Hornby Advanced Passenger Train (APT) LED upgrade red/white DC and DCC


Regular price£10.95

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This is our exclusive LED upgrade for the original Hornby Advanced Passenger Train. The loco was released in 1980 as a train set R543, or later in 1981 as the train on it's own as R794. Both are identical and this kit is suitable for either.

The original loco had bulb illumination. Our kit provides an easy upgrade to LED lighting for both ends and provides correct direction red/white lighting for either DC or DCC modes.

Supplied as a kit comprising two pre-assembled boards For DC use simply unclip the tops of the loco's. Identify the wiring, remove the bulbs and solder these boards into place.

Provides correct directional lighting and works with either DC and DCC. Note for DCC use you'll need THREE decoders, one in either end to control the LED lights, and a third in the middle powered car to operate the motor.

In DC mode you'll find the LED's come on at full brightness at a much lower speed and do not change brightness.

Full easy-to-follow instructions supplied including fitting the three DCC decoders.

Two versions available. Traditional warm white and modern cool white. If replicating the look of the original 1980's locomotive, we recommend the warm white version.

Please see the photographs and ensure you have the correct model APT. Hornby have only manufactured two versions, the original from the 1980's and a newer one released in 2020. Our kit is for the original version only.

UK delivery

We endeavour to dispatch all orders received before 11am the same day (excluding weekends) However there are occasionally circumstances beyond our control that will affect this.

We always obtain a proof of posting and this will be emailed to you with your order acknowledgement.

Standard Economy Delivery

  • Orders up to £24.99 cost just £3.95 for our standard economy delivery (3-5 days).
  • Orders between £25 and £99.99 are £4.95 (3-5 days).
  • All orders over £100 are sent post free (3-5 days).

24 Hour Tracked Delivery

You can get your item sooner by choosing our 24 hour tracked delivery option for an additional £3.95 on top of the costs above.

Courier Delivery

Some items can only be sent by courier either due to their size or contents. This will be explained in the product description. The delivery costs are the same however the delivery may take a little longer (up to 10 days) All courier deliveries are tracked and you will be sent a tracking number.

International shipping

Not all items we sell can be sent overseas usually because of their contents. This will be noted in the product description. If you order these items for delivery overseas we will not be able to ship your order and your payment refunded.


Standard International Shipping (Tracked) = £14.99 for all orders

Rest of the World

Standard International Shipping (Tracked) = £19.99 for all orders


You may return any item for a refund or exchange with 30 days of ordering. After this time we are unable to offer you a refund or exchange.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging and with all the included parts and extras.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase. Please include your order number with the item.
Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer. 

There are certain situations where we are unable to accept an item for refund or exchange:
- Book with obvious signs of use 
- CD, DVD, VHS tape, software, video game, cassette tape, or vinyl record that has been opened 
- Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error.
- Any item returned to us after 30 days since ordering.


You must contact us in the first instance to arrange your refund or exchange. Please email sales@hobbytrax.co.uk with details of your order number. We will then provide details for the items return.

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. 
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your original method of payment, within 5 working days. We are unable to make a refund payment to a different card to the one you paid with.

Late or missing refunds
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again. 
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. 
Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted. 
If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at sales@hobbytrax.co.uk

Sale items
Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded. 

We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email to sales@hobbytrax.co.uk with details of your order to arrange your exchange.

You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund. 

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Hornby Advanced Passenger Train (APT) LED upgrade red/white DC and DCC
Hornby Advanced Passenger Train (APT) LED upgrade red/white DC and DCC
Hornby Advanced Passenger Train (APT) LED upgrade red/white DC and DCC

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