ČD Class 680

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ČD Class 680
Praha Hlavní nádraží, Pendolino (3).jpg
Pendolino 680 007 at the main railway station in Czech capital Prague
Manufacturer Alstom
Family name Pendolino
Constructed 2004
Entered service 2006
Number built Seven 7-car sets
Formation see text
Operator České dráhy
Specifications
Train length 185.3 m (607 ft 11 in)
Maximum speed 230 km/h (140 mph)
Weight 384.0 t (846,600 lb)
Power output Eight 490 kW (660 hp) traction motors, 3,920 kW (5,260 hp) total
Electric system(s) 25 kV 50 Hz AC
15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC
3,000 V DC
Current collection method Pantograph
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

ČD Class 680 are electric multiple units used in the Czech Republic, using tilting Pendolino technology. Built by Alstom they were largely based on 9-car ETR 470. While testing from Břeclav to Brno on November 18, 2004, the Pendolino reached a speed of 237 km/h and created a new Czech railway speed record.[1] The units are equipped to work on 25 kV 50 Hz AC, 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC and 3,000 V DC.

View of the Second Class interior

History[edit]

The initial Czech order for tilting trains was placed with Fiat Ferroviaria during 2000.[citation needed] As part of the Alstom take over of Fiat Ferroviaria the order was changed to Pendolino trains.[citation needed] The first set was delivered in 2004 as Pendolino ČD 680.

During the testing period, the train had problems with the Czech signalling system. The problems were said to be solved and the trains entered regular service in December 2005 between Prague and Ostrava. As of late January 2006, all five Czech Pendolino trains that had been put in service suffered from software and functional problems. The range of problems was spanning from failing air conditioning and heating, to failures of the tilting control. The supposedly ERTMS compliant control system ATLAS is not able to properly join several discrete systems each based on different software platforms. Similar problems have also been reported with Finnish VR Class Sm3. All problems were fixed.

Formation[edit]

The seven car units consist of:

  • Class 681 Driving Motor First
  • Class 081 Trailer First
  • Class 683 Motor Buffet Second
  • Class 084 Trailer Second
  • Class 684 Motor second
  • Class 082 Trailer Second
  • Class 682 Driving Motor First

Cars are individually numbered, with the driving cars carrying their numbers on their noses.

Events[edit]

On December 1, 2007 a Pendolino derailed in Prague. No one was injured but the train was severely damaged.[2]

The train was featured in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. While in reality the Czech Pendolino does not actually operate the route, in the movie it was shown to journey from Switzerland to Montenegro. In the 2008 movie Wanted, the train was featured with real Czech Railways logo and equipment.

Operations[edit]

ČD Supercity Pendolino
0km Františkovy Lázně
7km Cheb
37km Mariánské Lázně
49km Planá u Mariánských Lázní
80km Stříbro
113km Plzeň hl.n.
222km Praha Smíchov
226km Praha hl.n.
330km Pardubice hl.n.
476km Olomouc hl.n.
577km Ostrava Svinov
582km Ostrava hl.n.
590km Bohumín

In December 2006 Czech Pendolinos were given permission to operate in Slovakia and Austria.[citation needed]

schedule 2012:

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