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ENR: adapted to the environment
Winding daily beside Nile River, along more than 1,000 Km, from the Mediterranean Sea to the first waterfall of the great African river: this is how Egyptian National Railways ENR operate the Intercity trains that Talgo has delivered in July 2023. Oftentimes in extreme weather conditions, the application of our exclusive technology and the experience gained from Haramain Project in Saudi Arabia and provide service to almost the entire Egyptian territory, connecting Alexandria, Cairo and Aswan.
Egyptian state company ENR awarded Talgo, in April 2019, a contract for the supply of complete six hauled trains, composed of a locomotive and 14 passenger cars each. The first train started operations in December 2022, and the sixth in July 2023. This means that the trains started commercial operations five months ahead of schedule.
The project, a result of a highly competitive international bid, for the amount of 158 million euros, includes not only the supply of the units, currently in manufacturing process, but also its integral maintenance during 8 years.
The trains, highly reliable, will run across the backbone of the Egyptian railway system, and will provide potential service to 98% of the population of the country. Both expected intensive use and the demonstrated experience in the manufacturing of train-sets, designed specifically to operate in extreme weather conditions, were key factors so that ENR trusts Talgo.
Resistant to heat
To accomplish this new challenge, Talgo is exploiting the knowledge gained in the development of Haramain Project: Talgo trains are running across the Saudi desert, connecting Mecca and Medina cities from 2018. In the same way, passengers will travel in Egypt in maximum comfort thanks to high performance air conditioning equipment and special paint to protect from solar radiation.
The trains shall circulate reliably at maximum operating speed of 160 km/h, since this project is equipped with exclusive and efficient independently-rotating and automatically-steered wheels of Talgo, which enhances the dynamic performance and reduces significantly the maintenance needs for both the rolling stock and the infrastructure.
Spaces designed for people
In addition, they are designed with highest quality standards, and spaces intended for both tourists and professional travels. The trains will be provided with WiFi connectivity in the whole trainset, and infotainment systems with LED screens in all business class seats.
Nile delta is one of the most endangered areas by the global warming, and it has a heavy demographic pressure, since 97% of the population of the country are concentrated along the narrow Nile Valley and Delta. To revert the global warming, the Egyptian government is modernizing the economy and transportation means. These six units are essential in the strategy to fight the climate change.
In 2016, Egypt has signed the Agreement of Paris, of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, establishing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions