Polish Pendolino breaks speed records

The EIC Premium Pendolino has broken both the Polish track record and Pendolino speed record during testing.

Having started dynamic testing earlier this month, the new PKP Intercity train first broke the Polish record of 250 km/h after hitting speeds of 291 km/h on November 23 before topping the Pendolino record board the next day with a speed of 293 km\h.

Alstom is supplying and maintaining a fleet of 20 new Pendolino trains for Polish operator PKP, which, once in service, will reduce travel times between Warsaw and Krakow by an hour.

High-speed trial runs are being conducted between Gora Wlodowska and Psary prior to receiving the certification which will allow the operation of regular passenger services.

The record exceeded the manufacturer’s predicted maximum speed of 275 km/h.

Further tests will be carried out over the next couple of weeks to check other components and systems onboard.