With this last train, the delivery of the rolling stock that makes up the fleet supplied by Talgo has been made official more than five months ahead of schedule. The first train started operating in December 2022 and, since then, the rest of the trains have gradually entered service at a rate of, approximately, one train composition per month (see piece of news).
The contract for this fleet, worth 158 million Euros, also includes complete maintenance for, at least, eight years, employing local personnel trained by the Spanish manufacturer. ENR launched the tender process in August 2016 as part of a project funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with the final bidding phase closing in October 2018 (see piece of news).
The trains, which belong to the Talgo 230 platform for Intercity or Long-Distance services, run at a maximum commercial speed of 160 km/h and have a capacity of approximately 500 passengers each. The units consist of a diesel-electric locomotive, a technical car and 14 passenger cars.