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Ask Trains: Is that Talgo’s tilt normal?

By | September 4, 2019

Published: Sept. 4, 2019

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A Series 6 Talgo trainset is examined after 125-mph operation at the Transportation Test Center in Pueblo, Colo., in 1998.
Bob Johnston
Q: In the Sept. 2019 Passenger column on Page 18, I see that a Series 6 Talgo locomotive is leaning while being inspected. Was that tilt normal? — Robert Muckey, Williamson, N.Y.

A: There were definitely no issues with the trainset in any of the tests of the Series 6 trainset at Transportation Technology Center, in Pueblo, Colo., back in 1998. The photograph is of a routine inspection of both the trainset and locomotive taking place on a super elevated curve at the TTC to measure clearances. The inherent tilt of the curve makes the locomotive lean to the inside of the curve as shown. — Bob Johnston

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