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British Rail Advanced Passenger Train-Experimental
APT-E in the RTC sidings between tests in the summer of 1972
In service 1972-1976
Manufacturer BR Research & Technical Centre
Built at Derby
Family name APT
Constructed 1970
Entered service 1972-1976
Formation 4 cars
Fleet numbers PC1-2 (Power Cars)
TC1-2 (Trailer Cars)
Operator(s) British Rail
Maximum speed 155mph
Prime mover(s) Gas Turbine
Braking system(s) Hydrokinetic
Track gauge Standard

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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