If you’re interested in a Rapido Trains/Revolution N gauge Class 390 Pendolino in Virgin’s flowing silk or Pride colours, in the neutral DfT grey or in Avanti West Coast’s stylish new livery – among others – then now is the time to let us know. We will be closing expressions of interest at midnight on Wednesday, September 30th. If by then we do not have enough interest to proceed, then for the time being we will not be able to move forward.
As well as the versions illustrated above, we are also offering 390045 in Virgin Pride rainbow silk livery and both 9-car and 11-car Pendolinos in the original Virgin silver colours, for those who missed out.
The Rapido Trains/Revolution Pendolino features two power cars per 9-car or 11-car set, power couplers for smooth, jerk free running, DC or DCC Sound options, directional head and tail lights at each end and illuminated table lamps in First Class vehicles as standard. The model was recently voted N gauge Model of the Decade by the readers of popular magazine Model Rail.
After a long journey, and a few trials and tribulations along the way, Revolution Trains is about to close the order book on its forthcoming Class 320 and 321 electric multiple unit models in N at midnight on Sunday 20th September 2020.
These highly detailed, accurate models were produced with the assistance of owners Eversholt Rail and feature fully switchable, directional head and tail lights, illuminated front destination panel, switchable saloon lighting in all cars, detailed interiors, low profile mechanism with Next-18 DCC interface and kinematic power couplers to allow a single decoder to control the entire train.
The decorated samples have allowed us to make some final amendments to the livery specification and artwork, and the DCC Sound files are being finalised.
With the Strathclyde PTE class 320 and Silverlink class 321 recently confirmed for production these are the versions that can still be ordered at the low pre-order price:
Class 320 – 320301 Strathclyde PTE orange.
Class 320 – 320315 and 320318 in Scotrail Saltire (with permission of the Scottish Ministers)
Class 321 – 320401 and 320440 in Network SouthEast
Class 321 – 320411 and 320417 in London Midland
Class 321 – 320413 in Silverlink County
Please note the graphic colours are illustrative and the glazing will, of course, be clear.
Because of the many liveries carried by these units during their long lives, and because we had to cancel some options, we are also offering undecorated versions of both the Class 320 and Class 321.
Once the order book closes production can begin, and we are anticipating delivery of the models in early 2021. Some will be available from retailers in due course, however these are likely to be at a higher retail price.
Revolution Trains is happy to confirm that proposed models of the Class 320 in Strathclyde PTE orange and Silverlink blue/green will be going ahead, after enough pre-orders were received before the deadline.
Although these models have not been as popular as our other versions – Network South East, London Midland and Scotrail – we are able to make them happen thanks to a wave of orders just ahead of the deadline and our manufacturing partners in China agreeing to reduce the minimum order number.
The final deadline for the Class 321 units is September 20th, and until then latecomers can still order the Strathclyde Class 320 or Silverlink Class 321 as well as our previously confirmed Network SouthEast and London Midland class 321s and Scotrail Saltire Class 320s. For each of these models two different running numbers are available.
It comes as the two prototype wagons are also out and about – top photographer Antony Christie captured these images of MODA95770 and MODA95771 en route from Crewe to Devonport at Dawlish Warren. Unusually they are accompanied by a single support coach.
It’s another Revolution Trains deadline day – with time running out for anyone wanting to order the 320 and 321 units in Strathclyde and Silverlink or to secure the early-bird price, and a place on our Sweet Caroline railtour by ordering the 00 model.
Class 320 and 321 in N
We had previously announced a 2-phase deadline for the Class 320 and 321 units.
Today is the final chance to order either Strathclyde PTE Class 320 or Silverlink Class 321. If you would like either of these liveries please order before midnight – we can only go ahead with the models if we receive sufficient orders. Once the deadline has passed we will assess whether there is sufficient interest for these models, before the final, final deadline for all models, including the already confirmed Network SouthEast and London Midland Class 321s and Scotrail Saltire Class 320.
The final deadline for all orders is September 20th 2020 so production can begin with the aim that the models are shipped in Q1 2021.
The early-bird price of £135 ends today for 00 models – after which it will go up to the standard pre-order price of £149. In addition, those who order the 4mm model before midnight tonight will be entered into a draw to join us on our free and exclusive “Sweet Caroline” railtour next year – see our website for details.
CAD on the model is almost complete and tooling will begin very shortly.
In addition, we are offering Caroline in N with similar specification and detailing to the 00 model and in the same three liveries – blue/grey as converted, Network SouthEast and present day green.
For N gauge enthusiasts the early-bird price of £115 is available now and will last until October 31st, however only orders received before September 11th 2020 will be entered into the draw for the “Sweet Caroline” railtour.
These wagons were originally built as vans for trainferry services during the mid-1980s. They are exceptionally versatile as the complete sides and roof at either end are single parts which can be raised and slid over each other, using the characteristic paired handwheels, enabling them to be loaded from the side or above. They are coded IWA under TOPS, and known as Sfins2 under the international RIV labelling system.
When introduced the wagons were used by Norsk Hyrdo for fertiliser services across Britain, and by Cargowaggon for various traffics including metals, bagged clay, newsprint and mineral water. Most carried the user’s logo, but some were unbranded. Revolution are offering all three original versions.
In the mid 2000s some were converted to timber carriers. The retained their IWA TOPS code but received a new RIV classification of Rfnoos. The conversion involved removal of the sliding roofs and associated mechanism and addition of eight large side stakes. Later, more side stakes of a different design were added and these are being included with the models for customers to fit as required. Both types can be seen on the sample. The timber carriers are now in operation with Touax.
After some minor tweaks to the tooling we will be ready for decorated samples. The lower pre-order price will be available until the models go into production.
We are also offering these wagons in N gauge, and samples in the smaller scale are expected soon.
After an enthusiastic response from modellers Revolution is delighted to confirm that we are offering the amazingly versatile former Southern Region General Manager’s Saloon 975025 “Caroline” in N gauge as well as 00.
Caroline was converted from the buffet car of a former Hastings unit in the late 1960s, as a saloon for the General Manager of the Southern Region of BR to entertain VIP guests, but was also used by the engineers for line inspections and assessments. Originally numbered TDB975025 and with a kitchen and catering on board, it rapidly became known as the “gin palace” and an invitation on board became something of a golden ticket.
The secret of the saloon’s success is its versatility; being derived from Hastings line stock – which was built to a tighter loading gauge than most BR vehicles due to clearance issues on that line – it can travel on virtually any part of the network, and with driving controls can be both loco hauled and propelled and – almost uniquely – allows invited guests to see the railway from a driver’s point of view.
In the late 1990s, after the end of BR and the demise of Network Southeast, TDB975025 was purchased by Belmond Pullman but little used, until being acquired by Serco and refurbished, given the name “Caroline” and repainted into dark green with yellow ends. Since then Caroline has been largely associated with DRS traction.
Caroline now resides at Derby with LORAM/Network Rail and is widely used for track inspections, line repair assessments and still, occasionally, to entertain VIPs. The saloon is about to be fitted with toilet retention tanks, suggesting her future on the mainline is assured for some years to come. Caroline has also been earmarked for the national collection once her service life is over.
Revolution’s N gauge model of Caroline will offer similar specifications as the 00 model, with lots of separate parts, power pick ups, kinematic couplers, directional headlights, search lights and tail lights (or illuminated headcode boxes depending on the era) and interior detailing with working saloon lights. CAD for the 00 model is almost complete and we anticipate CAD for the N version will be shown very soon.
Initially we are offering the same three variants as in 00: BR Blue grey with headcode boxes and 3rd rail power pick-ups, BR Network South East with headcode boxes and 3rd rail power pick ups, and Network Rail green with LED light clusters and high intensity headlight. Please note the graphics below are purely indicative of the livery, and not based on the model CAD designs.
Caroline offers a complete train-in-a-box, and can be both hauled and propelled.
The early-bird price of £115 is available until October 31st, at which time the price will go up to the standard pre-order price of £130. In addition, anyone ordering before September 11th will join our existing 00 customers in being entered into a prize draw to win a place on our ‘Sweet Caroline’ railtour next year (which will be drawn and announced the weekend of 12/13 September)
The model is expected to be ready to ship in early 2021, though as ever delivery schedules can alter due to circumstances outside Revolution’s control.
Revolution Trains has received decorated sample of its forthcoming 0-gauge model of 37405 in DRS “Compass” livery produced by Heljan.
This livery is exclusive to Revolution Trains and is available to order now for £599 with free postage. The models are expected to be ready for shipping by the end of the year, and numbers are limited.
Although not fitted on this sample, all models will be shipped with painted miniature snowploughs and a full set of air/control/electrical pipes for each end.
If this model is a success the Revolution will consider upscaling other models in our range to the “senior scale” and we’d be interested in the thoughts of 0 gauge enthusiasts as to which might be the most useful or popular. However, please limit suggestions to models we already offer in N or 00, as we are not looking beyond these for now.
Revolution Trains has completed CAD work on its forthcoming Class A tank wagon and the order book is open – just click on Shop to place an order. As ever the pre-order price will offer our supporters the best value.
This model is aimed at steam/diesel transition and BR blue era enthusiasts and shares a chassis with our award-winning Class B tanker. The main difference is the longer barrel, used because the Class A tank was used for lighter fraction petro-chemicals.
The first version will be the ever-popular original Esso version with original suspension, single top vent and top discharge.
In addition, the tooling is designed to allow for the alternate arrangement fitted to later versions of revised suspension supports and slightly different top details.
The line up of models being offered is as follows:
Please note that these graphic images are representative and are not the final artwork. The mock ups do not represent the exact detail variations.
In addition several Class A tanks were purchased by the Chipman chemical company and were used from the mid-60s to late-80s in their weedkiller train. We have yet to finalise the branding for the weedkiller tanks and which liveries will be offered.
More Class Bs
Revolution is also proposing another run of its Class B tankers, with new running numbers. The final line-up of possible liveries is yet to be confirmed, though we are sure Esso and Unbranded versions shown above will feature.
In response to customer feedback, we will also be reducing the weight of these wagons by about a third.
Revolution Trains and Rapido Trains are seeking expressions of interest in another run of Class 390 Pendolino models.
Since the launch of the original model – which became the UK’s first fully crowdfunded model train and won ‘Model of the Decade’ in the recent poll by Model Rail magazine – the fleet has undergone several livery changes.
When the fleet came up for repainting in 2018 the DfT – in case of franchise change – required that the trains received the now-standard predominantly pale grey livery.
To comply, but add their own flourish, Virgin created the ‘flowing silk’ livery, and one Pendolino, 390045, was given a rainbow version of the livery and named Virgin Pride.
When Virgin lost the franchise, the vinyls were removed, leaving the entire fleet in the DfT plain pale grey ‘ghost’ livery.
The new franchisee, Avanti West Coast, unveiled two Pendolinos in its own stylish colours in December 2019, however since the advent of lockdown, and ongoing uncertainty about the future of the franchising system, full reprints have been deferred and only power cars are being revinyled, with intermediate cars unchanged.
Revolution and Rapido are both very keen to produce another run of Pendolino models, and Rapido have already test-printed the difficult flowing silk design, but because it is difficult to assess demand for the various different options we are beginning the process by seeking expressions of interest.
If the models go into production the pre-order price is expected to be £330 for 9-car sets and £370 for 11-car sets, with the later MSRP significantly higher.
The deadline is September 30th 2020 but as we are not asking for any deposit or financial commitment please do not delay if you are interested.
The possible options are (liveries will only be produced if there is sufficient interest – if there is sufficient interest in particular liveries we will look at producing multiple numbers):
As ever the models will only reach production if there is adequate interest, and all versions will be packaged in attractive book sets of complete trains, with power couplers and working table lights in First Class as standard.
For those requiring them, aftermarket drop-in light bars will also be available to purchase.
We are not proposing any 5-car sets at this time, as there was very low demand for these in the first production run, possibly because the price differential between a shortened 5-car set and the full and accurate 9-car set is relatively small.
The opportunity to support our proposal to produce either the unique Brush Class 89 or the General Manger’s Saloon Caroline – or both! – ends in just over 24 hours.
We’d love to make these models but we can’t proceed unless we believe there is a realistic demand for them.
To help us decide whether the models are viable we are seeking expressions of interest only, with no financial commitment, and the deadline is midnight on Friday July 31st.
If at that point, we are not at the minimum threshold we need to launch the models, then they will not proceed.
The unique Class 89 89001 operated on test trains on both the WCML and ECML in the late 1980s and was also hired to GNER in the early 2000s.
Nicknamed “Badger” 89001 is now owned by the AC Locomotive Group and recently received a major refurbishment and repaint into Inter City Swallow livery, for a new lease of life operating charter trains.
Caroline remains in service and while usually associated with DRS liveried Class 37 locomotives has also recently been in use with Colas liveried 37421.
We are producing the model in 00, and converting to N would be relatively straightforward providing there is demand.
If it goes ahead the model will feature working directional lights, era-specific details and switchable saloon interior lighting.
If there are enough votes to make Caroline viable then we will open the order book very quickly, and anyone ordering before 31st August 2020 will be entered into the draw to win a very rare chance to travel on board by joining our free “Sweet Caroline” railtour next year.
Revolution Trains have received final production samples of our long-awaited Class 92 Co-Co electric locomotives from Rapido Trains Inc.
Barring some small detail issues the liveries of all versions have been approved, and we anticipate the models will be shipped soon.
The models feature highly detailed roofs with poseable, photo-etched pantographs and windscreen wipers and are supplied with customer-fit stainless etched BR arrows, depot plaques and channel tunnel roundels where appropriate.
They feature two different headlight arrangements, depending on the prototype, and working cab interior lights, highly detailed and painted under frames and are supplied with a standard N gauge coupler at one end and a fully detailed buffer beam with pipes and cosmetic electrical connectors at the other, though these were incorrectly omitted from the samples.
Aside from a few last-minute adjustments (the windscreen frames on the DB and Stobart models should be red and white respectively) the models are expected to be ready to ship very soon, and are the ideal traction for our IZA Cargowaggon twins, IPA car carriers and forthcoming IWA Sfins2 vans.
Although no longer available from Revolution Trains, limited numbers will be in stock at selected retailers with an MSRP of £175 for the DC Silent version.
Revolution Trains is planning our fourth Facebook Live at 1900 BST on Tuesday July 28th.
We’ll have exciting news about our long-awaited Class 92 locomotives, plus we will be giving a first glimpse of the Group CAT blue IPA car carrier quad set. These – and the other STVA liveried versions – are just about to leave China.
For those modelling the transition era we will have updates on the Class A tankers and MTV Zander wagons and for 00 modellers a chance to assess the livery samples of the 4mm FWA ‘Ecofret’ container wagons.
There’ll also be a chance to inspect the painted samples of the Class 320 and 321 units, and we’ll be explaining how the final selection process for these models is going to work.
We will have good news for those patiently waiting for the second run of our Revolution/Rapido Trains Pendolinos too.
And, as usual, we do our best to answer any questions you might have about our ongoing projects, future projects or Revolution Trains in general.
Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming Class 320 and 321 electric multiple units in N.
Some amendments are needed but these are relatively minor and we are now ready to set deadlines for ordering so the models can enter production.
The models feature high levels of detailing, full interiors, low profile motors that do not obscure the windows and switchable head and tail lights and interior saloon lighting as standard.
The pre-order price is just £195 for the 3-car Class 320 and £220 for the 4-car Class 321.
In addition, it is nearly time to finalise the totals, and this means some options that have not reached minimum order thresholds will be culled.
We are expecting production of the models to begin in October, with delivery expected in Q1 2021.
To manage this process we are setting TWO deadlines:
DEADLINE 1 – August 30th 2020. Last chance to order models on the ‘at risk’ list. After this we will assess order numbers and decide whether these models are proceeding or not. If not, anyone who has ordered will have the option of switching to another livery or receiving a full refund.
IMPORTANT – CANCELLED LIVERIES: the following liveries have been cancelled due to lack of orders: First Capital Connect (FCC), Plain White and Northern.
If you ordered one of these and specified a second choice livery that’s already confirmed, or still in the running, you need DO NOTHING NOW.
If you did not specify a second choice livery (or ordered a First Capital Connect Class 321) then TELL US WHAT YOU WANT clicking on the livery change form button below. If we do not hear from you by 30th August 2020 you will receive a refund.
When completing the livery change form please include all the details requested and complete a separate form for each cancelled order.
Note there is no Class 320 livery choice form, since anyone ordering a Strathclyde PTE model has already registered a second choice.
Of course, if you ordered any of the confirmed liveries you don’t need to do anything other than relax and wait for your model to arrive!
Class 321 to 600? It’s a breeze!
Incidentally, as we near production Alstom and Eversholt have revealed that the Class 321 units are themselves about to enjoy a rebirth as hydrogen powered trains – the very first of the all new Class 600 series classification on TOPS.
For more information about this exciting development see here.
In N, the IWA Sfins vans (Norsk Hydro, unbranded and Cargowaggon liveries) and Rfnoos timber carriers (GERS/Touax blue) will go up from midnight to £70 for a double pack from the earlybird price of £65.
Midnight on Sunday May 31st is the earlybird deadline for the forthcoming Revolution Trains N gauge FWA “Ecofret” wagons twin and triple sets and KUA quad-bogie nuclear flask wagon twin packs, plus the IWA Sfins2 vans and Rfnoos timber carriers in 00.
You will still be able to order these models after the deadline, but the price will be higher.
In response to customer demand, Revolution Trains has decided to upscale its popular HOA hoppers from N to 00, and simultaneously downsize its well-received MMA/JNA “Ealnos” hoppers from 00 to N.
The CAD for the 00 HOA is almost done while shrinking the 4mm box wagon down to N is not quite completed yet.
The 00 HOA will be offered in the same liveries as those already produced in N, namely EWS Construction, Cemex, DB red, Ermewa/Tarmac grey and VTG/Mendip Rail silver.
Similarly, the N Ealnos model is likely to be offered in DB Red, Ermewa/Tarmac grey, VTG Blue, GBRf blue and VTG/Mendip Rail silver, however since the 00 model was produced more versions have appeared, including dark red Touax and mid-blue VTG and Cappagh branded versions; and it may be these are offered instead of some of the previous versions.
Once CAD work is completed on both these models and we are ready to begin tooling we will be opening the order books. As ever there will be a “best value” earlybird price to encourage early orders and help us progress these projects speedily.
Revolution Trains has received EP1 samples of its forthcoming FWA “Ecofret” intermodal wagons in 00 and N.
Coded FWA under TOPS, and Sfgkmmss under the international UIC system, they were developed by wagon leasing specialists VTG in 2012. They are in service with Freightliner in twin sets and with GBRf and DB Cargo in triple sets.
They are shorter than traditional flats – 40’ instead of 60’ – because in the modern world 40’ containers far outnumber smaller 20’ boxes so they can be loaded with significantly less wasted space. There are currently 232 vehicles in service, split between double and triple sets, with a further 84 sets on order.
The FWA Ecofret is the first model that Revolution Trains have been able to crowdfund simultaneously in both 00 and N gauge, and we would like to thank all those who’ve already pre-ordered to help the project progress so quickly.
We’d also like to thank GBRf and VTG UK for their assistance in helping us research and develop this model.
The prototypes have fixed spigots on each outer car, and can only carry 40’ boxes, however the centre car on the triple sets has additional rotating spigots in the centre to allow a pair of 20’ containers to be loaded.
The Revolution 00 model has been designed with similar spigots, allowing customers to load their models as they wish.
Bogies are to our usual high standards and in 00 separate dampers have been fitted.
These sets can be ordered now at the special early-bird prices of £70 (green twin) and £95 (blue, red triple) in N and £95 (green twin) and £125 (blue, red triple) in 00.