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Bombardier/Talgo consortium wins $786 million high-speed train contract from Spanish railway


The Spanish National Railways (RENFE) recently awarded a $786 million contract to a Bombardier Transportation/Patentes Talgo consortium to supply 30 AVE S-102 high-speed trains.

Scheduled to be delivered between August 2008 and December 2010, the trains are designed to reach speeds up to 205 mph. The AVE S-102 is designed to reduce pressure waves that occur when a train passes through wind tunnels and reduce the effect of crosswinds.

Under its $290 million share of the contract, Bombardier will manufacture the train’s running dynamics and powerhead electrical equipment, including the MITRAC 3000 propulsion system with traction, auxiliary converter and drive system and high-speed bogies. The company also will complete final assembly and testing. Talgo will manufacture the passenger coaches.

RENFE previously ordered 16 AVE S-102 trains from Bombardier/Patentes Talgo in 2001. The trains currently are operating on the Madrid-Lerida and Madrid-Huesca lines.

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