The Danish rail company DSB ordered 8 additional Talgo 230 intercity trains associated services and spare parts for their maintenance, with a total value of EUR 184 million.
The order is subject to the approval of the financing by the Danish parliament and is the second contract awarded to Talgo under a framework agreement signed in 2020 for eight trains to provide international transport services. EUR 500 million is the maximum value of the two contracts.
The plan is for the first trains to be deployed between Copenhagen, Aarhus and Hamburg in 2024 while the latest ordered trains are expected to enter commercial operation in 2026-2027.
Each carriage has a capacity of 493 seats and will be pulled by Vectron dual-mode locomotives manufactured by Siemens Mobility.
In 2021 it was decided to expand the capacity of the future international train traffic. Originally, the new train coach groups from Talgo were intended to have 442 seats each, but the order has been expanded with more train coaches so the capacity will be 493 seats per train coach group. The train coaches will be pulled by the new Vectron dual-mode locomotives. As a result, more people can travel sustainably to Hamburg by train and then take further train trips from there to the rest of Europe.
“It is cheaper and more energy efficient to run with a combination of a locomotive and a guide car instead of two locomotives. Therefore, it will be the solution the rolling stock must run with when the delivery is completed,” Jürgen Müller, the Director of Strategy and Rolling Stock at DSB said.
The trains are capable of a commercial speed of 200 km/h, featuring a larger width than standard cars which will allow for more generous interior space and higher passenger comfort while keeping full technical interoperability. The trains have been also acquired for international services, such as the connections from Copenhagen (Denmark) to Hamburg (Germany).
Talgo 230 intercity trains have the capability to reduce energy consumption by up to 30% as compared with the industry standard thanks to the rolling assembly technology developed by the Spanish manufacturer and its lightweight passenger coaches.