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Bombardier wins Spanish high-speed rail contract

Posted on July 17, 2008

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Bombardier Transportation, in consortium with Talgo, has been awarded a 14-year contract with RENFE, the Spanish National Rail Operator for the maintenance of 45 AVE S-130 high-speed trains.

Maintenance activities will be carried out until 2022 at RENFE’s depots in Madrid. Bombardier Transportation’s share in this contract is valued at approximately $202 million.

The AVE S-130 trains are designed to reach a maximum speed of 155 mph and are equipped with top-technology systems such as a dual-voltage propulsion system, a highly advanced on-board signaling system and variable-gauge bogies. This enables RENFE to use these trains on Spain’s new high speed lines, which are 1,435-millimeter gauge, 25kV power supply; as well as on the country’s conventional network, which is 1,668-millimeter gauge, 3kV power supply.

The new trains and the power-heads will also be able to operate in four different signaling environments: European Train Control System (ETCS), train control system LZB, BOMBARDIER EBICAB 900 and the Spanish train protection system ASFA.

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