3:13pm Friday 11th October 2013
By Matthew Taylor
THE Advanced Passenger Train (APT) will be tilted for the first time since the 1990s during a special event at the Crewe Heritage Centre this month.
One of the two extant APT units has stood in sidings at the locomotive museum after being withdraw from service in the 1980s.
The APT suffered teething problems with its tilt mechanism and consequently, negative press. The project was abandoned owing to a lack of political will to continue development.
The experimental technology exploited by the British-built train was later sold to Italy’s Fiat, who developed the Pendolino now used on the West Coast Main Line.
During a Modern Traction Gala on October 19 and 20, there will be a demonstration of the 155 mph locomotive's hydraulic tilt.
Elsewhere, the gala will feature the Heritage Centre’s collection of diesel engines.
Meanwhile, on October 12-13, the centre will hold a model and miniature railway autumn gala, featuring visiting locomotives.
Visit fochc.co.uk for more information.
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