On 11th September, the Polish Office of Rail Transport – responsible for supervision over the railway sector’s safety in Poland – has certified Pendolino train for up to 250 km/h. It has also confirmed that Pendolino train is compliant with Polish signaling system and European ERTMS level 1. The compliance with ERTMS level 2 will be subject of further certification process.This milestone occurs after Pendolino train reached a high-speed record of 293 km/h in Poland.
“Alstom’s Pendolino trains are successfully expanding internationally and will now provide Polish passengers with superior standards of travelling” said Andreas Knitter, Vice President of Alstom Transport Europe.
Alstom has already delivered on time 16 trainsets, out of the 20 ordered in May 2011. The Pendolino high speed trains will circulate from and to cities like Warsaw, Gdynia, Kraków as from December 2014. The trains will be maintained at Alstom’s Train Technical Service Centre in Warsaw. This facility, located in Olszynka Grochowska, is equipped with the most high-tech rolling stock servicing tools in this part of Europe.
Designed to run at up to 250 km/h on both high-speed and conventional lines, Pendolino is one of the world’s best-selling high speed train (500 trainsets sold). Certified to operate in 14 countries and to cross seven European borders, this range of trains is designed to offer excellent passenger comfort and seamless international travelling. With a 25-year return of experience in commercial service and an R&D programme designed to further optimize its performance, this Alstom high-speed train is able to address the needs of all regions worldwide – including North America, Russia, CIS and Asia – willing to develop high-speed transport.
Its success rests on its modularity and flexibility. It can be fully customised from interior layout to the number of cars (already sold in configurations from 3 to 11 cars), voltage power supply, train width, track gauge and suspension. Pendolino can be operated under extreme climate conditions (up to 45° and -45°C). It is also available with the optional Tiltronix, Alstom’s anticipative tilting technology, which enables the train to tilt by up to 8 degrees and still run at 250 km/h, allowing it to travel 30-35% faster in curves than conventional trains with even greater comfort.