With all the excitement about the Rapido APT-E, I thought you might like to see a photo of the very first design for the new train. The picture comes from the Railway Society Winter Handbook published by the Eastern Region Staff Railway Society in 1970.
At the time there was much enthusiasm for the future of rail with an opening article by GF Huskisson, Western Region Passenger Manager explaining how rail could counteract the motorway challenge from the soon to be completed M4 and M5. Wider carriage doors, electrification and faster trains were all to be part of the fight.
I've wondered in the past what happened to this model and now there is a RTR APT-E on the horizon, I wonder if I ought to think about building the earlier design study. It would certainly be different!