Talgo, SYSTRA tapped for railcar rebuild

Written by Andrew Corselli

The Southern California Regional Rail Authority recently awarded a Talgo-SYSTRA tandem a contract worth $138.9 million to rebuild up to 121 Metrolink-operated Bombardier railcars. The base order is for 50 cars with an option for up to 71 additional units.

The work includes updating the control voltage and battery system; lighting; trucks; passenger communication system; remodeling restrooms; providing overhauled, eco-friendly HVAC systems; updating door operators and controls; repainting exteriors; providing new seat cushions and coverings; and installing new floor covering.

The work will be completed at Talgo’s facilities in Milwaukee, Wis., with delivery of the first cars to Metrolink expected 450 days following the notice to proceed. Following delivery of the first 10 cars, Metrolink is planning for the delivery of five-car batches every 90 days. The 50th car is expected in April 2023.

Talgo is a supplier of rolling stock with a particular focus on extended lifecycle-related services. While primarily known globally as a railcar manufacturer, Talgo’s experience also encompasses overhaul and maintenance work. In the U.S., Talgo has performed overhaul work for Amtrak, Oregon DOT, Washington State DOT and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.

SYSTRA is an engineering company owned by RATP and SNCF which specializes in the mass transit and rail market. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA is working on close to 3,000 contracts for high-speed rail, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.

“[The Talgo-SYSTRA] joint venture is confident that the unique combination of experience and capabilities will provide the best value and most reliable on-time performance on this rebuild project,” said Talgo President and CEO Antonio Perez.

“Both Talgo and SYSTRA have a common culture and track record of deliveries,” said Dave Spagnolo, CEO, SYSTRA North America. “I look forward to working in partnership with Talgo and our customer on this critical program.”

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