The introduction of Virgin's Class 390 Pendolino fleet on the UK West Coast main line has led to shorter journey times and higher service frequencies. The Pendolino is a tilting train and has its 6,800hp distributed along the train. The benefits of distributed traction in accelerating from stations and following the speed profile are outlined. The tilting system is based on electric actuators controlled by two sets of sensors and the Tilt Authorisation and Speed Supervision system (TASS). The computer-controlled systems are under the control of the Train Management System (TMS). When the train arrives at the depot the data stored in the TMS is downloaded and analysed to determine any extra maintenance requirements.

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    Ian Allan Publishing, Limited

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  • Publication Date: 2004-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 46-7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 61
    • Issue Number: 673
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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  • Accession Number: 00987155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2005 12:00AM