The high-speed line connecting Madrid and Castellón has been inaugurated by the S-100 very high-speed train, manufactured by Alstom. Named Juan Sebastian Elcano in commemoration of the first Spanish navigator that made the complete trip around the Earth, the S-100 will complete the first ride on the line.
The S-100 train holds an extraordinary record of high-speed lines openings in Spain and is the only train capable today to circulate both in all Spanish high-speed corridors and on the French railway network, demonstrating its interoperability and versatility. It is also characterized by high standards of safety, comfort and punctuality.
In 1992, when the first high-speed line was opened in Spain, the S-100 model was the first to circulate at 300km per hour on the Spanish railway lines. Highly adaptable to different type of infrastructure, the S-100 has launched a new vision of railway mobility, which would change the passenger experience in Spain. Since then, the AVE S-100 has been at the forefront of the Spanish high-speed system evolution.
In 1994, it was the first train to meet RENFE's punctuality commitment, according to which passengers are refund the amount of their ticket if the train is more than 5 minutes late. Today, after more than two decades, the S-100 records the highest rate of punctuality. In 2003, this train was also used to inaugurate the Madrid-Lleida line; in 2013, the Madrid-Alicante corridor, the first high speed Spanish line with ERTMS level 2 and the Spain-France high-speed connection, first self-propelled train to circulate outside of Spain. The S-100 was also the first AVE train to incorporate Wi-Fi service for passengers in 2016 - a long history of technological successes for this train now called "Juan Sebastián Elcano", whose journey also began in Seville, ready to overcome borders.
The S-100 train is part of Alstom’s Avelia platform of high-speed and very high-speed trains. With more than 35 years of experience in high speed, Alstom is a global leader in trains, signaling equipment and services. Alstom’s Avelia range offers a variety of flexible solutions that can be proposed in different architectures and configurations. Alstom's Avelia high-speed trains are present in 20 countries and have transported more than 4 billion passengers.