KM/H
From May 1989, the Barcelona - Bern corridor is operated by the international Talgo Tilting train at 200km/h.
ONE FOOT IN EUROPE... AND ANOTHER ONE IN AMERICA
The Talgo Tilting train successfully carries out its first tests for Amtrak on the New York - Boston corridor. The same train carries out tests in Germany for Deutsche Bahn (DB), reaching a speed of 291km/h.
TILTING TALGO TRIUMPH
The Talgo Tilting train puts passenger comfort first by including a TV on board, grand class sleeping cars and nursery cars. They are integrated into the Eurocity network for luxury passenger service across Europe, and in 1986 increased the commercial speed on the Spanish network to 160km/h.
WORLD RECORD IN SPEED
A Talgo tilting train achieves a speed of 230km/h, a world speed record for diesel traction.
FIRST TALGO NIGHT-TRAIN
Barcelona Talgo enters into commercial service, the first train with sleeper cars and light-weight bodyshells.
In November 1968, a Talgo III RD is the first train to travel between the cities of Madrid and Paris without passenger trans-shipment at the border. A few months later, in June 1969, the first international Talgo train starts services with variable gauge running gear on the Barcelona - Geneva route.
TALGO TRAINS III AND LOCOMOTIVES 2000 T
Talgo III trains in service. Using locomotive type 2000 T (Virgen del Carmen) speeds of over 200km/h are achieved during tests for the first time in Spain.
TALGO II IN COMMERCIAL SERVICE
The Talgo II -built in the United States- begins commercial service between Madrid and Hendaye with a speed of 120 km / h.
ARRIVAL OF TALGO I
The first on-track testing of the triangular structures designed by Alejandro Goicoechea which were hauled by a steam locomotive.
The first on-track testing of the triangular structures designed by Alejandro Goicoechea which were hauled by a steam locomotive.