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British Rail Class 370
"Advanced Passenger Train"
In service 1980-1986
Manufacturer BREL
Family name APT
Number built 3 trainsets
Formation 14 cars per trainset
Operator(s) InterCity
Line(s) served West Coast Main Line
Height 3.5 m
Maximum speed 155mph (249 km/h) (Design)
125mph (200 km/h) (service)
Weight 434 t
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC Overhead
APTP Driving Trailer Second
APT-P Driving Trailer Second (DTS) unit, in revised APT branding, with a black "mask" around the driver's window.
APTP Non Driving Motor
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.

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