SPAIN: RENFE's Integria rolling stock maintenance business is to build Talgo rolling stock for other operators under an agreement signed with the train builder on June 16. Running for a term of 14 years from 2009, the agreement should guarantee 1 150 000 h of work for the Integria sites at Valladolid and Málaga, which will be responsible for mechanical and electrical assembly, painting, inspection and testing.
As part of an order for 10 gauge-changing trainsets for overnight services placed by RENFE with Talgo in 2005 (RG 7.05 p395), the Integria workshops at Málaga have rolled out the first of five formations that they will assemble. Capable of operating at up to 220 km/h, each 10-car trainset has a total of 98 sleeping berths and 136 reclining seats, as well as restaurant car and a bar car. They are to be deployed first on routes from Barcelona to Cádiz and Málaga, followed in 2009 by services to Granada, Gijón and Galicia.
Málaga is also producing seven Class 130 gauge-changing trainsets (14 power cars and 77 trailers) as well as 14 Class 112 sets (28 power cars and 168 trailers). A total of 30 Class 112 and 16 Class 102 trainsets are to be maintained by the Tarvia joint venture of RENFE< and Talgo (which owns 49%), due to commence operations at the start of 2009.