Hornby R3952

Avanti West Coast, Class 390 Pendolino Train Pack – Era 11

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Era
Era 11 (2016 to 2022) Current Era

Manufacturer description

During the 1970s, British Railways had pursued the concept of tilting train technology for the West Coast Main Line through the Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train concept, allowing for higher speeds to be taken through curves. By minimizing lateral forces on the passengers, the tendency to slide sideways was reduced, which in turn allowed passenger comfort levels to be maintained at higher speeds.


Even with the cancellation of the APT project, the idea of train tilt was still being considered in the 1980s for the InterCity 225 project, and again during the 1990s for the aborted InterCity 250 concept. In 1997, when Virgin Trains were awarded the franchise to operate the West Coast Main Line following the privatization of British Rail, it was on the proviso that new rolling stock was to be introduced, replacing the ageing Class 86/87/90 locomotives and Mark 2/3 coaches and so a £500 million order was placed with Alstom/Fiat Ferroviaria to construct fifty-four, eight-car tilting train sets, later increasing to nine, then eleven car sets.


The current Pendolino fleet of 52 sets comprises 31 eleven-car sets and 21 nine-car sets and all have been transferred to Avanti West Coast, the operating name for the new West Coast Partnership between FirstGroup plc and Trenitalia UK that took over the operation of the existing West Coast Main Line services on 8 December 2019, from Virgin Trains.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Product Code:
R3952
RRP:
£302.49
Release date:
2020

Model details

Colour
Cyan
DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Gauge
OO
Livery
Avanti West Coast
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Motor
3 Pole Skew wound
Finish
Painted
Running numbers
69156, 69556, 69656, 69256
Features
Directional lighting
Interior lighting

Prototype information

Introduced
2019
Locomotive class*
390 Pendolino
Operator
Avanti West Coast
Designer
Alstom
Motive power
Electric Multiple Unit
Built
2001-2012
Total produced
57
Coach type
Alstom Class 390 'Pendolino'
TOPS classification
PTF (Pantograph Trailer First)

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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