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Talgo seeks $66 million for canceled rail deal


MADISON (WKOW) -- Talgo, Inc. is seeking nearly $66 million in damages from the state.  The train-maker claims they are owed the money after Governor Scott Walker abandoned a high-speed rail line connecting Madison and Milwaukee.

The Seattle-based arm of the Spanish train company filed the claim with the state Claims Board Thursday.  A spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice had no comment.

If the Claims Board agrees with Talgo, the Republican-controlled Legislature and Walker would also have to sign off.  If the claim is rejected, Talgo could take the case to court.

In 2009, the state signed a deal to purchase two trains from Talgo and entered into a maintenance agreement.  The Walker administration ended up canceling both deals.

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