Saudi King to have 300 km/h high speed VIP train
Spanish consortium building special train to run on Makkah-Medina link
Saudi-Spanish Al-Shoula consortium has revealed it is to build a VIP train for King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud as part of the Haramain rail project.
The consortium said the train was stipulated as part of the $9.3 billion contract to build the Makkah-Medina rail link. The company said that the design will be based on the other rolling stock it is making for the project, but it will be formed of 13 coaches and but the décor will be considerably “more lavish interior decor featuring plentiful gold leaf, especially on the ceilings”.
This train will have an audience chamber, a bedroom, two suites for special guests, a dining lounge, and meeting rooms. The train will be able to accommodate up to 30 people and have its own hybrid power supply to enable it to run should power be cut from the main line. It will also be able to run on the high speed line or on other conventional lines.
While giving details of the second phase of building the network, Al-Shoula consortium said trains for the project are being built in southern Spain.
Five trains will arrive at or depart from Makkah per hour. The group is also designing and constructing a maintenance workshop in Makkah, a second-level maintenance workshop at on the line, plus an engine shed in Medina. It is also supplying two relief vehicles and a workshop train, which will put out to tender at a later date.
All the trains will be equipped with air-conditioning systems and will be fully sealed to prevent sand from entering. The air-conditioning will continue to work even during a power cut. The trains will offer three classes: first, business and economy.