British Rail Class 370

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British Rail Class 370
"Advanced Passenger Train"
In service1980-1986
Family nameAPT
Number built3 trainsets
Formation14 cars per trainset
Line(s) servedWest Coast Main Line
Height3.5 m
Maximum speed155mph (249 km/h) (Design)
125mph (200 km/h) (service)
Weight434 t
Electric system(s)25 kV AC Overhead
APT-P Driving Trailer Second (DTS) unit, in revised APT branding, with a black "mask" around the driver's window.
APT-P Non-Driving Motor (NDM) unit, with high-speed pantograph.

British Rail's Class 370 tilting trains, also referred to as APT-P (meaning Advanced Passenger Train Prototype), were the pre-production Advanced Passenger Train units. Unlike the earlier experimental gas-turbine APT-E unit, these units were powered by 25kV AC overhead electrification and were used on the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Glasgow Central. The APT-P is the most powerful domestic train to have operated in Britain, the eight traction motors fitted to the two central Motor Cars giving a total output of 8,000 hp. This enabled the train to set the UK rail speed record of 162.2 mph in December 1979, a record that stood for 23 years.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Train smashes speed record". 30 July 2003 – via