Talgo’s UK test track

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1 As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor

Span­ish man­u­fac­turer con­sid­ers build­ing test track in UK as it dis­cusses fac­tory pro­pos­als with Welsh and Scot­tish politi­cians.

A new UK test track, avail­able to all com­pa­nies, is be­ing pro­posed by Span­ish man­u­fac­turer Talgo as it looks to de­velop its stand­ing in this coun­try.

Hav­ing al­ready con­firmed its in­ten­tion to es­tab­lish a fac­tory in the UK to build trains ( RAIL 836), the com­pany is now meet­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous re­gions re­gard­ing po­ten­tial sites ( RAIL 837).

How­ever, Key Ac­count Man­ager for the UK and Ire­land, Jon Veitch, ex­clu­sively re­vealed to RAIL that there was also in­ter­est in a test track. Not only would this be used by Talgo to test its own UK-built trains, it could be used by other com­pa­nies in much the same way that new trains built by Hi­tachi were tested at Old Dalby, which is largely used by Bom­bardier.

Cur­rently used in the UK are Old Dalby, Net­work Rail’s High Marn­ham test track, and a short track at Litchurch Lane.

Veitch be­lieves that there is a mar­ket for an­other fa­cil­ity, which could be used both for new­build and re-trac­tioned trains. He said that var­i­ous sites have been in­ves­ti­gated, in­clud­ing Park­side in Leeds and Hun­ter­ston and Lon­gan­net in Scot­land. With re­gards to the Scot­tish lo­ca­tions, both would use the for­mer power sta­tion sites.

Mean­while, the com­pany con­tin­ues to dis­cuss its UK vi­sion with se­nior politi­cians.

Hav­ing vis­ited North Wales at the end of Oc­to­ber with a view to it be­ing a pos­si­ble site for its UK fa­cil­ity, Talgo rep­re­sen­ta­tives then met with Scot­tish Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf in Ed­in­burgh.

Trans­port Scot­land is thought to be keen to at­tract the Span­ish com­pany north of the border, with sev­eral sites in the Cen­tral Belt be­ing con­sid­ered.

The com­pany re­mains in­ter­ested in bid­ding for new-build trains for fran­chises and HS2, but is also keen to de­velop main­te­nance, re­fur­bish­ment and re­fur­bish­ing con­tracts.

RICHARD CLIN­NICK.

Two Talgo very high-speed trains stand at the com­pany’s Las Matas head­quar­ters dur­ing test­ing. These trains are des­tined for Saudi Ara­bia, and are tested on Span­ish rail­ways. The com­pany wants to op­er­ate a test track in the UK, which would be avail­able for its own trains should they be built here, as well as for use by other com­pa­nies.

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