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Helsinki-Saint-Petersburg Allegro, high speed Pendolino
train, presented at Finland station in Saint-Petersburg

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The Helsinki-Saint-Petersburg Pendolino will shorten the
travel time between Helsinki and St-Petersburg in first phase
from 5,5 hours to 3,5 hours with a final target of 3 hours,
with the border control carried out on board of the train while
running. Specific technical solutions and enhanced safety
standards have been implemented to adapt to severe winter
conditions. All the bogies are thus equipped with special
devices designed to reduce snow and ice accumulation; an
improved heating and air-conditioning system has also been
installed. Ride comfort, modern design and elegant solutions of
the interiors improve passengers well-being while being
closer to the clients brand strategy.

The tests are being conducted in parallel on 3 trains both in
Finland and Russia, which will enable authorization to be
obtained as quickly as possible for their operation on the
railway networks. Two trains are currently being tested in
Russia, mainly on the rail lines around St-Petersburg and on
the test track at Sherbinka near Moscow. Specific tests are
conducted on key components of the train, according to the
Russian norms. The third train is currently completing final
type tests in the Finnish network. Traction, braking and
signalling (under 25 kV AC) are tested at the Ilmala depot in
static mode, then on the Kerava-Lakhti line at a maximum speed
of 220 kph. The fourth trainset left Alstoms plant in
Savigliano (Italy) at the end of September and is being
transferred to the Finnish Railways maintenance depot at
Ilmala for reassembly and adjustment before embarking on
various phases of static, then dynamic, tests in Finland.

Helsinki-St-Petersburg Allegro is an electric trainset with a
distributed power to operate on both 25 kV AC 50 Hz and 3 kV
DC. The presence of various independent traction units ensures
a high level of reliability and redundancy. The traction
equipment, positioned under the body, includes two transformers
and four traction converters based on an IGTB most advanced
traction technologies in railway field. The improved technical
solutions adopted in the traction system, together with the use
of light alloy and composite materials made it possible to
lower train weight and to reduce power consumption, making this
train the best environment-friendly solution for intercity
transport. The bogie is a true concentrate of advanced
technology while also featuring the very highest levels of
operative interchangeability and servicing ease.

The active tilting system these trains are equipped with
represents an advanced technological solution unique in the
world, making it possible to achieve a consistent increase in
speed on curves compared to conventional trains, in conditions
of full safety and comfort, and without having to make changes
in the geometry and lay-out of the existing tracks. This offers
a perfect opportunity for assuring more efficient passenger
services which satisfy customer requirements whilst enabling
high-speed access to remote centers.

Reliability of a proven platform: Pendolino

Helsinki-St-Petersburg Allegro trains are based on the
New Pendolino platform and constitute a further
development of the Pendolino trainsets already in operation in
Finland since 1995.

In order to better respond to the requirements expressed by the
market and the customer, this high speed train is designed to
operate on both Finnish and Russian networks thanks to its
double power and signalling/radio system.

The name Pendolino is used to identify the family
of high-speed and tilting-technology trains. These trains owe
their name (which in Italian means pendulum) to
the variable trim mechanism enabling them to tilt when going
round a bend. The maximum tilt of 8 degrees permits a speed in
the curves that is 20-30% higher than for conventional trains,
whilst assuring the greatest safety and comfort for the
passengers. Developed by Alstom, world leader in the production
of high-speed trains based on tilting technology, these trains
are built in Savigliano site (Italy). Their traction system is
made in Sesto San Giovanni near Milan (Italy). Their bogies are
manufactured in Le Creusot (France).

Alstoms Pendolino has been a genuine success story, with
over 200 million kilometres covered in commercial service. To
date, 430 Pendolino, in electric or diesel version, operate in
11 countries: Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland,
Slovenia, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, China, Finland, and
soon in Russia. Poland is also in the way to buy high speed
trains. As an example of this success, a Virgin Trains
Pendolino tilting train, designed, built and maintained by
Alstom, has become the first of the 52-strong fleet to clock up
2.4 million kilometres. With a market share of 95% in the world
and in Europe , Alstom is the indisputable leader in the
tilting electric trains sector.

About Alstom Transport

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport
develops and markets the most complete range of systems,
equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport
manages entire transport systems, taking in rolling stock,
signalling and infrastructure, and offers turnkey
solutions. Alstom Transport recorded sales of 5.8 billion euros
in the fiscal year 2009-2010 and an increase in orders of 9%
compared to the previous year. Alstom Transport is present in
over 60 countries and employs some 27,000 people.

Press contacts:
Laurent Gerbet, Press Manager - Tel. + 33 1 57 06 92 83

Isabelle Tourancheau, External Communications Manager CIS -
Tel. + 33 1 57 06 19 81

Anna Lihr, External Communications Manager Nordic Countries -
Tel. +46 87236581