RENFE has ordered 16 trains (AVE S 102) for the new high speed line Madrid - Barcelona, each with two power cars and twelve articulated middle cars. Each power car has 4000 kW installed power, which allows a regular speed of 350 km/h. The power car (built by Krauss-Maffei in Germany) has been aerodynamically optimized for pressure waves and lateral wind. The passenger cars are very similar to the Talgo 7, with a newly developed suspension.
In accordance with the tradition of locomotives dedicated to Talgo service, the power unit of the Talgo 350 prototype train is named "Virgen del Pilar".
Photo by Carlos Pérez Arnau
Text by tobias b köhler and Sven Manias