The APT-E Conservation & Support Group

in association with

Locomotion, National Railway Museum, Shildon

APT-E Team Re-union 2011

Event date :- 13th August 2011

Time : 011:30am - 4:15pm


Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon is delighted to be working with the APT-E Conservation & Support Group on an event to celebrate several key events in the APT projectís history.

The APT-E, for Advanced Passenger Train Experimental, is on display in the Collection Building at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

British Rails experimental advanced passenger train,  made its first run on July 25, 1972, from Derby to Duffield.

On August 10, 1975, it achieved a new British railway speed record, hitting 152.3 mph , a record that still stands as the fastest non-electric train.

 2011 therefore sees the 36th anniversary since the speed record; 40 years since the first trial run of POP train, the first tilting test vehicle, and 35 years since the train was delivered to the National Railway Museum in York.

 Managerial, design and workshop staff from the original APT project will be gathering at Locomotion on Saturday August 13, 2011.

The men behind the APT-E project, Dr Alan Wickens and Mike Newman will be just some of the origional team members attending the event.

They will be joined by volunteers from the APT-E Conservation & Support Group who are currently working hard on the cosmetic restoration of the train, ensuring that it can be enjoyed and appreciated by museum visitors into the future.

The event will include several presentations ,  including one covering the history of the train from 1976 to 2011, the trains preservation years.

This is an opportunity to celebrate this innovative engineering masterpiece!

Click here to view the team invite information web page.

Photographs from the day.

Setting up the one of the display boards on the end of TC1.

During setting up on the Friday, we decided to have a bit of fun, the above picture was taken by Kit.


36+ years later, we did the same thing.  Myself, Steve and Kit in the same place, have we had a tilt failure!!!

All set-up and ready for the guests to arrive......

Name badges, keyrings and pencils to mark the event.

Some items on display from TC2.

And more..........

Kits display boards.

The full train on display.

The guests start arriving...11.10 am.

The team re-union gathers attendees.

Alastair Gilchrist sat enjoying the media presentation in the VIP lounge.

Some of the team inspect the engine room in PC2.

Alastair and other team members having a look around in TC2.

Thats to Locomotion for letting us use TC2, even though we had not been told we could, LOL!

Not been in here for a few years!!!

Brian Porter (left) and Alan Goodley sat at Train Supervisor and Turbine Control.

While we had the team together, this just had to be done!!!

To get them all to sign my copy of the APT Bible.

Group photo 1

Group photo 2

A very big thank you to everyone who attended, helped and supported us in doing this event.

What a fantastic day.

A quick clip of part of the Support Groups Presentation.

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Another clip of Kit , Anthony Coulls and Alan Wickens.

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Coming Soon..

Full video recording of the Re-union presentations.