Hornby R3874

BR, Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train, Set 370 001 and 370 002, 7-car pack - Era 7

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Prototype Era
Era 7 (1972 to 1982) British Rail Blue (TOPS)

Manufacturer description

At the beginning of 1982, the CM&EE considered that development problems with the ATP-P project would mean that the introduction of APT-S, scheduled for 1988, would not happen because APT-P still required at least six more years to achieve an acceptable degree of reliability. Given this situation, a meeting of the BRB Railway Executive Group on 23 June 1982 laid out four options for the commercial introduction of APT as part an overall InterCity traction strategy, with the quickest solution being the APT-U option.

The APT-U consisted of two power cars with one at either end of the train and ten passenger cars, with a proposed increase to twelve vehicles to follow. Tilt was to be incorporated, but not articulation. The anticipation of the Board was for twenty trainsets to be completed for use mainly on the London to Manchester and Liverpool routes with selected operation to Glasgow. As this design incorporated proven equipment and dispensed with the APT-P's transfer gearbox and HK braking, it was envisaged that service operation could begin before 1989.

In mid-1984, TS Sc48204 was withdrawn from Set 370 004 and sent to the Engineering Development Unit (EDU) at Derby RTC for conversion to an APT-U test vehicle and extensive rebuilding of the underframe being undertaken in order to incorporate tilting double bogies based on the BT12 units. Following completion, some static testing was undertaken at Derby as well as dynamic testing on the WCML in an APT formation, where the coach was inserted between the TBF and NDM vehicles.

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Catalogue listing

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Release date:
January 2022

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
5 Pole Skew wound
Power pickup
All wheels
NEM / Proprietary coupling between coaches. No end couplings.
Running number

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 370
Motive power
Wheel arrangement
Built by
British Rail Engineering Limited, Derby Works
Total produced

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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