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Talgo affirms that Renfe’s new AVE will be able to enter service in November

Date: February 24, 2024 Time: 23:20:27

Renfe will receive the first units of its new high-speed trains from construction company Talgo in November, once the necessary tests for their approval and adaptation to commercial operations have been completed. The material will be “ready for commercial operation” before the end of the year, almost three years after the deadlines established in the contract, which spoke of January 2021.

The construction company of Basque origin ensures that this date, November, “will be reached as long as the other actors participating in this process meet the deadlines that have provided a Talgo to achieve said objective.” In total, Renfe will receive 30 Avril model trains, in accordance with the operator’s 106 series and with which it hopes to meet the substantial increase in demand on all corridors, as well as to free up other units that need to undergo maintenance checks.

But the arrival of these new trains will not be in one go, but rather they will be delivered in stages, as confirmed by sources from the construction company to Renfe’s management yesterday. Over the last few weeks, the Avrils have undergone the necessary homologation process to circulate on Spanish roads, where the European Railway Agency (ERA) and the Spanish Railway Safety Agency (AESF) must confirm that they meet all the requirements established in the regulations in force to circulate normally.

In his note, Talgo informs that if this homologation is “by definition complex”, the case of the Avril is “a challenge for all the actors in the process” since the train is equipped with new technologies that until now have not been used in the European ways. The manufactured train is capable of traveling at 360 km/h on any gauge (although 300 will not be exceeded on Spanish tracks) and Renfe will use it to reach destinations that require combining the high-speed network with the conventional one.

The 30 trains ordered by Renfe have different configurations. 15 of the trains are fixed gauge (UIC) and have double electrification, at 3 and 25 kV. In addition, 10 of them are also electrified at 1.5 kV and have specific equipment with a view to being used in France, where the state operator intends to start providing services between Paris, Lyon and Barcelona. The other 15 are of variable width and will be destined for Spanish destinations where the AVE has not yet arrived, such as Galicia, Asturias or the Mediterranean Corridor.

The Avril model also holds the world speed record on Iberian gauge: on September 7, 2022 it reached 360 kilometers per hour on the Ourense-Santiago de Compostela high-speed line.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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