This report describes British Rail's advanced passenger train (APT). The success of the APT depends not on revolutionary power plant (it is powered by gas turbines) but on its suspension system. Modification of the ordinary railway wheel set facilitates high speed running even on existing track. Greater speeds can be achieved by modifications to the track which would also benefit normal services. Improved brakes mean that the APT will be compatible with existing signalling equipment. It is expected that the APT will eventually have to be succeeded by a completely new system as traffic is expected to increase to saturation point after its introduction. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    MacMillan Journals Limited

    4 Little Essex Street
    London WC2R 3LF,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, J
  • Publication Date: 1974-4-5

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 465
  • Serial:
    • Nature
    • Volume: 248
    • Issue Number: 5448
    • Publisher: MacMillan Journals Limited

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096680
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1981 12:00AM