Revolution Trains was recently invited by the 5637 Steam Loco Group to the East Somerset Railway so the forthcoming Sonic Models N-gauge 56xx could be introduced to one of the surviving prototypes.
5637 is 94-years-old, and keeping her going involves a combination of hard work, skill, and TLC. But members of the group were keen to see how well the Sonic Models 56xx captures the look of the real thing…
Sonic Models’ 56xx captures every detail of the locomotive as she is now, even down to the tiny plate commemorating the life of Brian Hankins, one of the group’s founder members.
Once the model had passed muster, Revolution’s Ben was given the opportunity to fulfil a long held ambition and drive the locomotive… at times reaching the giddy speed of 15mph…
The Sonic Models 5637 includes a small premium on the price which will be donated to the 5637 SLG to help them fund a major overhaul of the locomotive which is due by 2021.
As well as 5637 in BR lined green with late crest, the models are available to pre-order in BR Black with early crest, BR plain green, GW green with GWR lettering and GW green with Great Western lettering. You can pre-order from Revolution here for an earlybird price saving approximately £20 on the sale price once the models are delivered.
As I write our KFAs are just leaving the factory to be shipped to the UK.
We didn’t take deposits on the KFAs so the good news is that everyone has paid in full! Please just make sure that your shipping address on your account is up to date (as we will check your order against your account shipping address).
The KFAs are being air-freighted in so we suspect that it will be mid-late next week by the time they’ve got to the UK and cleared customs.
If you’d like to collect your order at Warley then please drop us an email – the easiest way is to reply to your order confirmation – and we will confirm whether it will be possible (if you don’t get a confirmation then we can’t guarantee that we will have your order at Warley).
We will keep this post updated with the latest information, so please don’t send us emails asking for delivery estimates – that just slows down the process for everyone.
Our 4mm/OO EALNOS wagons are being sent out to our customers and retailers but please be patient as there are several thousand wagons to send out! Once we know that your order has been sent out we will mark your order as completed.
Update (24/10/2019): we’ve sent out all but 2 orders. We will process any postage refunds due as soon as we receive the information from Trains4U.
We’ve sent out all the balance invoices for customers who paid a deposit. If you paid a deposit and haven’t received an email with your balance invoice then please login to your account and check if the balance invoice has been generated – if you are missing any invoice please drop us an email. We will start chasing payments soon so that we can send out more orders.
Please make sure that your address is up to date as we will check your shipping address on your order against the current one on your account details.
Orders will be processed in date order of receipt and will be sent out by Trains4U on our behalf – please don’t ask Trains4U (or us) for an update on your order as that only slows down the process. We all want to send them out as quickly as possible but it will take us a few weeks to get everything sent out.
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!
The VEA vans produced in conjunction with Sonic Models are due to be unloaded anytime now and we expect to receive them by the end of next week. We’ll get them shipped out to our retailers and customers as soon as possible – if you have ordered direct from us and would like to save a bit of postage by collecting at TINGS then please drop us an email by 31 August (so that we know not to send your order out!) and we will confirm if it is possible. If you place an order between now and TINGS and would like to collect at TINGS then please put a note in your order in the delivery notes and we’ll bring them along for collection and refund your P&P.
In the meantime we thought it would be helpful to show some sample consists for anyone yet to decide on which VEAs they would like. Loosely speaking the late 70s and early 80s the majority of VEAs would have been Maroon, then early 80s started to see the introduction of Railfreight red/grey with the Railfreight Distribution grey with yellow ends introduced in 1990.
If you would still like to purchase some VEAs they are available from some of our retailers or direct from our web shop here.
Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in N.
Produced with kind permission of operator STVA, we are offering flat, staked and covered twin sets in original and revised liveries covering their service from the early 1990s to the present day.
As th image above shows these wagons can be loaded with appropriate models from Oxford Diecast or other manufacturers.
We are also offering the models in prototypical covered quad sets in both original and revised liveries.
The models are still available to order here in all versions.
Each type is available in two different numbers. As can be seen from this massively enlarged image virtually all the numbers and letters are legible.
The models feature our usual high levels of detail with NEM couplers, photo-etched footsteps, wire handrails, lots of separately fitted underframe details and a diecast deck to ensure the models are heavy enough to run well.
In what is becoming a tradition, Revolution will be attending the International N Gauge show at the Warwickshire Exhibition centre on September 14th and 15th and these samples will be on display.
On first inspection we are very happy with the look of these models, but of course we will check them carefully against the livery diagrams and photographs and notify the factory of any corrections.
These wagons can be seen running together in mixed formations, though the covered versions also operate on their own in block trains typically carrying high-value vehicles from car plants to ports.
Immediately after the show we will be closing the order book for the HOA hoppers which are ready for production; we anticipate the car carriers will follow them around 6-8 weeks later in an effort to give our valued customers a little breathing space!
Revolution Trains has opened the order book for its forthcoming Cemflo/PCV cement wagons being produced in association with Accurascale.
CAD work is complete and the model is now ready to go to tooling.
The models will feature NEM couplers in kinematic sockets and numerous separately fitted parts. We believe they will maintain the high standards set by our award-winning Class B tankers.
Revolution is offering pre-TOPS versions in silver with the attractive Blue Circle name boards in four triple packs (A, B, C and D) making a total of 12 differently numbered models available.
TOPS versions are also being offered, in silver with no name boards, in three different triple packs. These are more suitable from the mid 1970s on. Each wagon features subtle differences in the colour, style and position of the number.
Livery diagrams for each pack can be found on the order page here
In their original livery the wagons could be seen with steam locomotives and diesels across the network. One of the most celebrated workings of the 1960s was the traffic between Cliffe, in Kent, to Uddingstone, near Glasgow, a turn which often involved pair of Class 33 locomotives reaching as far north as Dconaster – something of a rarity in the days of steam.
As ever, we can only proceed to tooling and sampling once we receive enough orders, so please don’t delay and order your Cemflos now!
With the Class 92 order book closed, and the models in production, Revolution can confirm that it has secured the licence required to produce Class 92 92017 “Bart the Engine” in the eye-catching Stobart blue livery.
Detailed graphic artwork has been provided by Stobart Ltd, to enable us to ensure the model is as accurate as possible.
92017 – formerly named Shakespeare – was repainted into Stobart Rail colours in 2009 and renamed Bart the Engine to recognise DB’s association with Stobart Rail, and in particular the Tesco/Stobart “Less CO2” container trains running between Rugby and Mossend.
However, the locomotive has seen use on numerous other traffics including intermodal, china clay, steel, vans and automotive, making it an ideal locomotive to operate both with Revolution IZA Cargowaggon twin vans, and our forthcoming IPA car carriers.
The Stobart 92 can be pre-ordered now from Kernow Model Rail Centre here
Although Revolution’s order book is now closed, all our other Class 92 locomotives – in original RfD grey, EWS maroon, EWS branded grey, DB red, GBRf blue and Caledonian Sleeper teal, along with un-numbered RfD grey – can be pre-ordered from selected retailers including C&M of Carlisle, East Somerset Models, Kernow Model Rail Centre, Modellbahn Union, Osborns Models, Rails of Sheffield, Trains4U and Widnes Model Centre.
Revolution Trains is proposing the imposing Sfins2 “hold-all” internationally registered ferry-vans in original form, and as the recent timber conversions, as its next 00 project.
37420 with 6E48 Hallem Marsh – Immingham at Water Orton in 1991. Photo courtesy Kevin Payne.
160 of these ferryvans were built by Waggon Union from 1987 and their design incorporated integral one-piece sides and roofs so that each complete half can be lifted and slid over the other, using the distinctive handwheels at each end, for unencumbered loading and unloading.
When built they were operated by Cargowaggon GMbH and ISIS/Norsk Hydro. The Hyrdo wagons were primarily used to transport fertiliser from Immingham to destinations in the Midlands, Scotland and south Wales.
Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.
Those in Cargowaggon livery saw more varied use on steel traffic, bottled water and newsprint in both block trains and Speedlink wagonload services.
Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.
Many are still in use on trains carrying aluminium ingots from Ditton Foundry near Warrington to Nievenheim in Germany via the Channel tunnel.
92002 6M14 Dollands Moor – Ditton Foundry at Acton Bridge in 2014. Photo courtesy Colin Pottle.
In 2012 30 were converted into timber carriers. The hoods were removed, along with the lifting and sliding gear, and heavy duty stanchions were fitted along the sides.
They have subsequently seen widespread use in Britain carrying log traffic associated with the Kronospan works at Chirk.
Freightliner’s 70007 on hire to Colas eases through Carlisle with logs bound for Chirk in February 2019.
Revolution would like to thank Touax, who now own the wagons, and Arlington Fleet Services at Eastleigh for all their help in providing comprehensive drawings and access to the real things.
Sfins2 – Rfnoos
CAD design work is underway, and we will be publishing CAD images very soon. We anticipate operning the order book at that time, and as ever the quicker we receive orders, the faster the models can be tooled and manufactured.
We will be offering original Norsk Hydro and Cargowaggon liveries, as well as in their reconfigured form as timber carriers with Touax.
The models will be to the same specification as our MMA/JNA box wagons, which have been completed and are currently in transit to the UK, with NEM coupler sockets, NMRA-specified weight and bogies designed to accept drop-in EM or P4 axles.
Sonic models, working with Revolution Trains, has confirmed the first six versions of its forthcoming GWR/BR(W) 56xx 0-6-2 locomotive.
This locomotive is Sonic’s first powered model, and is also the first 0-6-2 model offered ready-to-run in British N gauge. It will feature NEM couplers and 6-pin decoder socket.
S2101-01 – 5637 in lined BR Green with late crest*, short top feed and heavy wheel weights. This represents the locomotive as preserved, with 82H shed code, and includes a small plaque on the fireman’s side that reads “John Hankins – 1928-2013” in honour of one of the key members of the restoration team that worked to bring 5637 back to operational order from the mid 1980s. This model includes a small premium to enable Revolution to make a donation in due course to the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group to support their work.
S2101-02 – 6681 in lined BR Green with late crest*, short top feed and original wheel weights. This locomotive features the smaller sized BR crest carried by some tank locomotives and will be lightly weathered. It carries 84E (Tyseley) shed code.
S2101-03 – 5633 in unlined BR Green with late crest*, tall top feed and heavy wheel weights. This locomotive features the standard sized BR crest carried but is unlined and carries for 88A (Cardiff Cathays) its last allocated shed.
S2101-04 – 6639 in unlined BR Black with early emblem, short top feed and heavy wheel weights. A significant number of the 56xx class were repainted into BR Black following nationalisation, and in most cases the top feed was also painted. It carries shed code 86E (Severn Tunnel Junction) which was its 1948 shed.
S2101-05 – 5616 in GWR green with Egyptienne lettering, tall top feed and heavy wheel weights. A number of locomotives retained their GWR branding after nationalisation for a short period, including 5616.
S2101-06 – 6623 in GREAT WESTERN green with Egyptienne lettering, tall top feed and original wheel weights. This locomotive was built in January 1928. It has been preserved and is currently being overhauled.
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.