Alstom to supply Civia trains to Spain

RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, has awarded Alstom a contract worth 190 million Euros to supply and maintain 40 electric commuter trains.

The contract is for 20 four-car trainsets and 20 three-car trainsets. Alstom will build the cars according to the specifications of RENFE’s platform for its new generation of modular commuter trains, dubbed Civia.

According to Alstom, the trains will offer high levels of performance and safety and will feature a traction system from Alstom’s line of ONIX drives, which offer reduced volumes and lighter weight.

The trains will also employ computer-based onboard control systems, which will send train information via digital transmission to the command centre and depot workshop. Onboard computers will also make self-diagnostic applications possible, which helps reduce maintenance costs.

Alstom’s Barcelona factory will manufacture the body shells, assemble and test the trains. The bogies will be supplied by Alstom’s factory in Valencia, Spain, with Charleroi in Belgium manufacturing electrical equipment and Saint-Ouen in France supplying the train-control systems.