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Dyson-sational! Class 92 delivery updates and information

92s make it in 2020 – just!

On Christmas Eve the long-awaited N gauge Class 92 locomotives arrived from Rapido, and while this meant delivery before Christmas was not possible, we worked hard over the break to ensure deliveries of the first hundred or so orders did take place before the end of the year.

We are anticipating that by Friday January 15th all paid for models will have been despatched – please keep an eye on our Projects page for progress if you are still waiting for your model (all parts of your order (in your account) will also be marked as “Complete” when your order has been despatched). If you still have a balance to pay then you should have received an email from us – please log in to your account where you can pay any balance due. If you sent us a query or reply regarding your balance payment we will deal with that over the next few days.

Retailers who’ve pre-ordered the models will be receiving their stocks later this week once the last of the pre-orders has been sent. Also available, exclusively from Kernow Model Rail Centre, will be 92017 ‘Eddie the Engine’ in its distinctive Stobart livery.

For those of you looking for support information we’ve added some notes for owners and information on DCC in our support section (we will also add the manual and DCC settings shortly).

Kernow Exclusive 92017 ‘Eddie the Engine’

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response, and would like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to those who’ve uploaded images or videos, or sent them to us, of the models in action.

There are too many to acknowledge individually, but as a taster here are two 92s running on Simon Fenton’s awesome ‘Dallam’ layout; one on a long rake of Farish FIA intermodal twins, the other with Dapol silver bullets Kaolin carriers:

So far the response to the models has been very encouraging, and we would like to register our thanks to everyone at Rapido in Canada and China for all the hard work they’ve put in to help us bring these models to market. As ever with our crowdfunded models, it would never have happened without the support of those who pre-ordered and put their trust in us.

The models feature a myriad of details, and several firsts for mass-produced British N gauge models, including a detailed bufferbeam at one end and a representation of the cab driver’s window blind – a distinctive and visible feature on the prototype due to the large windscreens.

So what can I run behind my new 92?

To help those interested in running accurate trains, we’ve prepared a handy guide to the kind of trains that Class 92s have operated.

They are true mixed traffic locomotives, designed originally for heavy cross-channel freight and ‘Nightstar’ international sleeper trains. They are also equipped with both pantographs for 25kV AC overhead supply and collector shoes for 3rd rail DC power; making them exceptionally versatile. They are also the only class of locomotive currently equipped and cleared for use on HS1, enabling continental-gauge swap-body containers to reach London by rail for the first time.

92023 at Chelscote with the Glasgow/Edinburgh Caledonian Sleeper. Courtesy Nigel Gibbs.

Caledonian Sleeper

The 92s are now the principle traction for Anglo-Scottish sleeper services between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh, though smaller diesels are used on non-electrified lines parts of the journey to Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen.

The forthcoming Revolution Trains Mk5 sleeper coaches should be in production later this year, and will enable full, accurate rakes to be produced.

Mk 5 SLED Accessible sleeper – approved CAD

However, if you don’t have room for the full 16-coach rake don’t despair – as you can see from the table below, Covid has led to shorter rakes becoming authentic!

IWA bogie and IZA 4-wheel twin vans

Class 92s are also long-associated with international van traffic – primarily mineral water from central and southern France and aluminium between the UK and Germany.

IWA vans carrying aluminium between Ditton and Nievenheim, Germany. Photo courtesy Colin Pottle.
92036 “Bertolt Brecht” with a rake of IZAs carrying mineral water at Soulbury in 2013. Courtesy Andrew Chambers.

Again, both these traffics can be recreated thanks to Revolution Trains, with either our IZA Cargowaggon twins (some may still be available at retailers, and Revolution has a tiny number in stock) or with our forthcoming IWA vans in Cargowaggon or unbranded versions.

92010 on car train – photo courtesy Trevor Plackett

Automotive traffic has also been a staple for the 92s for many years, and the Revolution IPA car carriers can help in recreating these on your layout.

Here is a diagram showing just some of the huge variety of trains worked by Class 92s since 2005.

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Revolution round-up of 2020: Car Carriers, KUAs, Class 92s and Coronavirus.

No one could say 2020 has been a vintage year. Nonetheless, while many of us have had to deal with lockdowns, loneliness or loss of income there have been some good points: working from home has given many a break from the drudge of commuting or created more time for modelling, and despite the pandemic Revolution has had one of its most productive years ever.

New models delivered this year include the HOA hoppers, KUA nuclear flask wagons, IPA car carriers and, just before 2020 draws to a close, the first Class 92 locomotives.

Is yours one of these?

We have seen steady progress in previously announced projects such as the Class 128 parcels car and Class 313/314 electric units in N, as well as the FWA Ecofret wagons and IWA vans and timber carriers in both N and 00. However, some of these projects have taken longer than usual at the CAD design stage – this we understand to be largely down to labour problems caused by Covid.

In February we attended, as usual, Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow. At this exhibition we unveiled our new, expanded display stand designed to give us more space to engage with our supporters and show off upcoming models.

Mike gives his best ‘blue steel’ on our new display stand. Hooded top model’s own.

Model Rail Scotland is always a fun and friendly show, and 2020 was no exception. But little did we know then that the other shows we were booked to attend – The London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace, DEMU Showcase, The N Gauge International Show and the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC- would all be cancelled.

The onset of Covid in March changed many things. Revolution adopted stricter hygiene measures for dispatch of HOA hoppers, while with exhibitions and shows cancelled we needed a new way to talk to our friends and supporters. So we decided to host our first Facebook Live. This enabled both of us to give updates, show off samples or prototypes, and unveil new offerings.

The Facebook Live countdown clock became a familar sight, and the Lives enabled us to show off models in close-up, explain their features and show off the decor in Mike’s flat.

Judging by the feedback the Facebook Lives have been popular, and we plan to continue them, but while they have their place they are no real substitute for exhibitions where we can talk to our customers and enthusiasts can see (and often handle) our products for themselves.

2020 has seen several new announcements from Revolution Trains, including one in partnership with Rails of Sheffield, who share Revolution’s aim of supporting the growth of N gauge.

From top: IIA-D Drax biomass hopper, with Rails of Sheffield, 20′ gypsum containers (with Accurascale), Revolution realistic fixed couplers, SR general manager’s saloon ‘Caroline’ in 00 and N, MMA/JNA ‘Ealnos’ box wagons in N, new run Pendolinos in liveries including Avanti, 40′ hi-cube refrigerated ‘reefer’ containers with C-Rail, IPA car carriers in 00, exclusive DRS Compass livery Class 37 from Heljan in 0, HOA hoppers in 00.

Projects under development or in production include, from top: IWA vans and timber wagons in 00, MTV/ZKV ‘Zander’ 1970s-90s box open wagons in N, PFA container flats in N (with Accurascale), IWA vans and timber wagons in N, FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flat twins and triples in 00 and N, Class A fuel tanker in N, Class 320/321 EMUs in N.

For 2021 Revolution has many more exciting plans. Now the Class 92s are here, and the Class 128 and 313 are close to tooling, we are planning to offer new powered models for both present day and transition era enthusiasts, as well as further wagon models covering the 1960s to the present day.

Let’s face it: 2020 hasn’t been easy, but we have come through it. Here’s hoping for a healthier, happier and altogether better 2021!

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Zander from Santa and end of year deadline alert…

Revolution Trains received an early Christmas present in the form of EP1 samples of the forthcoming 1970s-1990s era MTV and ZKV ‘Zander’ box wagons. These were used from the early 1970s to the 1990s on stone, sand and engineer’s trains.

In offering this model Revolution is following prototype practice; the real things were built using chassis recovered from redundant Class A and Class B tanker wagons, and our model follows the same principle. The chassis in the photograph above is a painted tanker chassis used for testing; the models will have correct chassis markings.

These models are available to order now at the low pre-production price in original stone, engineer’s brown and CE Dutch liveries.

Draft livery drawing of MTV wagon with ‘Stone’ markings
Draft livery diagram of ZKV Zander in first version of livery with yellow band around box rim
Draft livery diagram of ZKV Zander in CE Dutch livery

As well as the box wagons, Revolution is offering Class A tankers in Esso silver and grey, debranded and Staveley Chemicals liveries. These wagons can be distinguished from the similar Class B tankers by their longer barrels and different loading and discharge equipment, and the versions we are offering will complement our award-winning Class B tankers released in 2018; often being operated in the same trains.

Decorated samples of both the MTV/ZKV and Class A tankers are expected early in 2021, with the order book likely to close soon after Chinese New Year.

Order deadline Alert!

Midnight on December 31st is the order deadline for some forthcoming items – please do not miss out if you want to get the low pre-production price on any of these great models.

00 IWA Sfins2 vans in Cargowaggon, Norsk Hydro and unbranded liveries – order deadline 31-12-2020
00 IWA Rfnoos timber carrier in Touax blue livery – order deadline 31-12-2020
N Ecofret container flat twins in VTG green and triples in DB Red and GBRf blue – order deadline 31-12-2020

Earlybird deadline alert!

December 31st is also the deadline for the low Earlybird prices on the next run of Revolution/Rapido Trains Class 390 Pendolino units in N. These models are being offered in new liveries but at the same low price as first time round for a limited time.

Flowing Silk, DfT grey and Avanti – some of the new versions on offer

The models will still be available to pre-order in 2021 until Rapido are ready to put them into production, but the price will be higher.

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Pendo Amendo….

Revolution Trains is altering one of the selections on its second run of Pendolinos. The 11-car version in Flowing Silk livery will be supplied as 390107, not 390130 as first advertised.

390107 in Virgin flowing silk livery with black window stripes
BODSBURY 210919 390107
390107 at Bodsbury in September 2019 – photo linked from Simon Beeston/Flickr

390107 is understood to be the first 11-car Pendolino to receive flowing silk livery, and also features black window surrounds enabling us to offer all variants of the flowing silk livery.

Please note that the Earlybird low price deadline for these models is 31st December 2020, though the order book will remain open, at a higher price, until early February 2021. Delivery is expected Q2-3 2021.

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Gypsum containers from Revolution

Revolution Trains is offering N gauge enthusiasts yet another load for their intermodal flat wagons in the form of two types of 20′ gypsum container.

A and B type containers on PFA flats. Wagons and gypsum containers being sold separately.

Gypsum is a vital constituent in plaster and plasterboard as well as cosmetics, toiletries and fertilizers. It can be mined, but is also a by-product from power stations, and gypsum traffic has been a lucrative source of revenue for the railways for many years.

It can be carried in open box wagons, but in the late 1980s various batches of 20′ containers, to several similar designs, were introduced and these remain in service. Gypsum trains run across the network; notable flows are between British Gypsum at Mountfield, near Hastings in East Sussex, and Newbiggin in Cumbria and power stations in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, and Cheshire among others.

60041 with gypsum containers on PFA wagons

Originally carried on 4-wheel PFA wagons, nowadays they are conveyed on standard 60′ intermodals such as KFAs (as previously manufactured by Revolution), FEA-Bs, FCAs and IFA Megafrets. When introduced they were painted white, with the blue British Gypsum logo of the time on a placard, however by the late 1990s they were being repainted blue and a revised logo was introduced.

Nowadays, many have had the logo, and even the placard on some containers, removed, and they tend to be fairly heavily weathered.

Gypsum containers as offered by Revolution on Tiphook KFA 93330. Photo courtesy Dan Adkins.

Gypsum containers currently in use are 20′ long with various arrangements of bodyside ribs, owner placards and end doors and Revolution is offering two types: one with full height bodyside ribs and one with a top rail.

Type A gypsum container
Type B gypsum container

The models are being manufactured for Revolution by Accurascale, based on their well-received 00 versions, and will be offered in two triple packs, priced at £17.95 each, less than £6 per container.

Pack 1 – British Gypsum original white livery. Please note contents may vary slightly from those shown.
Pack 2 – British Gypsum revised blue livery. Please note contents may vary slightly from those shown.

These models are expected to be produced alongside our forthcoming PFA container flats, and we hope to have them by Summer 2021.

Gypsum containers on Revolution Trains KFA container flat
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Deadline alert – December 31st!

December 31st marks a keys order or earlybird deadline for several Revolution models, so we have put them all here as a reminder so no one needs to miss out on our low pre-production prices.

Final order deadline: 00 IWA Sfins2 van in Norsk Hydro, Cargowaggon and unbranded liveries

Final order deadline: 00 IWA Rfnoos timber carrier in Touax livery

Final Order deadline: N FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flat in Green twin and Red or Blue triples as operated by Freightliner, DB and GBRf

Earlybird price deadline: N Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ in Avanti, Virgin flowing silk, Virgin Pride and Virgin original liveries

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Accessorize – with Revolution couplers!

Update 02/12/2020: we underestimated the demand for our NEM screwlink couplers and the initial batch sold out in less than 12 hours! We’ll be able to source a few more packs, but we will investigate placing a much larger order.

Since offering our IPA car carriers (and before that the IZA Cargowaggons) we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been asked to supply the realistic, fixed couplers supplied with the models as accessories.

So we’ve listened – and here they are!

The couplers are designed to represent the screwlinks used by nearly all British freight rolling stock, and some passenger vehicles. They are being offered in two lengths – short (14mm length overall) and medium (19mm length overall) and have NEM tongues at either end.

19mm coupler (left) and 14mm coupler

They are one-piece mouldings and cannot be coupled and uncoupled; they are designed to offer a more realistic and discreet appearance than the traditional N gauge coupler on fixed rakes of wagons.

Medium couplers on Revolution Trains TEA tankers

The shorter couplers are those supplied with the IZAs and IPAs and are suitable for vehicles with no buffers, or where kinematic coupler mounts allow vehicles to “open up” on tight, trainset curves of less than around 381mm (15″) radius. The longer ones are intended for vehicles with buffers, or without kinematic coupler mounts.

Medium couplers fitted to Dapol HIA hoppers.

Although Revolution’s fixed couplers are designed to fit any model with NEM coupler pockets, we have not been able to test them on every model available and due to huge variations in coupler position, buffer lengths, wheelbase, and whether the sockets are kinematic, body or bogie mounted some trial and error may be required.

The couplers are being offered in packs of 10 priced at £4.95 and three variants s are on offer: 10 x short, 10 x medium, and a mixed bag of 5 of each short and medium.

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Bio-massive news from Revolution!

Revolution Trains is offering the huge Drax Power IIA biomass hoppers as its next N gauge wagon. These wagons were introduced from 2013 and are used across northern England to ferry biomass from east and west coats sea ports to Drax Power station in North Yorkshire.

60076 on 6E09 Liverpool Docks – Drax at Brighouse in October 2019. Photo courtesy Neil Harvey

CAD has now been completed and the models are in tooling. They feature NEM couplers and lots of separately fitted details including door opening actuators, brake equipment, discharge doors and wire pipes and rails.

Drax, near Selby in North Yorkshire, is the world’s largest biomass-fuelled power station and generates 15% of the UK’s renewable electricity. To do this requires 25,000 tonnes of biomass each day.

Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire. Image courtesy Drax Power

The biomass from Europe and North America arrives by sea at the ports of Liverpool, Tyne, Immingham and Hull and is transported to Drax by rail. To sustain its needs, Drax operates around 17 trains every day.

IIA-D wagons preparing to unload at Drax. Photo courtesy Drax Power.

The wagons are loaded through full length roof doors, and at Drax they automatically dump the biomass via underframe chutes onto conveyor belts leading two four huge storage domes, where the biomass is kept dry and in a nitrogen-rich atmosphere to avoid the risk of fire.

Drax biomass storage domes. Photo courtesy Drax Power

Originally, redundant coal wagons were used, but because biomass is lighter than coal the wagons were completely full before their maximum tonnage was reached, reducing efficiency. To address this, Drax ordered an entirely new design of wagon, specifically for biomass, with hoppers in the centre and outside each bogie, and with a body profile at the limits of the UK loading gauge.

Photo courtesy Dave Kirwin

225 of these wagons – coded IIA-D under TOPS and with the UIC designation Tafoos – were built for by WH Davis between 2013 and 2015, and each carries enough biomass to generate a full year’s supply of electricity for 32 homes.

66706 with Drax hoppers on Gauxholme viaduct. Imagine recreating this in N! Photo courtesy Neil Harvey

The wagons were first outshopped in vinyls carrying a stylish Drax livery of grey, black, blue and green; odd-numbered wagons receiving an A version, even-numbered wagons receiving a B version with the pattern designed to “run on” across adjacent wagons. In 2018, a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ branded version of the livery was introduced, and last year some wagons were also revinyled into a blue scheme with large photos and the message ‘Renewable Pioneers.’

One version of the Renewable Pioneers livery.

These models will be available exclusively from Rails of Sheffield, and are being sold in twin packs – one with each version of the livery – for £79.95. Versions will be available in original, Northern Powerhouse and Renewable Pioneer liveries.

We are expecting EP1 samples early in the New Year and the for the finished models to be shipped in the summer of 2021, however these timeframes are indicative and subject to possible Covid disruption.

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PFA-bulous coal and nuclear waste container wagons

Revolution Trains has received samples of its forthcoming PFA container wagons with open-top coal or half-height nuclear fuel containers.

The models feature a diecast chassis to give enough weight, even when running empty, and lots of separately fitted details.

The wagons were built in 1986 to carry containerised coal from collieries in the UK to Ireland, with the coal tranported in bright yellow “Cawoods” liveried open-top containers. In the mid-1990s the operation was taken on by British Fuels, and the containers repainted red.

56132 with Cawoods containers in 1989. Photo courtesy Mick Page
66208 with British Fuels and CPL containers in 2002. Photo courtesy Neil Harvey

In the 2000s several of the wagons were acquired by DRS and used to convey low level waste or as runners for other flask wagons. The coal containers had been designed for the wagons, and had cut-outs on the underside to clear the wheel flanges, however because the DRS containers did not have these the wagons were fitted with ISO-compatible frames to ensure the containers were clear of the wheels. Our models will replicate this feature with a removable photo-etched part.

DRS PFA seen in 2013 in use as a barrier wagon between the locomotive and a FNA flask carrier. Photo courtesy Ray Forster.

Once these models have been tested then decorated approval samples will be prepared, and the models will go into production. We are expecting to close the order book early in 2021, with the models likely to be shipped in summer 2021. Order now to take advantage of our low pre-production price.

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Facebook Live No.6 – Warley would’ve been….

This weekend should’ve seen the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC, where Revolution Trains traditionally unveils something new. While, sadly, this year’s show has been cancelled we will be hosting our sixth Facebook Live this coming Tuesday December 1st at 1930 during which we will be unveiling an all-new N gauge model as well as giving updates on various existing projects.

As well as unveiling a new project, we will be showing off the decorated samples of our forthcoming IWA vans and timber carriers in 00, showing the first samples of the delightful N gauge PFA container flat wagons, and associated coal and low-level nuclear waste flasks and revealing the final CAD drawings of our upcoming Class 128 diesel parcels unit and opening the order book.

We will also have updates on existing projects such as our Mk5 coaches, Class A tanks, Zander box wagons, and Class 92 and 321 models. Plus, as ever, we will do our best to answer questions in real time during the presentation.

Sneak preview of Norsk Hydro IWA van. These are also available to order now in Cargowaggon and unbranded liveries and timber conversions.
Livery drawings of Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 vehicles are complete.

Join us on Tuesday evening!

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The year the world stood still…

2020 has hardly turned out to be the year any of us expected. And while model trains are hardly at, or even near, the top of any world leader’s list of priorities, the impact has been felt by this industry as it has by most others.

Revolution Trains is no exception. While we have been able to deliver our KUA and IPA wagons since the lockdown in March, and in association with C-rail launched a new 40′ ‘reefer’ container model, development and production of other models has been impacted.

The individual reasons are many, but are all a result of Covid-19, and to a lesser extent the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit.

The spread of the virus in China coincided with Chinese New Year, when workers traditionally leave their factory dormitories and make the long journey home to see loved ones.

Many, fearing for their safety, were then reluctant to return. Recruitment has been an ongoing problem for many of those we work with and the requirements of social distancing mean fewer CAD designers, fewer tampo printers, fewer painters and – perhaps most crucially – fewer on the production lines to painstakingly assemble the dozens, sometimes hundreds, of small parts that go into every product.

Such delays are as frustrating for us as for our customers, but there is little we can do. They are also problematic for our suppliers: the incentive for them to get the models finished is that the final stage payment is always made once the models are with us.

But like us they know that while a reputation takes a long time to build, it can be lost in an instant. If we badger the factories to rush the work then mistakes will be made; a digit transposed, a painting stage missed, a QC check not completed thoroughly.

Like us, and like, we believe, our customers, they want the models to be right. We have reassured them that we understand their difficulties and would prefer them to take the extra time needed to ensure this than to rush them.

With all our ongoing projects we will be as open as we can about progress and give updates on developments and production as quickly as we can – we regularly update this news section, our social media and the overview on our Projects page. There is no need for us to keep anything quiet so if, when we do give updates, the model you’re interested in isn’t mentioned it is because there really isn’t anything to say!

The other ongoing uncertainty is Brexit. At this time we cannot say to our EU customers what the VAT rules will be after 1 January 2021, and whether tax will have to be paid locally before the model is delivered, rather than at the time of ordering. Once we know more we will make the position clear as we understand it. The two most likely scenarios are perhaps that deal is struck at the last minute and the UK can continue to trade with our friends across the EU as normal, or that no deal is reached before the end of 2020. If no deal is reached then the likely scenario is that for any models delivered after 31 December 2020, we would refund any UK VAT paid to the EU customer and import VAT would be collected in the relevant EU country (as is already the case say for an EU customer importing from the USA or Japan), no duties should be due as the tariffs on model trains are zero.

We’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding, and reassure everyone that we at Revolution Trains are doing all we can to minimise the delays, and the impact of the virus, and looking forward to a better 2021!

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Pendo is go!

Following our recent expressions of interest exercise, Revolution Trains is opening the order book for a second run of the award-winning Class 390 Pendolino model in N by Rapido Trains.

390045 “Virgin Pride” in Flowing Silk rainbow livery. Photo courtesy Lewis Hurley

We are offering only those models that came close enough to justify production; if orders are healthy we will look to increase the variety available. The options we are offering are:

390049 “Virgin Express” – Virgin original livery (striped doors), 9-car.

390152 “Virgin Knight” – Virgin original livery (grey doors), 11-car.

390010 “Cumbrian Spirit” – Virgin Flowing Silk livery, 9-car.

390130 “City of Edinburgh”Virgin Flowing Silk livery, 11-car.

390045 “Virgin Pride”Virgin Flowing Silk Rainbow livery, 9-car.

390156 “Pride and Prosperity” – Avanti livery, 11-car

390047 – Avanti part-branded livery, 9-car

390001 “Bee Together” – DfT Ghost livery, 9-car.

If orders for a particular version exceed expectations then we may add additional number sets. Delivery of the models is expected in Q3-4 2021, though this may change due to circumstances beyond Revolution and Rapido’s control. Early bird prices are available until 31 December 2020 with the order book likely to close end January – mid-February 2021 with production starting immediately after Chinese New Year 2021.

The Revolution Trains/Rapido Trains Class 390 Pendolino was the first fully crowdfunded complete model train to reach the UK Marketplace. It features power cars at both ends, pin-point pick ups on every wheel with power transfer throughout the train via electrically conductive couplings, and working table lamps in first as standard.

The new versions will be updated with Next-18 DCC interface and as before all power cars will have factory fitted speakers, to make converting to DCC or DCC Sound a snap.

In a poll carried out by Model Rail magazine the Revolution/Rapido Class 390 Pendolino was voted N gauge Model of the Decade.

390119 “Unknown Soldier” in DfT ‘ghost’ livery at Lune Gorge. Photo courtesy Cameron Walker.
390104 “Alstom Pendolino” in Avanti part-branded livery at Beattock. Photo courtesy Arran Aird.
390005 passes Dordon with 1A3 Manchester Piccadilly – London Euston in 2018.
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Vote Revolution!

Revolution Trains is delighted to have been nominated for a number of items in the 2020 Hornby Magazine Awards

The Revolution models nominated for N gauge carriage or wagon of the year are:

Sturgeon A engineer’s wagon

Tiphook KFA container flat

HOA stone hopper

Also nominated is the Sonic Models VEA van

Revolution Trains is also proud to have been nominated in the Manufacturer of the Year category.

Voting closes on November 16th and the winners will be announced in an online Awards ceremony, and in issue 163 of Hornby magazine.

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Box CADs ticked!

Revolution Trains has approved the CAD designs for its planned MMA/JNA ‘Ealnos’ wagons in N gauge. The models follow their well-received 00 counterparts, and use much of the same research with detail differences between those operated by DB and VTG accurately reflected, but in addition we have added the latest versions introduced by Touax.

MMA box wagon as operated by DB Cargo

The DB operated wagons – in their distinctive red livery – are primarily associated with stone traffic from quarries in the Peak District and the Midlands to locations across the network. They have 9 bodyside ribs and underframe mounted parking brake wheels and associated equipment.

Built by Astra Rail and introduced in 2012, there are now well over 500 of these box wagons on the network. Those in use with DB are coded MMA under TOPS; the remainder are coded JNA. In UIC nomenclature all are referred to as ‘Ealnos.’

Line up of 00 models: VTG blue, Ermewa grey, DB red.

The wagons operated by VTG have different brake equipment. Some are dedicated for Mendip Rail traffic and carry a branded or unbranded silver livery; others are available for spot hire and in a dark steel blue.

VTG version with longer air tank, 11 bodyside ribs and bogie-mounted parking brakes.

Others are in service with Ermewa/Tarmac and feature further variations of bodystyle and braking. Earlier this year, several more batches of Ealnos arrived in the UK and entered service with VTG, Cappagh and Touax. The Touax wagons, in their eye-catching dark red livery, have 11 bodyside ribs with no door and combine the longer air tank of the VTG versions with the body-mounted parking brakes of the DB MMAs.

Touax JNA with appropriate body style and brake equipment.
Touax JNA ‘Ealnos’ at Westbury. Photo courtesy Jo Alder.

Like their 00 counterparts, and Revolution’s IZA Cargowaggon twin vans in N, these models are being offered with a factory fitted flashing tail lamp. Because this has to be fitted inside the box body, all the models will also be supplied with a false moulded ‘load’ to disguise the mechanism. The load can easily be removed to replace the batteries, and of course can be omitted from non-light fitted versions for those who wish to run their wagons empty.

Although the CAD is now complete we will not open the order book to begin tooling until some of our other N gauge models – including FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flats, IWA ‘Sfins2’ vans and IWA ‘Rfnoos’ timber carriers – are in production. We recognise that the current economic difficulties are putting pressure on modelling budgets, and we want to give all our supporters the opportunity to budget for these useful wagons.

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N IWA van and timber carrier samples arrive

Revolution Trains has received samples of its forthcoming N gauge IWA/Sfins2 vans and IWA/Rfnoos timber carriers. These wagons are being checked for any mould flaws or running issues before being approved to move to the decorated sample stage.

IWA Sfins2 van

200 of these vehicles were built in the 1980s by Waggon Union of Germany for cross channel ferry traffic, and internal Anglo-Scottish fertilisers.

They carried Norsk Hydro or Cargowaggon liveries, or were left in unbranded silver.  Over the years they were also used for steel, bagged clay, mineral water and newsprint and they are channel tunnel certified.  Around two dozen remain in active service currently on aluminium traffic between northwest England and Germany.

IWA vans carrying aluminium between Ditton and Nievenheim, Germany. Photo courtesy Colin Pottle.
IWA Rfnoos timber carrier

In 2006 around 40 were converted to timber carriers, with the removal of the roofs and sliding equipment, and replacement with side stakes.  Delivered with eight large twin side stakes, subsequently additional narrow stakes have been fitted to many.

60026 with IWA Rfnoos timber carriers at Waitby. Photo courtesy Neil Harvey.

They are used to take logs from Scotland, north and south west England and south Wales to the large Kronospan plant at Chirk. They often run with other timber conversions, including those originally Rover cube wagons as offered as a kit by the N Gauge Society.

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Mmmm – IPA refreshes from Revolution…

Revolution Trains has received prototype samples of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in 00 gauge/4mm scale. Four types are being offered: twin sets in flat, flat with stakes and covered versions and covered quad sets.

66031 with mixed rake of quad sets and flats with and without stakes at Llandevenny in 2016. Photo courtesy Alan Williams.

Built as long ago as the 1950s for use in France, the wagons were converted for UK use in the 1990s and have been in service here ever since. Initially formed as flat twin sets, some were given side stakes in an effort to combat damage from stones, and later still the wagons were given side screens and roofs, and remarshalled into sets of four. Revolution is offering all types, in all liveries.

IPA flat twin set
IPA flat twin set with side stakes
IPA covered twin set. The covered sets are also being marketed in quad sets.

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Revolution Trains Facebook Live #5

Thanks to everyone who joined us live, and for those who missed it here’s a chance to view our fifth Facebook Live again. Included are:

  • EP1 samples of the IWA vans and timber carriers in N
  • EP1 samples of the IPA car carrier flat twins, flat twins with side stakes and covered twins
  • News of an all-new 40′ hi-cube reefer container produced in conjunction with C-Rail Intermodal and available to order now
  • First CAD images of our forthcoming MTV/ZKV “Zander” box wagons
  • Deadline reminders for N gauge Cemflos, FWA Ecofret container flats and expressions of interest in new livery Pendolinos
  • Updates on various other projects including Class 92s, Class 320/321s and Class 128s in N, SR General Manager’s Saloon “Caroline” in N and 00 and the Sonic Models 56xx.
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Chill out – with Revolution

Regular customers will know that Revolution has a tradition of teaming up with C-Rail Intermodal each year to produce a new container model unveiled fully complete and ready to buy at The International N Gauge Show (TINGS).

Covid may have put paid to TINGS, however Revolution’s ambition remains undimmed and this year we are delighted to offer a completely new range of 40′ hi-cube refrigerated “reefer” containers in 1:148 scale. These are ready to ship and can be ordered by following the link below.

Freightliner’s 86614 & 86632 with the 4S50 Crewe-Coatbridge at Shap Beck in July 2020 with Hamburg Sud, Hapag Lloyd and Maersk reefers visible. Photo courtesy Michael’s North Briton Railways.

The complete range comprises:

Photo courtesy C-Rail Intermodal



Hamburg Sud



Yang Ming

These models join the 40′ hicube, 20′ tank and 30′ bulk containers we have produced in previous years.

The models are highly detailed, as we would expect from C-Rail, and are designed to fit the Revolution KFA and FWA container flats, as well as the KTA ‘pocket wagon’ and forthcoming FSA/FTAs from C-Rail, and will enable N gauge enthusiasts to add yet more variety and accuracy to their container trains.

Revolution reefers and 40′ hi-cube on upcoming FWA Ecofret triple-set.
P&O reefer on 1990s Revolution KFA flat. Note the white painted refrigeration unit. Photo courtesy C-Rail Intermodal.
90014 “Over the Rainbow” & 90044 on an Anglo Scottish intermodal train at Moore Lane  near Warrington with Maersk and Hapag Lloyd reefers among others. If only there was a high specification Class 90 locomotive available in N… Photo courtesy Tim Moran.

As an added refinement, they also feature protypically accurate refrigeration units mouldings for both Daikin (left) and Thermo King with photo-etched grilles.

These containers are available to buy now from Revolution and C-Rail Intermodal and are priced at £9.00 each.