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QXA RDB 975636 - POP APT Development Train - Laboratory 8 'Pilot'

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975636
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Scrapped - Derby RTC on site by Ward Ferrous Metals 10/85

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  • 975636

    23 November 2004 - Ben Williams

    This test train originally consisted of two mock Power cars (PC3 - RDB975634 and PC4 - RDB975635) with nothing (0) in between hence the nickname 'POP', it was used from September 1971 as a test bed proving the suspension, tilting and braking systems.

    Later the P-O-P train was modified with an APT-P vehicle (Laboratory 8 - 'PILOT' RDB975636) being built and formed between the original P-O-P vehicles, which were re-mounted on revised bogies and given body cladding.

    The three vehicle set then performed bogie and ride research work, mainly on the West Coast Main Line.

    Thanks to info from http://www.apt-p.com

  • 31 March 2017 - Kit Spackman

    Lab 8 'Pilot' was the very first APT-P Trailer Car, and was built at Derby C&W in the middle 70s. It remained unpainted in the RTC Yard for some time, mounted on slave bogies, before being fully fitted out during 1978.

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RTC, Derby** *** ****Roger Harris
Derby R.T.C.1984-04-25Leslie Wild
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