ARCHIVE: New rail record of 152.3 mph (245.1 km/h) achieved!

Lined up in Swindon Station about 1975 are the prototype HST and APT.

Apparently the prototype APT was tried out on the Great Western Main Line, and achieved a new British railway speed record on 10 August 1975 when it hit 152.3 mph (245.1 km/h) whilst on test with the Western Region between Swindon and Reading.

(More info on the APT at

Gallery of pictures from the Archive.