German-based rail giant Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts worth $367 million to develop and supply components for high speed trains in Saudi Arabia. The company said it has inked contracts with Talgo to work on 36 express trains that will be used on the planned rail line connecting the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, reported the Saudi Gazette Sunday. Talgo is a member of the Al Shoula consortium, led by the Spanish railway operator RENFE and the railway infrastructure company ADIF, which was recently contracted by the Saudi Railways Organization to build and operate a 450km high-speed rail line. Bombardier’s supply scope for Talgo includes propulsion and control packages and high speed bogies for the power heads of the 330km/h trains alongside 12-year maintenance services. Bombardier said it has participated in the development of many of the world’s leading high speed rail systems, including four different generations of TGV in France, the ICE trains used in Germany and the Netherlands, and China’s Xinshisu. Last month, it was reported that Saudi Arabia’s first high-speed passenger rail line is slated for completion by January 2014.