RENFE Class 130

RENFE Class 130

RENFE Class 130
Talgo 250
Manufacturer Talgo[1] / Bombardier (Kassel)[2]
Number built 45
Capacity 11 coach set:
299 seats, 236 standard, 62 first, 1 special[1]
Operator RENFE
Train length 183 m (600 ft 4.7 in)[1]
Car length 20 m (65 ft 7.4 in) (power car)[1]
13.14 m (43 ft 1.3 in) (passenger car)[3]
Width 2.96 m (9 ft 8.54 in) (power car)[1]
Height 4 m (13 ft 1.48 in) (power car)[1]
Maximum speed 250 km/h (160 mph) (standard gauge lines)[1]
220 km/h (140 mph) (Iberian gauge lines)[1]
Weight (?)
Axle load max. axle load 18 t (17.7 long tons; 19.8 short tons)[1]
Traction system Electric
Power output 2,400 kW (3,200 hp) @ 25 kV AC
2,000 kW (2,700 hp) @ 3 kV DC
(per power unit)[1]
Electric system(s) Catenary 25 kV 50 Hz AC / 3 kV DC[1]
Current collection method Pantograph (2 per power car)
high voltage roof mounted electrical bus between power cars.
UIC classification Bo'Bo' 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 Bo'Bo'
(11 car set)
Bogies BoBo (power car)[1]
Articulated independent wheel 'single axle' in passenger cars[1]
Braking system(s) 2 disc brakes per axle
regenerative and rheostatic brakes in power cars[1]
pneumatic discs in passenger cars[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) / 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)[1]

The RENFE Class 130 or S-130[4] (Spanish: Serie 130 de Renfe, manufacturer's designation Talgo 250) is a high-speed dual-gauge, dual-voltage trainset consisting of 11 Talgo VII tilting coaches and two power cars, used on Alvia services.[5][6] The class have been nicknamed patitos (ducklings), due to the shape of the train nose.[7]

Background and design

The trainsets are designed for high-speed services on Iberian gauge (1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)) and high-speed (1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)) lines; they can change gauge at low speed without stopping using Talgo's RD variable gauge system.[8] The carriages are constructed from aluminium and incorporate the Talgo Pendular passive pendulum tilting system,[9] are sealed against pressure differences for tunnel travel,[1] and have underframe air conditioning, individual audio systems and video displays, rotating and reclining seats and power outlets.[3]

Capacity in standard class is 36 seated, in first class 26 seats, end coaches have lower capacity, one coach is typically used for restaurant/sales services.[1]

The locomotives use AC traction motors controlled by IGBT inverters which include integrated auxiliary inverters. Signalling systems can include ETCS Level 2, LZB, ASFA and Ebicab900TBS.[10]

Operations and services

As of January 2010 they operated from Gijon/Oviedo via Leon, Palencia, Valladolid to Madrid with some trains extended to Alicante via Albacete;[11][12] Santander via Palencia and Valladolid to Madrid, sometimes extended to Alicante;[12][13] Madrid to Bilbao via Valladolid and Burgos;[12][14] Madrid to San Sebastian/Irun via Valladolid, Burgos and Vitoria;[12][15] and Madrid to Alicante;[12][16] Huelva and Cadiz.

On services such as Gijon-Madrid they have been replaced by RENFE Class 120 trainsets (2011).[7]


Hybrid train S130H / S730

In order to extend high-quality services to parts of Spain not on the high-speed network RENFE acquired hybrid trains with both electric and diesel power[17] for delivery in 2012 for use from Madrid to Murcia and Galicia, built by Talgo and Bombardier, at a cost of 78 million euro.[18] The new trains based on the S-130 were initially coded S130H, later S730;

Fifteen sets S-130 units will be converted to hybrid operation.[19][20] with two generator cars per set using MTU 12V 4000 R43L engines (1.8MW each). The top speed in diesel mode is 180 km/h. Testing of the trains took place in 2011 with introduction into service expected in 2012.[21]

250km/h+ prototype train

A gauge-changing train capable of over 250 km/h is in development and is based on the S-130.[22]

Uzbekistan trainset order

A version of the S130 for Uzbekistan Temir Yollari was ordered in 2009 for use on a Tashkent–Samarkand high-speed line.[23] Deliveries of the order of two trains began in July 2011.[24]

Accidents and Incidents

2013 Santiago de Compostela accident

On 24 July 2013 a RENFE class S730[25] running as the Alvia 4155 service from Madrid to Ferrol derailed and crashed near Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain, killing 78, out of 218 passengers on board. The cause of the accident is not yet officially determined, but the train was alleged to be traveling over twice the posted speed limit while entering a curve.[26]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Talgo 250
  2. ^ Bombardier Transportation in Germany Page 14,
  3. ^ a b Passenger Car FeaturessubsectionHigh speed trainsets - Talgo Series VII Passenger Coaches
  4. ^ From Serie 130 de Renfe
  5. ^ Trayectos y Servicios - clase preferente
  6. ^ Trayectos y Servicios - clase turista
  7. ^ a b "Los nuevos Alvia no convencen", (in Spanish), 11 February 2011 
  8. ^ “Talgo RD” Variable Gauge System: A solution to eliminate barriers in the transport of goods and passengers between East and West Rail Tech Russis, inter-nation conference, June 2007,
  9. ^ The Talgo Pendular Coaches
  10. ^ The Talgo Pendular Coaches POWER HEAD TALGO 250, Page 7,
  11. ^ Alvia service : Gijon-Alicante
  12. ^ a b c d e Nuestros Trenes . Alvia Serie 130
  13. ^ Alvia service : Santander-Alicante
  14. ^ Alvia service : Madrid-Bilbao
  15. ^ Alvia service : Madrid-Irun
  16. ^ Alvia service : Madrid-Alicante
  17. ^ Un ´supertren´ conectará las ciudades gallegas en la mitad de tiempo en 2012 26/6/2009,
  18. ^ Renfe invertirá 78 millones de euros en adaptar quince trenes AVE a vías sin electrificar 29/12/2009,
  19. ^ Adquiridos los nuevos trenes híbridos para la línea convencional Madrid-Murcia en 2012 2/1/2010 www.europapress
  20. ^ Serie 730 de Renfe, el tren dual de Talgo todo terreno 6/10/2011 via libre
  21. ^ "High speed electro-diesel trainset on test", ( 
  22. ^ Talgo ha comenzado la construcción de un prototipo de tren de ancho variable a 300 km/h
  23. ^ Uzbekistan Temir Yollari, Patentes Talgo S.A. sign 38m euro contract
  24. ^ "Talgo 250 arrives in Toshkent", ( 
  25. ^
  26. ^ Rodrigo Silva; Antonio Alonso (25 July 2013). "Accidente ferroviario en Santiago de Compostela".  

Other sources

  • Talgo 250 information sheet
  • Information on the crash absorption and coupling module of the S130 powerheads

External links

  • Renfe Serie 130 Information from