Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino 390 018 "Virgin Princess" departing Oxenholme Station, Cumbria, England, U.K., Europe.

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Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino 390 018 "Virgin Princess" departing Oxenholme Station, Cumbria, England, U.K., Europe.
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The Class 390 Pendolino is a type of train used in Great Britain. They are electric multiple units using Fiat's tilting train pendolino technology and built by Fiat Ferroviaria. Fifty-three 9-car units were built for Virgin Trains from 2001 to 2004 for operation on the West Coast Main Line. The trains were the last to be assembled at Alstom's Washwood Heath plant, in Birmingham, before its closure in 2005. The Class 390 is one of the fastest domestic electric multiple units operating in Britain, with a top speed of 140 mph; however limitations to track signalling systems restrict the units to a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In September 2006, the Pendolino set a new speed record, completing the 401 miles (645 km) length of the West Coast Main Line from Glasgow to London in 3 hours, 55 minutes, beating the 4 hours 14 minute record for the southbound run previously set in 1981 by its ancestor, British Rail's Advanced Passenger Train. The APT retains the ultimate speed record for this route, having completed the northbound journey between London and Glasgow in 3 hours 52 minutes in 1984.
Location: Oxenholme Station, West Coast Main Line, Cumbria, England United Kingdom, Europe.