RENFE places 188 million Euro order

A consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation and Patentes Talgo has recently received an order worth 188 million Euros from Spanish National Railways for 44 high-speed power heads.

A consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation and Patentes Talgo has recently received an order from Spanish National Railways (RENFE) for 44 high-speed power heads.

The total contract is valued at approximately 188 million Euros, with Bombardier receiving approximately 100 million Euros. The power heads are scheduled to be delivered to RENFE from June 2006 to August 2008.

Bombardier’s scope of supply will include the manufacture of the entire electrical equipment, the propulsion system, the train control and communication systems, and an exhaustive signalling system. Bombardier will also participate in the final assembly and testing of the power heads.

The production of a large part of the propulsion system will be undertaken at Bombardier’s plant in Trápaga, Spain. Talgo will undertake production of the mechanical components, including variable-gauge bogies.

Designed to reach a maximum speed of 250 Km/h, the new power heads will be equipped with variable gauge bogies. They will be coupled with variable-gauge coaches to form 22 nine-car trainsets to be used on Spain’s new high-speed lines as well as on the country’s conventional network.