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Revolution at Warley

Once again Revolution Trains is attending the Warley National Model Railway exhibition at the NEC this coming weekend (November 25th and 26th) – arguably the #1 event in the modelling calendar.

Revolution have become Warley regulars over the last three years as we feel it’s a great opportunity for us to meet and listen to fellow enthusiasts, answer any questions, and thank those who have already supported us.

This year we will be debuting our new exhibition stand which should make us a little easier to see!

You can find us on stand B-029, next to our friends from Rapido Trains of Canada on stand B-028.


As the floor plan shows, stand B-029 is pretty much straight ahead and slightly to the right as you enter the exbibition, about half way down the hall.

There will be boxed Pendolinos to see (being brought over from Canada ahead of the main production batch) and while we are refraining from making any new announcements we will be showing significant progress on our existing projects.

If you are at the show, arguably the #1 event in the UK modelling calendar, then please come and say hello and we do our best to answer any questions about our existing projects and possibly our plans for 2018.

If you can’t make it then please come back here after the weekend as we will be posting photographs and updates on all our ongoing projects.



D-day for Class B tanks.

It’s deadline day for anyone who wants to order our Class B fuel tankers!

Class Bs – the full line up.

All versions can be ordered – in single and triple packs – until midnight tonight.

United Molasses triple packs feature two wagons with blue ends, and one with plain ends.

After that we will finalise the full order numbers for each livery and they will go into production.

We believe our Class B model is the most accurate in any scale.

Delivery is expected in the first quarter of the New Year.

Thanks again to all who supported us in this and have enabled us to produce our first “transition era” model.  This has given us the confidence to offer another transition era model in 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!

Pendolino alternatives…

We’ve already shown plenty of images of the “standard” Pendolinos in production, but Rapido have sent some shots from the factory of the “specials” we also offered.


390104 “Alstom Pendolino”



Business is Great Britain.

390151 “Virgin Ambassador”


And the Poppylino:

390103 “Virgin Hero”

Now these specials are complete, we are optimistic that the models are close to being ready to ship.  Also, to answer queries from some customers, the light clusters are painted black on production models:


We don’t know when the full production run of Pendolinos will be ready for delivery to our patient customers.  This photo may give an idea of the scale of the operation:

The panel in the centre had a caption in Chinese. I have no idea what it said so I thought I better redact it!!

Visitors to last weekend’s National Festival of Railway Modelling in Peterborough may have spotted our two test Pendolinos being put through their paces on the Nelevation stand.

Pendolino in the Nelevator. Various lengths are available to cope with 9 or 11 car Pendolinos.


Pendolinos passing.

More information about this remarkable vertical fiddle yard can be found here:

Allen, the founder of the business, also has a rather lovely home layout under construction based on the railway and canal bridges at Chirk, over the River Ceiriog:

Revolution/Rapido Pendolino being “dragged” over Chirk viaduct by a Farish Class 57. Photo courtesy Allen Pearson.

Allen says that at the show the Pendolinos ran solidly for 6 hours at a time, and since then he has run the DC model extensively on his layout (not usually being dragged!) and describes the model as “quieter and more smooth-running” than anything else on the layout.

We’ve extensively tested the Pendos ourselves, but it’s good to have positive independent feedback!

Thanks again to all who’ve supported this amazing project; there have been some ups and downs along the way but we are very close now to delivering what we are confident will prove to be a sensational model.


No tricks – treat yourself to Class Bs by Hallowe’en!

Now the painted samples of Revolution Trains’ forthcoming Class B tankers have all been checked and approved, we are ready to move to production and will be closing the order book at midnight on Tuesday October 31st.

All versions are available, but we will only produce enough models to satisfy pre-orders and we would urge customers to select their models before October 31st to avoid missing out.

If you know anyone who might be interested in these models please let them know about the deadline.

Some selected retailers will be carrying limited stocks, however these are aimed at ensuring those who did miss out can still obtain models and will be at a higher price to allow for retailer margins.

All the painted samples will be available for customers to view on the Revolution Trains stand at the 2017 Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in November.

Class B tanker samples received

Revolution Trains has now received painted samples of all Class B tanker livery variants.

The Esso version arrived just in time for the N Gauge International Show at the start of the September; now  samples of the remaining liveries are here.

The options are:

Mobil Charrington red:

We know these wagons were operated to depots in Neasden and Cambridge and between Ellesmere Port and Spen, though other flows may well have been commonplace


Unbranded “Fuel Oil” black:

After the original Esso wagons were debranded some were used by the CEGB for Fuel Oil. Note the rivets marking the former location of the Esso plate, and the new number patch-painted over the old.


Regent black:

These wagons were introduced in 1961 and had the modified suspension brackets from new.


Texaco black:

In the late 1960s the Regent brand was replaced by Texaco and the wagons were renumbered. On this model the red border on the main logo needs to be more even.



United Molasses brown:

The wagons received new 5-digit numbers in the 1970s, but some retained the original 3-digit number on the ends.

These wagons were bought from other users and were a mix of those with original and revised suspension. Most featured blue ends, but some did not. Our triple pack will include one without blue ends, for variety.


These models will be examined closely and easy modification, corrections or amendments will be fed back to the factory before they go into production.

The checking process will last a few weeks and these models will be on display on our stand at the Warley National Model Railway Show at the NEC in November, after which we will close the order book.

We only produce models to order, and have received numerous emails from customers wishing they had ordered our TEA tankers or Pendolinos, so if you are interested in these models please order by then to avoid missing out.

Time to the get the shrink ray out for….an APT-E

Revolution Trains announced the opening of expressions of interest in an N gauge model of the iconic APT-E at the International N Gauge Show (TINGS). Since Rapido Trains Inc produced their award-winning OO gauge model for the NRM we have been regularly asked if we would consider asking the NRM and Rapido if we could produce a model in N gauge.

OO model by NRM/Rapido Trains Inc

We are delighted that we have an outline agreement with the NRM and Rapido to produce the APT-E in N gauge. This in turn would result in a substantial donation to the NRM.

The Advanced Passenger Train – Experimental, or APT-E, was designed to be a test bed for new ideas. It incorporated lightweight construction, high power/weight ratio, good aerodynamics, improved brake systems and an innovative tilt system that would allow high speed operation on existing curves while maintaining both safety and customer comfort. The train consisted of four units – two power cars and two intermediate cars. The power cars each contained five British Leyland turbines originally developed for use in long distance trucks. These turbines were originally rated at 300 bhp each, later increased to 350 bhp each. The turbines drove an alternator which provided power for two traction motors. One of the intermediate cars was fitted with a passenger compartment, the other was stuffed full of instrumentation and electrical gear to allow the travelling engineers to monitor the various systems on the train. A diesel generator fitted in both of the power cars provided accessory power to provide all of the electrical power needed for these instruments.

The APT-E was tested extensively between June 1972 and April 1976 logging nearly 23,600 miles. On 10 August 1975, the APT-E achieved the British railway speed record of 152.3 MPH during trials on the Great Western Main Line. This record still stands for non-electrified rail travel in the UK.

Exact specifications and price will not be available until we start the serious design work, though we expect both the specification and price to be similar to the OO gauge model (price £225).

At this stage we are not asking for any money, just expressions of interest to establish whether there is sufficient demand to make the model.  If you are interested please complete our expression of interest form on our website at

Kernow joins the Revolution!

Revolution Trains is delighted to announce that Kernow Model Centre will be distributing our forthcoming N Gauge Class 390 Pendolino models, being produced by Rapido Trains of Canada.

Kernow are a highly respected name in model railway retailing and have the organisation and facilities to pack and send out our forthcoming Pendolino models far more quickly than we could, once they arrive from China.

In turn Revolution will have a limited number of Kernow’s N-gauge special commissions available to buy from our stand at the The International N Gauge Show this weekend.

The models are:

Class 37/0 Class Diesel Loco “William Cookworthy” No. 37 207 BR Blue Cornish Railways branding – £129.99


BR Mk1 GUV No. E86247 BR Maroon with Parcels Express branding – £34.99


China Clay 5 Plank Wagon Flat Triple Pack. Weathered with flat tarpaulin – £34.99


China Clay 5 Plank Wagon Triple Pack. Weathered with tent style tarpaulin – £34.99


China Clay 5-Plank Wagon Triple Pack in English China Clays livery – £46.99


Revolution Trains is on Stand 16 at the show.

Revolution ready to paint TINGS red… and silver… and black

Revolution Trains will be at The International N Gauge Show again this year with an exciting display showing latest developments in various new models.

Come and see us on Stand 16.

Rapido have airfreighted to us a pair of factory-finished and complete 9-car “Virgin Pioneer” Pendolinos to show.  Here’s a preview…



First Class centre car with nameplate

Some of the other versions are still in production and the entire shipment will be sent once all versions are ready.  We are expecting this to be sometime next month, though as previously explained a dust problem at the factory added to the delay.   We are glad to report that the paint finished on these models is superb!

For transition era modellers we also have the first livery samples of our forthcoming Class B tankers.  These are still available to order but once all the painted samples have been approved we will be closing the order book and getting the models produced.   We strongly recommend anyone who is still deliberating to come and look at the models and, if they like them, to order quickly to avoid missing the deadline.

Revolution Class B tankers. Shown in B/W for authentic early 60s atmosphere!

Samples of our eagerly awaiting Class 92 will also be on show, and as this model is progressing through the artwork stages we will be happy for supporters to come and have a good look at the model and the many parts that go into it…

Revolution/Rapido Class 92 first sample


Exploded photo showing the sophistication of the tooling

We will have news of our Class 320/321 EMU project and will be trying to turn expressions of interest – which were very encouraging – into hard orders so we can get this model into tooling.

It’s being produced by Rapido, like the Pendolino and Class 92, so quality is assured.

We now have complete CADs of both types and are very keen to commence tooling.


We will have updates on our other projects including the KFA container flats (nearly ready for production) and the forthcoming HOA and IZA wagons – CADs approved for both models.



We will also have stocks of Project Railway Honour Class 66 locomotives available to buy, but they are selling fast… so don’t miss out!

66418 “Patriot” – supporting the ABF and the only N gauge model currently available with the latest Freightiner – Genessee and Wyoming branding.

We will also have exciting news of the first of our proposed projects for 2018 – come and see us on Stand 16.

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.


Pendo stupendous!

Our friends at Rapido Trains have sent us a short video showing a production Pendolino being put through its paces having arrived in Canada this week.

Rapido put the model to work on their gradient test layout – a ruthless rollercoaster of Kato Unitrack with a sharp 4% (1 in 25) slope on the far side of the loop.

The V-transition between the two gradients is the equivalent of hitting an 8% (1 in 12.5) gradient from the flat, as this image shows.

The model under test is not quite the correct configuration, for some reason it has two standard trailers deputising for the pantograph cars at the #3 and #9 positions; we put this down to over-excitement when getting the models out of the box…

You can see the complete video here: IMG_6068

It’s also not quite a fully finished model – the cars were plucked from the assembly line before some of the final tampo printed numbers and lettering were added so it could be rushed to Rapido HQ for testing.

Customer models are now having those details added and should be ready for shipping toward the end of August.

Allowing for a 6-week voyage we are hoping to have them with our customers by mid October.

Revised CADs for Twins – let there be lights!

Revolution has received revised CADs for the forthcoming IZA Cargowaggon twin vans, and now the version with flashing tail lamp has also been included.

The main correction was adding the distinctive holes in the angled frames on each end, and this has been done too.  Also, the models now correctly have the parking brake wheel on one of the pair only.

Other minor corrections include the addition of the small corner footstep and grab handles below the buffers, as well as an improved centre coupler.


But the main event is that the model now has provision for the working flashing tail lamp option.

The lamp is a plastic moulding, while the lens protrudes from inside the wagon where the PCB with battery holder, LED and flashing control circuits is placed.

Both standard versions and flashing tail lamp versions can be reserved and as ever we will only produce enough models to supply those who order before the deadline.

Class B samples approved

Revolution Trains has received second EP samples of the forthcoming Class B tanker, and these have been tested and approved.

Set of EP2 samples includes both chassis types; original on the left, revised with auxiliary spring dampers on right.

The samples have been assessed by design engineer Colin Allbright and by us and some minor issues around the fit of some parts and the couplers have been addressed.

We will have them on our stand at The International N Gauge Show at Leamington on September 9th and 10th, and anticipate closing the order book soon after that.

Watch this video for more information and to see them in action:


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.

Cargowaggon CADs

Revolution Trains has received the first CAD files for the forthcoming Cargowaggon Twin vans.

These are first drafts and some details remain to be added.

Some corrections are required too.  The CADs show parking brake wheels on both cars, when in fact they are on one only.  Also there are some details still to be added such as the document clip, a horizontal handrail on the end, some rivet detail and the circular holes in the angled end uprights.

Since the vehicles are permanently coupled the inter car connector is a solid bar.

With the chassis removed the body mounted NEM coupler can be seen, while with the body off it can be seen that each vehicle will have a chunky steel weight to take it to NMRA standards, as also specified for our TEA tankers.

Once these alterations have been made we will post revised CAD images.  So far the take up on these models has been excellent and we are hoping to be able to commence tooling reasonably soon, with samples potentially here by the Warley National Model Railway Exhibtion at the NEC in November which we will be attending.

We have had numerous emails asking us about whether we would offer these wagons in 00 and this is being given consideration.


Class 92 installments glitch

It has come to our attention that some of you may have received invoices for the 3rd installment of the Class 92 project.

Pleas don’t worry too much about any invoices for 3rd installments I think there has been a glitch with a recent software update (but difficult to check from a small tablet on the other side of the world).

Obviously if you pay the 3rd invoice no harm will come to your order (though I can’t vouch for your bank account!).

Apologies for any inconvenience. We will let people know deadlines for paying various installments as we know that some of you have yet to receive invoices for second installments!


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.

Pendolino proximity…

The Pendolinos are getting close… these are the latest shots we have been sent by Rapido showing progress on painting, lettering and assembling the Revolution Trains/Rapido Class 390 Pendolino models.

As the colours and lettering go on the models really come to life, though of course this driving car still needs cantrail stripe, number window glazing, lights and wipers adding!


The interiors are not being forgotten of course, the image below shows those for Coach C, the shop car.


To make it easier for customers to couple up their models correctly each car will be clearly labelled on the underside.


Of all the images sent, perhaps this gives the best sense of the sheer scale of this project.  This tray contains around 350 bogies, and in all the factory has to make, paint and assemble bogies for 11,000 vehicles-  which equates to another 61 trayfuls like this!!  Incredible!!

Rapido’s attention to detail is stunning.  Even the pantograph bases are being separately painted, correctly, in Virgin red.

And as well as the numerous warning labels on each end, the pipework is being painted too.

The Revolution order book has closed for the Pendolinos now, however the models can still be pre-ordered from our partner retailers C&M Models, Collett’s Models and Kernow.



It’s summer holiday season, and we are taking a short break, so if you have emailed Revolution in the last few days please allow two weeks for a reply.  We aren’t ignoring you – just taking a breather!



Symphony No. 92!

Revolution Trains was delighted to be invited to Polmadie depot in Glasgow to record the exclusive sounds for the DCC Sound version of our forthcoming Class 92 model.

Photo courtesy Tom Smith

We were hosted by Serco, Alstom and GBRf who very kindly put Caledonian Sleeper liveried 92014 at the disposal of our sound expert Legomanbiffo to record both inside and out, with sounds ranging from the loco being switched on to the sanders being actuated.

And, sad as we are, we couldn’t resist posing our test sample on the real thing:

Revolution would like to say a huge thank-you to Alstom’s team at Polmadie and to Serco and GBRf for supplying the locomotive and driver to make this possible.

You can still order a Revolution Trains Class 92 in Caledonian Sleeper and 5 other liveries in both DCC Sound and DC silent versions.  The sample is continuing testing and once it has passed we will be ready to move to production.

This video offers a low-res preview of one of the horn combinations…naturally the sound recording made today is of significantly higher quality!





Class 321 complete CAD set plus other news

Rapido have sent through revised CADs showing all four vehicles that comprise the Class 321 unit.

The 4-car 321s are formed of DTCO-PMSO-TSOL-DTS.  The Scottish 3-car units are comprised of DTS-PMSO-DTS.

Driving Trailer Composite Open


Pantograph Motor Open Standard


Trailer Standard Open Lavatory


Driving Trailer Standard Open


The new CADs incorporate improvements to the windscreen area, front air dam and also feature interiors.

There are a few further refinmenents required.  Once the CADs are approved we will be ready to move to tooling.  At this time we would encourage anyone interested in this model who has not already pre-ordered to sign up.


Rapido are making more progress on the Class 390 Pendolino models which are now in production and still scheduled for delivery toward the end of the summer.

This image from a couple of weeks ago shows power cars awaiting their final black and white passes and then tampo printing and assembly.



Project Railway Honour class 66 pre-production sample

The Dapol model of Class 66 66418 “Patriot” which is raising money for ABF the Soldiers’ charity through Project Railway Honour has proved remarkably popular.  As well as providing web hosting and an ordering interface, Revolution Trains stepped in to send out these models when Gareth, the man behind the project, was deployed overseas.

Unfortunaely, the recent arrival of the Class 92 sample and Class 321 CAD drawings, along with our attendance at the DEMU Showcase last weekend, has meant that there have been delays in sending out orders lodged in the last few weeks.

These will be sent out as soon as possible and we would ask supporters of Project Railway Honour to bear with us.

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