[ES] Resurrection: Renfe to return class 490s back into service [updated]

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This article was originally published on 20.05.2022 and was updated on 30.03.2023 (pictures of the first train + more details added; scroll down for the update).

On 19.05.2022, Renfe announced it would return its fleet of class 490 Pendolinos into revenue service under the ‘media distancia’ brand, after being stored for nearly nine years. The announcement includes a EUR 12 million refurbishment, which will take place in Renfe’s Los Prados (ES) maintenance facility.

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