New Algerian main line train on show

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The design of Alstom’s new main line train for Algeria has been revealed at an exhibition in Algiers.

17 Coradia Polyvalent trains were ordered by the National Rail Transportation Company of Algeria (SNTF) in July 2015, for use on routes connecting Algiers with Oran, Annaba, Constantine and Bechar. The first of the new trains is planned to enter service in January 2018.

First views of the new train’s exterior show a reflective surface, intended to reflect the various landscapes through which the train will travel, while the interior is fully air-conditioned with a dedicated dining area.

With a capacity of 254 passengers, the new six-car bi-mode trains (25kV and diesel) will be capable of running at 160km/h (100mph), and a low floor will ease the passage of people with reduced mobility.

All 17 trains are being built in France, with final assembly taking place at Alstom’s Reichshoffen facility.

Report by Nigel Wordsworth