All-new 1:76 scale Leyland National

Rapido Trains UK has revealed plans to produce an all-new 1:76 scale (‘OO’) Leyland National single decker bus, as the prototype design celebrates its 50th anniversary.


Above: An all-new 1:76 scale model of the Leyland National single decker bus is in development from Rapido Trains UK. Alan Millar/Buses Magazine.

First introduced in 1972, more than 7,700 of the British Leyland/National Bus Company joint venture vehicles were built and remained in front line service with bus companies for several decades.

Rapido’s model will feature an injection-moulded plastic body, detailed interior, flush glazing and posable wheels.

Sales and Marketing Manager, Richard Foster said: “The Leyland National is a true ‘Marmite bus’. But love it or loathe it, the National played a seminal role in British bus history.”

Following a laser scan of full-size Leyland Nationals at the Transport Museum Wythall, the company is to develop 1:76 scale models of Mk 1 and Mk 2 examples. Prices, exact identities and colour schemes have yet to be announced.

Visit Rapido Trains UK for more information.