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Reality Check: The Advanced Passenger Train - Experimental

One of the most revolutionary trains ever to take to the rails in the UK was the Advanced Passenger Train – Experimental, which was taken out of service 40 years ago this year. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at the development of this pioneering machine.

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The first gas turbine

Designers have been down many blind alleys in the pursuit of greater power, speed and efficiency. The Great Western Railway’s efforts to apply the gas turbine to rail were amongst them. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes the ups and downs of 18000, the first locomotive that resulted from this experiment.

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The British gas turbine locomotives have proved popular subjects in recent years. MIKE WILD inspects Rails of Sheffield’s latest exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of Swiss built 18000 – Britain’s first gas turbine railway locomotive.

Rails reveals second gas turbine for 'OO'

Rails of Sheffield has commissioned Heljan to produce a 'OO' gauge model of unique gas turbine prototype 18100 as a follow up to its newly arrived model of Brown Boveri gas turbine 18000.

Revolution Trains cancels ‘N’ gauge APT-E plans

Revolution Trains has cancelled plans to produce a 2mm scale model of British Rail's experimental Advanced Passenger Train – the APT-E.

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The Advanced Passenger Train Experimental

Locomotion Model’s latest commission has arrived in the shape of an unusual prototype – the APT-E. Mark Chivers asks whether a ‘full tilt’ approach has paid off.

APT-E second coming

Rapido Trains has announced a new production run for the 'OO' model of the Advanced Passenger Train Experimental (APT-E). It was originally produced as part of the National Collection in Miniature exclusively for the National Railway Museum in 2016. 

Rails’ Gas Turbines edge closer

Rails of Sheffield's forthcoming exclusive ‘OO’ gauge BR gas turbine locomotive, 18000, edges closer to release, following receipt of production samples for checking over.

BR blue for KR Models' GT3

KR Models is planning  a small batch of its newly-tooled ‘OO’ gauge prototype gas turbine 4-6-0, ‘GT3’, in fictional BR blue livery.

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As British Railways started replacing steam, a new breed of prototype locomotives started to appear on passenger and freight workings in the 1950s and 1960s. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of train formations utilising the new breed from this experimental period in BR’s history.