Renfe to upgrade 490 series for use inclusion in medium-distance fleet

Renfe will be upgrading and refurbishing its trains from the 490 series. Once the overhaul is complete, they will be included in the medium-distance fleet.

Renfe has earmarked 12 million euros for the refurbishing operation, which will see a complete renovation and redesign of the interiors, passenger information system and layout. With the update, the 490 series trains will be able to accommodate 171 seated passengers.

The Renfe Class 490 trains were produced at the turn of the century and previously underwent a refurbishing programme in 2006-07. The units were used under the discontinued Renfe Alaris brand on long distances.

The trains have been out of service for some time, so the train sets will also undergo inspection, maintenance and repairs. Among other things, new security equipment will be installed. Renfe is also mulling to equip the trains with GSMR and ERTMS, as well as update the ASFA Digital equipment (Automatic Signal Announcement and Braking).

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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