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]

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Family nameAvril
Capacity> 500 (200 m) - 735 (low cost version +200 m)
Car body constructionAluminum and composite material
Train length200 m (standard version)
Car lengthTrailer car, 13 m (42 ft 8 in)
Width2900 mm - 3200 mm(according to versions)
Maximum speed380 km/h (240 mph)
Weight287 t - 315 t (according to versions)
Traction systemUp to 12 synchronous motors
Power output8800 kW - 10000 kW (according to versions)
Power supplyOverhead catenary or
On board generator
(Hybrid propulsion)
Electric system(s)25 kV/50 Hz; 15 kV/16.7 Hz; 3 kV DC; 1.5 kV DC and multivoltage
Current collector(s)Pantograph
Braking system(s)Regenerative dynamic braking, pneumatic brake
Track gaugeFixed gauge (1,435 mm, 1,520 mm or 1,668 mm) and variable gauge


The train is intended to have a top speed of 380 km/h (240 mph).[1] It will have front and rear power cars containing under-floor/over-roof equipment and 8 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).[1]

Other details:[2]

  • The train will be 3.2 metres (10 ft) wide, allowing for a standard 3x2 seating arrangement that gives a passenger capacity of up to 600.
  • Versions for fixed gauge (1,435 mm, 1,520 mm or 1,668 mm) and variable gauge are planned.
  • The traction system will be compatible with four voltages—25 kV/50 Hz; 15 kV/16.7 Hz; 3 kV DC; 1.5 kV DC.


Talgo presented the Avril concept at the InnoTrans fair in Berlin in September 2010.[3] After several years of development and testing, the first order for Avril trains was placed in November 2016, when Spanish operator Renfe Operadora signed a €786.5 million contract for 15 train sets and 30 years of maintenance.[4] In May 2017, Renfe Operadora ordered 15 more train sets, with the Avril's entry into service expected in 2020.[5]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Talgo's 380 km/h Avril train to take on the airlines". Railway Gazette International. 27 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Talgo Avril Very High Speed Train". Railway Technology. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Avril, tren español de "muy alta velocidad" (in Spanish)". 20minutos. 24 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Talgo wins Spanish high speed train order". Railway Gazette International. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  5. ^ "RENFE orders gauge-changing high speed trainsets". Railway Gazette International. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2018.