College receives unique Rodal system from Talgo


The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure welcomed the President of Spanish firm Talgo at its Birmingham site this week who officially ‘handed over’ a fully operational ‘Rodal’ system to be used in learning.

The Rodal is an essential part of the running gear on Talgo trains and is a design unique to the company. Talgo trains have independent wheels and guided axles which makes them very different to others on the market. The system reduces weight, saves energy, and has been proven to reduce wear and tear on the track

To mark the occasion of the delivery, the President of the company, Carlos de Palacio, attended the College’s Birmingham campus to officially hand over the system to the College on Monday 11 November.

Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure, said: “We are thrilled to receive the Talgo Rodal system at our Birmingham site. It will provide our learners with the opportunity to learn about technologies being used throughout the world. We are very grateful to Talgo for donating this piece of equipment and look forward to seeing it being used as an aide for learning.”

Carlos de Palacio, President of Talgo, said: “I am very pleased to hand over the Rodal today. This is part of Talgo’s plan to generate better understanding of up-to-date technologies that are being used round the world, but which have so far eluded the UK.

“Talgo’s strategy of ‘true manufacturing’ – and not relying on brainpower or kits of parts from elsewhere – requires that innovation and Research and Development takes place in the host country.

“The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure is ideally placed to help further that goal, and I look forward to future collaboration.”