"This will probably require the construction of new workshops in Astana and elsewhere," Mr Mario Oriol, deputy chairman of Talgo, told IRJ in Philadelphia.

Talgo is currently building a fleet of 420 coaches in Astana under a joint venture with KTZ called Tulpar Talgo, and the first train is due to enter service before the end of the year. "We are now negotiating a second contract for 500 coaches," Oriol confirmed. KTZ plans to acquire a total of 3000 coaches in the long term.