Pendolinos for Czech Railways - to be registered as Class 680 - are one of the orders, currently realized in the ALSTOM Ferroviaria facilities at Savigliano. With these units ČD will join not only the family of tilting technology users but also the high speed vehicles’ owners at last.
The story of ČD Class 680, based on the initial in 1995 closed agreement, was accompanied by bad luck since the beginning. Briefly, it was hit by still rising delay caused by manufacturing and existence problems of ČKD Dopravní systémy, which culminated in January 2001, when this company was filled for bankruptcy. Already in January 2000, the Initial agreement’s Clause No 6 was closed, on basis of which Fiat Ferroviaria took over both the bond for delivery of the seven-car triple-voltage tilting trains and the leading post in the ČKD – MSV – Siemens – Fiat Ferroviaria consortium, which was initially awarded this contract.