Consortium awarded 1.7 billion Euro train order

RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, has placed a 1.7 billion Euro order with Alstom and CAF for the supply and maintenance of 75 high-speed trains.

RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, has awarded an Alstom – CAF consortium 1777million Euros for the supply and maintenance of 30 high-speed shuttle trains and 45 variable gauge high-speed trains.

Alstom will lead the consortium for the supply and maintenance of the 30 shuttle trains. Alstom will also participate in the mechanical construction, electric equipment supply and maintenance of the 45 variable gauge units. Alstom’s total share of these contracts, including maintenance, is said to be 1027 million Euros.

The shuttle trains, which will have a top speed of 250 kph, will reinforce RENFE’s fleet for intercity shuttle services on high-speed lines. The high-speed trains with variable gauge, which will have a top speed of 250 kph, will be used for regional services.

Alstom’s Santa Perpetua plant and CAF’s Beasain and Zaragoza plants will share the work of building body shells and assembling the trainsets. Alstom – CAF will also provide comprehensive maintenance services for a 14-year period.

Delivery of the shuttle trains is scheduled to begin in October 2006, with the first trains entering service in April 2007. The final delivery is scheduled for January 2008. Delivery of the variable gauge high-speed trains will begin in October 2006 and end in May 2009.

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