British Rail APT-E

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British Rail Advanced Passenger Train-Experimental
ATP-E IN YARD.jpg
APT-E in the RTC sidings between tests in the summer of 1972
In service1972-1976
ManufacturerBR Research & Technical Centre
Built atDerby
Family nameAPT
Constructed1970
Entered service1972-1976
Formation4 cars
Fleet numbersPC1-2 (Power Cars)
TC1-2 (Trailer Cars)
Operator(s)British Rail
Specifications
Maximum speed155mph
Prime mover(s)Gas Turbine
Braking system(s)Hydrokinetic
Track gaugeStandard

The APT-E (meaning Advanced Passenger Train Experimental) tilting train was the prototype Advanced Passenger Train unit. It was powered by gas turbines, the only multiple unit so powered that was used by British Rail. It was formed of two power cars (numbers PC1 and PC2), with two trailer cars (TC1 and TC2) in between. The cars were made of aluminium and were articulated to reduce the weight of the unit.

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