Locomotion gifted pioneer high-speed freight wagon

A GROUND-BREAKING ‘modern’ freight vehicle has been donated to the Locomotion museum.

The nationally significant High-Speed Freight Vehicle 1 (HSFV1) has been given to the Shildon venue by the APT-E-Support Group following the enforced closure of the Electric Railway Museum at Coventry.

The pioneering High-Speed Freight Vehicle 1 newly arrived at Locomotion. NRM

The HSFV1 made international high-speed travel and freight carrying possible. It was developed by the Railway Technical Centre in Derby in the late 1960s under Professor Alan Wickens. The outcome was the development of new trains to run consistently at high speeds across the existing network.

The group bought the vehicle in 2010 and a new home was found with the help of Shane Wilton and Graeme Gleaves from the Electric Railway Museum. Senior curator of rail transport & technology at Locomotion Anthony Coulls said: “We thank the APT-E Support Group for their kind donation of this seminal vehicle.

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