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First Arco carriages acquired by CP from Renfe, ready for entry into service




The Portuguese Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes has completed the certification process of the Arco carriages bought by Comboios de Portugal (CP, Trains of Portugal) from Renfe, which means the vehicles are ready for their entry into passenger service.


First Arco carriages acquired by CP from Renfe, ready for entry into service

(08/09/2022) 

The first six carriages have been restored at the CP workshops in Guifões, and from 15th March to 13th July the units underwent safety tests to receive the authorization to run. The certification process for another three vehicles will begin soon, and CP plans to put three carriages into service every two months.

In July 2020, CP bought 50 carriages from Renfe for 1.5 million Euros (an average of 30,000 Euros per vehicle). For the modernization, an average of 156,000 Euros per vehicle has been invested, which makes the price per unit rise to 186,000 Euros.

The Arco carriages, which can travel at 200 km/h, have been upgraded with the installation of seats, toilets, air conditioning and passenger information systems. CP will start their operation in the Minho line, replacing those carriages that need to be revised, while others will reinforce the Linha do Norte. Later on, the units will be incorporated in the Intercidades fleet.

 

 

 



 

 


 
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