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a very short clip of a Virgin (owned and Liveried) Pendolino train tilting at speed to take a bend.

As the UK is only a small island and the rail network has been built up in sections over a 100+ year period there aren't many long straight sections as found in Europe, therefore, engineers decided to tilt the train into the curves so as to maintain a higher overall track speed. After initial teething problems the engineering hurdles were overcome and the new Pendolino's are safe fast and excellent trains.

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Added: Mar-27-2012 
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  • Tilt is good. That will keep my beer safe

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  • Something about trains makes my happy, not sure what though.

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  • trains are beautiful things.

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  • Pretty damn smart.

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  • Do Virgin only run pendolinos?

    I've taken Virgin trains between London and Stafford but I never noticed if they tilted or not. They were damned smooth and fast whatever they were.

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    • @DEADBEEF only Virgin have Pendolino's as they commissioned them and had them built (controversially) in Europe rather than the UK, they use them on the longer north south longer distance inter city routes and where they've been able to upgrade the track and signalling etc, you probably travelled on the Pendolino's slightly smaller bro the Voyager, Class 220. they are the non-tilt variety but still first class able machines, mainly used on so-called cross country routes. I just posted a short cl More..

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    • @thecleaner001

      I had a brief look at Virgin rail. They presently only run Pendelinos to Stafford, but my trips were in 2005/6 so it may have been different then.

      The class 220 is interesting - somewhat similar to older style railcars that had engines in each carriage.

      What is surprising is that there are so many DMU still around. I thought that electrification would have caused them to disappear.

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    • @thecleaner001

      You make it sound as if this was a British invention, yet the Italians are the ones who really developed and perfected it, not for our old tracks built on relatively flat terrain, but mostly for their own trans-Alpine railways to the rest of Europe, which are obviously much harder and much more expensive to straighten up. That's where the technology was the most successful and profitable, and I think it was just adopted in Britain as a quicker and cheaper alternative to having t More..

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  • I think it should be mentioned that its really the train which is tilting (kind of unusual), not the track (which is the common way its done)... its not clear from the description

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    • @Forlix ..er, it quite clearly states 'engineers decided to tilt the train into the curves so as to maintain a higher overall track speed', where does it give the impression 'the track was tilting'?

      you can raise the cant of the rail but you cannot 'tilt' it.

      what isn't clear in the description?

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      I dont know, if it says "the train tilts in the curves" for me this could very well be the result of the track not being level :P But maybe thats just me... Just took me a while to realize it, and I guess some people wont at all.

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  • So what makes it lean into the corners?

    And don't tell the passengers. ;)

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    • @Arizona_Patriot there's a special set of hydraulic rams and dampers from the bogies to the car body which will sort of centrifugally push the train into the curve, the rail-cant is built up to a certain point too. There's a fine line between acceptable tilting and making the passengers feel 'queasy' it took the engineers a few years to perfect the mechanism. I think I posted a film somewhere showing the original tilt trials and space frame wagons they built to prove the concept.

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    • @thecleaner001 Clever bit of engineering, that.

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    • @thecleaner001
      I did not know that. Interesting. Very cool. Like many others here, I love trains and your uploads. Not sure why I like them so much. Is it the soothing sounds, the safety and inherent comfort train travel provides? Is it a nostalgic thing? The little boy in me that is hypnotized by them? Dunno. Give me a choice and I'll pick train travel over airlines anyday. Time isn't as important as we like to believe.Something about looking out a window watching the scenery and small cities More..

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    • @Fire37Rescue ..without a doubt, if you can look at The Elizabethan Express rail post I think it captures perfectly rail travel how it used to be on the East Coast Mainline, where the Station Master would don his Top Hat to meet the train and all the passengers travelled in their Sunday Best. If I can find the link I'll put it up (I'm not that good with links and all that)

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    • @thecleaner001
      Dang mouse clicked ya down when I was clicking you up. Anyways, I owe you and will find that footage...Thanks for the upload and VOTED

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  • Thanks

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  • 'As the UK is only a small island'

    The UK isn't an island.

    GB is the island, UK is GB plus Northern Island which of course is on a separate island.

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  • yay for you,the rest of the modern world has been useing this for 30+ years!

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    • @Grammar Police - I'd like that nick too, then I'd never have to look for an excuse when correcting someone :)))

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