Rapido Trains UK unveils ‘what might have been’ APT-Es

01 April 2022
New spoof APT-E liveries revealed as part of a limited-edition range – and it's not an April fools!

The experimental gas turbine APT-E only ran in its striking silver and blue livery, but that hasn’t stopped Rapido Trains UK from producing two liveries that it might have carried, had it not been withdrawn in 1976.

Rapido has produced its APT-E in original HST-inspired blue/grey scheme and InterCity grey. It has also produced a limited number of trailer cars in the same livery to augment these sets.

Rapido Trains APT-E

Rapido Trains APT-E

Sales & Marketing Manager Richard Foster said, “These sets are strictly limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. We think that they’re going to sell out quickly, so recommend that you get your orders in as soon as possible.”

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The ‘what might have been’ livery range comprises:

  • (SKU924503) APT-E four-car set, BR blue/grey, sound-fitted
  • (SKU924505) APT-E four-car set, InterCity grey, sound-fitted
  • (SKU924004) APT-E single trailer car, BR blue/grey
  • (SKU924006) APT-E single trailer car, InterCity grey

Rapido Trains APT-E

A production sample of one of the ‘spoof’ liveried models (SKU924503).

Sets are limited to 200 pieces and trailer cars are limited to 90 pieces. Models are in stock and available to order direct from the Rapido Trains UK website and Rapido Trains UK stockists.


Its a shame when Manufacturers (or reporters!) don't explicitly state for which scale their models are sized. This seems to be particularly prevalent amongst OO gauge suppliers.

Posted by Iain Oldcorn on Sat 02 Apr 14:53:42