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Model Information: Produced with the full support of Virgin Trains by Rapido Trains, in conjunction with Revolution Trains (UK), 1:148 (British) N-Scale Pendolino models feature a pair of powered driving motor cars, Rapido's low friction drive mechanisms, full interior detailing, illuminated table lamps, directional head and tail lights, finely crafted pantographs with etched metal heads, close coupling, removable front panels for prototypical drags across non-electrified lines, DCC ready sets with limited sounds or factory installed DCC sets with high quality decoders and speakers at both ends, and amazing sounds recorded from an actual train.
Offered as nine-car (Class 390/0) and eleven-car (Class 390/1) sets, along with stock numbers 2004 and 2504, shortened, five-car configurations (of the number 390001 Virgin Pioneer) that is comprised of one of each of the basic car types (A, C, E, H, and K), is a set of stock number 2003 add-on (F and U) cars.
Prototype Description: Introduced on the United Kingdom's west coast line between London Euston and Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, and Glasgow (Scotland) in 2002, the Class 390 high speed tilting Pendolino passenger trains are operated by Virgin Trains.
Owned by Stagecoach and Virgin Rail Group, which was created by Virgin Group (a British multinational conglomerate that consists of over four-hundred worldwide companies) in order to bid for United Kingdom rail franchises during British Rail's privatization years, since March 9, 1997, Virgin Trains has provided a combined metropolitan population of over eighteen million people with long-distance passenger rail services between London, West Midlands, North West England, North Wales and Scotland.
With one nine-car set (unit number 390 033, "City of Glasgow" which was seriously damaged in a derailment near Grayrigg) written off on November 30, 2007, as of 2016, the Virgin Trains Pendolino fleet consists of twenty-one nine-car sets and thirty-five eleven car sets.
Pendolino Car Types:
A and K cars are driving motor cars.
B, D, F, G (which is only used with 11-car sets), and J coaches are intermediate motor cars.
C and H coaches are intermediate trailer cars with pantographs.
E and U (which is only used with 11-car sets) coaches are intermediate trailer cars.
Road Name History:
The Virgin Trains brand has also been used on the legally and operationally separate Virgin Trains East Coast since 1 March 2015, and previously on Virgin CrossCountry, which operated between 1997 and 2007. Virgin has around 3,400 employees.
The name RAPIDO was introduced by Canadian National in 1965 to headline the railway's high-speed intercity passenger services. Until the mid-1980s, RAPIDO stood for fast schedules, frequent trains, and superb service.
Today, Rapido Trains continues the RAPIDO concept with state-of-the-art models and attention to fine detail. This company is not related to the venerable (and now defunct) German manufacturer Arnold Rapido, nor the present-day Arnold (which is owned by the United Kingdom's Hornby), Canadian based Rapido Trains was founded in 2003.
Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-07-09 07:18:50. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-13 04:38:29
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