Tilting Stock


It is almost 40 years since the first tilting trains were developed by British Rail, following significant R&D work, along with pioneering trials with a gas turbine power unit.  This was of course the ill-fated Advanced Passenger Train (APT), which was effectively scrapped in the early 1980s, ending up as a static exhibit at the Crewe Heritage Centre.

In 1999, just before the ‘Pendolinos’ arrived in the UK, tilting technology had been deployed on high-speed trains in Sweden and Italy.  The Italian versions benefited from the use of British Rail developed technology, although they had had a long history of the development of tilting trains – notably in the various ETR trains built by Fiat, Ansaldo, and others.

Other countries – Germany and Switzerland for instance – began to develop the technology, but there was limited take up, and in the February/March 1999 issue of “Rail Bulletin” I reviewed the progress to date.

RB 1999 Cover

This is a link to the complete article:

Rbull 1999 Feb_Mar