Talgo has announced it has successfully tested its newest generation of passenger railcars at the U.S. DOT’s Transportation Technology Center facility in Pueblo, Colo. Talgo claims it is the first railcar manufacturer to officially and publicly test its passenger railcars following the enactment of the federal government’s new railcar safety standards.
“This shows Talgo’s continued commitment to the North American passenger rail industry. We are very proud to be the first manufacturer to test its equipment to the new safety standards enacted by the FRA. High-speed rail will continue to grow as a natural complement to the other modes of transportation available to the American public,” said Talgo’s CEO, Jean-Pierre Ruiz. “Talgo’s advanced technology offers a cost-effective and reliable product combined with the highest safety,” said Talgo’s Marketing Director, Javier Laforgue.
Earlier this year, the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) issued a new set of safety rules and regulations. Among other things, these new standards provide that any passenger railcar manufactured for service in the USA must withstand a compressive (or crushing) load of 800,000 pounds.
Talgo offers high-speed trains with passive tilting technology which allows the trains to go faster through the curves while maintaining passenger comfort. Amtrak operates Talgo passenger trains in the Pacific Northwest under a contract with the Washington State Department of Transportation; the trains are known as the Amtrak Cascades®. Over more than five years of operation, ridership has increased by more than 150%.
Talgo has more than 100 trainsets in operation throughout the world. Talgo Inc., a Washington state corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Patentes Talgo, S.A. of Spain. A new generation of trains, known as Talgo XXI", incorporating a high-speed diesel locomotive known as Talgo BT", has undergone successful testing at 140 mph in Spain, and will be available for sale in the USA in 2000, company officials said. Talgo is also completing the testing of its next-generation American Arrow" trains, designed to travel at 220 mph.