September 30, 2004


Pendolino is a 8 to 9-car EMU (I think) used for high-speed operations on the West Coast Main Line. It tilts.

It was ordered by a ROSCO (not sure which one, probably Angel - or was it Virgin's own?). When originally ordered it was ordered in an 8-car formation. This grew to 9 cars after the WCRM was descoped. I presume this was to make up for the capacity lost by the reduction in speed.

It is operated by Virgin.

It is capable of 149mph. It was designed for 140mph but descoping of the WCRM means that it only reaches 125mph in service.

It was built by Alstom partly in Italy and partly in Birmingham. It is based on successful Italian designs.

I don't like it.

Patrick Crozier | Comments (0)