Spanish state-owned railway company Renfe has decided to award Talgo with a contract for the conversion of Series 7 overnight trains into very-high speed trains capable of travelling at 330km/h. Under the contract Talgo will be responsible for the conversion of 156 coaches (equivalent of 13 trains) of the Series 7 units operated by Renfe under the commercial brand “Tren hotel” into very high-speed units, with an option for 72 additional coaches (that is, 6 additional trains), depending on the final requirements of Renfe.
The full contract value should the option be executed amounts to EUR 151 million for the conversion of 228 coaches (EUR 107 million for the first 156 coaches).
The Talgo Series 7 trains were the first ones designed specifically by the Spanish train manufacturer to be operated in very high-speed lines. These trains can reach 220 km/h under commercial service, and are also dual-gauge capable trains, allowing them to adapt their track-gauge to both the 1,435mm (Standard gauge) and the 1,668mm (Iberian gauge) networks of Spain automatically and without stopping.
With this contract Talgo would reinforce its leadership in the very high-speed Spanish rolling stock market, where it has already provided the Series 102 and Series 112 trains (Talgo 350), the Series 130 and Series 730 (the gauge-changing Talgo 250 and the hybrid Talgo 250 Dual).