Sonic Models has unveiled the factory-decorated samples of its forthcoming weathered 56xx GWR/BR(W) 0-6-2T steam locomotive.
The model depicts locomotive 6681 in lined green with a small BR crest, as it would have appeared when based at Shed 84E Tyseley in the years leading up to its withdrawal in 1965.
Having studied the sample, and showed it to visitors to the Revolution Trains stand at the recent Warley National Model Railway exhibition at the NEC, we feel the weathering achieves good representation of the grime and patina evident from photographs of the period.
Production models will also have the wheels and coupler rods chemically blackened before painting to improve the appearance still further.
All versions are available to preorder online here from Revolution Trains but our order book will be closing soon ahead of production.
Revolution Trains is upscaling its proposed Ecofret intermodal wagon to 00 gauge, 1:76 scale.
These wagons are in service with GBRf, DB and Freightliner and can be seen in blue, red and green. There are also sets running around in VTGs own, darker blue livery.
The vehicles are widely seen in intermodal trains across the network. In a break from tradition, each deck is only 40′ long. In a market dominated by 40′ sea containers, this maximises the load that any given train can carry as there is not the wasted 20′ that can be found on trains comprising older 60′ wagons.
For flexibility in use, the centre vehicle has rotating spigots in the centre allowing the wagons to carry 20′ containers if needed. The Revolution model will replicate this.
Revolution would like to thank VTG, GBRf, Freightliner and DB for their assistance in producing this model.
We expect the order book to open in late 2019 or early 2020.
Decorated samples of the forthcoming Sonic Models 56xx GWR/BR(W) 0-6-2 steam locomotive were on display and in action at the recent N Gauge International Show – the UK’s premier annual event for N gauge enthusiasts.
And mingling with the crowds – as well as talking to modellers on the Revolution Trains display stand – was Mr Sonic himself – Sam Leung.
Having launched the first Chinese model brand aiming to sell direct to the British market, Sam wanted to come to the UK to experience for himself the excitement of a big show and listen to what British enthusiasts want and expect.
Sam was also keen to see how the powered models performed, and Revolution and Sonic would like to say thanks to the owner and operators of the fabulous James Street layout for allowing us to test run the model, under Sam’s watchful gaze!
James Street’s sheer size gave the 56XX a good workout but despite its relatively mall stature the model was able to haul 42 loaded coal wagons on the flat – and managed 30 up a 1:100 incline.
The Sonic Models 56xx is the first 0-6-2 model offered to the British market, and features the usual refinements such as NEM couplers but also innovative features including pick up on all eight wheels, including the pony, and removable bunker weight to simplify the fitting of a speaker.
In total six liveries are being offered – BR lined green, BR lined green weathered, BR unlined green, BR black, GWR green and Great Western green.
Sonic Models expects to deliver the models in March 2020.
Revolution Trains has confirmed it will offer the much-requested Class A fuel tanker in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Revolution Trains is planning to offer the Class 313 and 314 “Pep” units as our next N gauge electric multiple unit.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
The Revolution Trains/Sonic Models VEAs have arrived, and are about to be shipped out to retailers.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Revolution Trains is proposing another production run of its award-winning TEA fuel tankers in N. These models were voted Model of the Year in both the RM Web and Model Rail polls in 2016, their year of first release, and we have been consistently asked to produce more!
This run will include the new VTG aviation fuel variant constructed and introduced since we first produced these models.
Freightliner 66532 at Craybrook with aviation fuel tanks. Photo courtesy Ian Cuthbertson.
The new tanks are slightly different from the versions we previously offered in having no end ladders, shortened catwalks and no separate hazchem placard. Our model will faithfully represent these subtle differences.
CAD for aviation fuel tanker showing revised details.
The aviation fuel tankers are in an attractive pale grey livery, and at this time traction for the flows is provided by Freightliner.
We are also proposing other liveries that were not originally offered, or have been introduced since, including VTG green (these are rebranded ex-Freightliner wagons) and EWS unbranded as some are now in service with DB Cargo.
We are also offering all the original versions, though of course only those that reach minimum numbers will go ahead.
The VTG-Enviro versions will have different slogans to those produced in the first run, enabling all six variations on the prototype to be covered.
We are also considering earlier versions of these wagons in the attractive livery of Petrochem Carless and in VTG unbranded blue (usually mixed with the others) and unbranded grey (used, among other flows, for styrene trains from Stalybridge.)
However, please note that due to limitations of the manufacturing process that these wagons will have full length catwalks, rather than the 2/3 lengths catwalks of the prototype. This is unavoidable without adding significantly to the price; it is up to you the modeller whether it’s a compromise you can accept.
As ever, we will only produce models where our supporters let us know they are wanted. At this time we are not taking orders, but just asking for expressions of interest. To let us know what you’d like, please click here.
Once again Revolution Trains is delighted to be attending Model Rail Scotland at the SECC in Glasgow, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones on on stand B22.
We will have the first EP samples of our forthcoming Sturgeon engineer’s flat wagon in N on display. This model is being produced in two versions – with and without side doors – and both will be on show. These are unpainted test samples intended purely to check the fit and appearance of the mouldings; the next step will be finished, running deco samples.
Also on show for the first time will be the Railfreight red/grey and RfD yelllow/grey VEA munitions vans beng produced in association with new entrant Sonic Models. These, along with the original BR Maroon liveried version, are all now in production.
For 4mm modellers we have factory painted samples of our second 00 model, the widely used MMA/JNA box wagons, in DB, Tarmac, GBRf and the attractive silver VTG/Mendip Rail liveries.
These were unveiled at Warley fully tooled and are now ready to go into production. Reserve your DB red and Ermewa/Ermewa Tarmac grey ones here, or go to Kernow Model Rail Centre to order these models in GBRf and VTG/Mendip Rail liveries.
We will also have a small number of Class B tanker triple sets in Esso livery for sale from cancellations as well as limited remaining stocks of our 40′ hi-cube containers and 20′ tank containers, both produced in association with C-Rail.
Revolution Trains, with our friends at Rapido Trains, are delighted and proud to have been named “N Gauge Manufacturer of the Year” in the annual poll of readers of Model Rail magazine.
The award caps an amazing year for us, in which we were also named N gauge manufacturer of the year in the recent BRM/RM Web awards too.
And it’s double-bubble for us as our Revolution/Rapido Class 390 Pendolino in N has been voted as N gauge model of the year too!
As ever we’d like to thank Rapido for all their hard work on this project – from showing faith at the start to going above and beyond to develop not just a thrilling new model but also a unique coupler design and numerous all-new features such as working table lamps in first class cars and detachable coupler covers to allow prototypical “drags” for those who don’t have catenary.
And of course we would also very much like to thank everyone who voted for us, and pay tribute to the other nominees who produced fine models in what has been a wonderful year for British N.
IF you were unlucky enough to miss out on this gorgeous model first time round, as production is limited, we plan to produce some more soon in Virgin’s new flowing silk colours – now applied to much of the fleet – including the striking Virgin Pride rainbow scheme.
The chance to order our forthcoming HOA hopper wagons at the discounted early bird rate is rapidly disappearing – with the deadline at midnight tonight.
HOAs on the Mountsorrel – Kennet at Barway, near Soham in 2016.
Our HOAs will be to the usual Revolution high standards of tooling, production and finish and are currently in tooling. We are expecting first samples to arrive soon, though at the moment nearly every factory in China has closed for two weeks for Chinese New Year.
We are offering two versions of the HOA – the original build (2006) with body-mounted parking brake wheels and four reinforcing panels in EWS, Cemex and DB liveries:
These three types are often seen mixed:
Photo courtesy Paul Biggs
This version is also being offered in the more recently introduced Ermewa/Tarmac colours:
We are also producing the slightly modified version produced for VTG and in use on Mendip stone trains, with additional strengthening panels on the side and bogie-mounted parking brake wheels:
After tonight you’ll still be able to order these models, but it will be at the standard pre-order price.
Revolution Trains is delighted and proud to have been voted N Gauge Manufacturer of the Year in the 2018 British Model Railway Awards.
What makes it extra special is that these awards are chosen in a poll of our fellow enthusiasts, and we would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who voted for us.
We are also delighted that our N Gauge Pendolino, made by the amazing Rapido Trains, was recognised in the N Gauge locomotive category – unfortunately there isn’t one for a complete train! – and our IZA Cargowaggon twins and Class B tankers also received awards in their respective sections.
We’d like to also thank all those who’ve supported and helped us during the year. And it’s a pretty long list.
On the manufacturing side we have Jason, Gareth and Bill at Rapido, Colin Allbright for his design work, Martin, Sam and Edward. Tom Smith and Paul Bartlett, along with several other photographers, have been very supportive in allowing us to use their images here and for research. We need to say thanks to our helpers – Paul, Gareth, Vic and Abbie – along with our friends in the industry – at Brush, Eversholt, the Severn Valley Railway, Robert at GBRf, Ernie and Carl at Arlington and a couple more who know who they are but can’t be named yet!
We’d also like to say a huge “well done” to our fellow award winners in all categories – surely there has never been a better time to be an N gauge enthusiast given the quality and variety of models on offer?
Revolution Trains is teaming up with C-Rail Intermodal again to offer our 1:148 scale/N-gauge 40′ hi-cube container models in the eye-catching bright pink livery of new shipping giant ONE.
ONE – Ocean Network Express – was formed last year with the merger of three giant Japanese shipping firms: K-Line, MOL and NYK.
Although barely a year old, their bright pink containers are becoming a familiar sight on intermodal trains in the UK, and the ONE containers are a useful addition for those modelling the currrent scene.
We are also offering the bright orange of Hapag-Lloyd to offer yet more variety for N-gauge intermodal fleets.
Formed in 1970, German shipping giant Hapag Lloyd is the world’s 5th largest container carrier (one above ONE above!) and although the company has seen numerous changes of ownership in the turbulent waters of global intermodal, its well-known orange containers have been a constant presence on British trains for 20 years.
Livery artwork has been approved by C-Rail and these models are expected in the next few months. They’ll be available from both Revolution and C-Rail Intermodal and are expected to be priced the same as our previous 40′ containers.
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.