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Manufacturer Talgo
Family name Avril
Constructed 2012
Capacity > 500 (200 m) - 735 (low cost version +200 m)
Car body construction aluminum and composite material
Train length 200 m (standard version)
Car length Trailer car, 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
Width 2900 mm - 3200 mm(according to versions)
Maximum speed 380 km/h (236 mph)
Weight 287 t - 315 t (according to versions)
Traction system 12 synchronous motor
Power output 8800 kW - 10000 kW (according to versions)
Power supply Overhead catenary or
On board generator
(Hybrid propulsion)
Electric system(s) 25 kV/ 50Hz; 15 kV/16.7 Hz; 3kV CC; 1.5 kV CC and multivoltage
Current collection method Pantograph
Braking system(s) regenerative dynamic braking, pneumatic brake
Track gauge Fixed gauge (1,435 mm, 1,520 mm or 1,668 mm) and variable gauge
Talgo Avril is a high-speed train that Talgo is developing. It stands for "Alta Velocidad Rueda Independiente Ligero" (roughly translated as "Light High-Speed Independent Wheel").[1]


The train is intended to have a top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph).[1] It will have front and rear power cars 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 rather than a locomotive-hauled train.[1] The trailer cars will have an unusually short length of 13 m (42 ft 8 in).

Other details:[2]

  • There will be a version with a width of 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in) and an extra-large version 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in) enabling a 2+3 seating configuration in standard class rows and a capacity of up to 600 seats in a 200 m (656 ft 2 in) trainset.[2]
  • 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 fair in Berlin in September 2010. Talgo has provided additional information to the end of 2010.[3]


Talgo began the trials of the prototype in the first half of 2012.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Talgo's 380 km/h Avril train to take on the airlines".  
  2. ^ a b Talgo Avril at Ferropedia (Spanish)
  3. ^ "Avril, tren español de "muy alta velocidad" (in Spanish)". 20minutos. 24 September 2010. 
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