Rapido Trains UK
Birmingham New Look Guy Arab IV Double Deck Bus
West Midlands PTE Style Daimler/Leyland Fleetline Double Deck Bus
Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach

Canadian based Rapido Trains Inc. announced the identity of their first UK bus model, a New Look Birmingham City Transport Guy Arab IV, during a public 3D laser scanning of the real bus at the Transport Museum, Wythall in July 2017.

Eleven different versions of the model were initially announced, these all either carried the Birmingham City Transport or the later West Midland PTE livery and featured various different routes & destinations.

Each issue of the model is produced in both standard & deluxe versions. The deluxe versions feature additional working headlights, interior lighting & illuminated destination displays.
All versions of these plastic models have highly detailed interiors which include internal hand & grab rails and seat moquette.

The lighting features are activated by connecting the two wires that pass through the base to a 12v DC external power supply (not supplied) or a 9V battery. The lighting is turned on & off using the supplied magnetic wand to activated a reed switch hidden inside the model.

The model was also be produced in undecorated kit form, & again there were versions with or without lighting.

The first releases were originally expected during the Summer/Autumn of 2018 but this was eventually delayed until November 2019 when Rapido Trains Inc launched them a the Warley Model Railway Show at the NEC.
Distribution of the models to smaller UK retailers was initailly handled by Rails of Sheffield, Rapido Trains Inc are handling the sales in Canada & North America themselves From 2021, the UK releases can also be ordered from the Rapido Trains UK online store.

Other known UK Stockists: Rails of Sheffield, TTC Diecast & Invicta Model Rail. .

An additional version in Birmingham City Transport livery (71012/715012) was announced just prior to the launch of the range, 11 further vehicle & route variations were announced in late 2020 with release expected in mid 2021.

In late 2018 Rapido Trains announced the subject of their second UK bus model would be a West Midlands PTE style Daimler/Leyland Fleetline double deck bus, this unlike the New Look model will only be available with the lighting features.
20 models with vehicle & route details were announced in December 2020 and these are expected to be released in the 2nd half of 2021. Further details about this model can be found at https://rapidotrains.co.uk/fleetline/.

In February 2021 four additional Fleetline models were announced in the form of exclusive commissions for TTC Diecast. Additionally two further standard issue undecorated models will be produced by Rapido depicting both the early & later style of the Fleetline body.

A further new model was announced in the Spring of 2021, this model will tie in with a range of model rail products produced to represent vehicles featured in the 1952 film the Titfield Thunderbolt. The Bedford OB Duple Vista coach model will be available as a individual release. It's not yet known if any other liveries are planned for this particular model.

Rapido Trains UK Buses Quick Links
New Look Guy Arab -- West Midlands Fleetline -- Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach
710xx / 715xx / UK900xxx Series - Birmingham New Look Guy Arab IV (Deluxe versions have lighting features)
New Look Birmingham City Transport/West Midlands PTE Guy Arab IV
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Fleet Name (Operator Legal Name) Fleet No. Registration Route No. & Destination Released
Proposed Future Releases
Expected to be released 2nd half of 2021
These models will only be available with the deluxe lighting features
Details below may be subject to change
Some retailers are using product codes based on the vehicle fleet number & route: ie. 900001 would be shown as 29751A
 
UK901xxx Series - Daimler/Leyland Fleetline (All versions will have lighting features)
Expected to be released 2nd half of 2021
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Fleet Name (Operator Legal Name) Fleet No. Registration Route No. & Destination Released
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Details below may be subject to change. Some design cells show incorrectly numbered vehicles, the numbers in the list are the correct ones quoted by Rapido.
Some retailers are using product codes based on the vehicle fleet number & route: ie. 901001 would be shown as 6311273
The models below are being produced exclusively for TTC Diecast.
Details below may be subject to change.
These models are believed to have been allocated Rapido product numbers in the range UK901022-25, the exact order is unknown.
TTC are using their own reference codes as indicated.
 
UK920xxx Series - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach
Expected to be released 2nd half of 2021
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