Behind the Scenes: Talgo overhauling train cars at Century City

Todd Nimmer and Ivan Molpeceres test the wiring in the car.
Todd Nimmer and Ivan Molpeceres test the wiring in the car. Photos: Jake Hill

Spanish train maker Talgo Inc., as part of a joint venture with Paris-based Systra, was awarded a nearly $139 million rail car overhaul contract by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority in May. The contract is for at least 50 Bombardier rail cars currently operated by Metrolink, with the possibility of an additional 71 cars. The work is being done at Talgo’s Century City facility on Milwaukee’s northwest side. The company recently announced it would hire 63 more people and occupy an additional 40,000-square-foot space there. The company, which first appeared in the city to build high-speed rail cars for a line that was to run from Milwaukee to Madison, but was cancelled, returned to Milwaukee in 2017 after receiving a $73 million contract to overhaul up to 74 cars for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.

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