Euroduplex – the third generation of TGV Duplex – went into service on 11 December 2011 when the SNCF inaugurated the Rhine-Rhone LGV high speed rail line.
Euroduplex is the only double-decker, interoperable high-speed train capable of running on European networks while transporting up to 1,020 passengers (multiple units) at speeds of 320 km/h in ‘total safety’.
Building on the success, quality and reliability of previous generations of Alstom’s high speed double-decker trains, the new Euroduplex trainsets draw on a unique body of experience that helps reduce their cost of acquisition and operation, including maintenance costs.
Since they were launched in 1996, these trains have travelled nearly 500 million kilometres without a major incident.
On the strength of these results, Euroduplex offers the best operating costs per corridor and the highest return per seat.
There are a number of technical developments in this new generation that meet new needs in terms of interoperability, passenger comfort, operations and the overall cost of acquisition.
Intended for use on the French, German, Swiss and Luxembourgish rail networks, Euroduplex trains use signalling systems that are compatible with all these European networks and are equipped with traction systems compatible with the voltages used in Europe.
Some of these trains can also run in Spain. The TGV Duplex trains sold in Morocco are based on the same technology platform.
A total of 55 trainsets were commissioned from Alstom by the SNCF in June 2007.
The first have already been delivered, and the entire fleet will be ready for delivery by 2014.
The Euroduplex is designed and assembled at Alstom sites: the passenger cars in La Rochelle, the locomotives in Belfort and the end cars in Reichshoffen.
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