Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Talgo, Inc. displays Series 8 trainsets

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Talgo, Inc. opened its Milwaukee factory Sunday to visitors interested in seeing the company's Series 8 trains, manufactured for use by Amtrak on its Hiawatha service linking Milwaukee and Chicago.

Observers say the move is in part a calculated effort by Talgo to reinforce public support for its efforts, given the difficulties the company has endured with Wisconsin state officials in efforts to discourage passenger rail improvements. Wisconsin rejected federal funds targeted to deliver higher-speed rail (HrSR) operations between the two cities.

"We are very excited at the turnout and support we received from the greater Milwaukee community at our open house on Sunday," said Talgo Inc. President and CEO Antonio Perez to local media Sunday. "This was a very successful event for us—it is clear that citizens of Milwaukee are on our side and enthused about putting these new trains into service and keeping these jobs in Wisconsin."

Visitors to the facility, the former Tower Automotive site, were offered train tours and refreshments. Talgo representatives were on hand to answer any questions and provide information about the new trains.

Seattle-based Talgo, Inc. is the U.S. division of Las Matas, Spain-based Patentes Talgo SA.

Earlier this year, Talgo, Inc. pondered legal action against the state of Wisconsin following the latter's long-expected cancelation of a $166 million maintenance contract. Wisconsin placed its order for the two trainsets in July 2009.