Passing through a newly-built automatic gauge changer at Brest on the Belarus-Poland border will take around 20 min. RZD’s inter-city subsidiary Federal Passenger Co ordered seven Talgo trainsets in June 2011, at a cost of €100m. Designed for operation at up to 200 km/h, the 20-vehicle locomotive-hauled trainsets are formed of 17 passenger coaches, a dining car and two technical cars. Offering a mix of first and second class seats and two-berth sleeping compartments, each train has a total capacity of 414 passengers.
Would these train sets be good value in an Australian context (i.e. €14m per 20 car set)? Could this be a way of undertaking gauge conversion of regional lines whilst leaving metro lines as BG or NG depending on the state?
Moscow – Berlin Talgo starts on December 17