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Revolution Round-up 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Esso Class B weathered by Mercig Studio

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

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

Pallets full of Pendos…

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

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

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

Poppy Pendo on Heworth Sidings at the York show

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

Revolution IZA Cargowaggons in single and triple packs

 

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

4mm IZA CAD

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

Sonic/Revolution VEA vans – painted samples.

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

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

M55990 at Manchester Victoria. Photo courtesy Mark Carter.

 

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

 

Cemflo CAD courtesy Accurascale.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Class 92 final test sample by Rapido Trains.

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

Handpainted sample of MMA wagon in DB red.

First CAD of 56XX steam locomotive.

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

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

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

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

 

Mmm – MMA from Revolution Trains in 00!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DB Cargo red

 

Ermewa grey

 

Ermewa grey with Tarmac branding

These can be ordered here

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

VTG/Mendip Rail silver

 

GBRf blue

 

The Kernow models can be pre-ordered here

Photo: Dan Adkins

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

Photo: Steve Madden

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

Photo: Aidan Fort

This route map shows how widespread they have become.

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

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

 

TEA for 4(mm)…

They’re here…well very nearly anyway!  Rapido told us recently that production of our 4mm/OO TEA tanks was complete, so we took the decision to airfreight in the complete consignment of TEA tanks and the models should be with us later this week.  As usual, customers who paid in full when they ordered are likely to receive their models first as there is less admin for us.

Delivery and invoicing arrangements:

Paid in full: if you have moved over the past couple of years please check that your shipping address (not the address on the order!) is correct on your account on our website. We will start sending out models paid in full over the weekend of 17/18 November.

As we pick and pack your order we will update it to the latest shipping address saved on your account.  We will send out fully paid orders in order of when we received your order.  Once your order has been despatched we will update it to “Completed” status and you should receive it from the Royal Mail a few days later.

Paid a deposit: generating all the balance invoices will take us some time (please remember we do this in our spare time!), however we know that some of wish to get your balance paid as quickly as possible so that you can get your hands on your models!

You have two choices:

Option 1 – wait for our invoice: please be patient and wait for us to generate your balance invoice(s).  The balance invoices will be emailed to you and will include details of how to pay.  Once your balance is paid then your order will be placed in our order queue for picking and posting.

Option 2 – I would like my order soonest!: if you would rather get your balance paid and your models as quickly as possible then we have a shortcut for you! It means more work/thought for you so if you are not in a hurry or if you are not sure then stick with option 1!

Go onto our website and login to your account – check that your shipping address is correct (and update if necessary).  Open your order for your TEAs and you will see at the bottom of the deposit order a line saying “Future Payments” – this may or may not include VAT – if it says excludes VAT and you live in the UK or other part of the EU then you must add VAT to the Future Payment amount (ie multiply the future payment amount by 1.2). Go to our website here and enter your balance amount and follow the payment instructions.  If you have multiple orders you are welcome to add all the balance together to make one payment.

No need to email us to say you have paid – we will match your payment against your order(s) and mark your order(s) as paid (“processing” on our system), then your order will go into our queue for picking and posting.

As a check your balance should equal your deposit less the amount of shipping you paid on the deposit.  For example, if you paid a £20 deposit and £6 P&P then the balance should be £20. If you are not confident about calculating the correct balance amount then please stick with option 1.

Please do not:

  • email us asking where your order is – that just slows us down replying to you rather than packing orders; or
  • email us to confirm that your order is correct – we will contact you if it isn’t; or
  • email to confirm that you have paid the right amount – again we’ll tell you if you haven’t; or
  • email to change your shipping address – you can do that online on our website! 

Sorry if this seems unfair, but this is really important as all of these individual emails take time out of us sending out your models!  We’ll let everyone know once we’ve done the first pass through the order list – that is the point that we will ask you to send us emails if you haven’t received your order or balance invoice(s).

Collection at Warley: for those of you that wish to collect your models at Warley, this will be possible but only by prior arrangement!  If you collect your order at Warley we will refund your P&P charge after the show.  If you have a balance to pay then it will be possible to pay your balance at the show (your P&P charges will be deducted from your balance when you pay).

If you wish to collect your order at Warley please email us by the end of Monday 19 November, preferably with your order number(s). We will confirm by email by Thursday 22 November whether your order will be available for collection.  If you haven’t received a confirmation from us by Thursday 22/11 there is no guarantee that we will have your order for collection!

Nearly time for TEA…

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

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

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

 

Finished wheelsets, with couplers added too.

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

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

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

It’s Twins for Kernow!

Kernow Model Rail Centre is teaming up with Revolution Trains to offer the long-lived Cargowaggon “twin” ferryvans in 4mm scale/00 gauge. This is in response to the large numbers of 4mm enthusiasts requesting this model following development of its N gauge counterpart, and represents the first fully joint venture between Revolution Trains and a major retailer.


As ever the models will feature high levels of detail and a version will be offered with a battery-operated flashing red tail lamp.

Chris Trerise, of Kernow Model Rail Centre, said: “Over the years Kernow has forged a reputation for listening to modellers and offering what they want – from the Beattie Well Tank to the iconic Bulleid diesel. Revolution Trains has been doing something similar in N, so teaming up seemed like a logical step. As these wagons have been much used in Cornwall for transporting both bagged clay and electrical components, they fit in nicely with our existing items.”

Mike Hale of Revolution Trains said: “In some ways it is surprising this wagon has not been offered in 00 before as it has been so widespread in service and lasted so long. We are looking forward to working with Kernow on this and other projects in the future,” he added.

Ben Ando from Revolution Trains said: “These wagons are suitable for the BR Blue period right through sectorisation to the post-privatisation era, and whether in a block train or in ones or twos we believe they will be a great addition to the wagon roster for many Kernow customers.”

The models will feature NEM couplers on kinematic mounts, RP25 profile wheels and high levels of detail including separately fitted brake parts and handrails.

The Prototype

You can see fuller details of the prototype here.

They feature large full height sliding doors, to allow easy access for loading, and are cleared for British, Continental and Channel Tunnel use. The first 100 were built in 1986, with further builds of 50 each in 1989 and 1991 and
nearly the entire fleet remains in service. Due to their flexibility the wagons have been used to carry mineral water, newsprint, bagged clay or cement, whisky, cider, petfood and numerous other goods to and from destinations as widespread as Cornwall, the Highlands, North and South Wales and destinations in Southern France and Germany.

They can operate in blocks, or in smaller numbers in mixed “Enterprise” trains. The wagons were delivered in unpainted aluminium with mid-blue solebars and ends. Most carry the words “Cargo Waggon” across the pair, in blue on a yellow background, though three received “Perrier” branding which they still carry today.

Cargowaggon was later absorbed into GE Rail Services, which has since been acquired by Touax, and the models are being produced with the co-operation of Touax and will be manufactured in China.

The models

Photo shows N gauge model prototype

The models will be produced in the following liveries:
Original Cargowaggon without tail lamp (4 running numbers) – £99.99 each
Original Cargowaggon with tail lamp (1 running number) – £104.99 each
Revised Cargowaggon with yellow lashing loops and warning signs without tail lamp (4 running numbers) – £99.99 each
Revised Cargowaggon with yellow lashing loops and warning signs with tail lamp (1 running number) – £104.99 each

The above prices will apply once the models are delivered. A discount of £10 per model is applied when paying in advance. A further discount is available if buying a pack of 4 wagons.

CAD work is complete and the model is expected go into production in mid 2019.

To order and for more information see: www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/162/IZA-Cargowaggon

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