Alfa Pendular

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Alfa Pendular is the name of the pendolino high-speed train of Portuguese state railway company CP. It connects the cities of Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Santarém, Lisbon, Albufeira and Faro, among others. Its top speed is 220 km/h (136.7 mph). Its tilting technology 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 ensures a dynamic experience.

The Alfa Pendular high speed train are closely derived from the Giugiaro designed Italian Fiat ETR 460 ‘pendolino’ train. It’s a 6 unit EMU (electrical multiple unit). The traction engines develop 4,0 MW. The bogies had to be redesigned for operation on Portugal's broad gauge track. The trains were assembled by Alstom at the Portuguese Amadora plant.


An Alfa Pendular composition leaving the Gare do Oriente station, Lisbon

The alphabetical list of stations served by the Alfa Pendular is as follows:[1]


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