British Rail Class 390

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British Rail Class 390
Class 390 no. 390029 "City of Stoke-on-Trent" at Birmingham New Street on 24 September 2003 with a service to Wolverhampton. These units now work the majority of Avanti West Coast services.
In service23 July 2002 - Current
ManufacturerAlstom, Washwood Heath
(Fiat tilting system)
Family namePendolino
Number built53 trainsets
Formation9 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers390001 - 390053
Capacity145 first class seats
294 standard class seats
Operator(s)Avanti West Coast, Formerly : Virgin
Line(s) servedWest Coast Main Line
Car body constructionAluminium
Car length24.1 m
Width2.9 m
Height2.73 m
Maximum speed140 mph (225 km/h) [Design]
125 mph (200 km/h) [Service]
Weight466 t
Power output5.1 MW
Electric system(s)25 kV AC Overhead
Braking system(s)Regenerative, Rheostatic, Disc
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The British Class 390 "Pendolino" electric multiple unit is a tilting train built by Fiat Ferroviaria using Fiat tilt systems. Now running for Avanti West Coast, fifty-three 9-car units were built for Virgin Trains from 2001 to 2004. These trains were the last to be assembled at Alstom's Washwood Heath plant, in Birmingham, before it closed in 2005.

Incidents[change | change source]

On the 23rd February 2007, a Class 390 derailed near Grayrigg in Cumbria. It was caused by a broken point in the train tracks. Sadly, one person died and 58 were hurt. In 2012, Network Rail was fined over £4 million for not keeping their tracks up to standard.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rail crash report blames points". BBC News. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2024.