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Pendolino: „Nose“ design that shaped rail industry

Pendolino: „Nose“ design that shaped rail industry
photo: PKP Intercity/Linkedin/Pendolino
30 / 12 / 2021

The rail industry is becoming faster and faster every year. But some of the biggest changes were to be seen during the 1960s and 1970s as various rail operators introduced high-speed rail services. France and Japan were some of the first innovators and soon others joined them.

Various options have been explored in Italy. Several prototypes were built and tested; this was the beginning of the Pendolino. Tilting trains allowed companies to speed up travel without building a dedicated parallel rail network.

Over the years the front part of Pendolino became its distinguishing mark. The aerodynamic „nose“ was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Originally an automotive designer from Garessio, Italy, who styled the next generation of Pendolino in 1994. Giorgetto won the first prize in 1999 for being the best automotive designer of the 20th century.

The aerodynamics of the whole train has been improved with the new design. The most significant changes came with the reduction of the sounds penetrating through the roof and the noise from the chassis. Overall, the ride is more comfortable for all the passengers with less vibration and a smoother feel from the journey.