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Class 390

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The Class 390 or 'Pendolino' stock, for the backbone of the Virgin Trains modernisation of the West Coast Main Line between London-Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Carlisle and Scotland. Sets started to emerge from the production facility at Alstom, Washwood Heath in mid-2001 and by early 2002 some nine sets had been completed. All were taking part in major static and dynamic tests on both the main line and on Alstoms own test train at Asfordby. Set No. 390001 is seen on the Asfordby (Old Dalby) test track. CJM

The Pendolino sets will have a top speed of 140mph and a full active tilt system to allow trains to operate over curved route sections at higher speeds than previously possible. Set no. 390002 is seen undergoing active testing on the Old Dalby test track. CJM

Pendolino interior. On the left is the standard class seating, set out in a mix of airline and uni-directional groups of seats around tables. Seat moquette is a mix of red and blue.
On the right is the first class interior, using the 2+1 layout with individual seats, each by a table. First class seating moquette is in blue. Both: CJM

Pendolino driving cab. In common with most modern driving cabs the power and brake operation is controlled by one handle on the drivers left side. The flat TV style screen towards the left is the TMS computer screen which enables the driver to operate the entire train from the comfort of his cab. The empty space in the centre of the cab is where the cab signalling system will be fitted. CJM

For assistance or transport purposes the Pendolino sets have a end coupler behind the air smoothed front end. This is produced by Dellner and incorporates physical, pneumatic and electrical connections. When not needed the coupler is kept in a recessed condition and when required for use is pneumatically moved forward. Train supply sockets are also provided behind the front end door. CJM

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