Talgo you are in luck. The Spanish train manufacturer celebrates 80 years since José Luis de Oriol y Urigüen and Alejandro Goicoechea Omar signed the start of a pioneering project that aimed to modernize the railway. “With innovation as the founding essence of the company, Talgo is today a global technological leader, a company recognized for its capacity for innovation, distinctive unique technology and reliability, and a world benchmark for sustainable high-speed, long-distance and medium-distance trains, designed and manufactured entirely in Spain”, they point out from the company.

The articulated and independent wheel light rail, a train faster than the one used until then, It allowed to reduce energy consumption, tractive effort and travel times, increasing passenger safety and comfort. It was in 1942 when the alliance of the two pioneers, an engineer who persevered in a revolutionary idea and an entrepreneur who pawned practically everything to believe in that idea, took shape. Talgo’s technology was then considered revolutionary, completely different from what had been invented in 1825, more than a century before, in the United Kingdom.

These differential values, together with innovation, have allowed Talgo become a technological benchmark for over 80 years. Since then, there have been many company milestones: the AVE to Mecca, the ICE L or the recent Avril. It is so much so that the fast train to Mecca is considered the greatest technological challenge in the history of the railway. With the high-speed project in Saudi Arabia (Haramain), Talgo faced an important point in the history of the railway: to supply a fleet of trains capable of running at more than 300 kilometers per hour in the most hostile environment on the planet, a desert. The Talgo 350 trains, thanks to their technical and construction characteristics, today cope with both extreme temperatures and the abrasive effects of desert sand. To supply this rolling material, Talgo had to develop patents on matters as diverse as protection against dust and sand, passenger safety and comfort in extreme climates, or new solutions to reduce wear between the wheel and the rail in the desert.

International expantion

Growth has accompanied the development of Talgo, which, during these eight decades, has expanded internationally, anticipating the needs of rail transport, and expanding and diversifying its portfolio. This has translated into exponential growth to become a successful multinational that employs more than 2,600 people of 47 nationalities, reaching much of Europe, North America, the Middle East and Central Asia, with an industrial presence in seven countries ( among which are the United States or Germany).

In this way, and recently, Talgo has achieved a new international milestone: the ICE L chosen by the Deutsche Bahn to become the new design reference for the trains of the future. This new train has a multi-system locomotive (compatible with different supply voltages and different signaling systems) and 17 passenger cars, a number that can later be adapted to demand. In addition to being used with the locomotive of Talgo, these trains will be compatible with other tractors, guaranteeing high interoperability: they will be international trains and in fact it is planned that they will operate domestic routes in Germany, and that they will also connect Germany with the Netherlands, Austria and the Swiss border. It will also be used by the Danish operator DSB.

Source: www.eleconomista.es

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