French transportation company Alstom has reported a record speed of 293kmph while testing its Pendolino train on the Gora Wlodowska to Psary line, north-west of Krakow.
Polish operator PKP Intercity ordered 20 Pendolino trains in 2011, and Alstom has been working with the operator to test the trains in order to secure circulation permission.
The trains will run between Gdynia, Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice and Wroclaw.
The contract includes 17 years of maintenance and the construction of a new maintenance depot, which is expected to be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2014.
PKP Intercity is expected to commence operations by the end of 2014, following the success of all tests conducted.
According to Alstom, Pendolino has been designed to run at around 250kmph on both high-speed and conventional lines, and is integrated with the company’s tilting technology. Tiltronix enables the train to travel around 30% to 35% faster than conventional trains.
Pendolino can also be completely customised from interior layout to the number of cars, voltage power supply, gauge and suspension.
The trains have been certified to operate in 13 nations and meet the needs of all regions across the world, including North America, Russia, CIS and Asia.