WI: Talgo Trains Have Officially Left the Station

May 29--Two high-speed trains at Talgo Inc.'s Milwaukee headquarters left the city Wednesday evening, and are currently in Chicago awaiting a final journey to Beech Grove, Ind.

Talgo is moving the trains to Amtrak's heavy maintenance facility, the Beech Grove Shops, in order to save money on storage. The trains reached Chicago about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, and will likely leave for Indiana Thursday evening, according to Talgo spokeswoman Nora Friend.

The subjects of a fraught history in Milwaukee, Wisconsin taxpayers paid $52 million for the new trains before the state halted payments a few years ago. Talgo says it needs to relocate the trains out of their Century City factory in order to mitigate damages.

Michigan's Department of Transportation is currently considering a proposal to purchase the trains for its fleet.

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