Talgo 102 and 112: Very High Speed in the Most Competitive Market Worldwide

Series 102 and 112 trains are Talgo's solution for the Spanish very high-speed market, one of the most competitive in the world. Capable of operating at 330km/h, their superb features have established them as a Renfe favourite.

Spain's high-speed railway has two key traits: it is one of the most extensive national networks, and it is currently the most competitive and open market for rolling stock in the world.

As opposed to countries like France or Germany, where it is customary to purchase rolling stock almost exclusively from the leading national company, Renfe has assembled its high-speed fleet through a series of extremely competitive tenders in which companies from all over the world have participated.  In an environment where only the best features and lowest purchase and operation costs succeed, Renfe has tended to favour Talgo 350 with its fleet now containing 50 of these sets, which are designated Series 102 and 112.

A decade of success

Talgo Series 102 trains first entered service on  the Spanish high-speed network in 2005.

The 16 Series 102 units are the result of several years of in-house technological development which was initiated at the beginning of the 1990s. Close cooperation with Renfe has since informed enhancement and upgrades to the platform with the 30 additional sets from a subsequent order offering greater seating capacity on a train that already boasts excellent energy efficiency and reduced maintenance costs. These Series 112 sets entered service in 2010.

The most competitive purchase price

Talgo has become the leading rolling stock manufacturer in Spain not only because of its distinctive technology, but also because it offers the most affordable rolling stock on the market. Almost four out of every five of Spain's high-speed trains now comes from Talgo factories because they are proven to be the cheapest option for taxpayers and the most profitable for operators..

  • Talgo has provided 46 of the 96 very high-speed trains in operation in Spain, all of which were delivered on time and ahead of schedule.
  • Best market price: typically 13% -17% lower than our nearest competitor.
  • An unrivalled price per seat. The trains are 4%-19% more profitable than those manufactured in countries such as France or Germany.

Minimal maintenance Costs

By utilising preventive and predictive techniques, and a strategy based on high availability, Talgo offers the most competitive maintenance service on the market for series 102 and 112.  The trains are only at the workshop when absolutely necessary, which helps Renfe to maximise the performance of its fleet.

  • Lowest maintenance costs on the market.
  • Lower operating costs and optimal performance.
  • Articulated design makes it possible to reduce the number of axles.
  • For the first time in the railway market, an interior design that utilises, techniques and materials from the aeronautical industry to provide a lightweight train

Simple access to a safe journey

Talgo sets itself apart from other railway manufactures that still use traditional technological principles developed in the 19th century. All trains are equipped with Talgo's own rolling assembly - the rodal or Talgo truck - which makes it possible for the train floor to be at platform level, providing passengers with straightforward access to trains at all intermediate stations on Spain's extensive high-speed network.

  • Access at platform level.
  • Uniform distribution of access doors.
  • Devoid of architectural barriers within the train.
  • Fire doors between cars.
  • Reinforced braking systems.Equipped with the most advanced control systems:  ERTMS (levels 1 and 2) and LZB.

Maximum comfort while relaxing or working

Series 102 and 112 offer the highest levels of comfort on the market.  The independent running gear, which does not require bogies, eliminates any discomfort caused by hunting oscillation. The train's air suspension and soundproofing systems also reduce vibrations and noise. In addition, HVAC systems make it possible to maintain a pleasant room temperature even in the varying climate of the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Short cars that create cosy and comfortable spaces.
  • Spacious seating.
  • Customisable seating arrangements which minimises the number of backward facing seats.
  • Optimised lighting, suitable for working and/or resting comfortably.
  • Optimised interior space, with enough room for luggage.
  • Standard plug sockets in all seats.
  • An entire car dedicated to cafeteria services to make the travel experience more enjoyable and add value to the operator's service.

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