LS Models A3B3Dd Rapide Nord

A3B3Dd Rapide Nord car

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LS Models 40193-3


A3B3Dd Rapide Nord

UIC number Revision date
51 87 81-40 254-1 2 26.10.77

144 g (NEM: 103 to 134 g)

Model very finely engraved and extremely detailed. The inner walls are decorated with different colours depending on the class. There is a double roof in which the interior ceiling lights are even planned!

The car is higher on one side than the other. It is due to the bosses of the 3-point suspension: the pivot should have been a little longer (0.5 mm approximately) to the dynamo side to compensate these bosses on the opposite side. Moreover, it is impossible to mount a standard tail coupling on the opposite side of the dynamo. These recurring defects concern the six Rapide Nord cars in my possession.

The toilet evacuation is misplaced.

LS Models gives no information on dismantling, unlike F-type sleeping-cars. See the Loco-Revue forum on this topic.



  • Drawbar mangled to accept a coupling. Body raised dynamo side by 0.5 mm thick plastic spacer. Toilet evacuation put in right place.
  • Steps painted with Humbrol mix “natural wood” No. 110 and “dark grey” No. 32.
  • Isolated half-axles (current pickup by brass bearings). Lighting controlled by bistable reed switch. Installation of folded bellows on the van side.

Cars made in 29 units.

These “Rapide” Nord cars are externally characterized by the fact that the toilets are in the centre.


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A3B3Dd Rapide Nord car

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Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 22 350 256.9 256.5
Chassis length 21 000 241.4 241.5
Body width 2 900 33.3 33.3
Height 4 000 46.0 46.1 1
Pivot distance 15 500 178.2 178.3
Bogie wheelbase 2 500 28.7 28.8
Wheel diameter 920 10.6 10.6
  1. After correction. Before: 45.5 dynamo side to 46.1 opposite.