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On Tuesday 28th January a rather special sort of train was put on display in the UK for the very first time. TALGO UK donated one of their very high-speed train vehicles to Chesterfield Borough Council to celebrate the company establishing its Head Office in Chesterfield and confirmed ambitions to develop an ‘Innovation Centre’, co-located with Barrow Hill roundhouse, where the TALGO train has gone on display.

Carlos de Palacio, President of TALGO (seen here) handed the vehicle over to Councillor Tricia Gilby, Leader of ChesterfieldBorough Council.
The invited audienc look on as the TALGO train is handed over at Barrow Hill roundhouse.
The coach is from the sets built for the sleeper service from Madrid/Barcelona – Paris. Other vehicles from the 250 kph sets are being ‘upcycled’ for use at 330 kph on lines raduating from the Spanish capital, Madrid.
L-r. Cllr Tricia Gilby receives a model of a TALGO train from, Jon Veitch, MD of TALGO UK and Carlos de Palacio, President of TALGO.

I’ll write more about TALGO and their UK ambitions (including constructing a train building plant at Longannet in Scotland) tomorrow.