Revolution Trains has reluctantly cancelled its plans to produce a model of the experimental APT-E in N gauge.
Revolution'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.