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The biggest advantage of this new rail car of the German railway system is its precision in taking the curves. It owes its name "Pendolino" to a special control system which puts the car housing in a slant of up to 8 degrees at high speed in curves. This enables the "Pendolino" to maintain high speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour even in winding areas, decreasing travel time significantly. The little runabout has been traversing the tracks between Nuremberg, Bayreuth and Hof in Southern Germany for several months now. The "Pendolino" can cover this distance, which previously took 80 minutes, in less than an hour. The rail car was designed and built by an international consortium, with Siemens responsible for the electrical equipment. The control system for the housing was developed by the Italian company Fiat Ferroviaria. Twenty "Pendolinos" are expected to be put to work by the end of this year.
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Title Annotation:New Products; Pendolino, new rail-road car
Publication:Economic Review
Date:Oct 1, 1992
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