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Across the Pennines with Revolution!

Revolution Trains is proposing Mk5 coaches for N gauge in Trans Pennine Express liveries.

Trans Pennine Express Mk5a “Nova 3” set at Keckwick. Photo courtesy Dave Harris.

The Mk5 vehicles are the first new loco-hauled coaching stock (LHCS) to be introduced in Britain since the production of Mk4s vehicles for British Rail’s East Coast Inter-City 225 trains three decades ago.

Trans Pennine Express is introducing them between Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Manchester and Liverpool in fixed rakes of five in push-pull mode with Class 68 locomotives, so ours will complement the highly regarded Dapol model.

The vehicles are owned by Beacon Rail and we would like to thank them and TPE for their cooperation in enabling us to produce these models.

 

TPE Driving Trailer

All models will feature detailed interiors, switchable coach interior lighting as standard and where appropriate directional head and tail lights. We are also looking at other exciting features though these are currently still at the design stage.

TPE Trailer First with outer buffers

The TPE models will be sold in complete train packs of 5 vehicles, again in attractive book sets.

TPE formation comprising DT-TS (with bike rack)-TS-TS-TF-Class 68

As ever, these models can only proceed if enough people pre-order, and we will be opening the order books in due course.

This project marks our second collaborative venture with highly-regarded Dublin based manufacturers Accurascale.

They are producing the models in 4mm scale, and we are sharing much of the research and development to offer modellers the highest possible quality while keeping overheads down as low as we can.

Double whammy for Revolution – and Pendolino the peak!

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.

 

It’s HOA earlybird deadline day!

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.

To order your HOAs click here

You don’t have to be a surgeon to inspect…a Sturgeon!

The first samples of our forthcoming Sturgeon engineers wagon have arrived and barring a few minor changes we’re really pleased with the quality of the samples.  We’ve got a bit more work to do in finishing the assessment and completing livery diagrams, but in the mean time here are some pictures.

Different underframe details


They look even nicer in the flesh and we’ll have them on display at our stand at Model Rail Scotland at the SEC from 22 to 24 February 2019. Please feel free to come and have a look for yourself!

 

 

 

Revolution – the people’s choice!

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?

Let’s keep the momentum up!

Revolution in the pink!

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

All roads lead to…..Revolution! See us at Warley – stand D53

With just a few days to go until the Warley 2018 model railway show at the NEC in Birmingham, we would like to invite you all to our stand (D53) to see our latest developments, pick up a catalogue and see our latest samples.  We will have the first tooled sample of an all new OO/4mm product (which will be available for order in the Shop section of our website from Saturday morning).

We will also have on sale (all N gauge at the moment):

  • Class B 35T tanks (not many)
  • 40′ hicube containers
  • 20′ tanktainers – if you pre-ordered tanktainers and would like to collect at the show please bring a copy of your order with you as they arrived just after our deadline for arranging collection in advance, but we will do our best!
  • Possibly a handful of Pendolino sets

If you’ve requested pickup of an order then you should have had confirmation – if you haven’t had confirmation then we can’t guarantee that we will have your order with us! If you have had confirmation that we can fit your order in then you’ll be able to pick it up on Saturday or Sunday.

You can find us on stand D53 next to the bus that our friends at Rapido Trains Inc have brought into the show.

Click on the image for a larger version!

Sturgeons for sale!

The CAD for our N gauge Sturgeon wagon  is complete and these wagons are ready to start tooling.  The order book is now open and we can confirm that the price is £35 per wagon. We issued discount codes with our Class B tanks and IZAs but as the CAD took us longer than anticipated some of the codes have expired, so as a result we have discounted the Sturgeons for everyone automatically (ie no need for a code) by £2/wagon ie £33/wagon until 21 December 2018.  We thought that was the fairest way as some people will have old discount codes that they might have lost etc…plus it meant we could offer a £2/wagon discount on singles and triples (the discount codes would have only given £2 off a triple pack not £2/wagon).


If you are interested in these models please don’t delay ordering – the faster we reach the funding target the quicker we can get them tooled and into production.  One reason the Cargowaggons took less than a year from announcement to production was that customers stepped up very quickly with orders.

PURCHASE STURGEON WAGON

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!

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.

Sturgeons

CAD work is almost completed on the forthcoming Revolution Trains Sturgeon engineers wagon.

Versions with and without the dropside doors are being offered.

Sturgeon with seven dropside doors

Sturgeon with doors removed

When delivered some had four bodyside doors, but the majority were fitted with seven.  These were completely removable, and in use many wagons ended up permanently separated from their doors!

The upper end section is also demountable, and on version without doors this will be removable.

 

A minor adjustment is still needed to the inside panelling, then the model will be ready for tooling.

As with all our models, the underside has not been neglected.

Some Sturgeons were fitted with air brakes and recoded “Tench” and we are offering this too.

Once final CAD amendments are made we will be opening the order book; the sooner customers order these models the sooner we can begin tooling and commence delivery of these interesting, useful and imposing wagons for your collection.

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.

Cargo inbound and Cargowaggon couplers

Cargowaggon deliveries and balance invoices

As many of you will have noticed our Cargowaggon twins arrived in the nick of time on Friday 7 September – just as the doors were closing on setup for TINGS.  This allowed us to hand out orders to customers at the show and save time picking/packing/posting on the rest of the orders.

We’ve got a few bits of admin to complete before we can start sending out the rest of the orders – namely closing off all the orders collected at TINGS and refunding any P&P due so that we don’t send out duplicates.

Then we will send out orders in the following order (in date order of when the order was placed):

  • Orders paid in full;
  • Balance invoices, which we will send to you and then despatch in order of when balance received.

NB based on previous experience it will take us a few weeks to process all the orders in our spare time so please bear with us.

If you like the look of the wagons but didn’t place an order then all the retailers listed on our website should have received their order by early next week (w/b 17/09/18).

Cargowaggon Coupler Conundrum

Some customers have reported that when coupling their new IZA twins together for the first time, in a small number of occasions the coupler pocket cover inside the wagon comes loose, meaning the socket can be pushed out of its housing and up into the wagon body.

At the factory both halves of the wagon were fitted with inner couplers.  This ensures customers have a spare, and also “loosens” the coupler pocket, but obviously on one car needs to be removed before the twin can be joined up.

To avoid any possibility of the socket becoming dislodged you may wish to remove the bodies of both wagons before coupling.  This is very simple as they just pull off with gentle pressure.

Then the coupler pocket covers can be held firmly in place with a fingertip as the model is clicked together.

If the cover does come loose, replacing the wire spring and putting the coupler pocket back in place – maybe with a tiny amount of adhesive – is straightforward.  Even if the spring is lost and the coupler will not automatically self-centre it will still function.

Because of their long wheelbase, the models will drag a little around curves less than 12″ radius.  If your locomotives are having trouble you may wish to remove the weights inside, which can be simply unscrewed.

Leamington reflectIons, VEA views and Cargowaggon arrivals

It’s been a tiring but rewarding weekend at The International N Gauge Show at Leamington.

As many will know our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans arrived with seconds to spare on Friday evening, meaning that our normally tidy stand became a scene of model mayhem – at least for the first few hours – with a combination of those keen to see our new offerings and those who’d come to collect their wagons.

Fortunately on both Saturday and Sunday things calmed down a little after lunch and we were able to see something of the show.

Cargowaggon vans waiting to be unloaded in the yard on Annston, a wonderfully atmospheric layout depicting a secondary line in the Midlands.

Most rewarding was seeing our Pendolinos, TEA tankers, Class B tankers and now Cargowaggon vans giving pleasure on so many of the layouts.

Back on the Revolution stand many came to see the factory painted samples of the new VEA vans.  Once we have received and checked painted samples of all the variations in BR Maroon, BR Railfreight Red/Grey and RfD dark grey and yellow these models will go into production, and are expected by Q1 2019.

VEA van in the colour officially known as BR Maroon that really looks like brown.

The door handles are stamped metal to make them the correct profile, rather than the usual wire.

Many visitors commented on the exquisite underframe detail – such a distinctive feature of the prototype.

Those who were not admiring the VEAs or collecting Cargowaggons came to pick up our first “catalogue” – or rather, 4-page leaflet – showing all our plans for the next few months.

Below are all four pages so those who did not attend the show can see what we are offering:

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P2

 

P3

 

P4

In terms of timings, we are expecting to close the order book for the KFA container flats at the end of this month, and the Class 92s probably 4-6 weeks later.

We’ll most likely open the order book for the Sturgeon and HOA in a couple of weeks or so, followed by the Class 128, Cemflo and IPA toward the end of the year.

As well as offering what we hope our fellow enthusiasts will want, we are also trying to stagger our products to give supporters a chance to budget!

The Class 320/321 is expected to go to tooling very soon.  Unfortunately Rapido trains are no longer able to produce this model for us, so we have decided to switch production to another manufacturer.  Although we are sad Rapido will no longer be involved we would like to publicly thank them for their superb work so far which will help to ensure the finished model is of high quality.

Revolution brings Cemflo to N

Revolution Trains is teaming up with highly-regarded new modelmakers Accurascale to offer the PCV “Cemflo” wagon in N gauge.

The wagons were built for Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers (APCM) and introduced in 1961, lasting in service until 1988.

Photo courtesy John Boyes/APCM

They were famously associated with the long-distance flow between Uddingston, near Glasgow, and Cliffe in Kent but were also widely used elsewhere by Blue Circle.

The models will be available in both pre- and post-TOPS liveries, with several different running numbers.

The Cemflo is Revolution’s third wagon aimed squarely at the popular Transition Era and follows our well-received Class B tankers and forthcoming Sturgeon engineer’s flat, and reflects Revolutions enthusiasm for collaborating with other manufacturers to bring models produced in other scales to N gauge enthusaiasts.

Accurascale have made a big impact on the 00 market since launching their first model, the HUO hopper, and their 4mm Cemflo is already well underway.  This CAD rendering shows the 00 model, and we anticipate as far as possible similar levels of detailing in the N gauge model:

Image courtesy Accurascale

We believe this model will offer customers not just an interesting and distinctive model, equally at home behind steam or diesel traction, but also the chance to bring an exciting new manufacturer into the N gauge fraternity.

If successful we look forward to further collaborations with Accurascale, but as ever we need supporters to step forward and order to ensure this model proceeds.

Tank containers from Revolution!

Revolution has teamed up again with C-Rail Intermodal to offer a range of 20′ tank containers in N.

These containers are the perfect accompaniment to our forthcoming KFA wagons.

Following the success of our 40′ hi-cube containers last year, we decided that tank containers were the next major “gap” that needed filling for modern image N gauge modellers, and these models are now ready for production.

We are offering four versions – in the widely seen Stolt, Hoyer Nichicon and Bulkhaul liveries.

These models are subtly different to the previous C-Rail kits as they feature the slightly taller tanks with a flat section in the side of the barrel.

Delivery is expected in Q1 2019 and each tank container retails at £9.  They can be ordered from Revolution Trains or C-Rail Intermodal.

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