SPANISH metre gauge operator FEVE is spending over Pts6bn this year on rebuilding its DMU and EMU fleet, after investing Pts2·7bn in the programme in 1999. In addition to replacement of mechanical equipment, the work involves comprehensive interior refurbishment, plus installation of air-conditioning, public address systems and passenger information displays. EMUs deployed mainly on suburban services are receiving new seats in a 2+2 format, while reversible seats in a 2+1 arrangement are being installed in DMUs that operate on longer routes.
In addition to the rebuilding of 21 two-car and five-single car Class 2300 DMUs as Class 2600 DMUs and Class 3600 EMUs at a cost of Pts2bn (RG 2.99 p73), FEVE is fitting 27 Class 2400 DEMUs with new diesel engines, control and braking systems. Trials have begun with the first of 21 Class 3500 EMUs being rebuilt for suburban services around Bilbao (below) and Santander at a cost of Pts1·5bn, and 16 Class 3800 EMUs deployed around Gijón (bottom) are receiving interior refurbishment at a cost of Pts200m.