The 40-year-old Düwag trains operated on the Frankfurt U-Bahn. The renovation work includes repainting and modifying the exterior design according to the specifications of the client. Inside, the trains will have new seats, interior linings, floors and ceilings and a new colour scheme.

The drive and control system will be updated according to current standards. In addition, Talbot will be responsible for technical specifications such as ETCS, video surveillance and passenger information systems.

While Talbot Services is acting as the general contractor and deals primarily with structural and mechanical modification to the trains, Prose is responsible for the new structures, and Schaltbau Refurbishment will take care of all electrical modifications to the vehicles. The first two trains will be shipped to Mexico in August 2020.

One of the VGF U-Bahn trains prior to refurbishment for Metrorrey.

“We are modernising the 40-year-old vehicles so that they can be put into operation for at least another 20 years,” says Mr Dirk Reuters, managing director of Talbot Services. “We expect to ship the last vehicle to Mexico in September 2021.”