Talgo Avril Achieves New Speed Record in Iberian Gauge

A Talgo Avril very high-speed train has set a new record during homologation testing in Galicia, reaching a speed of 360 kilometres per hour in Iberian gauge.

The top-speed was reached on the Ourense-Santiago de Compostela high-speed line with a team of Talgo driving staff and commissioning technicians onboard.

The milestone is part of extensive testing of the Talgo Avril which aims to validate driving conditions at speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour on Iberian track gauge. This step precedes commissioning the vehicles to operate at a maximum commercial speed of 330 kilometres per hour.

Talgo Avril Speed
The Talgo Avril is the lightest high-capacity train on the market

Once these tests are complete, the dynamic validation will continue on other types of existing tracks in Spain.

Variable gauge trains currently have a maximum speed limited of 250 kilometres per hour on international gauge lines and 220 kilometres per hour on Iberian gauge lines. Avril’s faster speeds will consequently allow travel times to be minimised.

Talgo Avril is Talgo’s most advanced very high-speed train. Under a 2016 and 2017 contract, the manufacturer will deliver 30 units to Renfe for use in Spain and France.

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