France orders $3 billion in new high speed trains from Alstom

RELATED TOPICS: INTERNATIONAL | PASSENGER | SUPPLIERS
Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.
TGVofthefuture
An artist's rendering of the TGV of the future to be built by Alstom for the French National Railways.
SNCF
PARIS — French national rail operator, SNCF, has placed an order, worth up to $3 billion for 100 new bi-level high speed trains or TGVs with French rail engineering firm Alstom.

Billed as the "TGV of the future" by SNCF, or Avelia Horizon by their builder, the new trains will replace older single-deck TGV trains on all routes in France. Certain trainsets have been in use since 1981 when SNCF first introduced high speed rail service. The new trains use power cars at each end that are similar to the Avelia Liberty trains that Alstom is set to build for Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor.

The first of the new French trains will enter service in 2023 and deliveries will run for the next ten years. SNCF says the $29 million price tag for each 600-seat train represents a 20-percent saving compared to the latest TGV trains it has bought, also from Alstom. Some of the trains will be delivered in a higher density configuration able to accommodate up to 740 passengers.

Reduced operating and energy costs are built into the new trains design with more aerodynamic design compared to earlier TGVs and electrical regenerative braking that puts braking energy back into the overhead catenary so the trainsets consume 30-percent less energy than the trains they will replace.
Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of TrainsMag.com are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.
0 COMMENTS
FREE DOWNLOAD

FREE DOWNLOAD

The Genesee & Wyoming 

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 58% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today
+