Uzbekistan’s high-speed trains said to lack suitable tracks

Staff Report

2011-09-19

TASHKENT – Uzbekistan’s Spanish-built high-speed trains lack the tracks they need to attain their advertised speed of 250km/h, Novosti Uzbekistana reported September 18.

Workers have installed only 35km of high-speed track on the 344km Tashkent-Samarkand route, forcing the train to operate at an average speed of 125km/h, according to the report. The railway reportedly lacks the money to upgrade the entire route anytime soon.

Uzbekistan received the first of two Talgo trains in July.

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