The president of Russian Railways (RZD), Vladimir Yakunin and CEO of Patentes Talgo, José María Oriol Fabra participated at the official presentation of the Talgo train, currently on tests at the Scherbinka test-ring track belonging to the Russian Railway Research Institute (VNIIZhT). The first of the seven trainsets to be delivered by Talgo, following a contract signed in 2012, is in the final stage of certification and acceptance trials.
Three of the seven trains will operate on the Moscow – Minsk – Warszawa – Berlin route from December 2015, while the rest will run on domestic routes. According to Vladimir Yakunin, these trains will run on Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod route, replacing the Sapsan, which will be transferred to the Moscow – St Petersburg route.
The train has 18 passenger coaches and two technical cars, first and second class seating coaches and sleeping cars, dining and bistro cars. All coaches are air-conditioned, have electric heating and are equipped with eco friendly toilets.
For the certification tests in the Russian Federation, Patentes Talgo signed a contract with JSC VNIIZhT. The certification and acceptance tests are carried out until September 2014. In addition, two trains will be tested in the climate chamber of the vehicle testing station at the Vienna Arsenal.