Alstom’s high-speed trains cross their 16th border on the new Paris-Barcelona high-speed line

Alstom’s high-speed trains cross their 16th border on the new Paris-Barcelona high-speed line :With the opening on 15 December 2013 of the direct high-speed line linking Paris (France) and Barcelona (Spain), Alstom’s high-speed (HS) trains have now crossed their 16th border . Alstom is the only rail manufacturer to have built more than 1,100 HS cross-border trains, in service in 18 different countries.

The TGV Duplex and AVE S100 trains that will travel on the Paris-Barcelona line have all been designed and produced by Alstom. The Duplex very high-speed train, with the highest transport capacity on the market, is operated by French national rail operator, SNCF. The AVE-S100, a single deck VHS train, operated by Spanish national rail operator, Renfe, was delivered about 20 years ago. Alstom has modernised the AVE S100s, adding about 15 years to their lifespan. They have been adapted by Alstom and then homologated to circulate on the French network.

In order for the French and Spanish trains to travel from one country to another, they must be interoperable. This means that they must adapt to a variety of power voltages, signalling equipment and technical specifications of interoperability (train, noise, tunnels, etc.) in line with European Union requirements. To this end, Alstom has equipped the TGV and AVE S100 with Atlas, its ERTMS solution which enables trains to share a unique signalling system through out all countries.

About Alstom high speed and very high speed trains
Alstom is the sole rail manufacturer to offer three complementary HS trains:
Pendolino (HS train up to 250 km/h, 450 passengers), Duplex (VHS train up to 320 km/h, 510 passengers) and AGV (VHS train up to 360 km/h, 450 passengers). One in three HS trains in circulation around the world has been manufactured by Alstom. The trains have travelled 5.5 billion kilometres. The world’s first HS train ever to cross a border was an Alstom train, operated by SNCF, travelling from France to Switzerland in 1984.

Alstom’s high-speed trains cross their 16th border on the new Paris-Barcelona high-speed line

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