Local firm will assemble five US Talgos

Posted On Oct 1 2020 by

first_imgPACIFICA INC, owned by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, has won a contract to assemble five Talgo Pendular trainsets in the state of Washington. Three will be used in the Pacific Northwest rail corridor; two are being purchased by Washington and one by Amtrak at $10m each.Gustavo Gonzalez, Executive Vice-President & CEO of Talgo Inc, the US subsidiary of Patentes Talgo SA of Spain,says the company has decided to build two speculative extra sets and market them elsewhere in the USA. Washington’s Secretary of Transportation Sid Morrison called the initiative ’not only a commitment to the future of passenger rail in the US, but also a valuable investment in the local economy.’The first three sets are due to enter service between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver during the summer of 1998, under the brand name Cascades, replacing two Talgos currently leased by Washington. However the Portland – Eugene leg will end on June 30 this year unless funding is extended by the Oregon legislature.Amtrak West President Gil Mallery says ’the Cascade service will look and feel like no other passenger train service currently offered in the USA.’ The 12-car trains will have a custom designed green and white livery, and will be hauled by matching new F59PH diesel locos.The interior decor will also be distinctive. Each set will have 206 reserved Coach Class seats arranged 2+2, plus 45 Custom Class seats laid out as 2+1; wheelchair accessibility will be provided in both classes. On-train amenities include public telephones, video and audio programmes, electric power for computers and reclining seats with footrests. Custom Class will offer greater legroom, complimentary beverages, newspapers and access to Amtrak’s first-class lounge in Portland. There will be a bistro car serving light snacks and beverages, a 30-seat dining car offering fresh, local foods and a baggage car with bicycle racks. A service car will supply electrical power. olast_img read more


Mervana Jugić won the title in double match

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgBiH tennis player Mervana Jugić-Salkić won the title at double match of ITF Tournament of Trnava (Slovakia) worth 75 000 USD.Jugić-Salkić, paired with Czech tennis player Renata Voracov, defeated Slovak pair Jana Cepelova and Anna Karolina Schmiedel with 6:1, 6:1.Jugić-Salkić is a 33 year-old BiH tennis player. In 2004 she was ranked 99 player of the World.On 10 July 2006, Jugić-Salkić reached No. 59 in doubles, after winning ASB Classic in 2004 with Jelena Kostanić and Internazionali di Modena in 2005 with Yulia Beygelzimer. She also won 15 singles and 42 doubles events organized by International Tennis Federation. Jugić-Salkić represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2004 Summer Olympic. During her long career, she defeated players such as Yan Zi, Victoria Azarenka, Bethanie Mattek, Sania Mirza, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Nuria Llagostera Vives and Sybille Bammer.(D.J.)last_img read more