14 May 2021
Citing lack of interest from customers since it launched the project, the manufacturer calls quits on plans to produce models of the experimental tilting train in 1:148 scale.
Revolution Trains has cancelled its plans to produce a model of the experimental APT-E in N gauge. The manufacturer was investigating the feasibility with the National Railway Museum of reducing in scale Rapido Train's OO gauge APT-E for N, with questions over whether a tilt mechanism was possible within the confines of the narrow bodyshells.
Revolution Train's Ben Ando said, "We had high hopes that we'd be able to offer an N gauge version of the wonderful APT-E but it’s more than three years since we suggested the idea and expressions of interest have only reached 75% of our target. To give our supporters a sense of certainty and clarity, we feel it is only fair that we make a clear decision to step aside from this project, in the hope that another, better-placed manufacturer can come forward."
The gas-turbine powered APT-E operated in the early 1970s and was a vital test bed for a variety of technologies that are now commonplace, including high-speed wheel profiles and tilting mechanisms. In 1975 it set a UK rail speed record of 152.3 mph.
Mike Hale, of Revolution Trains, added, "We share the disappointment of those who'd pledged for an APT-E, however we still believe the APT-E can be a viable model in N and are optimistic that it will be produced by an alternative manufacturer in the not too distant future."
While Revolution Trains had opened expressions of interest for the APT-E, no money was taken as pledges never reached the threshold for the project to be formally launched.
A new model announcement from the manufacturer is anticipated shortly. For further details on its current projects, visit its website.
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