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Class A and Zander cruise into view…

Revolution Trains has confirmed it will offer the much-requested Class A fuel tanker in 2020.

Class A tanker in original Esso silver

Like the prototype, when manufactured in the late 1950s, our model will share its chassis design with the well-received Class B tankers. It is anticipated that original and revised Esso liveries will be offered along with Mobil and Staveley Chemicals.

The model uses the same chassis as the class B but has a longer tank barrel as in service it was used for lighter fuels.

After some tankers were replaced by higher capacity versions in the 1970s, their chassis were used for mineral wagons. These were coded MTV under TOPS. These saw service across Britain and are as useful in stone trains as in departmental use – with the fishkind name Zander – alongside our Sturgeon wagons.

MTV “Zander” stone wagon

We are also planning a further run of Class B tankers in one new livery and the more popular existing liveries with new running numbers.

Revolution goes green with Eco-fret…

With delivery of our KFA intermodal wagons imminent Revolution is ready to offer our next container flat – the new and innovative VTG FWA “Ecofret” in twin and triple format.

Outer and centre vehicle

These wagons are shorter than traditional container flats, meaning that in a market dominated by 40’ containers they can carry a greater load per train length. 

VTG Ecofret in service with GBRf at Peterborough

This video produced by VTG explains the concept:

Currently in service with DB Cargo, Freightliner and GBRf the wagons can be seen in DB red, Freightliner green, GBRf blue and VTG dark blue. 

The models will feature a solid metal spine for weight with moulded deck and spigot details.   They are the ideal accompaniment to our existing 40’ hi-cube containers and will be designed to accommodate them.

CAD has been completed and we expect to open the order book soon.

Holdalls and timber carriers in N too…

IWA holdall van Cargowaggon livery
IWA holdall van Norsk Hydro livery
IWA timber carrier Touax livery

Revolution is also confirming that in response to demand it will be offering the IWA holdall van and timber carrier conversions in N. These will be to a similar specification as our other wagons.

We will open the order book for these models in due course.

PEP talk from Revolution!

Revolution Trains is planning to offer the Class 313 and 314 “Pep” units as our next N gauge electric multiple unit.

313201 was recently repainted by owners Beacon Rail into BR blue grey livery, albeit with all-grey doors to comply with modern impaired visibility legislation

With the delivery of the first sample of our long-awaited Class 321 unit (see separate news item) we feel ready to confirm plans to offer our third EMU in N.

The PEP (Prototype Electro Penumatic) units were based on designs developed in the early 1970s for a new type of commuter train.  Compared to existing Mk1 derived stock there was significantly fewer seats, leading to a Member of Parliament to describe them as “Pack ‘Em Perpendicular.” 

The main fleet built between 1976 and 1981 comprised Classes 313 (Great Northern), 314 (Scottish region), 315 (Great Eastern), 507 (Merseyside) and 508 (Southern, then Merseyside) units.

They introduced innovative features such as mulit-function Tightlock couplers (eliminating the need for untidy and laborious end air and power connections) and sliding doors, and were the first British units to incorporate both pantograph and third rail pick ups.

They are currently the oldest units in service on the mainland, with some now 43 years old. Many are currently owned by Beacon Rail, and we would like to thank them for their support and assistance with this project.

In recognition of the historic importance of the type, 313201 will, on withdrawal, join the national collection at the National Railway Museum.

Revolution is initially proposing both Classes 313 and 314.  The models will feature our usual refinements including directional lighting, power transfer couplers and a low profile drive so the motor is not visible.  DC and DCC sound versions will be offered.

Possible liveries include BR Blue Grey, Network South East, Silverlink, First and Southern and Network Rail yellow however following our experience with the 321 we know that offering too much choice will hamper, not help, the project.

After discussions with customers at TINGS this weekend, and among ourselves, we will select the initial livery options for we open the order book.

As ever, the sooner we receive orders, the sooner we can progress the models through CAD to tooling and then production.

Revolution 321 and 56XX at TINGS!

Revolution Trains will have its usual stand at the International N Gauge Show again this year, with exciting progress on forthcoming models and some new announcements too.

Revolution Trains Class 321 EMU

Pride of place goes to the EP1 sample of the long-awaited Class 321 EMU. This model has taken far longer than we would have liked but now tooling is complete we expect to move quickly through testing and be able to go into production within the next few months.

DTCO and DTSO cars

The image above illustrates the differences between the two outer cars. The DTCO (Driving Trailer Composite Open) on the left has one narrow and one standard window in the end compartment, while the DTSO (Driving Trailer Standard Open) has two mid sized windows.

Pantograph

The pantograph is a poseable plastic moulding with photo-etched head. The model will feature working head and tail lights, illuminated destination blinds and switchable interior lighting as standard. The couplers are designed to send both power and DCC signals through the train, meaning only a single DCC chip is required.

We are also offering the similar Class 320 3-car units models for Scotrail as these can be producing using the vehicles we have – a pair of DTSOs sandwiching a PMSO (Pantograph Motor Standard Open.)

After the show we will be finalising the livery choices and producing the painting diagrams for the factory so they can prepare decorated samples.

You can order a Revolution 320 or 321 here.

Sonic Models 56XX

Also on display will be painted samples of all six Sonic Models 56xx GWR/BR 0-6-2 steam locomotives.

As well as being beautifully detailed works of art they have undergone extensive testing to ensure their performance matches their looks. The models feature pick-ups on all three driving wheels plus the sprung trailing bogie – a first for British N.

Sonic Models has been founded by a former Graham Farish engineer who is looking to produce models under his own brand direct to the British market.

So far the BR Black version has proved to be the most popular, but versions are being offered in BR Green, lined and unlined, GWR green and Great Western green. For the full list of options and to order all Sonic models see here.

Revolution Q3 2019 list

At the show you’ll also be able to pick up a free, full colour A4 pamphlet detailing all our current projects. This also includes three new proposed N gauge models in the early stages of development being unveiled at the show, or check back here at around 10am on Saturday for news.

We will also have on sale our new Bulk containers, small numbers of older containers and a very limited supply of returned or cancelled Class B tankers and IZA Cargowaggon twins.

You’ll find us on Stand 16 – just turn right at the entrance and look for the crowd…

See you at the show!

The Incredible Bulk! 30′ containers from Revolution and C-Rail.

Revolution Trains has partnered up with C-Rail intermodal to produce the widely seen 30′ bulk container in a variety of liveries.

The new containers are available in UBC red, Interbulk red, IFF blue, Bulkhaul blue and Bertschi pale grey.

They are ideal for loading onto our KFA container flat which is in production now and should be here soon.

30’bulk containers on Revolution/Rapido KFA container flat.

The models will be available to buy in all liveries from our stand at The International N Gauge Show this weekend at £7.50 each.

This is our third collaboration with C-Rail, and follows our popular 40’hi-cube containers and 20’tank containers. Some of the latest hi-cubes – ONE pink and Hapag Lloyd orange – and four tank containers, are still available.

Come and find us on stand 16 at TINGS where, as well as our all new containers, we will have EP1 samples of our forthcoming Class 321 and decorated samples of the IPA Car carriers and HOA hopper wagon.

We will also be unveiling three new proposed models.

VEAs, HOAs, IPAs – happy days!

The Revolution Trains/Sonic Models VEAs have arrived, and are about to be shipped out to retailers.

VEA vans on parade!

There are three different liveries, with five different numbers available in BR maroon and BR Railfreight red/grey and three in BR Railfreight Distribution grey/yellow.

The prototypes were fitted with air-brakes in the late 1970s for use transporting MoD munitions; in an era of stock of ever increasing length their short wheelbase made them ideal for the restrictive trackwork in military bases. They lasted in mainline use into the 1990s though some can still be seen in depots and on preserved railways.

The VEAs have been produced for the British market by Sonic models, and are also the first models to be sold directly by a Chinese manufacturer using their own brand. Revolution Trains has provided support, livery artwork expertise and is assisting in distribution.

What you get…

They’re supplied in Sonic’s own packaging, and the models come with a selection of detailing parts including cosmetic coupler hooks and air pipes along with illustrated fitting instructions.

The models are highly detailed with separately fitted, photo-etched door handles, exceptional levels of detail on the underside, kinematic NEM couplers and separate metal buffers.

Close examination shows that apart from the different running numbers there are numerous accurately represented differences in painting and labelling including correct buffer shank and roof edge colours, lettering, position and style of data panels, and representation of hazard markings. Some even have a representation of the torn remnants of hazard stickers that have been ripped off.

Paul Bartlett’s superb photograph collection was enormously helpful in preparing the livery artwork and Revolution and Sonic would like to thank him for his kind assistance. If you’d like to compare the models to the prototypes Paul’s VEA gallery is here.

The Sonic/Revolution VEA vans in N are available from retailers, of from Revolution direct here.

Hopper deadline approaching

Please note that the clock is ticking if you wish to order HOA hoppers. These have now been approved for production, and we plan to close the order book at midnight on Monday September 16th, just after the International N Gauge Show.

This is intended to give those who have not yet ordered a chance to see the models on display before committing

Also on show will be the decorated samples of our IPA car carriers – although these are approved for production we will hold the order book open for another couple of months to allow our customers (and us!) a little breathing space.

Nearer the time we will, as usual, post a map showing our stand location (stand 16- along the right wall as you enter) and we look forward to showing supporters all our exciting new models.

The latest version of our catalogue will be available to pick up free and we will have one or two exciting announcements!

321 countdown on!

EP1 samples of our long-awaited Class 320/321 units are nearly ready!

The factory has sent us these shots of the first mouldings that are now being assembled, and we are hopeful that samples will be with us for the International N Gauge show in just over two weeks time.

The images show the four different bodyshells (DTSO, TSOL, PMSO and DTCO) that between them enable us to offer the 321/4 and 320 units.

Once we have received the working samples and assessed them we will be in a position to prepare livery diagrams ready for production.

321417 at Milton Keynes Central
Class 320 in Scotrail Saltire livery. Photo: Tom Smith

At the moment confirmed versions include Network South East 321 (2 different numbers), London Midland 321 (2 different numbers) and Scotrail 320.

Other liveries, including Silverlink and Strathclyde PTE, are close so if you wish to see these versions produced now is the time to order.

The Class 320/321 units have proved our most challenging models to date and have taken far longer than anticipated so we are delighted to be able to report progress.

But we have been determined to see this model into production because humdrum units like the 320 and 321, while not as glamorous as the Pendolino or Caledonian Sleeper trains, are a vital part of the “complete picture.”

Their arrival offers N gauge modellers the opportunity to accurately model important commuter routes from London to the Midlands, East of England and East Anglia as well as suburban services around Glasgow.

We’d like to thank all our suppportes for their patience – the wait is nearly over!

Car carriers dazzle!

Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in N.

Produced with kind permission of operator STVA, we are offering flat, staked and covered twin sets in original and revised liveries covering their service from the early 1990s to the present day.

N-IPA-101A IPA flat twin in original livery
N-IPA-111A flat twin in revised livery
N-IPA-121A twin with stakes in original livery
N-IPA-131A twin with stakes in revised livery. (Model shown with Oxford Diecast Ford Transit vans available separately.)
N-IPA-141A covered twin in revised livery

As th image above shows these wagons can be loaded with appropriate models from Oxford Diecast or other manufacturers.

We are also offering the models in prototypical covered quad sets in both original and revised liveries.

N-IPA-251A covered quad set in original livery

The models are still available to order here in all versions.

Each type is available in two different numbers. As can be seen from this massively enlarged image virtually all the numbers and letters are legible.

The models feature our usual high levels of detail with NEM couplers, photo-etched footsteps, wire handrails, lots of separately fitted underframe details and a diecast deck to ensure the models are heavy enough to run well.

In what is becoming a tradition, Revolution will be attending the International N Gauge show at the Warwickshire Exhibition centre on September 14th and 15th and these samples will be on display.

On first inspection we are very happy with the look of these models, but of course we will check them carefully against the livery diagrams and photographs and notify the factory of any corrections.

These wagons can be seen running together in mixed formations, though the covered versions also operate on their own in block trains typically carrying high-value vehicles from car plants to ports.

66172 with a mixed rake featuring flats, flats with stakes and covered variants on a Dagenham-Mossend service. Photo Colin Brooks.
92010 on Garston-Dagenham train at Northampton. Photo: Trevor Plackett.
66118 on Halewood-Southampton train in 2012. Photo: Shaunnie0.

Immediately after the show we will be closing the order book for the HOA hoppers which are ready for production; we anticipate the car carriers will follow them around 6-8 weeks later in an effort to give our valued customers a little breathing space!

Time to bag cement wagons!

Revolution Trains has opened the order book for its forthcoming Cemflo/PCV cement wagons being produced in association with Accurascale.

CAD work is complete and the model is now ready to go to tooling.

The models will feature NEM couplers in kinematic sockets and numerous separately fitted parts. We believe they will maintain the high standards set by our award-winning Class B tankers.

Revolution is offering pre-TOPS versions in silver with the attractive Blue Circle name boards in four triple packs (A, B, C and D) making a total of 12 differently numbered models available.

TOPS versions are also being offered, in silver with no name boards, in three different triple packs. These are more suitable from the mid 1970s on. Each wagon features subtle differences in the colour, style and position of the number.

Livery diagrams for each pack can be found on the order page here

In their original livery the wagons could be seen with steam locomotives and diesels across the network. One of the most celebrated workings of the 1960s was the traffic between Cliffe, in Kent, to Uddingstone, near Glasgow, a turn which often involved pair of Class 33 locomotives reaching as far north as Dconaster – something of a rarity in the days of steam.

As ever, we can only proceed to tooling and sampling once we receive enough orders, so please don’t delay and order your Cemflos now!

Revolution offers Bart with Kernow…

With the Class 92 order book closed, and the models in production, Revolution can confirm that it has secured the licence required to produce Class 92 92017 “Bart the Engine” in the eye-catching Stobart blue livery.

92017 “Bart the Engine” – livery diagram

Detailed graphic artwork has been provided by Stobart Ltd, to enable us to ensure the model is as accurate as possible.

92017 – formerly named Shakespeare – was repainted into Stobart Rail colours in 2009 and renamed Bart the Engine to recognise DB’s association with Stobart Rail, and in particular the Tesco/Stobart “Less CO2” container trains running between Rugby and Mossend.

However, the locomotive has seen use on numerous other traffics including intermodal, china clay, steel, vans and automotive, making it an ideal locomotive to operate both with Revolution IZA Cargowaggon twin vans, and our forthcoming IPA car carriers.

The Stobart 92 with STVA car carriers will form a striking train!

The Stobart 92 can be pre-ordered now from Kernow Model Rail Centre here

Although Revolution’s order book is now closed, all our other Class 92 locomotives – in original RfD grey, EWS maroon, EWS branded grey, DB red, GBRf blue and Caledonian Sleeper teal, along with un-numbered RfD grey – can be pre-ordered from selected retailers including C&M of Carlisle, East Somerset Models, Kernow Model Rail Centre, Modellbahn Union, Osborns Models, Rails of Sheffield, Trains4U and Widnes Model Centre.

Hydro hold-alls and Touax timber 2-for-1 from Revolution

Revolution Trains is proposing the imposing Sfins2 “hold-all” internationally registered ferry-vans in original form, and as the recent timber conversions, as its next 00 project.

37420 with 6E48 Hallem Marsh – Immingham at Water Orton in 1991. Photo courtesy Kevin Payne.

160 of these ferryvans were built by Waggon Union from 1987 and their design incorporated integral one-piece sides and roofs so that each complete half can be lifted and slid over the other, using the distinctive handwheels at each end, for unencumbered loading and unloading.

When built they were operated by Cargowaggon GMbH and ISIS/Norsk Hydro.  The Hyrdo wagons were primarily used to transport fertiliser from Immingham to destinations in the Midlands, Scotland and south Wales.

Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.

Those in Cargowaggon livery saw more varied use on steel traffic, bottled water and newsprint in both block trains and Speedlink wagonload services.

Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.

Many are still in use on trains carrying aluminium ingots from Ditton Foundry near Warrington to Nievenheim in Germany via the Channel tunnel.

92002 6M14 Dollands Moor – Ditton Foundry at Acton Bridge in 2014. Photo courtesy Colin Pottle.

In 2012 30 were converted into timber carriers. The hoods were removed, along with the lifting and sliding gear, and heavy duty stanchions were fitted along the sides.

They have subsequently seen widespread use in Britain carrying log traffic associated with the Kronospan works at Chirk.

Freightliner’s 70007 on hire to Colas eases through Carlisle with logs bound for Chirk in February 2019.

Revolution would like to thank Touax, who now own the wagons, and Arlington Fleet Services at Eastleigh for all their help in providing comprehensive drawings and access to the real things.

Sfins2 – Rfnoos

CAD design work is underway, and we will be publishing CAD images very soon.  We anticipate operning the order book at that time, and as ever the quicker we receive orders, the faster the models can be tooled and manufactured.

We will be offering original Norsk Hydro and Cargowaggon liveries, as well as in their reconfigured form as timber carriers with Touax.

The models will be to the same specification as our MMA/JNA box wagons, which have been completed and are currently in transit to the UK, with NEM coupler sockets, NMRA-specified weight and bogies designed to accept drop-in EM or P4 axles.

N gauge versions will follow in due course.

 

Sonic confirms 56xx liveries

Sonic models, working with Revolution Trains, has confirmed the first six versions of its forthcoming GWR/BR(W) 56xx 0-6-2 locomotive.

This locomotive is Sonic’s first powered model, and is also the first 0-6-2 model offered ready-to-run in British N gauge.  It will feature NEM couplers and 6-pin decoder socket.

S2101-01

S2101-01 – 5637 in lined BR Green with late crest*, short top feed and heavy wheel weights.  This represents the locomotive as preserved, with 82H shed code, and includes a small plaque on the fireman’s side that reads “John Hankins – 1928-2013” in honour of one of the key members of the restoration team that worked to bring 5637 back to operational order from the mid 1980s.  This model includes a small premium to enable Revolution to make a donation in due course to the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group to support their work.

S2101-02

S2101-02 – 6681 in lined BR Green with late crest*, short top feed and original wheel weights.  This locomotive features the smaller sized BR crest carried by some tank locomotives and will be lightly weathered.  It carries 84E (Tyseley) shed code.

S2101-03

S2101-03 – 5633 in unlined BR Green with late crest*, tall top feed and heavy wheel weights.  This locomotive features the standard sized BR crest carried but is unlined and carries for 88A (Cardiff Cathays) its last allocated shed.

S2101-04

S2101-04 – 6639 in unlined BR Black with early emblem, short top feed and heavy wheel weights. A significant number of the 56xx class were repainted into BR Black following nationalisation, and in most cases the top feed was also painted.  It carries shed code 86E (Severn Tunnel Junction) which was its 1948 shed.

S2101-05

 

S2101-05 – 5616 in GWR green with Egyptienne lettering, tall top feed and heavy wheel weights. A number of locomotives retained their GWR branding after nationalisation for a short period, including 5616.

S2101-06

S2101-06 – 6623 in GREAT WESTERN green with Egyptienne lettering, tall top feed and original wheel weights.  This locomotive was built in January 1928.  It has been preserved and is currently being overhauled.

All models can be ordered here

* Note all BR late crest locos will have the lion facing left on both sides.  

EP1 sample with original wheel weights

EP1 sample with heavy wheel weights.

EP1 samples have been checked, and we are now awaiting painted samples for approval before production begins.

The models are expected in late 2019 or early 2020.

Poppy Pendolino donations presented to RBL

Revolution Trains was delighted to present a cheque for £1810 to the Royal British Legion raised through sales of the crowdfunded N Gauge model of 390103 ‘Virgin Hero’ produced by Rapido Trains.

L-R: Mike Hale (Revolution Trains), Ryan Allain (Royal British Legion), Corporal Gareth Atkinson (Mercian Regiment)

The prototype became affectionately known as the “Poppylino” when it was branded with the Royal British Legion poppy motif, and the words “We Will Remember Them,” to mark the centenary of the start of WW1 in 2014.

390103 ‘Virgin Hero’ at Carlisle. Photo courtesy Tom Smith.

The cheque was handed over by Corporal Gareth Atkinson of the Mercian Regiment, who was instrumental in negotiating the use of RBL’s logo, at their London headquarters.

The models of 390103 carried a £10 premium, with the full amount donated to the RBL, and Revolution was delighted that despite the additional cost the model was, by some margin, the biggest selling of the 10 different versions offered.

Mike Hale of Revolution Trains said: “We are delighted that this crowdfunding campaign led not just to a fantastic Pendolino model but also gave us the opportunity to help such a good cause.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of TRBL, London Area Manager Ryan Allain said: “Thank you to Gareth and to Revolution Trains for supporting the Royal British Legion and raising valuable funds that will allow us to provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.”

Revolution/Rapido Popplyino speeds through “Heworth Sidings” by the Yorkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society.

Corporal Atkinson added: “As a serving soldier and N gauge enthusiast I was right behind the Pendolino project from the start, and was delighted to be able to help ‘Virgin Hero’ be produced as a model.”

The Revolution/Rapido Pendolino was the first UK crowdfunding campaign to produce a complete train, and has been the springboard for Revolution’s ongoing successful campaign of crowdfunded models.

Revolution and Rapido are proposing further Pendolino models in the attractive new “flowing silk” livery for 2020 and the order book is expected to open in due course.

VEA Vans near…

The Sonic/Revolution VEA vans are now in the final stages of assembly and packing before being shipped to the UK.

The factory has sent images of all three types being produced – original BR Maroon, Railfreight red/grey and RfD grey/yellow – with it seems just wheels left to be added.

These models feature accurate underframe details – with full airbrake equipment – and in each livery several different running numbers are being offered with prototypical livery variations.

These models will be available from several partner retailers with an RRP of £19.95 and are expected in the next 4-6 weeks.

The car (carrier)’s the star!

Revolution Trains has received EP1 samples of two of the three variants of its forthcoming  IPA car carriers in N.

These models represent the IPA-A single-deck wagons (known by the operator as TD452) which operate in permanently coupled pairs.

Originally built in the 1950s and 60s for the SNCF in France as double-deck units, the wagons were heavily modified for use by BR in the 1990s, with the top deck removed to fit in the restrictive British loading gauge.

As an experiment 20 pairs were fitted with vertical stakes to enable protective canvas sheets to be draped along the sides to protect the vehicles from debris. The modified wagons retain their stakes, but the side sheets are no longer used.

The models have finely detailed diecast metal decks for weight, and feature photoetched centre tread plates which allow vehicles to be driven along the length of the train for loading.

Although at first glance these wagons seem plain, there are visible end handrails and footsteps; these are represented using wire and etched metal, not moulded plastic.

The underframes feature plenty of separately fitted details, and the wagons are equipped with NEM couplers in kinematic sockets.

We have learned from the experience of the IZA Cargowaggon twins and on these wagons the coupler retaining plate is screwed in place.

While there is something of a shortage of modern cars in N, these vehicles are also associated with carrying Transit vans – for which the existing Oxford Diecast model is ideal!

We are still awaiting the third version of these wagons – with the side screens and roof.  These have taken a little longer than the others as the tool shop is still refining the moulds for the side screens to represent taughtly stretched canvas.

These twin wagons can be ordered here.

Once all samples are checked and approved we will request deco samples and then, assuming all is well, be ready to close the order book and begin production.

Experience tells us it’s almost impossible to give an exact timeframe as there are too many variables but we anticipate delivery of these models before Chinese New Year.

Revolution Trains would like to thank STVA for their co-operation in producing this model, and the team at Arlington Fleet Services for their assistance.

We are also offering this model in 00 gauge and the order book is expected to open shortly.

As ever, we will only produce models to order and while our products are stocked by selected traders they will be at a higher price than pre-orders.

 

Hoppers on parade!

Revolution has received decorated samples of all five variants of its forthcoming HOA stone hoppers in N.

Models in EWS Construction, Cemex, DB, Ermewa/Tarmac and VTG/Mendip Rail liveries are available to order now.

The first batch was constructed in 2006 for what was then EWS Construction.

A number were painted in the livery of major customer Cemex, and they quickly became associated with traffic from the large quarry at Peak Forest to destinations throughout England.

When EWS became DB Schenker, some were repainted, though many remain in EWS or unbranded Cemex colours, and all three types are usually found in the same train…

In 2012 more hoppers of an almost identical design were made for Ermewa/Tarmac.  These also have the parking brake mounted at the end of the body, but feature a three-spoke wheel.

At the same time, wagon lessor VTG ordered their own batch in an attractive silver livery dedicated for Mendip Rail stone trains, but these featured the parking brake wheel on the bogie, and an additional pair of strengthening plates on each side.

This image shows the difference in the brake arrangements”:

All the models are being carefully checked against the livery diagrams and any corrections fed back to the factory.

Once this is completed we will be ready to close the order book and authorise production.

The pre-order price is £30.50 for a single wagon, and £91.50 for triple packs featuring different running numbers.

KFA – coming this way!

The Revolution Trains KFA container flats are now in the final stages of production.

Rapido’s factory have sent images showing the painted and printed decks being prepared for final assembly, packing and shipping.

Customers who have pre-ordered and paid in full will receive their models as soon as we can send them, while those who have some payments remaining on their balance will receive reminders in due course, and once these are settled the models will be dispatched.

Anyone who missed out on these models before the pre-order deadline may be able to obtain them from our selected retailers, however the price will be higher than the crowdfunded one.

Car carriers to get blown up…!

Revolution Trains is unveiling plans to offer their IPA car carriers in 00 gauge, 4mm scale at this weekend’s DEMU Showcase in Swadlincote.

Photo courtesy Jonathan Lewis

It follows repeated requests from 00 modellers asking us to upscale our forthcoming N-gauge model of these vehicles which is now in tooling.

Revolution is offering all three variants of these versatile wagons – flat twins, flat twins with side stakes and covered quads.

 

 

 

 

 

The prototype wagons were originally constructed as twin deck single wagons in the 1950s and 1960s, however when a need was identified in the 1990s for suitable vehicles for Channel Tunnel auto traffic, hundreds were converted into twin sets and rebodied to suit the British loading gauge.

They’re still widely used across the UK linking the sea ports with car factories and terminals for both import and export traffic.

The models will be to our usual high standards and feature high levels of added detail, NEM coupler sockets and be weighted to as close to NMRA standards as possible.

Once we have finalised pricing we will open the order book; the sooner we receive orders the sooner we can complete the CAD and get these models into tooling and then production.  As ever, we will only produce models if enough orders are received by the deadline.

Super Sonic kettle and container kaleidoscope at DEMU Showcase…

Revolution Trains will be attending the DEMU Showcase exhibition at Swadlincote this weekend, June 1st and 2nd 2019.

Avalaible to buy will be our two new 40′ hi-cube containers, produced in association with C-Rail, in the striking pink of ONE (Ocean Network Express) and orange of Hapag Lloyd.


If you wish to order see here or buy from the stand.

Also on display will be deco samples of our upcoming HOA hopper wagons on N.  So far we have received two versions – Cemex and Ermewa/Tarmac – and the others are not far behind.  If all can be approved at the first pass then we will be ready to close the order books and being production within the next few weeks.

We will also have the EP1 sample of our forthcoming N gauge 56XX GWR 0-6-2 tank locomotive from new entrant Sonic Models.

Although hardly a model aimed at the DEMU membership, one of the versions on offer will depict a preserved locomotive that is still active.

The models incorporate a variety of detail variations to allow different locomotives to be depicted; these include short and tall top feeds and alterations to the wheelweights.

Once development and tooling is completed these models will be available via our network of selected partner retailers.

And in all this excitement 00 modellers have not been forgotten – on Saturday morning we will be announcing another 4mm scale model now our TEA tankers have been delivered.

To see what it is, visit this site at 1030 or come and see us at Swadlincote on stand W12!

Sleepers to Scotland with Revolution!

Revolution Trains, working with our friends from Accurascale, have almost completed the research work on their forthcoming N-gauge models of the exciting new Mk5 coaching stock in operation with Caledonian Sleepers.

Caledonian Sleeper, Serco and CAF kindly allowed us access to Polmadie depot in Glasgow to enable us to carefully record the details and other aspects of the vehicles.

These models are being produced with kind permission and under licence from the Scottish Ministers.

While we were there two 8-unit sets, which had just completed Lowlander runs from London overnight to Glasgow and Edinburgh, were being serviced while a third set (nearest the camera) was being checked over.

There are a number of detail differences between the sleepers as delivered and in service, and we’d like to thank the engineering exam at CS/Serco for talking us through them.

Since their introduction the new sleepers have attracted high levels of praise from passengers.  There are four different vehicles: Standard Sleeper, Accessible Sleeper (with larger berths at each end) Club Car with bar and Seated car.

“Classic” berths with bunks and a sink are now joined by twin and double cabins with en-suite toilet facilities.

Club Car interior

All have , stylish, contemporary interiors. Our models will feature these and interior lighting to show it off!

The Caledonian Sleeper logo on the ceiling light in each vestibule is a delightful touch!

Externally the vehicles are sleek and exceptionally smooth-sided as this image shows.

We expect to open the order book on these models very soon, and anticipate selling them in packs of four enabling a full 4, 8 or 16-vehicle train to be assembled.

The stylish livery features three antlers at one end representing Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness, the three destinations served by the Highlander Service.  Two antlers at the opposite end represent Glasgow and Edinburgh, served by the Lowlander trains.

 

Caledonian Sleeper and TPE Mk5 route map

 

The next stage is to complete the CAD work on these models, and once that is done we can open the order book.   As ever, the sooner we receive orders the sooner we can reach production.

If you are interested in 4mm scale 00 gauge models you can order from Accurascale here.

We’d very much like to thank Caledonian Sleepers, Serco, CAF and the team at Polmadie for accommodating us.