MADISON (WKOW)--Talgo, the Spanish train company Governor Jim Doyle hopes will provide train sets for improved rail service has been doing business in the United States since 1950.
The company is best known for their unconventional passenger car design in which the wheels are mounted in pairs, but not joined by an axle and between rather than underneath the individual coaches.
Talgo trains are very common in Europe and have been used in the Pacific Northwest since 1994. The company's web site http://www.talgoamerica.com says the number of Talgo trains in use has steadily increased. The Amtrak route "Cascades" uses Talgo trains.
The web site says ridership has increased since the introduction of Talgo trains. The company says "the key for success has been the design of the trains, including the many amenities available, such a individual electric outlets for laptops, wheelchair lifts on ADA cars, individual audio-video outlets; the quality of the ride and the great reliability that is assured by the application of Talgo's integral maintenance system."
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