Extra Pendolino sets and spare Class B tanks for sale – 10am, 2 January

DC silent

1 x 2000A 390001 Virgin Pioneer
3 x 2000B 390005 City of Wolverhampton
3 x 2000C 390006 Tate Liverpool
1 x 2000D 390045 101 Squadron

All 9 car Pendolino sets £335.00.

2 x 2001C  390122 Penny the Pendolino
2 x 2001D 390138 City of London
4 x 2005 390132 City of Birmingham (later red/silver livery with grey doors ie no stripes on doors)
All 11 car Pendolinos £365.00
1 x 2002 390103 Virgin Hero w/Royal British Legion Poppy Logos £375 (includes donation to RBL)
5 x 2004  5-car set £220.00
DCC Sound:
2 x 2501D 390138 City of London £460.00
2 x 2502 390103 Virgin Hero w/Royal British Legion Poppy Logos £470 (includes donation to RBL)
All prices exclude P&P.  As numbers are limited then sales will be restricted to one of each set per customer. These are the only sets that we have – if they are not listed then we have no spare sets.
In addition we will have limited stocks of all Class B tanks except Mobil Charrington red.

Vantastic! Revolution VEAs on parade…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Container flat countdown!

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

Please note containers are sold separately.

Any orders received after that are unlikely to be accepted.

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

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

Network Rail black with GPS bogies

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

Tiphook PFA as delivered in blue with traffic blue bogies.

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

Details include numerous separately fitted parts and wire pipe runs

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

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

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

Pendolino in the running…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revolution unveils big plans for 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cargowaggon Deadline day – May 11th!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Revolution Trains will be at the York show this Easter Weekend again, and we are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.


We will be on stand 104 across from our friends Rapido Trains (stand 99) in our usual spot on the second mezzanine floor of the attractive and airy grandstand building overlooking York’s famous racecourse.


As ever we will be showing samples of forthcoming models including painted samples of the Cargowaggon twin vans and KFA container flats.  These are likely to be going into production soon.  If you are interested in either (or both!) of these we recommend ordering now to avoid missing the deadline!


If you’d like to p-p-pick up your pre-ordered Pendolino at York – and save on the postage* – then please email to let us know by midnight on Sunday March 25th and we will endeavour to bring it along.

Please note this offer is for pre-order customers only; we will not have any models to buy on the stand.  To collect your models, you must also have completed payment as we will not have any way of processing money at the show.

* Postage reimbursements will be arranged electronically after collection.  We won’t be able to refund your postage in cash at the show – sorry!

Pendolino profusion!

They’re here!

The Revolution Class 390 Pendolino models manufactured by Rapido Trains of Canada have arrived.

After three years of development – and the occasional hiccup along the way – Britain’s first fully crowdfunded complete model train is a reality.

The first job was simply to take the cartons off the pallet and group them into sets.  There are four different 9-car versions – in both DC and DCC Sound, seven different 11-car versions (including the bonus City of Birmingham sets) plus lightbars, 5-car sets and add-on coach twin sets.

The image below shows the first pallet being unloaded.  The other still-sealed pallets can be seen in the background!

After several hours work the all the pallets were unwrapped and the cartons sorted into some kind of order.


Later this week when time allows we will being a short programme of testing a selection of the models plucked at random from the consignment.

We are expecting to begin sending models out this weekend, or very soon after, but given the sheer number it will take us at least 2-3 weekends to get every last model shipped.  We will try to do it in order of purchase, so those who stepped up at the start receive their models first.  After all, they have waited the longest!

We have had several emails from this wishing to collect their models at York – please let us know if you would like to do this too.

We would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute and say thanks to Jason, Gareth, Bill, Dan, Tomas, Janet and everyone at Rapido who actually did the heavy lifting with this project (let’s not forget – it IS a Rapido model!) and have been with us all every step of the way negotiating issues and solving problems with ingenuity, skill and great good humour.

And, of course, once again, a huge thank-you to everyone who stepped forward and helped us make this incredible project a reality.  Is this a game-changer?  You bet!


Revolution Round Up – 2017

Photo courtesy Tom Smith

After the highs of 2016 – when we delivered Britain’s first crowd-funded model – 2017 was always going to be a year of consolidation and steady progress with a focus on continuing or completing the development and delivery of pre-announced models.

That said, we have delivered another new model this year, and found time to offer two new models.

2017 began with the incredible news that our TEA tankers had been voted Model of the Year in the British Railway Modelling/RM Web annual poll. Amazingly, Revolution Trains was also voted runner-up in the Manufacturer of the Year category.

Our first show of the year was Model Rail Scotland at the SECC in Glasgow at the end of February.

Here we were able to confirm that after a slow start, and amid some doubts that it would ever generate enough interest, our first model aimed at the transition era – the Class B tanker – had finally reached the minimum level required for us to put it into tooling.

Once this was done progress was swift, with unpainted samples received just eight weeks later – in time for the DEMU showcase exhibition. By the time we closed the order book we were delighted with the number of orders and these models are now in production and expected early in the New Year.


The ever-popular York show over the Easter weekend gave us a great opportunity to meet supporters and potential customers and we were positioned next door to our friends from Rapido Trains of Canada.  They had  the latest news on the 00 version of our TEA tankers – which are now in production – and the Pendolino, Class 92 and KFA container flats.

Pendolino production started in early summer. Completing these models was a huge task requiring the manufacture of more than 10,000 individual vehicles of 6 different types – and not helped by factors outside Rapido’s control including fine dust from a neighbouring ceramics plant contaminating the paintshop, however they are now understood to be en route from China.

The Class 92 has progressed well, with a first working sample emerging in June – just seven months after we announced the model – and a successful trip to Polmadie with Legomanbiffo to record the exclusive sounds for the model courtesy of Serco, GBRf and Caledonian Sleeper.

For the Warley show in November we handpainted one of these first samples into the attractive Caledonian Sleeper livery.  This was useful as it both shows how attractive the finished models will be, and also highlighted some areas where fit or moulding needed to be fractionally tightened.

Revolution 92018 in Caledonian Sleeper livery. Photo courtesy Rail Express.

Second samples were received by Rapido just before Christmas with suitable improvements and we are looking forward to assessing these ourselves.

In June we attended the DEMU showcase exhibition where we announced our first new model of the year – the IZA Cargowaggon twin van.


The response to this delighted us and we were able to get the CAD drawings signed off, and tooling completed, in just five months, meaning we had the first moulded samples of this model in time for the Warley National Railway show at the NEC in November.

Painted samples – and a set with the working tail light – are expected next month, with the order book likely to close in early Spring.

We also decided to offer the APT-E as an N gauge model – based on the success of Rapido’s model of this iconic train, though while the response has been encouraging so far we are under no illusions that this model is likely to take some time for word to spread and to generate the levels of interest needed to start production.

In September we were at The International N gauge show (TINGS) again, for the third year, where we had our 40′ hi-cube containers – produced in conjunction with C-Rail – on show.

We also had for sale Dapol’s models of 66419 “Patriot” in its attractive powerhaul livery on behalf of Project Railway Honour, raising funds for the ABF – The Soldier’s Charity. Limited numbers of these models are still available.

Looking forward to 2018, we are anticipating the delivery of three different models – the Pendolino, Class B tankers and 00 TEA tankers – in the first half of the year.

As models are delivered we do have ready new projects to offer, with the first of these likely to be unveiled at Model Rail Scotland at the SECC at the end of February.

At the end of March we will make a final decision on whether to proceed with our Class 320/321 project. We have seen an upturn in orders in recent weeks, but once again would appeal to those who expressed an interest, but who have not yet ordered, to get behind this project.

The CADs are now completed but without sufficient orders we are simply unable to commit to tooling.  This would be a shame as while such units may lack the glamour of the Pendolino they are the unsung heroes of the modern railway and, for those wishing to model a complete system, are just as important.

By the summer we are expecting the Class 92s to be in production, and by Autumn we are hoping the HOA hopper will have reached the sampling stage.

3D prints based on the approved CAD have been made for approval, now the model is awaiting its turn in the production schedule.

If you’d like to come and talk to us about existing projects – or give us your suggestions for new ones – then as well as Model Rail Scotland we will have stands at York, DEMU Showcase, TINGS and Warley again so please come and say hello!

Once again, we would like to say a huge thanks you to everyone who’s supported us, ordered from us, come to chat to us or engaged with us online.  None of this could happen without everyone being a part of it.

Here’s to a great 2018!

Season’s Greetings from Revolution

Revolution Trains would like to wish all our friends and supporters a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable 2018.

We’ve received an early Xmas present from Santa Rapido in Canada – this image showing the latest samples of our forthcoming Class 92 model.

These models show several refinements over the first samples received a few months ago, with a finer fit to many of the parts, more crispness in the mouldings and a tightened up drivetrain improving smoothness and power.

Having just arrived in Canada, these models will be thoroughly tested before being sent to us for assessment.

Once that’s done, and the fit and performance of the models is approved, we will check liveries and be ready to close the order book and begin production.

Our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans  are the perfect models to run with your Class 92.

92036 “Bertolt Brecht” with a rake of IZAs carrying mineral water at Soulbury in 2013. Courtesy Andrew Chambers.

The IZA samples have now been thoroughly examined and approved, and livery diagrams finalised for all versions.  We are expecting to receive painted samples early in the New Year, as well as a set with our flashing tail lamp option.

We anticipate closing the order book and beginning production as soon as the factory reopens after Chinese New Year in mid-February, so please consider ordering soon if you haven’t already and want to take advantage of low crowdfunder prices.

As this project was only unveiled at the DEMU Showcase exhibition in June we feel progress so far has been remarkable and are very grateful to the team working on this model in China and those in the UK who have provided invaluable assistance!

Look out for our Revolution round-up next week when we will have more news of all our projects, and a look ahead to our plans for 2018.

Contain yourselves… Revolution boxes ready to ship!

Revolution’s 40′ hi-cube containers – produced in association with C-Rail intermodal – have been picked and packed and are being sent out this week.

Left to right: Maersk, Hanjin, MSC, UASC, Hamburg Sud and Evergreen. We still have limited stocks of some of the colours.


These superb models represent the world’s most numerous container type and this is the first time they’ve been available in British N 1:148 scale – in either kit or RTR form.

They form the ideal complement to Revolution’s forthcoming KFA container flat – being produced in association with Rapido trains.  Revised samples of this are expected in time for the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC and should be on display on the Revolution stand.

They are also ideal for the upcoming C-Rail intermodal KQA/KTA pocket wagon.

We have spent the weekend packaging up hundreds of orders, and these are being dispatched immediately.

A selection of the many packs about to be sent out!

We suggest UK customers watch their doormats this week, though delivery may take a little longer for our many overseas supporters.

Thanks again to all the backers who made this model possible – our first non-rolling item!

Production delay

Rapido Trains have just informed us that some of our projects will be delayed by month or two due to problems with airborne dust being generated by a ceramics  plant near their factory.

Production has now resumed, but this unexpected turn of events has delayed some of Rapido’s own projects, and Revolution’s own Pendolino in N and 00 TEAs.

In their newsletter published this weekend Rapido say:

You may have noticed that our factories (plural) have been a bit slow on deliveries lately. We certainly have. The LRC factory is still finding its feet and the Rapido factory moved to a new and improved location. The old location was near a bunch of ceramics factories so the air was quite dusty, requiring us to redo a lot of shells that got dust in the paint. The new location is in a much cleaner part of Dongguan and should save us a lot of time in the long run.

This has put us a bit behind schedule, but we’re working overtime at both factories to catch up.

Rapido have apologised to us, and we are sorry too, but unfortunately there seems to be little anyone could have done to prevent this.

If you are coming to the International N Gauge Show on September 9th and 10th this year please come and see us on stand 16 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

This delay only affects models currently in production with Rapido and will have no impact on our KFA container flats, Class 92 locomotives or Class B tanks.


A Grand Day Out

This week we met up with Jason and Gareth from our manufacturing partners Rapido Trains who are visiting the UK.

Rapido’s Gareth Bayer with 34081 “92 Squadron” – a Battle of Britain class light Pacific designed by O.V.S Bulleid for the Southern Railway from 1945.

We spent a very pleasant day shuttling up and down the line between Wansford and Peterborough on the Nene Valley Railway in Cambridgeshire.

The railway offers a regular timetable of steam trains during the summer and Mk1 compartment coaches provided the perfect setting for our discussions.

As well as a very enjoyable catch-up and the chance to discuss some future possibilities, Rapido showed us the latest samples of the forthcoming KFA container flat.

Unpainted EP2 sample of the KFA. This version has VNH-1 bogies and the parking brake wheels mounted on the body.

KFA fitted with Revolution Trains/C-Rail 40′ hi-cube container in UASC livery and Graham Farish 20′ standard height container in Maersk Sealand grey.

What’s good for the real railway isn’t always good for small scale models, and the skeletal design of intermodal flats – designed to save weight and maximise the payload that can be carried – means that in N such models tend to be very light, and this can make them temperamental runners.

Our first EP samples were acceptable, but we asked Rapido to think outside the box and they have managed to increase the weight by around 25% by thickening up the underfloor metal chassis members and replacing the moulded plastic air tank and buffers with the same parts cast in metal – extra weight and no loss of detail.

Cast metal air tanks and buffers add around 1g to the weight of the wagon – that may not sound like much but it all adds up.

We continue to be impressed with Rapido’s enthusiasm and willingness to innovate.  This really justifies the faith both partners have shown in each other, and hopefully that you our supporters have shown in us.

Colourful hi-cubes

Revolution has received painted samples of the forthcoming 40’hi-cube containers being produced in a joint venture with C-Rail Intermodal.

The 40′ hi-cube is the world’s most common container, but previously unavailable in British N 1:148 scale.  Modern container trains feature a characteristic “stepping” in height between the standard height and hi-cubes; now modellers can recreate this distinctive feature.

They are also designed to fit perfectly onto the KFA container flat that Revolution are producing with Rapido Trains of Canada; this model is almost ready to go into production.

KFA with Maersk Sealand 20′ standard height box, and Maersk 40′ hi-cube, at Whittlesey, Cambs.

Revolution Trains/Rapido KFA sample loaded with Farish 20′ standard container and our new Maersk 40′ hi cube.


In all we are offering 6 different liveries:




Hamburg Sud




Note fine end printing and details


As can be seen the painting and printing is very fine, with the lettering on the ends legible and the locking bars neatly picked out in silver for added finesse.

Combining the Revolution/C-Rail Intermodal 40′ hi-cubes with standard height 20′ and 40′ containers from Farish and Dapol allows those enthusiasts who care to recreate realistic and accurate intermodal trains.

UASC container on KFA wagon.


The 40′ hi-cubes make an ideal accompaniment for the Project Railway Honour Class 66418 “Patriot” also available now from Revolution Trains, with proceeds going to ABF The Soldier’s Charity.

66418 “Patriot” on Leeds-Felixtowe intermodal at Soham.

Pre-order yours now for £6.50 each.  For these models we are not producing models to order, but we and C-Rail have simply produced a set number of each, and when they are gone they are gone.

Early Bird deadline extended by one month


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EarlyBird Deadline Extended

We have decided to extend our EarlyBird deadlines for the N Gauge KFA wagons, Class 320 and 321 units and OO TEA tankers by an additional month, to midnight on July 31st 2016.

The deadline was originally set at midnight tonight, but issues with the website dating system (it thought the deadline was last night!) have led to our being inundated with customers who’ve been unable to order at the lower price.

The problem has been rectified we believe, but to avoid any possibility of unfairness we have decided to extend the deadline.

We also need a little more time to be able to correctly process orders from outside the EU, which require a non-VAT option, and the additional time will allow us to fix this.

We are also evaluating the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU on the sterling:dollar exchange rate.

We pay the majority of our bills in dollars and although (due to very cautious price modelling at the outset) we are able to absorb some fluctuations in the exchange rate if sterling falls further we will have to consider increasing our prices for non-Earlybird orders of the 320/321, KFA and 4mm TEA.

We would like to emphasise that any price increase will not affect orders already placed for 320/321s, KFAs or the 4mm TEAs.

The extension to the earlybird deadline will give us a bit of breathing room to see how sterling performs.

We would like to thank all our customers for their understanding and patience!

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