How it works

Our commitment to the models you want…

  1. Take a look at what we are proposing. If we’re asking for expressions of interest then please declare your interest – NO MONEY IS TAKEN.
  2. When we have completed CAD and have a final price from our factory we will open the order book.  You can decide whether to pay in full up front or pay a 50% deposit.  If you pay in full you will receive your model first.
  3. Follow developments on here, our social media (Facebook and Twitter) or via our newsletter (if you sign up for it). Your involvement and feedback can make it a better model!
  4. Once development is complete and samples are cleared for production we will collect any balance due and when your model is complete it will be delivered to you by secure courier (normally Royal Mail).


What if lots of models hit their targets at once?

We think this is fairly unlikely as we will have a relatively limited number of items listed at any one time. However, if it does a declaration of interest is no commitment to buy.

Are you damaging the trade?

We don’t think so. We have lots of admiration and respect for model manufacturers and retailers but we understand there are some products that are just too “niche” to be brought to market in the usual way. We support retailers where we can by offering retailers the opportunity to stock our models for those customers who prefer to wait to see a model in the flesh before purchase, the trade-off is of course that models purchased through retailers are priced higher than models pre-ordered direct through us.

What security do I have?

We have over 5 years experience of producing well-regarded models and a track record of delivering the models that our customers want. We will only produce models with respected factories, and our dealings will always be loaded for the majority of the funding to be held until full production is underway.

Why bother with this website?  Why not just use Kickstarter again?

For our launch model, the Pendolino, Kickstarter was a great way of raising awareness of the possibilities of crowd funding.  However, having used it we do not feel it’s the best solution for the model railway market.  The strict time limit (maximum 60 days) and all-or-nothing nature of the funding are not ideal.  With Revolution Trains we’re still crowd-funding products, but we set the time limits and can allow longer for potential backers to learn about a particular project, or make up their minds.  We fund each project individually and we fund CAD ourselves and we set our project budgets such that our reserves can cover any funding gap for each project.

How long do I have to decide whether or not to pledge?

All potential projects will be given at least 3 months to reach the goal.  If after that time a particular item is still unfunded we will give notice that it will close after a further short period, to give waverers a chance to join.  If the project is very close it may earn an extension, otherwise it will be replaced by another offering. Once we open the order book we are confident that a project will go ahead and the order book will remain open until we are ready to start production – if you want to guarantee you will get a model then please order before the appropriate deadline as we only produce to order (with a few spares for warranty/losses in the post etc).

Isn’t this just glorified market research?

Up to a point, yes. Revolution Trains offers a “one-stop-shop” for modellers to come together to make niche or specialist models happen.  By ascertaining demand first, and adopting a crowdfunded model, we can press ahead with projects that manufacturers consider too risky, or unlikely to yield adequate sales.