The new S-730 are second-hand concoys that have been working until now in Galicia
In the absence of Railway Security giving its definitive approval and the training of train drivers is substantiated, everything is ready for the new railway service to start in Extremadura in about three weeks.
As is known, thanks to the new track that has been built, Talgo series 730 trains, known as Alvia, will circulate through Extremadura, replacing the 598 and 599 medium-distance trains that operated until now. For now, between Badajoz and Plasencia they will use the diesel engines they have because the track does not yet have a catenary. When this happens they will be able to use their electric motors because they are hybrid locomotives. However, the horizon of the AVE is still far away, since between the limit of the province of Cáceres and the link with the Madrid-Seville line in Toledo there is not even a construction project.
As well as being faster, the new S-730s are more comfortable. These are second-hand trains that have been operating up to now in Galicia, but have been remodeled in Talgo’s workshops in Las Matas (Madrid). These works have made it possible to improve the interior design and comfort of the trains.
Renfe invested more than 11 million euros in the renovation of 14 trains of this 730 series. As it has been telling TODAY, and can be seen in the attached photographs, the improvements include the change of the current floor carpet for flotex, and the leather upholstery of the seats (similar to the S-106). ‘Cartelas’ have also been placed on the luggage racks, the toilets have been aesthetically improved, and the exterior and interior teleindicators have been replaced, and the current lighting for LED in the cafeteria car, lobbies, reading lights and passenger lounges. Likewise, the exterior of the trains have been painted.
According to Renfe, the signaling systems it incorporates (ERTMS, LZB and digital ASFA) guarantee interoperability throughout the Spanish railway network and complete the technical framework of one of the most versatile high-speed trains in the world.
On March 21, Adif began reliability tests on the Plasencia/Monfragüe-Cáceres-Bif section. White Rocks. These tests were undertaken once it was considered that the infrastructure is in conditions similar to those of operation and its routes fit into the scheme of future commercial train schedules. They are routes prior to commercial exploitation in which different speeds are reached that allow the reliability of the installations to be verified. In turn, they serve to adjust and check travel times, in terms of punctuality.
To carry out these reliability tests, two Alvia trains of the S-730 series were used, which has allowed, together with the reliability tests of this new infrastructure, to carry out the tests for the homologation of material in this layout, in order to obtain the route certificate that will allow trains to circulate on the new track.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.