Uzbekistan Railways ordered two additional Talgo 250 high-speed trains under a EUR 57 million contract, which also includes the manufacture of four additional coaches to add to the existing 9-car trains purchased in 2009. The final fleet will consist of six trains with 11 passenger cars each.
The first units will enter commercial services in 2021. They will operate, together with the four units already in service, on the railway lines connecting the capital Taskent, with Samarkand, and the cities of Qarshi, Bukhara and Jiva.
The ordered Afrosiyob-named trains will be identical to the existing trains already in service across the country.
The T250 trains are made up of 11 coaches and two power heads at each end, which can circulate at a speed of up to 250km/h, while remaining capable of adapting to every curve, and to develop the maximum top speed on conventional lines thanks to Talgo’s tilting technology. This technology enables the train to improve the speed in curves by up to 25%, reducing journey times in the existing lines without having to invest in new infrastructure.
The contract has been formalized with the signing for the financing of the project, approved by the Council of Ministers and granted to the Republic of Uzbekistan from the Fund for the Internationalization of the Enterprise (FIEM), due to the high Spanish component of the project.