Saudi to receive 12 electric trains for railway by 2015-newspaper

Saudi to receive 12 electric trains for railway by 2015-newspaper : Saudi Arabia will take delivery of 12 electric trains from a Saudi-Spanish consortium for the high-speed Haramain railway system by 2015, the president of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) said in remarks published on Sunday.

Mohammed Al-Suwaiket told Arabic-language daily Aleqtisadiah following a trip to Spain that the 12 trains were being manufactured, with the first train due to be delivered at the end of this year or early next year.

“The contract for the trains was signed previously and the first train will arrive in Saudi Arabia at the end of November, and the other trains will start arriving in the following three months,” he said.

The Al-Shoula consortium of 12 Spanish companies and two Saudi firms includes Spanish rail operator Renfe, Talgo and Adif.
Talgo is responsible for delivering 35 trainsets and 12 years of maintenance services, with a future purchase option of 20 additional trains, according to the firms’ website.

Al-Suwaiket said a trial run on the first train would take place in May 2015.
The 35 electric trains would operate on the system served by five stations – one in Mecca, two in Jeddah, one in Rabigh and one in Madinah. The 300-km- per-hour trains would each have 13 passenger cars.

The train system is expected to carry more than 20 million passengers every year, including pilgrims visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Madinah.

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