Is the end already in sight for Britain’s tilting trains?

TransPennine Express’s new trains are missing one key feature that is indispensable for other 125mph trains on the West Coast Mainline. GARETH DENNIS looks at the future of tilting trains.

Different train speeds require different values of applied cant — this is easier where there are four tracks, but requires compromise on a two track railway corridor.
TPE’s new fleet of Class 397 and Class 802 trains are capable of traversing the WCML at up to 125mph without the need for a tilting mechanism.

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