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Join railway and history nerds Simon & Ela as they delve into the social, political and technical history of the railways of Britain

Rails to Nowhere: Episode2 - The APT (part 1)

September 19, 2021
This month Ela has been in charge of the research for our episode and they have against all the odds of missing documents and holes in the literature produced a fantastic first look at this facinating train. 
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Research for this episode was carried out using a number of sources including parts of the National Railway Museum library collection and the national archive. Below are the principle texts used to research this episode.
British Transport Films, Belief in the Future, 1976, British Film Institute
Clough, David N., APT: The Untold Story, First published (Surrey: Ian Allan Publishing, 2016)
Connor, Piers, ‘Basic Railway Signalling’ (Railway Technical Website, 2017) <http://www.railway-technical.com/signalling/infopaper-6-basic-railway.pdf> [accessed 18 August 2021]
‘French Set New Rail Speed Record’, 3 April 2007 <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6521295.stm> [accessed 12 August 2021]
Igarashi’, T, T Sato’, Y Harima’, and T Uchimura, ‘Digital Automatic Train Control System for the Shinkansen Lines of East Japan Railway Company’, Computers in Railways VIII, 10
‘Japan’s Maglev Train Breaks World Speed Record with 600km/h Test Run’, The Guardian, 2015 <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/21/japans-maglev-train-notches-up-new-world-speed-record-in-test-run> [accessed 12 August 2021]
Nock, O. S., Two Miles a Minute: The Story behind the Conception and Operation of Britain’s High Speed and Advanced Passenger Trains (Cambridge, Eng: P. Stephens, 1980)
Williams, L. H, APT, a Promise Unfulfilled (London: I. Allen, 1985)