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is the codename given to a high-speed train that Talgo
Talgo is a Spanish manufacturer of railway vehicles. It is best known for a design of articulated railway passenger cars in which the wheels are mounted in pairs, but not joined by an axle, and being between rather than underneath the individual coaches...
is currently developing. It stands for "Alta Velocidad Rueda Independiente Ligero" (roughly translated as "Light High-Speed Independent Wheel").
The train is intended to have a top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph). It will have front and rear power car
A power car is a railroad vehicle that is closely related to the locomotive. What differentiates the two is their construction or their use. A true locomotive can be physically separated from its train and does nothing but provide propulsion . A power car, on the other hand, is frequently an...
s containing under-floor traction equipment, and 12 trailer cars in between the power cars, giving a total seating capacity comparable to those of an Electric Multiple Unit
An electric multiple unit or EMU is a multiple unit train consisting of self-propelled carriages, using electricity as the motive power. An EMU requires no separate locomotive, as electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the carriages...
rather than a locomotive
A locomotive is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine, first used in the early 19th...
-hauled train. The trailer cars will have an unusually short length of 13 metre.
Other details (from :
- There will be a version with a width of 2.900 mm and an extra-large version 3.2 metre enabling a 2+3 seating configuration in standard class rows and a capacity of up to 600 seats in a 200 metre trainset.
- Versions for fixed gauge (1.435 mm, 1.520 mm or 1.668 mm) and variable gauge are foreseen.
- Traction system designed for 4 tensions (25 kV/50 Hz; 15 kV/16.7 Hz; 3kV DC; 1.5 kV DC)
Avril, a concept
Talgo presented the AVRIL concept at the InnoTrans
InnoTrans is the world's largest trade fair focused on the rail transport industry. It is held every two years at the Messe Berlin exhibition centre, which has outdoor standard gauge railway sidings which can be used to exhibit railway vehicles...
fair in Berlin in September 2010. Talgo has provided additional information to the end of 2010.