Talgo fleet begins trial operations in Egypt

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New rolling stock for the Cairo – Alexandra line.

The new fleet was shipped to Alexandria from Valencia in Spain by Grimaldi Lines.

EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has started trial operation with the first of its new fleet of trains supplied by Talgo, Spain.

The train was put into service between Cairo and Alexandria.

ENR awarded Talgo a €158 million contract for the supply of six trains in April 2019, financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

According to local media, Talgo must now provide a seventh train “as a gift to the Egyptian people”.

Each train consists of a diesel-electric locomotive, five first-class and eight second-class cars, a dining/buffet car and a power car.

The total seat capacity per train is 492 passengers and the new fleet has a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The fully air-conditioned coaches have been designed to withstand temperatures of up to 55°C.

Passenger amenities include in-seat display screens in first class and Wi-Fi. Trains have fully accessible restrooms and are equipped with CCTV.

Talgo’s contract with ENR includes maintenance of the fleet over a period of eight years.

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