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Revolution Round-up 2018

Four models delivered, three new manufacturers identified and two new powered models offered has made for one amazing year!

As ever we should acknowledge that we could not do any of this without those who have supported us – with time, with expertise, with generosity but most of all with orders.  It is only because modellers are prepared to pre-order on trust that we can make all this happen.

And we’d like to say thanks to Rapido Trains for their amazing work, our new manufacturing partner Sonic Models, two other factories we have been using and those traders who’ve supported us including C&M, Cheltenham Model Centre, Collett’s Models, Kernow Model Rail Centre, Plus Daughters, Rails of Sheffield, Osborn’s and Trains4U.

In February our first model aimed at transition era enthusiasts – the Class B tanker – arrived.  The wagon had struggled to generate enough interest and came close to being cancelled, but when we saw the quality the factory had achieved we were delighted it had made it – and judging from the comments from so were those who’d supported the project!

Recently we were sent a photo by Ian at Mercig studios of a superb Esso class B he’d weathered. In the accompanying note he wrote:  “..this is the best N Gauge wagon I’ve ever worked on!”

Esso Class B weathered by Mercig Studio

Then, in March, the main event – the arrival of the Pendolinos.

This was the culmination of the dream that we and our supporters had bought into back in 2015 when we began the project – and boy did Rapido Trains deliver.  Everything about these models was stunning – from the trains themselves to the manual and the book-case packaging.

Pallets full of Pendos…

But we had little time to admire the models when there were hundreds of fellow modellers waiting for them – and we’d like to thank our friends Paul Churchill and Gareth Atkinson who came up that first weekend and helped pick, pack and post the first hundred and fifty or so.  We also owe a large debt of gratitude to Allen Pearson – inventor of the amazing Nelevation vertical fiddle yard – for kindly allowing us to use his storage unit to keep the Pendos safe.

At the York show some customers were able to collect their Pendolinos (thanks Abbie) but the majority were posted.  This was a massive task, especially as the majority of the work was done just by the two of us in our spare time.  They were dispatched as best we could in chronological order of purchase and we would like to thank all our supporters for their patience waiting for their models.

However, seeing an 11-car set tackling the graceful, sweeping curves of Heworth Sidings, by the Yorkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society, made it all worthwhile!

Poppy Pendo on Heworth Sidings at the York show

Even as we celebrated the success of the Pendolinos the IZA Cargowaggon twins were en route and they arrived just in time for The International N Gauge Show at Leamington – arguably the premier show of the N Gauge year.

Revolution IZA Cargowaggons in single and triple packs

 

At just over a year from announcement to delivery these were our fastest model yet.  With the innovative factory-fitted flashing tail lamp option they have proved hugely popular and prompted Kernow to join us in offering a 4mm version which is currently under development.

4mm IZA CAD

It did mean that our planned TINGS display was slightly obscured by the piles of wagons being collected by customers, but we were able to show painted samples of another new model; the VEA munitions van, which is our first non-crowdfunded model and is being produced in association with Sonic models.

Sonic/Revolution VEA vans – painted samples.

The man behind Sonic is a former Kader engineer who designed some of Graham Farish’s best N gauge models, and this is the first time a Chinese manufacturer has sought to market their own brand British outline models directly in the UK.

We also offered three new models including a second powered model – the Class 128 Parcels diesel railcar in N.  The other two were both wagons: the IPA car carrying twin flats – in plain, side-staked and covered versions, and the Cemflo cement wagon in association with Accurascale, the Dublin based manufacturer making a big splash in 00.  Both of these are now at the CAD stage, but we have not yet opened the order books.

M55990 at Manchester Victoria. Photo courtesy Mark Carter.

 

IPA CAD image – this is the flat version with stakes.

 

Cemflo CAD courtesy Accurascale.

By the middle of November we were preparing for the arrival of our first 00 models, the TEA tankers by Rapido Trains, and once again we prevailed on our friend Allen as five large pallets were airfreighted in.

Their arrival just in time for the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC meant that as well as supplying those ordered by Kernow models and Trains4U once again we had to enlist help once again from our friends Paul, Gareth and Abbie to hand out those that customers had arranged to collect.

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s Chris Trerise with a small fraction of his TEAs!

The remainder are being sent out by us but twice the scale means eight times the volume, and the sheer size of the 00 models in comparison to the N gauge products we are used to has meant new packaging solutions and dispatching all the models has taken much longer.

Those who visited us at Warley may remember that we were right next to a double decker bus brought in by our friends at Rapido Trains to publicise their latest new model – this gave us an excellent location for a meeting where we were able to examine the final version of the Class 92 locomotive ahead of production and confirm production of another run of Class 390 Pendolinos in Virgin’s latest “flowing silk” livery, as we as more TEAs in N.  These will be available to pre-order early in the new year.

 

Class 92 final test sample by Rapido Trains.

At Warley were were also able to unveil our first steam locomotive – the GWR 56XX in N produced with Sonic models – along with the latest CADs for the HOA hopper and an all-new 4mm model – the MMA/JNA box wagon.  These are again not crowdfunded but being produced after we were approached by an investor.  We are offering three variants in DB red and Ermewa and Tarmac grey liveries, while models in VTG/Mendip Rail silver and GBRf blue will be available exclusively from Kernow.

Handpainted sample of MMA wagon in DB red.

First CAD of 56XX steam locomotive.

We also took delivery of the 20′ Tank Containers in N that we produced in conjunction with C-Rail.  These, along with the 40′ hi-cube containers last year, have been very well received and we will be producing another new RTR container next year.  This came, coincidentally, shortly before we closed the order book for the KFA container flats accompanying them which are in production now.

Revolution/C-Rail tank containers in Stolt, Nichicon, Bulkhaul and Hoyer liveries

To conclude, here is a quick reference progress chart summarising 2018.  We anticipate that the next models to be delivered will be the 00 MMA/JNA, N KFA and N 92.

Amazingly, 2019 will mark Revolution’s 5th anniversary (we can’t believe it either!) and we are looking forward to next year being our biggest and best year yet!  But as ever, we couldn’t do any of this without our fellow enthusiasts, so once again we’d like to thank you for your support.

 

Vantastic! Revolution VEAs on parade…

Revolution Trains has now received painted samples of all three versions of its forthcoming VEA van, produced in association with Sonic Models.

L to R: BR Maroon, BR Railfreight red/grey, BR Railfreight Distribution grey/yellow.

Of the 550 built, the vast majority were outshopped in the popular BR Railfreight red/grey livery.

There were numerous variations in the positions of TOPS panels and maintenance labels, and in their use for MoD explosives or munitions many received diamond warning panels – their presence (and the traces where they were torn off) are a distinctive feature.

Revolution and Sonic are offering 5 different versions of this livery, each reproduced from photographs on Paul Bartlett’s excellent site – see here

Also available will be the attractive dark grey and yellow colours of Railfreight Distribution (RfD) with small RfD squadron marking and Carlisle Currock depot sticker.

Because significantly fewer VEAs appeared in these colours we will only be offering three different numbers.

BR Maroon was applied to the first 50 VEAs and while this sample was shown previously at the N Gauge International Show, here it is again:

Weathered versions are also planned, and the masters for these are now being prepared.  Once all liveries are approved production will begin, and details of where and how you can order these models will appear.

Mmm – MMA from Revolution Trains in 00!

Revolution Trains is to produce the widely used MMA/JNA-T box wagon as its second model aimed at 4mm modellers.

Hand-painted EP1 samples. Some small details and markings omitted.

Samples were unveiled at the Warley National Model Railway exhibition at the NEC over the weekend.

Note accurate MMA underframe detail and “cut out” in each top corner.

Our models feature tension-lock couplers in NEM sockets, RP25 profile wheelsets and are weighted to ensure consistent, reliable running.

Both 9- and 11-rib variants are being offered, with and without bodyside access doors and with prototypically accurate variations in brake arrangements. We are also offering a version with a switchable, battery-operated tail lamp.

Revolution would like to thank DB Cargo and Tarmac for allowing us access to Barrow Railhead in Leicestershire to measure and photograph the prototype so these models can be as accurate as we can make them.

The models are available from Revolution in three liveries, with five different numbers in each. Please note these images are purely illustrative and not to scale.

DB Cargo red

 

Ermewa grey

 

Ermewa grey with Tarmac branding

These can be ordered here

In addition, Kernow Model Rail Centre have commissioned a further two further variants with 11 bodyside ribs and different brake arrangements.

VTG/Mendip Rail silver

 

GBRf blue

 

The Kernow models can be pre-ordered here

Photo: Dan Adkins

The wagons are coded MMA by DB Cargo and JNA-T by other operators; they all carry the UIC code Ealnos.

Photo: Steve Madden

They’ve been in operation since 2016 and have spread across England and into parts of Wales as their open, rugged construction allows for easy unloading using a mechanical grab in locations where a dedicated terminal for hoppers with underfloor discharge gear would be uneconomic.

Photo: Aidan Fort

This route map shows how widespread they have become.

They are most usually associated with Class 59, 60, 66, 68 and 70 haulage as can be seen on this selection of sample consists observed on real trains.  Models of all the appropriate locomotives are readily available.

The model has already been tooled and is expected to go into production reasonably soon after Christmas, with delivery anticipated in early 2019.

 

Container flat countdown!

The order book for our PFA/KFA container flats will close at midnight on Sunday October 14th.

Please note containers are sold separately.

Any orders received after that are unlikely to be accepted.

These models are being produced for us by Rapido Trains, and now the 00 TEA tankers are almost ready for shipping the factory needs to begin preparations for this new model – clearing space and ordering in any parts and materials needed.

We are offering two versions – one with the original GPS bogies painted in bright yellow as a PFA in Tiphook blue with the side placard and also as a recoded KFA in Network Rail black.

Network Rail black with GPS bogies

We are also offering the more numerous Finnish built versions with cast frame Y25 bogies and body-mounted parking brake wheels.

Tiphook PFA as delivered in blue with traffic blue bogies.

They are equipped with NEM couplers in kinematic close-coupling sockets, and feature high levels of detailing including brake equipment and pipe runs.  The centre spine, air tanks and some other components are in metal to maximise the weight available.

Details include numerous separately fitted parts and wire pipe runs

The wagons have been designed for our own 40’hi-cube and 20′ tank containers, produced in association with C-Rail Intermodal, but will take Farish containers.  Dapol containers can also be made to fit if the overscale corner mounting pins are trimmed slightly.

Models shown are unlettered, hand-painted EP samples.  Production models will be fully finished and lettered.

Please note that no orders can be guaranteed after midnight on October 14th 2018.

Sturgeons

CAD work is almost completed on the forthcoming Revolution Trains Sturgeon engineers wagon.

Versions with and without the dropside doors are being offered.

Sturgeon with seven dropside doors

Sturgeon with doors removed

When delivered some had four bodyside doors, but the majority were fitted with seven.  These were completely removable, and in use many wagons ended up permanently separated from their doors!

The upper end section is also demountable, and on version without doors this will be removable.

 

A minor adjustment is still needed to the inside panelling, then the model will be ready for tooling.

As with all our models, the underside has not been neglected.

Some Sturgeons were fitted with air brakes and recoded “Tench” and we are offering this too.

Once final CAD amendments are made we will be opening the order book; the sooner customers order these models the sooner we can begin tooling and commence delivery of these interesting, useful and imposing wagons for your collection.

Pendolino in the running…

Revolution is proud and happy that our Class 390 Pendolino – manufactured by Rapido Trains – has been nominated in the Best N Gauge Locomotive category at the inaugural Hornby Magazine model railway awards.

While it’s Rapido who manufactured this beautiful model, everyone who pledged and helped make it happen since we started development in 2015 deserves to share the credit.

Revolution/Rapido 390104 Alstom Pendolino on “Law Junction” by East Neuk MRC.

We are also very excited that our 35T Class B tankers have been nominated in the Best N Gauge Rolling Stock category – again this is entirely down to the vision and commitment of those who stepped forward to support the project.

We’d like to say a big thank-you to anyone who has voted for either of our models, or intends to, as they are up against some very fine competitors and we’re sure every vote will count.

Voting is open until October 1st, with the winners announced at the Great Electric Train Show on the weekend of October 13th/14th at the Arena MK.

Leamington reflectIons, VEA views and Cargowaggon arrivals

It’s been a tiring but rewarding weekend at The International N Gauge Show at Leamington.

As many will know our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans arrived with seconds to spare on Friday evening, meaning that our normally tidy stand became a scene of model mayhem – at least for the first few hours – with a combination of those keen to see our new offerings and those who’d come to collect their wagons.

Fortunately on both Saturday and Sunday things calmed down a little after lunch and we were able to see something of the show.

Cargowaggon vans waiting to be unloaded in the yard on Annston, a wonderfully atmospheric layout depicting a secondary line in the Midlands.

Most rewarding was seeing our Pendolinos, TEA tankers, Class B tankers and now Cargowaggon vans giving pleasure on so many of the layouts.

Back on the Revolution stand many came to see the factory painted samples of the new VEA vans.  Once we have received and checked painted samples of all the variations in BR Maroon, BR Railfreight Red/Grey and RfD dark grey and yellow these models will go into production, and are expected by Q1 2019.

VEA van in the colour officially known as BR Maroon that really looks like brown.

The door handles are stamped metal to make them the correct profile, rather than the usual wire.

Many visitors commented on the exquisite underframe detail – such a distinctive feature of the prototype.

Those who were not admiring the VEAs or collecting Cargowaggons came to pick up our first “catalogue” – or rather, 4-page leaflet – showing all our plans for the next few months.

Below are all four pages so those who did not attend the show can see what we are offering:

P1

 

P2

 

P3

 

P4

In terms of timings, we are expecting to close the order book for the KFA container flats at the end of this month, and the Class 92s probably 4-6 weeks later.

We’ll most likely open the order book for the Sturgeon and HOA in a couple of weeks or so, followed by the Class 128, Cemflo and IPA toward the end of the year.

As well as offering what we hope our fellow enthusiasts will want, we are also trying to stagger our products to give supporters a chance to budget!

The Class 320/321 is expected to go to tooling very soon.  Unfortunately Rapido trains are no longer able to produce this model for us, so we have decided to switch production to another manufacturer.  Although we are sad Rapido will no longer be involved we would like to publicly thank them for their superb work so far which will help to ensure the finished model is of high quality.

Revolution brings Cemflo to N

Revolution Trains is teaming up with highly-regarded new modelmakers Accurascale to offer the PCV “Cemflo” wagon in N gauge.

The wagons were built for Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers (APCM) and introduced in 1961, lasting in service until 1988.

Photo courtesy John Boyes/APCM

They were famously associated with the long-distance flow between Uddingston, near Glasgow, and Cliffe in Kent but were also widely used elsewhere by Blue Circle.

The models will be available in both pre- and post-TOPS liveries, with several different running numbers.

The Cemflo is Revolution’s third wagon aimed squarely at the popular Transition Era and follows our well-received Class B tankers and forthcoming Sturgeon engineer’s flat, and reflects Revolutions enthusiasm for collaborating with other manufacturers to bring models produced in other scales to N gauge enthusaiasts.

Accurascale have made a big impact on the 00 market since launching their first model, the HUO hopper, and their 4mm Cemflo is already well underway.  This CAD rendering shows the 00 model, and we anticipate as far as possible similar levels of detailing in the N gauge model:

Image courtesy Accurascale

We believe this model will offer customers not just an interesting and distinctive model, equally at home behind steam or diesel traction, but also the chance to bring an exciting new manufacturer into the N gauge fraternity.

If successful we look forward to further collaborations with Accurascale, but as ever we need supporters to step forward and order to ensure this model proceeds.

Tank containers from Revolution!

Revolution has teamed up again with C-Rail Intermodal to offer a range of 20′ tank containers in N.

These containers are the perfect accompaniment to our forthcoming KFA wagons.

Following the success of our 40′ hi-cube containers last year, we decided that tank containers were the next major “gap” that needed filling for modern image N gauge modellers, and these models are now ready for production.

We are offering four versions – in the widely seen Stolt, Hoyer Nichicon and Bulkhaul liveries.

These models are subtly different to the previous C-Rail kits as they feature the slightly taller tanks with a flat section in the side of the barrel.

Delivery is expected in Q1 2019 and each tank container retails at £9.  They can be ordered from Revolution Trains or C-Rail Intermodal.

Here’s to an IPA with Revolution!

Revolution Trains is offering the family of STVA twin- and quad- wagon single deck car carriers as its next modern wagon in N.

92010 with Garston-Dagenham car train comprising various IPA wagons at Northampton. Courtesy Trevor Plackett.

These wagons are in use with STVA and are used for new vehicle transportation between factories, car terminals and sea ports.

CAD work is already underway on the first variant, with others due for completion soon.

 

Revolution is offering three distinct variants – the open twin-wagons, the open twins fitted with side stakes, and twin and quad sets with canvas side covers and roofs.

 

IPA-A flat twin. STVA red livery.

 

IPA-A loaded with vans. We believe our model will go well with vehicle models from manufacturers such as Oxford Diecast. Photo courtesy Martyn Read.

 

STVA flat twin with stakes. STVA livery.

These vehicles often run in mixed rakes, with all three types present in the same train.

 

IPA-B covered twin with side panels. STVA livery.

 

 

IPA-B covered quad set with side panels. The majority of the covered wagons run in sets of four, which comprise pairs of twins permanently coupled.

 

IPA-B quad set. Photo courtesy Martyn Read.

In July Revolution Trains was invited to Eastleigh to photograph and measure these wagons, and we would like to extend our gratitude to both STVA and Arlington Fleet Services.

Amazingly, these wagons were built in the 1950s and 1960s for use in France as single units; however during the 1990s they were reconfigured as twins, cut down to suit the British loading gauge and brought to the UK for service where they remain.

Builder’s plate showing wagon dates from 1960.

STVA have also provided numerous drawings and technical data to ensure our model is up to our usual standards of finesse and detail.

The deck will largely be metal to ensure good track-holding and performance.

We are expecting to open the order book for these models soon, with delivery Q3/4 2019.

As ever, we can only proceed beyond the CAD stages if enough people pre-order, but with a dearth of car transporter models available to those depicting present day operation, and yet automotive traffic being such an important traffic, we hope these models will be popular.

Revolution aims for Special Delivery

Revolution Trains is offering the Class 128 Diesel Parcels Unit as its first powered model aimed that the transition era enthusiast.

Ten units were introduced in 1959 – six for the Western region with gangways and split headcode boxes, four for the London Midland region with centre headcodes and centre windows.

We hope to offer both variants, but of course only those receiving enough pre-orders will go into production.

 

Western region version in original livery with green ends and speed whiskers.

 

Small yellow panels on Midland region version.

 

Early BR Blue Western region variant retaining white cab roof.

 

Midland version in standard BR Blue livery.

 

Royal Mail red introduced during sectorisation era.

The images above are for illustrative purposes and do not necessarily indicate the final selection of liveries and versions.

If there are sufficient early orders then we hope to begin CAD design work imminently and will be opening the order book soon to allow those who wish to support this proposed model to do so, though as ever we can only proceed to tooling and production once the required minimum order threshold has been reached.

VEA makes an explosive entrance!

Revolution Trains is offering the VEA airbraked van in N gauge as its first non-crowdfunded model.

Instead, this model will be available to buy through retailers in the usual way.

The models have already been tooled and painted samples were unveiled at The International N Gauge Show. Images will appear here in due course.

First EP sample

These vans feature NEM couplers in kinematic sockets, high levels of detailing on the underframe and separate brass buffers and metal door handles.

The model offers our usual high levels of underframe detailing.

The VEA vans were converted from BR Vanwides from 1978-1983 and designed to offer an airbraked wagon for MoD munitions and supplies that could negotiate the tight curves at some Army bases.

As well as running in short block trains on their own, they also operated in short cuts with a wide mix of other wagons in BR Speedlink mixed freight trains.

They were in widespread use until the mid 1990s and after that still saw service in MoD sidings or depots – in this scenario making them the ideal accompaniment to the N Gauge Society’s forthcoming Hunslet industrial shunter.

The models are being produced in the following liveries:

BR Railfreight maroon as applied to the first 50:

 

BR Railfreight red/grey as applied to most of the rest:

 

RfD dark grey/yellow:

 

For each variant several different numbers will be offered, with correct variations in the style and location of BR symbols, warning patches etc.

 

by Sonic Models, a new Chinese manufacturer looking to increase their profile in the British market.

 

Weathered models are also set to join the range.  We will be giving more information about where to obtain these models shortly.

More TEA vicar?

Revolution Trains is offering another run of its highly acclaimed TEA tanker wagons, which were Britain’s first ever successfully crowdfunded RTR model and voted N Gauge Rolling Stock Model of the Year 2016 when they were launched.

 

We are not only offering the existing versions, albeit with new running numbers, but also the possibility of some other variants including the latest versions introduced for aviation fuel to Heathrow airport.

New build VTG TEAs dedicated to Jet-A1 aviation fuel from Grain to Heathrow (Colnbrook.)

 

Former Freightliner TEA rebranded VTG and with old markings patch-painted. Seven wagons now carry this modification.

 

TEAs in attractive grey/white livery of Petrochem Carless.

These models will be available to order soon; as ever only those reaching minimum order numbers will be produced.

Once again these models will be produced by Rapido Trains, whose reputation for quality is now well established.

Pendolinos in white (and red) satin!

Revolution Trains is teaming up with Rapido Trains of Canada to offer another run of their highly-regarded Class 390 Pendolino model – in Virgin’s new livery of white with red “Satin drape” across the nose ends.

We’re also offering the model as 390045 in the eye-catching “Virgin Pride livery with rainbow power car at one end.

Photo courtesy Lewis Hurley

Other options will include 9-car set 390010 “Cumbrian Spirit”, the first Pendolino to receive the new livery, and 390107, the first 11-car set to be re-livered, and in a very slightly revised form with a black stripe along the windows.

Photo courtesy Jon Whiting

We are also planning to offer two 11-car sets in the revised original livery with grey doors as 390130 “City of Edinburgh” and 390152 “Virgin Knight”, and to complete the set we are also planning a 9-car set in the original livery but in post-2006 condition with stripes on the doors and coach identification letters.

None of these livery variations has previously been offered.

These new sets will be provided with plain yellow end panels, to allow modellers to replicate those original sets fitted with new nose doors, as shown in this view at London Euston.

Of course, these models will only be produced if there are adequate pre-orders.

We anticipate production to begin early in the New Year with delivery of the models in Q2 or Q3 2019.

 

Revolution unveils big plans for 2019

Revolution Trains is once again at The Internatonal N Gauge Show at the Warwickshire Exhibtion Centre this weekend, on stand 16.

It’s our fourth year at the show which has established itself as the premier calendar event for N Gauge enthusiasts, and the obvious place to take stock and look to the future with new announcements and suggestions.

The last 12 months have been very rewarding for Revolution as we delivered our much-admired Class 390 Pendolino (with Rapido Trains) and our first model aimed at the transition era modeller – the well received Class B 35T tankers. We have also enjoyed increasing take-up of our ongoing crowdfunding projects as more modellers see the potential in this approach for obtaining niche models that may otherwise be uviable for the mainstream manufacturers.

Our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans have just arrived, while the 00 TEA tankers are in the final stages of production and we are expecting to close the order book very soon on our KFA container flats and Class 92 electric locomotives.

This all gives us the confidence to increase the ambition and scale of our operations. At TINGS we will be offering up five all new models, including our first non-crowdfunded wagon.

They are the Class 128 Parcels DMU, 20′ tank containers (with C-Rail Intermodal), IPA car carriers, Cemflo wagons (with Accurascale) and VEA vans.

We will also be offering new runs of our Class 390 Pendolino in Virgin’s new white livery, and the award-winning TEA tankers in new liveries and as reruns.

The VEA is being produced by Sonic Models, a new company set up by a former Kader engineer and not crowdfunded.

To publicise all this we are also producing our first “catalogue”, though actually it’s just a folded colour A4 brochure, but we are still very excited about it!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and helped us to make this happen.

In celebration of this, and reflecting Revolution’s ambitious plans, our first ever “catalogue” will also be available to collect at the show.  This features all our ongoing projects and offers our supporters a good way of tracking our progress.

In reality, our first catalogue is just a folded A4 leaflet, but we are proud of it and we hope our supporters will enjoy browsing and considering which of our projects they may wish to support.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and helped make this happen.

During the day we will be adding more detailed information about these planned items, and over the coming weeks opening the order books – but please remember that, with the exception of the VEA van, while we have done preparatory work they all need orders to move from dreams to reality!

And if you can’t come and see us at the N Gauge Show, we will be at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in November!

I spy IZAs from Revolution!

With literally moments to spare before set up time closed, our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans were delivered to us at the Warwickshire Event Centre ahead of tomorrow’s N Gauge International Show 2018.

Cargo of Cargowaggons!

The models left China before last weekend, but a strike in Shenzhen coupled with a mistaken delivery destination made it a far closer run thing that we expected.  Thanks to TNT for hiring a dedicated van to get the model to us

If you emailed us before the deadline you don’t need to bring anything to collect your wagons, if you didn’t please print and bring your order confirmation and you can still pick up your models.

For those who’ve ordered the vans with flashing tail lamps please note that airfreight regulations mean that the wagons could not be carried with the batteries installed, so these will be supplied separately but fitting is simple:

Fitting the batteries to your IZA twin.

Tomorrow morning we will be unveiling our new series of proposals – you can read about them on the N Gauge Forum from 0900 or in greater detail here from 1100, when we will be posting a series of news items.

The stand is ready, we look forward to welcoming our many customers and friends at stand 16 at the show.

Revolution Sturgeon swims into view…

Revolution has received preliminary images of the CAD for the forthcoming Sturgeon model in N.

The CAD is now being assessed and any modifications or amendments can be made.

The Sturgeon is our second model aimed primarily at the transition era modeller, having been introduced in the mid 1950s and lasting until the early part of the 21st century, with some in private use even now.

This CAD shows the 7-door version with ends; on the prototype the doors were removable and the ends demountable, and many Sturgeons ended up as flat wagons.  We will be offering this variant too.

The order book for this model is expected to open shortly and  tooling will begin once sufficient orders have been placed.

Nearly time for TEA…

Rapido Trains have sent some images showing progress on our forthcoming TEA tankers in 4mm/00 gauge.

These models are even more detailed than their 2mm counterparts, and painting, printing and assembly has taken one of their two factories several months.

The worker on the left is putting brass bearings in the bogie axle rebates for their colleague opposite to insert wheelsets.

 

Finished wheelsets, with couplers added too.

In some areas the larger 4mm models can have finer detail than is possible in N such as correctly bifurcated lifting brackets. These are painted and awaiting fitting to the EWS tanker bodies in the following image.

The factory seems to be almost full of blue trays containing tanker bodies ready for final assembly.

Once the factory has completed these models we understand they will immediately begin production of the KFA container flats in N.  As a result we expect to be closing the order book for these soon.

Class B tankers – what about the bits??

With 95% of the Pendolinos dispatched (though we still have a few stragglers to send out – mainly those who have not yet settled their balance and who weren’t in to receive original deliveries!) we are now dispatching the Class B tankers. We are sending them out in date order of the original order. If you have a balance to pay then we will contact you when we are ready to process your order.

These wagons are provided with a small bag containing a cosmetic coupler hook with “instanter” loop and vacuum brake pipe/hose to be fitted to the outer end of a rake.

To fit the replacement coupler hook the cosmetic hook supplied and the Rapido N gauge coupler will need to be removed.  The brake hose/pipe fits to the left of the coupler, below the bufferbeam, with the horizontal pipe running beneath the frame out from the centre and the curved hose angled up slightly, as these CAD images show:

We will work through the Class B dispatching as quickly as we can.

Cargowaggon Deadline day – May 11th!

It’s order deadline day for the Revolution Trains IZA Cargowaggon twin vans.

At midnight tonight we will close the order book as the factory is ready to begin production.

These wagons were introduced in 1986 and are still in service.  Over the years they’ve been used in block trains and marshalled into mixed Speedlink, Connectrail or Enterprise services carrying everything from beer and mineral water to bagged clay and electrical parts from Cornwall to the north of Scotland, and through the Channel Tunnel to continental Europe.

They’re also the perfect wagons to run behind Revolution’s upcoming Class 92 locomotives, which will also be going into production this summer.

Please note the photos show livery samples; on production models the wheels will be blackened as standard.

As ever we will only produce enough models to satisfy pre-orders so please do not miss out.

We anticipated delivery of these models to be around September/October.

 

If you get a "Bad Gateway" error when paying by card please check your account to see if the order has been processed (do not re-submit the card payment otherwise you might be charged twice!). Dismiss