On August 21, 1941, Mr. Alejandro Goicoechea, a Spanish engineer, successfully completed
the design and testing of a unique system of passenger rail cars. In early 1942,
Mr. Goicoechea presented the unconventional project to Mr. Jose Luis Oriol y Uriguen,
Mr. Oriol believed in the design and set out to develop and market this new railroad
concept, incorporating Patentes Talgo SA (PTSL) in 1942.
Over 60 years have passed since that great initial venture six decades during which
the rate of innovation has been maintained and enable Talgo to remain at the forefront
of railway technology, producing Spain’s most prestigious industrial product.
Talgo has built a strong reputation for producing and maintaining high-quality,
innovative and cost effective passenger cars in Spain. Since Talgo introduced its
Pendular series of passenger cars in 1980, PTSL has extended its operations to other
countries. Today, Talgo Trains provide daily service in Spain, Portugal, France,
Germany, Kazakhstan, Canada and the United States.
Patentes Talgo currently employs over a 1000 people, distributed between the PTSL
central office in Madrid, Spain, and the maintenance and manufacturing facilities
of Las Rozas (Madrid, Spain), Las Matas I and II (Madrid, Spain), Rivabellosa (Alava,
Spain), San Andres Condal (Barcelona, Spain), Berlin (Germany), Almaty (Kazakstan),
Washington (DC), Seattle (WA), Milwaukee (WI), and Orlando (FL).
Patentes Talgo’s over-arching goal is to be an international industrial presence,
recognized worldwide for its integrity, capacity for innovation, technology, quality,
reliability and the added value of its services, its passion for technological development,
the commitment and professionalism of its people, and its constant devotion to customer
service. This goal is the basis of Talgo’s business culture.
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