The Alexandria port on Monday received the first of the Spanish Talgo express trains, manufactured in Spain for Egypt, as part of a plan to supply seven trains from the company for the Egyptian National Railways.
The Talgo train consists of 14 coaches, including five first class, eight second class and a buffet coach.
The company is scheduled to supply seven trains, six trains contracted between ENR and Talgo, and a train that the company will supply as a gift to Egypt.
The Transport Ministry says that this type of train is distinguished by a design that grants them stability while traveling quickly in curves, which helps them reduce travel time, in addition to maximum operating speeds of up to 160 km/h.
The coaches are also made of aluminum, currently used in most trains internationally, which reduces the weight of the train and thus saves on fuel consumed in the journey.
It is also rust-resistant and therefore does not corrode from the water used in cleaning and maintenance.
These new trains are expected to provide the highest level of luxury and safety for passengers through capabilities such as places for people with disabilities.
It will also be equipped with a video system to display movies and instructions through display screens for each seat in first-class coaches, and central screens in second-class coaches – in addition to surveillance cameras and a control room.
Each of the contracted trains consists of a locomotive, a power car, an air-conditioned buffet car, five air-conditioned first-class coaches and eight air-conditioned second-class coaches.