|With a collection of unique official photographs, a
full descriptive text and detailed technical
illustrations, this volume describes the evolution of a
dramatic new train design which combines very fast speeds
with high standards of passenger comfort and efficient
An Avon-AngliA Publication ISBN 0 905466 37 3 Geoffrey Body © 1981
|Hugh Williams' position as APT-E Train Supervisor has
given him first-hand engineering experience of the
project and he describes the development of APT from the
initial concept, through the building and testing of APT-E
to the problems encountered by the prototype trains. The
reader is drawn into the story, to experience the
exhilaration of the 150mph runs and the frustrations of
the delays to the programme at the hands of the
Government, management and unions. Comparisons are drawn
between BR's approach to the problems of high speed rail
travel and the solutions adopted by the Japanese and the
French with their successful Hikari and TGV trains.
Finally the prospects for the next generation of trains
are considered as BR continues in its attempt to turn a
brilliant concept into engineering reality.
Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 0 7110 1474 4 Leonard Hugh Williams © 1985
|On the Right Lines? examines a range of key factors
that explain the limits to technological innovation. The
book concentrates on British Rail's experience with the
High Speed Train, Advanced Passenger Train and InterCity
225 projects. Reference is also made to the international
experience with studies of similar projects in France,
Japan, Germany, the USA, Australia and Sweden.
Frances Pinter (Publishers) London ISBN 0 86187 580 X Stephen Potter © 1987
A roundup of high speed rail systems worldwide. John Whitelegg is Head of Geography at Lancaster University, and a worlds authority on public transport. Staffan Hultén is Assistant Professor at Stockholm School of Economics, where Torbjörn Flink is a researcher.
Leading Edge press and publishing ISBN 0 948135 45 X © 1993
|Twenty-five years ago in May 1964, British Rail
Research Division came into being at Derby with the
opening of new purpose-built facilities at the Railway
Technical Centre. As well as providing BR with a research
capability, with the key objectives of helping to secure
future traffic, reduce operating costs, improve revenue
and enhance safety, the Division also undertakes
consultancy work for outside organisations. This book is
published to mark this 25th anniversary, and the author
has received valuable assistance and encouragement from
the Director and Staff of British Rail Research. All the
vehicles used by Research are described and a number of
the projects, both past and present, and including the
much-publicised Advanced Passenger Train (APT), are
featured. The test facilities and laboratories at Derby
are illustrated and described as are the two special test
tracks operated by the Research Division.
Haynes Publishing Group ISBN 0 86093 441 1 Colin J Marsden © 1989
||The superb engineering which Britain's High Speed
Train represents, and the technology behind the even more
radical Advanced Passenger Train, are achievements of
which British industry can be justly proud. With their
HSTs, British Rail are now running the fastest diesel-electric
service in the world, while the introduction of the APT
will permit spectacular time cuts on routes which already
have some of the fastest and most frequent trains
In this highly documented and well illustrated book the author provides a definitive study of the magnificent engineering technology built into these new trains, and from personal acquaintance from the railwaymen responsible, reviews the basic philosophy behind their introduction, from the viewpoints of financial investment, service, marketing and timetabling.
These extremely fast new trains are being introduced in high service density on to existing lines already carrying a mixed traffic of freight and ordinary express passenger trains, and the author clearly shows how the new HSTs and APTs have been made compatible with existing track and signals.
Detailed reference is made to the ingenious mechanical features which have made possible an exceptionally smooth ride at speeds of up to the full 125 mph, together with a braking ability superior to that of slower locomotives. The author also discusses the proposals for introducing these trains on other routes from an intimate knowledge of current thinking within British Rail, while an important section of the book summarises details of many actual runs, as well as test performances.
Patrick Stephens Limited ISBN 0 85059 412 X Oswald
Stevens Nock © 1980
|Coming right up to date, the author finally discusses
the motive power of the future in view of the latest
developments of the prototype Advanced Passenger Train
and its production successor, IC225, now in active
Patrick Stephens Limited Oswald Stevens Nock © 1985
This book tells the story of the development of the iconic APT-E from its inception and construction to preservation and restoration.
Rapido Trains Inc. ISBN 978 0 9783611 1 2 Gareth Bayer, Kit Spackman and Paul Leadley © 2016
The story of the APT is one of ultimate failure. The pioneering project for a tilting train was headline news in the 1970s and 1980s but it failed as much for political reasons as it did for technical reasons.
The story is still controversial, and many still see it as a missed opportunity. Yet the legacy of the original APT project is that tilting trains built by foreign competitors run almost unnoticed on Britain’s railway network today and much of the power car technology heavily influenced the design of the later InterCity 225s and the Class 91 locomotives.
Now David Clough has delved into recently released archive material and has unearthed a story never before told. He reveals some of the top-level thinking behind the APT project, internal politics and some of the real reasons for APT’s eventual, and expensive, demise.
Analytical and balanced, this is a fascinating read for those who would like to know more about what happened behind the scenes of the doomed APT project.
Ian Allan Ltd. ISBN 978 0 7110 3824 0 David N Clough © 2016