Uzbekistan Railways has awarded Patentes Talgo a €38m contract to supply a further two Afrosiyob 250 km/h trainsets.

UZBEKISTAN: National railway UTY has signed a €38m contract for Patentes Talgo to supply a further two 250 km/h trainsets in 2017.

The extra trainsets have been ordered as part of the ongoing 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 291 km Samarkand – Bukhara line which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016 at a cost of US$400m.

The agreement was signed by Patentes Talgo CEO Jose Maria Oriol and UTY Chairman Ramatov Ochilboy Jumaniyozovich on November 6, and is expected to be confirmed by the Uzbek regulatory authorities within two months. The purchase is to be financed from UTY’s resources and a loan from the Fund for Reconstruction & Development of Uzbekistan.

Two Talgo 250 trainsets were delivered to UTY in 2011 for use on the upgraded Toshkent – Samarkand route under the Afrosiyob brand. The additional trainsets will be two cars longer than the first trainsets, which have two power cars, eight passenger vehicles and a dining car.