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O Comboio do Fogo
(The Fire Train)

Faro station, June 11, the Alfa Pendular after its high speed dash from Lisbon. It’s standing there as an glowing extension of the setting sun. After getting out we waited for the connecting local DMU to Tavira.

After travelling to Lisbon on the Sud Express the classic way, riding the Alfa Pendular is an entirely different experience. The top speed of this train on the Lisboa-Faro stretch is 220 km/h. Its tilting technology allows the train to negotiate curves at higher speeds then conventional trains. The combination of the resulting high cornering velocity and the tilting movement of the carriages ensures a thrilling 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 4,8 MW. The bogies had to be redesigned for operation on Portugal's broad gauge track. The trains were assembled at the Portugues Adtranz Amadora plant.
In the ws a pic of the speed/temperature info display in a carriage.

The European high speed trains offer short journey times and a high level of confort. The downside is that the introduction of these trains often are accompanied by a withdrawal of local traditional train services with can have dramatic consequences for the communities that depend on them. The very bleak outcome this, and the privatising of the other modes of public transport, had for the Alantejo region, are described here by Jose Elias.

This is posting #200. When I posted the first one almost two years ago, I never thought that participating on TE would be so involving, that I would learn so much, befriend members and even get to meet some of them. Thanx a lot for all, my dear friends.
This will also be this last posting for a while - in a few days we’ll again be off to our Sotavento retreat in Santa Luzia. I’ll be back from there with a New Year’s greeting.

Happy holidays and Christmas, Prettige Kerstdagen, Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Natal, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Весел Коледа, Glædelig Jul, God Jul, to you all.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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