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Minister of Transport Inspects Manufacturing Stages of Talgo 6 Trains Contracted for ENR at Company’s Factories in Northern Spain

01/10/2021

Lieutenant-General, Eng. Kamel Al-Wazir, inspects the first train at its final stage besides following up the assembly stage of the second train and the manufacturing and assembling stage for the third and fourth trains coaches chassis.
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Talgo trains represent one of the fruits of the huge contracts concluded under the auspices of His Excellency the President of the Republic to develop the transport sector, especially railways, with the aim of upgrading the system according to the latest technological systems applied in the world.
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During the end of his visit to Spain, Lieutenant-General, Eng. / Kamel Al-Wazir, Minister of Transport, accompanied by Eng. / Mustafa Abu Al-Makarem, visited the factories of Talgo Company in northern Spain to inspect the 6 new air-conditioned trains that are currently being manufactured for Egypt, according to the contract concluded between the two sides, at a total cost of 157 million euros, including maintenance and spare parts contract. He was received by Mr. Gonzalo Fernandez, Talgo’s Managing Director.
The visit began with a review by Talgo officials of the factory capabilities and all stages of manufacturing, including (manufacturing and assembling the coaches chassis - painting - assembling electrical and mechanical components and interiors - static tests - train coaches attachment)
Talgo confirmed that the first train from manufacturing and supplying 6 trains deal for ENR is at the final stage of manufacturing, while the second train is in the assembly stage, whereas the chassis of the third and fourth trains coaches are currently being assembled. The Company clarified that Egypt’s trains hold the first priority among the other trains that are manufactured for Germany and Spain.
After that, the minister and the managing director of the company went with the accompanying delegation on a tour inside the factory, watching the contracted trains in all stages of manufacturing. The Minister of Transport, then, concluded his tour inside the factory by inspecting the first and second class coaches of the first train that was manufactured for ENR. The Minister instructed the company to avoid some technical observations before shipping the first train to Egypt.
On the sidelines of his tour within Talgo trains factory, the Minister of Transport confirmed that this deal comes within the comprehensive plan of the Ministry of Transport to develop the fleet of coaches and trains at the railway facility, explaining that this contract, in addition to the contract with the Hungarian-Russian Consortium being implemented to supply 1,300 new passenger coaches, represents a major qualitative leap at the level of service provided for the passengers.
He added that Talgo trains represent one of the fruits of the huge contracts concluded under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Republic, to develop the transport sector, especially railways, with the aim of upgrading the system according to the latest technological systems applied in the world, pointing out that these trains operate in a number of developed countries such as Spain, United States, Russia and Germany.
Minister added that each of the contracted trains consists of a locomotive, a power coach, an A/C buffet coach, 5 A/C first-class coaches, and 8 A/C second-class coaches, pointing out that it was agreed with Talgo officials that the arrival of the first train will be in the following mid-December and that the supply schedule will be compressed for the rest of the trains, which will arrive successively.
Lieutenant-General, Eng. Kamel Al-Wazir, explained that this type of trains is distinguished by the design that gives the trains stability while running quickly in curves, which helps them reduce travel time, in addition to enjoying high operating speeds of up to 160 km/h. Moreover, the coaches are made of aluminum that is currently used in most of the trains in Europe and the world, which reduces the weight of the train and thus saves the fuel consumed in the journey; additionally, it is resistant to rust and therefore does not corrode from the water used in the cleanliness and maintenance of trains.
He pointed out that the new trains will provide the highest level of luxury and safety for passengers by providing some capabilities such as dedicated places for people with special needs. They will also be equipped with a video system to display films and instructions through display screens before each seat in first-class coaches and central screens in second-class coaches, in addition to providing trains with surveillance cameras and a control room to secure passengers.