Rapido Trains UK is manufacturing a range of five all-new 4mm scale (OO gauge) ready-to-run models inspired by road- and rail-based vehicles from the much-loved Ealing comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt. Planned to be available in time to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the film’s release in 2023, the models are being developed with the full co-operation of Studio Canal, which owns the rights to the film.
The Rapido Trains Titfield Thunderbolt range is set to comprise models of Thunderbolt, the Buffet Car, the ex-GWR Toad brake van and ex-GWR Loriot Y (complete with ‘Dan’s house’ load). These will be available in three packs: Pack 1 will contain Thunderbolt, the Loriot Y (with Dan’s house) and Toad; Pack 2 will contain a sound-fitted version of Thunderbolt, the Loriot Y (with Dan’s house), Toad, scale figures and commemorative booklet; Pack 3 will contain the Buffet Car and Toad, plus scale figures.
In addition there will be a standalone model of a Bedford OB bus with Duple Vista body, finished in the blue and cream scheme of Pearce & Crump.
Most of the models are currently at the CAD stage of development, with the bus and W&U coach both currently at the research stage. Illustrated are CAD renders of Thunderbolt and GWR Loriot Y complete with Dan’s house. Rapido have expressed that all the detail designed into the renders by the factory, should – barring any last minute manufacturing issues – be what appears on the finished product.
Prices and specifications are still to be confirmed. The models will be available from Rapido Trains UK stockists and direct via the manufacturer’s website. See the news pages of our May issue of Railway Modeller for more details.