Integrated Mobility Solutions

High Speed Rail Solutions

The global leader in high speed rail, Siemens is committed to helping the U.S. build a 21st Century rail network that will revitalize city centers, create jobs and stimulate economic development while safeguarding the environment for future generations.

With more than 500 trains operating in nine countries on two continents, the Siemens Velaro high-speed train is the world’s fastest series-produced train, operating at speeds up to 220 miles per hour. With a fuel consumption of nearly 700 miles per gallon per passenger seat, the Velaro is also one of the most energy efficient high-speed trains on the market today. Innovative and adaptable, the Velaro is the perfect fit for America's future high-speed rail network, capable of being manufactured right in our Sacramento, California plant.

The Velaro High Speed Train in International Service

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    Velaro D in Germany

    For use in Germany, as well as in France, Belgium, and Switzerland. An intelligent brake control unit distributes the braking power between the pneumatic and generator-type brake systems. As a result, the Velaro D can not only accelerate rapidly, but also decelerate just as quickly and safely.

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    Velaro E for Spain

    Velaro E will speed you from Madrid to Barcelona in less than 2½ hours. Specially equipped for service in the heat of Spain with outside temperatures as high as 122 °F. It is the fastest series production trainset in the world having achieved 260 mph without modifications.

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    Velaro RUS in Russia

    Velaro RUS provides reliable service in Russia's extreme climate, with temperatures ranging from -58° F to +104° F. It is specially adapted to cope with the harsh operating conditions in Russia and is backed up by a 30-year maintenance contract.

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    Velaro CN for China

    With wider cars and 2+3 seating arrangements to accommodate higher transport capacity, the 8- and 16-car, 200- and 400-m-long trainsets are specially tailored for the large numbers of passengers in China.

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    Eurostar e320 for the Eurotunnel

    Resistant to both fire and water, the Eurostar e320 is especially tailored to meet the strict safety standards and design requirements for Eurotunnel operations. In the event of a fire, the train can still be operated for an additional 30 minutes.

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    Velaro TR for Turkey

    The newest member of the Velaro family represents the continuation of a great success story: Turkey, in the shape of the national railway company TCDD, is the latest country to place its faith in Siemens technology.


One standard platform can be customized in terms of capacity, comfort, and amenities.

The Velaro is a versatile top performer with speeds reaching up to 220 miles per hour. Varying carbody widths and trainset configurations have been built and – typical of Velaro – are already in service. Having traveled well over 500 million miles and with punctuality exceeding 99%, Velaro is far ahead of the rest.

High Efficiency

The Velaro saves money with every trip, moving passengers with high efficiency and travelling with the equivalent of only one gallon of fuel per passenger over a distance of 700 miles. Optimized aerodynamics and a smart driver assist system make this high-efficiency travel possible, and the electric brake system actually feeds energy back into the grid.

Maintenance Package

Siemens does not just deliver a train – you get
the whole package, a dependable partner and
reliability you can count on for the life of your
investment. With Velaro, you benefit
from the accumulated experience of maintenance
contracts and depot operations in the
U.K., Russia, and Spain. Our expertise keeps the  Velaro running smoothly and you can decide which plan is best for your fleet. All the Velaro’s systems and components are designed to run smoothly, while virtual reality simulations make maintenance a snap and allow for much longer service intervals. In addition, the “empty tube” principle means that the entire design can be quickly customized to unique and specific capacity requirements or new passenger needs.

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