by Josephine Cordero Sapién
11 Jul 2023
Mexico – Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has delivered the first train of the Tren Maya project to the federal government and Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo.
The four-car train is the first of 42 X-trapolis trains that Alstom will deliver within the scope of this project. It left the manufacturing facility in Ciudad Sahagún in the Mexican state of Hidalgo on 3 July. The four cars were wrapped and transported on special platforms. The 1,943km journey to the workshop and depot in Cancún took five days.
Here the cars are being unloaded and assembled to form the first train. Then the vehicle will undergo extensive testing to validate its functionality and safety before it can be integrated and tested on the rail infrastructure.
“This first train, and the 41 other trains we will deliver, would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication by the different teams supporting this project. We sincerely thank everyone for helping deliver this first train made in Mexico, for Mexico.”
Alstom won the tender for this project as part of a consortium in May 2021. The first section of the Tren Maya is to start operating in December 2023 and travel 1,545km to connect the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
There will be three different versions of the X’trapolis trains: Xiinbal (walking) trains, which are standard, regular service trains; Janal (eating) trains, which will feature a restaurant car; and P’atal (staying) trains, which are for long-distances and will feature comfortable cabins.
31 of the 42 trains will be Xiinbal-type trains and this first delivery is just such a train.
Alstom is expected to complete the full delivery of all 42 trains (219 cars in total) in the final quarter of 2024.
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