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All steel K-type Pullmans in N!

Revolution is delighted to reveal its next range of N gauge coaches will be the much requested all steel ‘K-type’ Pullman coaches. The K-type Pullmans were the first all steel construction Pullmans in the UK.

Parlour First “Zena” in the VSOE set at Bristol Temple Meads in April 2012. Photo courtesy of Hugh Llewelyn, Creative Commons CC BY-SA2.0 licence

Metropolitan Cammell built 29 Pullman cars of 5 different body types: Kitchen 1sts and 3rds, Parlour 1sts and 3rds and Parlour Brake 3rds – we will offer all 5 body types in train packs to allow prototypical formations to be assembled.

A further 4 cars (81-84) were built in 1931 for the Bournemouth Belle – we will include these if feasible from the tooling.

Bournemouth Belle with a mix of styles of Pullman cars. Photo courtesy of Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons licence

Some of the K-types were used by the GWR on Ocean-Liner and Torquay Pullman services from 1929, but perhaps the more famous use was by the LNER and then BR in services such as the Queen of Scots, Tees-Tyne Pullman, Yorkshire Pullman and Master Cutler. By the mid-late 1960s some of the K-types were being used with other Pullman types (particularly the brakes) but unfortunately some were disposed of for scrap. A few of the K-types continue to see service in the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and a number survive to this day in preservation.

Queen of Scots Pullman train in 1955. Photo courtesy of Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons licence

Our model will feature the same high levels of detail as our Mark 5 coaches and include interior lighting and working table lamps. We expect the order book for the K-type Pullmans to open late Q4 2021 – Q1 2022.

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Going underground! 1938 stock in N gauge.

Revolution Trains is delighted to introduce the first RTR underground trains available in N gauge with our forthcoming model of the iconic and distinctive 1938 stock.

1938 driving car – draft CAD

Over 1100 cars of 1938 stock were built with additional cars built/converted during the 1950s to supplement the original batch. The 38 stock was primarily designed for “deep” tube lines on the Bakerloo, Northern, Piccadilly and Central lines though 38 stock was also used on the East London sub-surface line during the 1970s. Despite being deep tube stock the 1938 stock regularly ran above ground particularly at the northern ends of the Northern and Bakerloo lines alongside sub-surface and mainline stock. The final 1938 stock was withdrawn from service by London Underground in 1988 following 50 years of service with a 4 car set preserved by London Underground.

1938 stock running on the Bakerloo line at Harlesden. Photo courtesy of SP Smiler, WikiCommons

Despite the long service on LU lines in 1988 10 pairs of 38 stock were sold to BR for future use on the Isle of Wight. This saw the 1938 stock slightly modified for use on the IoW where they saw a remarkable further 30+ years of service with the final sets withdrawn in January 2021.

483001 at Ryde St John’s Road shortly after introduction in 1989. Photo courtesy of Keith Edkins and reused under a Creative Commons licence

We plan to offer sets in original LT red, Network SouthEast and Island liveries.

483 on Ryde Pier Head, 2020

Our model is undergoing final CAD corrections and once those are complete we will open the order book (expected to be late Q4 2021). Our model will feature highly detailed bodyshells, separate flush-glazing, moulded interiors with
working head, tail and saloon lighting.

We were very grateful to be given access to Ryde depot before these venerable units went out of service.

Revolution Trains would like to thank South Western Railway and TfL for their assistance and support.

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Sonic Models 56xx – DCC decoder compatibility update

Sonic Models have just advised us that the 6 pin socket on PCB may be offset a little bit on some models. It may cause a difficulty to re-assemble the body shell after fitting the suggested decoder (Bachmann right-angle decoder 36-556RA) because the inner space is very tight on such a small loco.  

After further checks of current 6 pin decoders, there are 3 version with a very small size, they are:

ZIMO 6 pin decoder direct MX616N

ESU 6 pin decoder direct 59827

One customer has reported that an alternative is to remove a small amount of plastic from the decoder socket so that the body can sit flat and enables the original suggested decoder to fit correctly.

Sonic Models apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause customers.

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Any more for any more…Class B tanks?

We’re delighted to announce as part of the NGF Virtual Exhibition 2021 that we will be re-running our award-winning Class B 35t tanks. These popular Class B 35t tanks were introduced in the mid-1950s and lasted until the early 1990s.

35t Class B tanks

In a change to our normal practice we will not be accepting direct pre-orders and all orders to go through a normal retail channel.  We will still only produce according to pre-orders so if you want to guarantee your order please place it before the order deadline (to be confirmed in due course but likely to be September/October 2021) with your preferred retailer. Our MSRP is kept the same as the first run at £26.95.

We are offering the same livery selection as the first run but all versions will have different numbers to the original run. NB there are 4 number versions of the Esso livery to reflect the popularity of that livery in the first run. All other versions we are offering 2 number versions with prototypical livery and labelling variations. 

For the second run we will offer the following versions:

Esso livery: 3300, 3305, 3546 and 3705 (Era 5-7)

Mobil Charringtons: 202 (with black Charringtons label as shown) and 249 (with white Charringtons label) (Era 5-6)

Unbranded black with ZRW TOPS code for depot waste fuel oil: ADB999065 and ADB999073 (Era 7-8)

Regent: 375 and 404 (Era 5-6)

Texaco: TEX47878 and TEX47859 (Era 6-7)

United Molasses: UM204 (with brown barrel ends) and UM258 (with blue barrel ends) (Era 6-8)

The models will go into production alongside our forthcoming Class A tanks and MTV/ZKV Zander wagons and we estimate delivery will be Q1 2022.

The following retailers have already agreed to start taking pre-orders: C&M Models, Derails, East Somerset Models, Hattons, Kernow MRC, KMS Railtech, Rails of Sheffield, Rainbow Railways, TMC. If your preferred retailer is not on the list please ask them to send us an email to ask about stocking the Class B tanks.

Please remember to place your pre-order with your retailer if you would like to guarantee your order!

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New containers come floating into stock!

Following on from our range of N gauge containers developed with C Rail Intermodal our latest collaborations have just landed in stock and are now available to order from our shop. Two new liveries of our very popular 20ft tank containers: Eurotainer and Bertschi liveries; and two more liveries on our 40ft hicube containers: Hyundai and TEX.

Whilst updating the stock of the new versions we’ve also found a very small number of some previous liveries of tank container (Nichicon) and hicube (Hanjin, UASC and MSC) but only a very limited stock! We’ve still got reasonable stocks of our most recent containers the 30′ bulk containers and 40′ refrigerated “reefer” containers.

All the containers can be ordered now from our Shop – just click on Shop then follow the navigation: 2mm/N gauge In Stock to see the containers available.

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Express delivery – Class 128 liveries and options!

Revolution Trains has confirmed the liveries and unit numbers it is offering of the Class 128 diesel parcels unit.

Midland Region versions (55987-990)

M55987 green with single whiskers and centre head code boxes and M55990 BR blue with full yellow ends, centre domino head code boxes

Western Region versions (55991-996)

W55994 green with single speed whiskers and split head code boxes and W55991 Blue FYE with marker lights and corridor

55992 RM red with corridor and 55993 RM red no corridor.

The factory is currently making the final CAD changes and once complete we will open the order book. Obviously CAD has taken longer than we anticipated – for which we apologise – we wanted to be sure that the CAD covered all the many variants of 128s (a surprising number for a class of 10!).

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Order deadline updates – OO Ecofrets, N Pendolinos and IWA holdall vans / timber carriers

We’ve got a number of order deadlines coming up that we thought it would be helpful to summarise our latest thinking. We’re conscious that many customers have been going through difficult times with the impact of COVID-19 and/or just the proximity to Christmas just passed so we try to give as much time and notice as possible, plus we offer the choice to pay a deposit rather than the full amount.

N gauge:

Pendolino (second run) – we had indicated that the order deadline was likely to be end-January to mid-February but in response to customer feedback we will give people more time to place orders. We’re just confirming the production schedule with the factory but we anticipate that the order deadline will be extended to either the end of February or end of March 2021. We don’t want to delay production too much so it is a balance between being fair to those who have already ordered and those who would like a bit more time. We will confirm the order deadline within the next 7-10 days.

Pendolino livery diagrams taking shape. With five 9-car and three 11-car options on offer, that’s a total of 78 drawings!

IWA holdall vans and timber carriers – we are ready to start production of the N gauge models of these wagons and had previously set a deadline of 31 January 2021, with Chinese New Year (12 February) coming up we will delay the deadline accordingly to Sunday 14 February 2021.

00 IWA vans and timber carriers shown – deco samples of the N gauge versions are expected soon.

OO gauge:

Ecofret FWA twin and triple containers sets – the deadline for the Ecofrets was due to be 31 January but due to production schedules we have had to delay production slightly so we will announce a new order deadline after Chinese New Year.

00 FWA ‘Ecofret’ deco samples – three wagons in one pack!

For those of you looking for delivery updates on particular models we update the Projects summary with the latest information that we have as soon as we can – if there is no estimated delivery date on there it is because we don’t have one yet. Please note that until models physically arrive with us they are estimates (as delays can and do happen at various stages even during shipping!).

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Box clever…JNA / MMA EALNOS box aggregates in N on sale!

The order book for our forthcoming N gauge model of the modern JNA/MMA EALNOS bogie box aggregate wagon is now open. Our early bird price offers a discount of £2.50 per wagon and is available until 31 March 2021.

66119 with DB MMA hoppers at Peak Forest in September 2018.

Tooling on this model is now complete and we have just received first samples.  We will be showing these off in greater detail once they have been checked for accuracy.

Sizing up!

We are offering a lot of different versions so hopefully there is a livery for everyone! (Please note that we are offering different variations of each livery/variant according to predicted sales – not all versions have the same number of number variations or light-fitted versions).

DB red MMA
VTG silver JNA
VTG “original” dark blue JNA
VTG / Mendip Rail JNA
Touax maroon JNA

Each version has the correct prototypical variations in: number of ribs (9 or 11); with or without side access doors; accurate underframe and brake details.

In a relatively short period of time the EALNOS wagons have spread far and wide across the network. You can read more about the prototype wagons here. We’ve put together some sample consists and route maps to help customers looking to replicate particular flows – though there are many more than we had space for!

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Blue Monday? No, (Blue Circle) Cemflo Friday!

Production of our Cemflo PCVs cement tanks is complete and the models are due to leave the factory early next week. We’re just waiting for quotes on air and sea shipping before deciding how they will be shipped, but it is likely that they will come by air so we would expect delivery to the UK within the next couple of weeks.

The Cemflo tanks are being produced for us by our friends at Accurascale who’ve done a great job on these distinctive looking tanks and sent us these pictures from the production line. We’ve put some ideas for train inspiration below.

IMPORTANT

If you would like to guarantee your Cemflo wagons at the pre-order price then please place your order now! The price will rise to our MSRP of £29.95/wagon (£89.85 per triple pack) when the models arrive.

Cemflo in our familiar plastic box packaging

Suitable for the early-1960s modellers to the late-1980s modellers, the Cemflo tanks were built between 1961 and 1965 for Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers (APCM) and are probably best known for their use on trains of Blue Circle cement from Cliffe, in Kent, to Uddingston on the outskirts of Glasgow. Later in their working lives, they also supplied a number of other locations, including Aberdeen, Dewsbury, Dundee, Grangemouth, Sunderland, and Widnes. The last Cemflo/PCV wagons were withdrawn from service in mid-1988.

Several types of locomotives were observed hauling Cemflo wagons during their time in service, including class 25s, class 26s, class 27s, class 31s, class 33s, class 37s, class 40s, class 45s, class 47s… even Black 5s, Jubilees,V2s, 9Fs and A4s!

Here are a few links to some interesting flows for inspiration:

A4 60026 at Stonehaven, June 1965

Perhaps the classic Cliffe-Uddingston train – D6582 and D6577 (later class 33s), April 1962

9F 92191 Summer 1962

AL5 E3090 (later 85035) at Leighton Buzzard, 1966

Class 20 retrieving a damaged Cemflo, August 1967

40014, at Chinley Junction, May 1979

08630 at Grangemouth, April 1987

47237 at Millerhill, April 1987

47596, 7M66 Dewsbury – Earles Sidings, June 1988

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Class 92s…but wait, there’s more!

As a final surprise, we are delighted to reveal that three extra Class 92s are being made available.

92008 ‘Jules Verne’ in original Railfreight livery, 92023 in Caledonian Sleeper and 92043 in GB Railfreight.

These were produced by Rapido in response to the high number of requests received from those who missed out after the deadline passed while the models were in production. These are 92008 ‘Jules Verne’ in BR Railfreight livery, 92023 in Caledonian Sleeper teal, and 92043 in GB Railfreight livery.

These models are DC only, and are available from retailers and from Revolution directly (where stocks are available – we have none of the 92023 Caledonian Sleeper models however retailers will have stock), priced at £175 each. Retailers will start to receive their stock later this week.

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Class 92s inbound!

The wait is nearly over for our Class 92s. The models left the factory mid last week and are currently at Heathrow awaiting delivery to us (updated: 23/12/20). If the models are delivered to us before Christmas (we’ll update this page once we know) then we will start to send out orders as soon as we get the models – that means the earliest deliveries are likely to be just after Christmas.

If your order(s) are fully paid then you don’t need to do anything other than check that your delivery address is up to date on your account (we check all orders against the latest shipping address on your account and update as necessary).

Outstanding payments

Payments by instalment plan: (deposits placed before 1 Jan 2019) if you paid a small deposit then there should be 3 payments in total for each 92 ( the initial deposit and 2 further payments). If any of the instalments for your order(s) are showing as Partially Paid or Pending Deposit Payment then it means one or more of the invoices is yet to be paid – please pay as quickly as you can so that we can send out your model(s).

50% deposit payments: (deposits placed after 1 Jan 2019) if you paid a 50% deposit then your balance invoice will not have been generated yet but we will generate it over the next few days.

Delivery updates

We realise that it can be frustrating waiting for orders, but please bear with us – there are hundreds of orders to send out and we send them out in order of when they were paid. We regularly update progress of where we have got to on our Projects page in the Notes section. Please don’t message us asking for an update on your order until all parts of your order have been marked as “Complete” – that means your order has been despatched – or until we have said that all orders have been sent and please bear in mind that there are still ongoing delays with the postal system.

Unfortunately there was a last minute delay affecting some of the DCC Sound fitted models so these models will follow in a separate delivery scheduled for just after New Year – if you ordered a mix of DC and DCC Sound models we will ship the DC models first if we reach your order before the remaining Sound-fitted models arrive.

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Something for Christmas and last posting dates

Looking for a present for a loved one or something for yourself? Our stock system doesn’t easily allow people to see what we have physically available for immediate despatch versus projects that are open for pre-orders as both use the “In Stock” status to allow orders to be placed (NB we indicate in the product descriptions if something is a pre-order for a model awaiting production), so we thought it might be useful to give a quick summary of models we have in stock for immediate dispatch.

We realise that it has been an unusual and tough year for many and we’d like to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, so in the spirit of Christmas we’re offering a 5% discount for orders over £100 between now and 17 December on in stock items (please note that this discount is only applicable for in stock items and won’t work for orders for future products). To get the discount place your order as normal and in the discount code box use the code: 5XMAS2020. The code will only apply to in stock items listed below and we reserve the right to refund any orders mixing in stock and future orders – all orders for models in development should continue to be placed as separate orders per product range.

The last date we can guarantee delivery before Christmas is if we receive your order by 17 December 2020 (for UK orders only, for international orders some of the last guaranteed posting dates have already passed so we can’t guarantee that non-UK orders will be delivered before Christmas but we will do our best).

In stock items (available for immediate dispatch):

N gauge

IPA car carriers: limited remaining stock now on sale!

OO gauge

Please remember the discount code only applies to the items listed on this page and please don’t mix with orders for future projects – thanks!

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Tell us what you want! Really, really want….in O!

As part of the Gauge O Guild’s virtual show and with our O gauge DRS 37/4 being produced in conjunction with Heljan due soon, we thought now was the time to ask O gauge modellers if there is any interest in us scaling up any of our offerings to the senior scale of 7mm/ft.

We’ve created a simple questionnaire with some suggested models we could scale up, such as:

Our forthcoming model of 975025 ‘Caroline’ inspection saloon in N and OO – would you like it in O as well?
Our N gauge Sturgeon/Tench engineers wagons would make impressive wagons with their size in O!
Looking for a general purpose goods van suitable for the mid-1980s to the current day? How about our IZA cargo-twins?
How about our massive KUA nuclear flask carriers in O – the heaviest wagons currently on the network at 160 tonnes loaded across 4 bogies.

Of course if you have another suggestion we’re always open to ideas and you can suggest something else – perhaps you’d prefer a class 92 in O or a 321 (though seriously we’re more likely to start with unpowered rolling stock)! You can select as many models from our list as you would like, but if you make your own suggestion please only suggest one additional model. Just click on the button below to complete the questionnaire. We’ll leave it running for a few weeks to see what interest there is – thanks!

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Goods inbound!

Like London buses our models are never just one arrival at once – both our N gauge IPA car carriers and KUA nuclear flask carriers are on their way to us and should clear customs for delivery to us in the next 7-10 days.

As a result we’ve started to send out balance invoices for the IPA car carriers and we will shortly be starting to send out balance invoices for KUAs. As ever our deposit software can only generate separate balance invoices for each line of your original order(s), and unfortunately it isn’t possible to combine the invoices (trust us it creates a lot more work for us).

If you haven’t received any (or all) of your expected balance invoices please login to your account and check if there are any new invoices available for payment – sometimes the email system doesn’t send off all the notifications.

If you need to change your address, as usual, please update the shipping address in your account – it won’t feed through to your existing orders but we check the account address when we generate the shipping labels.

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Sweet Caroline…rail tour draw and winners!

We spent some time trying to work out the fairest method for selecting winners for places on our exclusive Sweet Caroline rail tour and the best our boffins could come up with was to use Google’s random number generator. Each purchase of 975025/Caroline was assigned an exclusive number according to the date the order was placed. Google’s number generator did its magic and we cross-referenced the draw numbers with order numbers.

You can watch the video of the draw and a bit more of an explanation below (or you can skip to the end if you prefer to just see the winners rather than listen to me waffle on!).

Sweet Caroline rail tour draw for places

We’ll now make contact with all the winners to check their availability. The tour is provisionally booked for 19 May 2021 (subject to any coronavirus restrictions) starting and finishing at Derby. Thanks to everyone that has purchased a model so far – you can still pre-order a model from our webshop.

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Class 128 and the NGS Journal

WR region 128 (as built)
WR 128 with corridor connection, split headcode boxes and sandboxes.

The latest NGS Journal (4/20) states that the order book for the 128s was now open – this is not quite correct.

When we submitted the information for inclusion before the print deadline that was our intention. However in evaluating the CADs we asked the designer to make some improvements which unfortunately took slightly longer than anticipated.

We now have the revised CAD and we’re checking the improvements. once the CAD is approved and finalised we will announce the opening of the order book through our normal channels (our website, newsletter and social media).

We apologise for any confusion, and would like to add that this is no fault of the NGS Journal editor.

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Delivering your parcels…first 128 CAD

WR region 128 (as built)

Revolution Trains is pleased to show the latest CAD images for our forthcoming N gauge Class 128 Parcels unit. We’ve submitted our corrections to the factory and once those are ironed out we will announce the price, versions and open the order book.

The main “spotting” notes between the versions are that the 4 Midland Region 128s were built without a corridor connection and had a centre headcode box, whereas the Western Region 128s were all built with corridors (though many were later removed) and split headcode boxes. Other variations were plated or removed headcode boxes, marker lights, sandboxes on bogies, 3 different types of buffer (clipped, oval or round) and a variety of exhaust types.

WR region 128 (as built)
WR 128 with corridor connection, split headcode boxes and sandboxes.
MR 128 (55987-990) with no corridor and centre headcode box
WR 128 with plated over corridor and marker light in the headcode box
Former WR 128 with plated corridor and removed/plated headcode boxes replaced with marker lights

Once the factory have made the CAD corrections we will finalise the versions we are offering and open the order book (not all variants are shown above eg 55991/2 kept their corridor connections to withdrawal in late 1990 but lost their split headcode boxes) .

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Sonic Models announces new liveries and numbers for 56xx line-up

Sonic Models is offering additional liveries and new numbers to the forthcoming Sonic Models 56xx GWR/BR(W) 0-6-2 tank locomotive in N.

The new versions – and models already announced and previously available to order from Revolution Trains – will all be available only from well known Yorkshire retailer Rails of Sheffield. All existing orders with Revolution will be fulfilled by Revolution and Rails will handle processing and fulfilment of models of all orders from today forward. Production has started and it is anticipated that the models will arrive in the UK during the summer.

The six new variants include three new identities for existing liveries and three all- new versions. The new liveries include GW unlined green with “shirt-button” logo, as used from the mid 1930s until WW2, GWR unlined green with GWR “austerity” block style lettering as applied in wartime and BR unlined black with “BRITISH RAILWAYS” lettering from the early years of nationalisation. Additional numbers are being offered in BR lined green with late crest, BR unlined black with early emblem and GW unlined green with GREAT WESTERN lettering, as these have proved the most popular variants so far.

New versions

S2101-01A: 5643 BR lined green, late crest
S2101-04A: 5619 BR unlined black, early emblem
S2101-06A: 6671 GW unlined green with GREAT WESTERN lettering
S2101-07: 5609 GW unlined green with shirtbutton logo
S2101-08: 6602 BR unlined black with BRITISH RAILWAYS lettering
S2101-09: 5644 GW Unlined green with plain GWR block lettering

Two of the new versions are of locomotives in preservation, and it is anticipated that proceeds will be used to make a donation to their owners to enable this valuable work to continue.

From here on both new and existing 56xx models will only be available to order from Rails of Sheffield. The price of all versions is £109.95.

The complete list of 12 models is as follows:
S2101-01 – 5637. BR lined green, late crest.
S2101-01A – 5643. BR lined green, late crest. New.
S2101-02 – 6681. BR lined green late crest (small) weathered.
S2101-03 – 5633. BR unlined green, late crest.
S2101-04 – 6639. BR unlined black, early emblem.
S2101-04A – 5619. BR unlined black, early emblem. New.
S2101-05 – 5616. GW unlined green with GWR shaded lettering.
S2101-06 – 6623. GW unlined green with GREAT WESTERN lettering.
S2101-06A – 6671. GW unlined green with GREAT WESTERN lettering. New.
S2101-07 – 5609. GW unlined green with shirtbutton logo. New.
S2101-08 – 6602. BR unlined black with BRITISH RAILWAYS letting. New.
S2101-09 – 5644. GW Unlined green with plain GWR block lettering. New.

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KFAs inbound

As I write our KFAs are just leaving the factory to be shipped to the UK.

We didn’t take deposits on the KFAs so the good news is that everyone has paid in full! Please just make sure that your shipping address on your account is up to date (as we will check your order against your account shipping address).

The KFAs are being air-freighted in so we suspect that it will be mid-late next week by the time they’ve got to the UK and cleared customs.

If you’d like to collect your order at Warley then please drop us an email – the easiest way is to reply to your order confirmation – and we will confirm whether it will be possible (if you don’t get a confirmation then we can’t guarantee that we will have your order at Warley). Deadline 12pm on Friday 22/11/19 so that we know what stock to bring to the show!

We will keep this post updated with the latest information, so please don’t send us emails asking for delivery estimates – that just slows down the process for everyone.

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EALNOS MMA/JNA wagon deliveries!

Our 4mm/OO EALNOS wagons are being sent out to our customers and retailers but please be patient as there are several thousand wagons to send out! Once we know that your order has been sent out we will mark your order as completed.

Update (24/10/2019): we’ve sent out all but 2 orders. We will process any postage refunds due as soon as we receive the information from Trains4U.

We’ve sent out all the balance invoices for customers who paid a deposit. If you paid a deposit and haven’t received an email with your balance invoice then please login to your account and check if the balance invoice has been generated – if you are missing any invoice please drop us an email. We will start chasing payments soon so that we can send out more orders.

Please make sure that your address is up to date as we will check your shipping address on your order against the current one on your account details.

Orders will be processed in date order of receipt and will be sent out by Trains4U on our behalf – please don’t ask Trains4U (or us) for an update on your order as that only slows down the process. We all want to send them out as quickly as possible but it will take us a few weeks to get everything sent out.