HORNBY GOES FULL TILT WITH ITS APT

Hornby’s centenary year catalogue came with the enticing prospect of a brand-new model of the famous Class 370 Advanced Passenger Train and now it is here. MIKE WILD leans in to find out more.

THE CONCEPT of a tilting train isn’t as new as you might think. On the modern railway we have become accustomed to the tilting abilities of the Class 221 Super Voyagers and Class 390 Pendolinos, but the very first experiments for tilting trains took place in the late 1930s in America.

Those were passive tilt vehicles, but as technology developed, rolling stock designers were able to look at active tilt systems where rather than relying on centrifugal forces during cornering, a powered tilting system adjusted the position of the body on bends.

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