Alfa Pendular

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Alfa Pendular
Flickr - nmorao - Alfa Pendular 182, Lousal, 2009.05.19.jpg
Alfa Pendular 4010 at Lousal in 2009.
Alfa Pendular CP Interior.jpg
The interior of a second class carriage.
Manufacturer FIAT Ferroviaria, ADtranz, Siemens
Built at Sorefame, Amadora
Family name Pendolino
Entered service 1999
Number built 10 six-carriage units
Fleet numbers Série 4000 (numbers 4001-4010 and 4051-4060)
Capacity 301 seats
Operator CP
Line(s) served Braga-Porto-Lisbon-Faro
Specifications
Train length 158.9 m (521 ft)
Width 2.92 m (9 ft 7 in)
Height 4.39 m (14 ft 5 in)
Maximum speed 220 km/h (140 mph)
Weight 298.3 t (293.6 long tons; 328.8 short tons)
Axle load 14.3 t (14.1 long tons; 15.8 short tons)
Traction system 8 asynchronous three-phase Siemens 1TB2223-OGA03 motors
Power output 4,000 kW (5,400 hp)
UIC classification (1A)(A1) – (1A)(A1) – 2′2′ + 2′2′ – (1A)(A1) – (1A)(A1)
Track gauge 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)
Alfa Pendular
Alfa Pendular.svg
Line length: 624 km (388 mi)
(including 314 km (195 mi) - Linha do Norte)
Track gauge: 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) Iberian gauge
0 Braga
Famalicão
53 Estação de Porto-Campanhã - Porto
Douro River
55 Vila Nova de Gaia
121 Aveiro
170 Coimbra
Mondego River
Linha da Beira Baixa
Entroncamento
340 Gare do Oriente - Lisbon
Santa Apolónia Station - Lisbon
Estação de Entrecampos - Lisbon
Tagus RiverPonte 25 de Abril
Pinhal Novo
Sado River
Tunes
LagosLinha do Algarve
Albufeira
Loulé
624 Faro

Alfa Pendular is the name of the Pendolino high-speed tilting train of Portuguese state railway company CP.[1] It connects the cities of Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Santarém, Lisbon, Albufeira and Faro, among others at speeds of up to 220 kilometres per hour (137 mph).

The trains were assembled in Portugal by ADtranz at the former Sorefame works at Amadora, based on contracting partnership between Fiat-Ferroviaria as the main contractor and ADtranz and Siemens as the main subcontractors.

Description[edit]

The Alfa Pendular high speed train is a six car electric multiple unit (EMU#, which is derived from and closely resembles the Giugiaro designed Italian Fiat-Ferroviaria ETR 480 Pendolino train. The bogies had to be redesigned to operate on Portugal's 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) Iberian gauge track.

There are 8 traction motors, installed on all but the two middle vehicles of the train, developing 4.0 megawatts (5,400 hp). This M-M-T-T-M-M arrangement spreads the weight of the train, giving it a weight of only 13.5 tonnes (13.3 long tons; 14.9 short tons) per axle, which helps its cornering ability at high speed.

During testing, a top speed of 245.6 km/h (152.6 mph) was reached close to Espinho in 1998.

Tilting technology[edit]

Its tilting train technology, with a maximum tilt angle of 8°, allows the train to negotiate curves at higher speeds than conventional trains. The combination of the resulting high cornering velocity and the tilting movement of the carriages helps ensure a comfortable ride for the passengers. The hydraulic tilting system is governed by two gyroscopes in the head cars. The curve is found on the base of the elevation of the external track.

The use of this train did not require particular modifications to the existing rail network, but it is expensive in terms of maintenance of the rolling stock because of the complexity of the tilting system.

Stations[edit]

The stations served by the Alfa Pendular are from north to south:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Série 4000: CP official website
  2. ^ Comboios de Portugal > Alfa Pendular > Estações

External links[edit]

Media related to Alfa Pendular at Wikimedia Commons