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Class 92 payment installments & Project Railway Honour 66s

Those of you who paid a deposit for our Class 92 models may start to receive an invoice for the second installments – NOT EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE THEIR INVOICE AT THE SAME TIME, so please do not worry if you have not received your invoice yet!  The second and third installments are timed to coincide with tooling and production. This is completely irrelevant if you paid in full! To pay your invoice please log in to your account and there should be a link associated with the invoice giving you the payment options.

In other news the Project Railway Honour Class 66 Patriot models have arrived from Dapol.

Project Railway Honour class 66 pre-production sample

Pre-production sample, not the final model!

The shipment was delayed in transit and unfortunately Gareth has been posted away from his normal base.  As a result Revolution Trains will process the despatch of the models. The models will be packaged with their certificates and posted out as quickly as possible, given the constraint that this work will have to fit around “proper” jobs. Please do not email us asking us when your model will arrive – the answer will be as soon as possible (and slows down the despatch process).

Alternatively if you wish to collect your model from us at DEMU’s Showcase exhibition on 3/4 June 2017 then please let us know – just drop us an email.

There are still a limited number of limited edition models available for purchase – you can buy them through our website here or if we have any left they will be available for sale from the Revolution Trains stand at DEMU’s Showcase exhibition in Burton.

Pendolino Production Progress

Rapdio have sent some pictures to give an idea of the work involved so far in manufacturing the Revolution/Rapido N-gauge Pendolino models.

Perhaps surprisingly, of the 9-car and 11-car complete trains on offer, the 11-car proved the most popular, meaning that the full production will comprise well over 10,000 separate vehicles.

Chassis units aside, each of these comprises a bodyshell, interior, glazing units, bogies, underframe detail, coupler assembly at each end, roof parts including etched fan covers and other small detail parts.

So the first job was simply to mould, etch or fabricate all these components.

Once moulding was completed, each bodyshell was inspected for flaws and those that passed then sorted into types.

Each standard Pendolino train set requires six different bodyshells:  Driving car standard, Driving Car first, Trailer with disabled toilet, Trailer with standard toilet, Pantograph first and Pantograph Shop.

The Pantograph vehicles require additional work as all the insulator pots, mounting brackets and power conduits are separate parts too.

10,000 vehicles require 20,000 bogies, all of which again need to be inspected and then racked up ready for painting.

Here glazing parts are being removed from the sprues.  The tinting on these parts can be seen clearly.  Each sprue has two side glazing bars, four door window glazing units and six table lamp mouldings, though these are only needed in the first class cars.  Even allowing just two seconds per part, and no breaks, it will have taken this worker ten solid eight-hour days to do all them all!

These are boxes and boxes of interior mouldings.  There are different interiors for first and second class trailers with standard or disabled toilets, and for the shop car.  Each of these bundles contains, according to the labels, 56 items, so what you can see in the images is probably enough interiors for around 1000 cars – so the full production run will comprise more than eight times this number (the driving cars do not feature interiors as they have the chassis) and, like the glazing and bogies, all will need to be removed from the sprues, checked for quality, trimmed of any slight flashing and then, where appropriate, racking up for painting.

It is amazing to think that all this has been achieved thanks to the support of everyone who decided to back this project and put their money in so, once again, we extend a huge thank-you to everyone who stepped up and made it happen.

Barring some unforseen problems, and based on the progress so far, we anticipate the finished models should be ready for shipping to the UK in another couple of months.

Then, having last year delivered the UK’s first ever successfully crowdfunded RTR model, we will be ready to deliver the UK’s first ever crowdfunded complete RTR model train!

(All photos courtesy of Rapido Trains)

Class B tanker – first samples received

Revolution Trains has received first samples of the forthcoming Class B tanker in N.

There is still work to be done on the components but for first EP mouldings we are very happy.

The models will have photo-etched catwalks and ladders for added finesse, as well as lots of separately fitted detail parts and a realistically “skeletal” chassis, with much of the brake gear visible below the barrel as on the real thing.

The owners plates – oval for Esso, round for Regent – have not been fitted as they are livery specific, though they have been supplied for checking.  The Regent version has very fine “bolts” around the edge.

The next step is to fit couplers and test the running characteristics of the models.  The NEM pockets, which are in “kinematic” body-mounted fixings, along with some of the brake gear, are moulded in black ABS plastic for strength.


We have also posted a short video of the samples on our Facebook page here:

We will be shortly finalising the livery diagrams, and once painted samples have been supplied and approved we will be ready to move to production.

The order book will close at this time, and as ever we will only produce enough models to fulfil orders, so please don’t miss out.

If you aren’t ready to commit you can still register without obligation and receive newsletters with reminders of impending order deadlines.

Class 92 tooling progress

Rapido Trains, who are producing the Revolution Trains Class 92 locomotive, have sent us images showing progress in making the metal moulds for this model.

This image shows the “top” of the bodyshell tool, with the impressions for the cab roofs at each end and the beginnings of the pantograph well in the centre.

Class 92 tooling progress - roof

Image courtesy Rapido Trains

This is the tool after the first stage where the larger areas have been ground out by heavy duty cutters.

This image shows the runners for various components including what appear to be the windscreen.  The hole in the centre of the right half of the tool is where the plastic is injected under high pressure.

Class 92 tooling progress

Image courtesy Rapido Trains

The next step will see copper electrodes incorporating all the fine details used with high-voltage current to gently spark erode the more subtle and nuanced forms such as frames, grilles, moulded pipe runs, rivets and so on.

We are hoping to receive the first moulded sample within the next two months.

Project Railway Honour: Patriot & York show

Revolution Trains have been delighted to support Project Railway Honour and we are pleased to report that Dapol have completed production of the models of 66418 Patriot. Below are a couple of photos of the completed production model.

If you have pre-ordered one of the models then we will send it out to you as soon as we receive the models after the Easter weekend, alternatively if you are coming along to York (and we have received the models before we leave!) then you will be able to collect your model at the show.

UPDATE: we had hoped to receive the models just prior to Easter but the shipment was delayed in transit and unfortunately Gareth has been posted away from his normal base.  As a result Revolution Trains will process the despatch of the models.  The models are now in the UK (3 May 2017) and we will post an update as soon as we are ready to start sending them out to people.  Please do not ask us to give you an update when you will receive your model – that will only slow down the despatch process! Alternatively you can collect your model at DEMU’s Showcase exhibition on 3/4 June 2017 at Burton.

Revolution and Project Railway Honour will be at the York Model Railway Show over the Easter weekend.  We will have news on our projects and hopefully the first sample of our 35T class B tank wagon.

You can see us on the mezzanine at Stand 97 – if you come to the show please come along and say hello.



Class B tanker – first sample

The first sample of the forthcoming Revolution Trains N-gauge Class B fuel tanker has been assembled in China and sent to us.  This image was taken before dispatch.

There is a slim chance it may arrive before the York Model Railway Show over the Easter weekend in which case our supporters will be able to see it for themselves on our stand.

Once we have received the model we will assess it with design engineer Colin Allbright before sending our feedback to China, and any amendments can be made before the model moves to painted sampling and production.

Final week for 00 tanker orders

The order deadline for the 00 TEA tankers is now less than seven days away, on Friday March 31st.

6S36 Dalston-Grangemouth approaches Garnqueen N Junction between Coatbridge and Cumbernauld on Saturday March 25th 2017. Photo courtesy Tom Smith.

As ever, we will only be producing enough models to satisfy pre-orders, however a small number of retailers will be stocking these models for anyone who misses out or prefers to see before committing to a purchase.

Once again we would like to thank all those who supported this project and enabled it to happen.




End of March Order Deadline for 00 TEA tankers

The order deadline for the upcoming TEA tankers in 00 is midnight on March 31st.

Rapido will put the models into production soon after we communicate the final order quantity.  We are dispensing with the usual painted sample approval stage because they will use the same artwork (albeit scaled up!) as our award winning models of the same wagons in N.

The liveries available are:  VTG red, VTG plain blue, VTG grey, EWS grey and Freightliner green, VTG “Greenergy” triple pack and VTG “Enviro message” blue.  See our order pages for which models are available singly or in triple packs.

As ever we will only produce enough models to satisfy pre-orders so please don’t miss out, however as with the tankers in N we anticipate that a small number of select traders will be stocking them.

Class B tankers are go…!

The Class B tankers have now reached the minimum number of orders to justify tooling, and this has been authorised.

To recap, these models are aimed at modellers depicting the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s.   The first were built for Esso in 1956 and used in large numbers through the 60s and 70s, though by the 1980s and 1990s they were relegated to more occasional traffic.

As well as block trains from refineries – hauled by steam and diesel locomotives – they were often found in smaller numbers delivering fuel in mixed trains to depots or more remote locations.

The wagons may be familiar to many as the subject of the vintage Airfix kit, and the shorter-barrelled Class B tankers were used for heavier oils while the longer Class A tanks (which we intend to offer if this model is proves popular) were used for lighter fuels.

We are offering two types – three with the original suspension, three with revised suspension, and the models will feature photo-etched catwalks, lots of separately fitted details, NEM couplers and separate owner’s plates.

The model CADs are complete and tooling is underway.  We are hoping to have first samples to show soon.

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Revolution TEA tanker named “Model of the Year 2016”

Revolution Trains is proud and honoured that our TEA tanker wagon has been voted “Model of the Year” in the N Gauge Rolling Stock category in the 2016 British Railway Modelling/RM Web annual poll.

We would like to thank all the readers and supporters who voted for us, and acknowledge the enormous amount of skill, dedication and hard work that our partners at Rapido Trains showed to earn this award.

We would also like to thank VTG, and Paul Lugg in particular, for their support and encouragement, and of course we are hugely grateful to all our fellow modellers who stepped up and enabled us to make this, the first of what we hope will be many new models, happen.

Revolution Trains was also surprised and thrilled to have come second in the prestigious “Manufacturer of the Year” category, which seems quite remarkable for such a new company.

The winners in this category were Graham Farish, and we would like to offer our warmest congratulations to all those at Bachmann for their well-deserved success.


Revolution north of the border…

This year for the first time Revolution Trains will be attending Scotland’s Premier Model Railway Show – Model Rail Scotland at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

The SECC is an excellent venue and Model Rail Scotland is always a friendly, lively show with high quality layouts and impressive trade support.

Last year the operators of East Neuk MRC’s Law Junction layout were kind enough to allow us to give the first sample of our Pendolino a thorough work out over the three days of the exhibition.

This year the Pendolinos are now in full production and we look forward to answering questions about them and our other projects.

We will have updates on the Class 92 and Class 321 models, first CAD drawings of the HOA hopper and the latest on the proposed Class B tanker wagon.

We’d also be happy to chat about potential future projects, however we are not announcing any new items this weekend.

We are on stand A19 – just inside the door – please come and say hello.



KFA samples received for testing

Revolution have received the first samples of the upcoming KFA flat from Rapido who are designing and manufacturing the model for us.

The models look as impressive to hand as they did in the photos we were sent previously.

The first question – would the upcoming 40’hi-cube containers we are producing with C-Rail, and those made by other manufacturers, fit?  Theoretically they should, but…

As can be seen, the (unpainted) sample of our 40′ hi-cube on the rear wagon fits well and gives the characteristic “stepping” effect between with hi-cube and standard height containers.

The other containers shown are standard 20′ containers produced by Graham Farish and these have small corner pegs that fit perfectly too.

As well as completed wagons we were sent components, and these were sprayed grey to make them easier to examine.

The central spine is metal to add much needed weight.

The bogies are a little indistinct in the images above, so here are some cruel close-ups.  The model is being offered in versions with two bogies – the Gloucester GPS type as fitted to the very first batch of 20 wagons:

…and the VNH-1 type fitted to the remaining 200.  Apologies for the slightly blurred image.

These samples are the first to be produced from the tooling and there are some issues to be corrected.  There are sink holes on the buffer heads and one of the decks is slightly bowed, but these will all be corrected for production.

We have also started test running them.


Once they have passed further running tests we will approve them for production.

Please also note that the Revolution/Rapido Trains TEA tanker wagons have been nominated for N Gauge model of the year, as per the news item below.   If you have not voted, and want to support us, please take the opportunity to vote.


Revolution TEA nominated for Model Rail and RM Web awards

The Revolution/Rapido TEA tanker wagon has been nominated in the 2016 BRM/RM Web and the Model Rail magazine awards in the N Gauge Rolling stock categories.

We are delighted and very proud, and would like to thank all our supporters who helped us reach this point, especially with the very first model we delivered.

We’d also like to thank Rapido Trains for producing such a fine model.

It is up against other excellent products, but if you feel it deserves to win and haven’t yet voted feel free to do so!

Vote here:

Model Rail


Good luck to all nominees!

KFAs coming together…

Assembled samples of the forthcoming PFA/KFA container flats in N have been received by Rapido in Canada and are being tested.

These models were put together using some of the very first sprues out of the mould.

The high levels of detail we were expecting from Rapido are evident with lots of separate parts and even an etched brass cover over the cosmetic coupler fixing at the end to give an authentic “see through” appearance.

The pipework and cross bracing also looks commendably fine, though of course this can be better judged when we see the models for ourselves.  The longitudinal members below the deck are cast in metal to maximise weight, though the spindly nature of these wagons means, inevitably, they will be a little light.

Both types of bogie (top VNH-1, bottom Gloucester GPS) can be seen here:

According to Rapido there are some issues around the moulding of some of the parts – one of the decks is a tiny bit bowed and the buffer heads have small sinkholes – but these will be ironed out as they were with the TEA tankers when the tools are prepped for production moulding.

The wagons are being delivered to us next week when we meet with Rapido’s MD Jason Shron and the designer working on these models; this will give us the chance to examine and test run them for ourselves.

Assuming this goes according to plan we will be in a position to check liveries and begin production fairly soon.

If you are intersted in acquiring some of these models but have not yet ordered then please do so soon, or at least register for our email updates so you don’t miss out.

Remember – we only produce models to order, which may explain why a triple pack of our highly regarded TEA tankers recently sold on Ebay for £190 – a profit of £100 on the original £90 price or a cool 111% yield!

A Revolution Review of 2016

2016 has been a landmark year for Revolution, and as it draws to a close it seemed appropriate to look back and thank everyone who has suppported us.

Quarter 1

In February, at Model Rail Scotland, we unveiled the first working sample of our Class 390 in N. The model had been handpainted – partly for marketing purposes, but mainly to confirm that the laser-scanned body-shape was correct as all the colours “sit” correctly.

However we did find that in their efforts to make them as unobtrusive as possible Rapido’s engineers had made the inter-car couplers too flimsy, and we asked for a redesign.

In March, to assist with our proposed Class 321 EMU, we were invited by Eversholt and Wabtec to their workshops at Doncaster where the prototypes are being rebuilt under Project Renatus.

This enabled us to compile a detailed collection of photographs and measurements of the many underframe components; though in turn this has created quite a headache for Rapido as it means the drawings of this model have proved to be significantly more complex than originally expected – and Rapido are renowned sticklers for underframe detailing!


Quarter 2

At Easter at the York Model Railway Show we announced plans for a KFA container flat in N. This wagon represents one of the “missing links” in N, and with a good quality model already available in OO from Hornby there seemed little prospect of it appearing from Farish or Dapol.

Like the well-received TEA tankers our model is being produced by Rapido and will feature a plastic deck with metal longitudinals to maximise weight and ensure good running, even when unloaded.

Going one further than the 4mm model, we are offering both build types – with the VNH-1 bogies and Gloucester GPS types. These wagons will be useful for anyone depicting the late 80s to the present day.

With months the CAD designs were approved, the model sent for tooling and we have just been sent images of the first moulded shots – see news item immediately preceding this one.


In June we heard from Rapido that the TEA tanker was going into production. However, the models took significantly longer to actually produce than expected – because the many markings on the tanker barrel could not be tampo printed in a single pass, due to the its curved shape.

In the end, and depending on the livery, each barrel took at least three passes per colour per side – for some model that made a total of more than a dozen separate applications. Add to that the many different detail parts – up to 70, for some configurations – and it is not surprising that the factory later informed us that these models were among the most intricate they had ever been tasked to produce.

Quarter 3

By the DEMU Showcase exhibition in July we had received a second Pendolino sample with modified couplers. This was immediately tested and while the robustness of the new couplers was immediately apparent, there were still some issues with the performance on tight “train set” curves. After a couple of weeks of ongoing testing to establish where corrections were needed, the another redesign began.

The first sample of the OO TEA – announced after many requests from 4mm modellers – were also on show for the first time.  These models are now being rest run and we are expecting production in the New Year.

Revolution 00 TEA tankers under test on Guy Molyneux’s “Whatley” layout

At TINGS in September we unveiled plans for another 1960s era model – the Class B tanker.  We had tried to offer a model previously to enthusiasts favouring this era but the Class 21/29 did not earn adequate support to proceed.  Following a well argued campaign from enthusiasts on the web we decided to offer the Class B tanker.

These distinctive wagons were seen across the network from the late 1950s to the 1990s in both block trains and cut into mixed freights in smaller numbers.  Many modellers will remember them with nostalgia as the subject of the popular Airfix 4mm kit.

We have already had CAD drawings produced in an effort to encourage interest, however so far the response has been disappointing.  We will give this model until February 2017 to gather enough support, otherwise it will be cancelled.

We also announced 40’hi-cube containers – the world’s most numerous type – in N in conjunction with C-Rail and first samples were unveiled before Christmas.  Six liveries will be available – Maersk, MSC, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Evergreen, and UASC.

Quarter 4

Shortly after TINGS – in October – we received word from Rapido that the production TEA tankers had landed, and so it was that we spent three weekend packing and dispatching Britain’s first ever crowdfunded RTR models – to universal acclaim.

One magazine wrote that the models were a “benchmark for quality, fidelity and value” while another reviewer felt that they were “exquisite, in terms of prototype fidelity, decoration and performance.”

Photo: Andy York

Included with the TEA tankers were a flyer announcing our next powered model in N – the Class 92 electric.

These much-requested locomotives fit in well with our West Coast theme, and we have secured the full co-operation of Brush Traction, enabling a research visit to be arranged shortly after.

The response to this model has been excellent, and with the assistance of Brush engineers and others progress has been rapid, with CADs now complete with tooling expected to begin in January.

Our last major date in 2016 was the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in late November, where once again we were able to meet many of our supporters – and others – and announce another new model:  the HOA hopper.

Original EWS Construction is one of five liveries on offer

Response to this model has been exceptionally good and already the design work has begun, with 3D CADs expected early in 2017.

So as 2016 draws to a close we look back on a year in which we have delivered our first model, tooled two more, completed or continued design work on three more and announced a fourth and fifth.

Next year – with the continued help of all our supporters – we look forward to delivering more models and offering more choices.

To sum up, we would like to thank everyone who has ordered from us, the model railway press, RM Web and the N Gauge Forum and exhibition organisers for enabling us to communicate with and meet our supporters, and our Rapido Trains colleagues in Canada and China who have delivered such fabulous models.

Or, in the words of one respected magazine assessing our TEA tankers:  “Revolution has definitely delivered a quality product and there is much more to come…”

See you in 2017!


KFA first mouldings

Rapido have sent us images of the first mouldings to emerge from the tool for the upcoming KFA container flat.

The deck is a plastic moulding to ensure adequate levels of detail, and at each end the rebates for the kinematic close-coupling mechanism are visible.

To add rigidity, and more importantly weight, the longitudinals are being cast in metal.  These will also help to anchor the close coupling units aswell as some of the brake details.

Just like our well-regarded TEA tanker wagons, these container flats will have numerous separately fitted detail parts including air tanks, pipe runs, brake rigging and handbrake wheels and will also feature prototypical detail differences between the two variants including accurate bogies and buffers.

We expect to receive fully assembled samples very soon, and once these have been test run and approved we will commence production.

Thanks to all who have supported this project so far.  There is still time to order your models, though we expect to close the order book fairly soon assuming all is well with the working samples.

If you do not wish to order now but do not want to miss out we suggest you register without obligation for email news updates.

HOA hopper route map and example trains

The response to our HOA wagons has been tremendous so a big thank-you to anyone who has backed this project so far.  The sooner we get to our “minimum order” requirement the sooner we can begin work.

We know our route maps and sample consists are popular, but providing these for the HOAs has been something of a marathon as they are so widespread.  Also, with the introduction of the very latest batch for VTG/Mendip Rail they are reaching new destinations – particularly in the South East of England – almost every week.

This map is an attempt to show the main quarries and corresponding terminals served by these vehicles. We are continually revising it in the light of information received and do not claim it to be exhaustive.  It is likely to need ongoing updates as the VTG/Mendip rail HOAs are being introduced into new flows all the time.  Equally, some of the traffic shown, such as the sand train between Middleton Towers and Ayr, appears to have lasted for a relatively short period.


The sample consists show that in use, these wagons are often operated in mixed trains with some of the many other hopper designs in service, and one of the reasons we selected this wagon is that it complements existing models such as the Farish RMC JGA, the N Gauge Society JGA kit (a slightly different version) and the older Farish PGA in Lafarge or Arc colours although while the original painted colour remains the branding is usually painted out.


The full example consists PDF can be downloaded here: hoa-sample-consists

Where appropriate the sample consist document lists both the type of hopper and shows whether an appropriate model is available.

Thanks again to all who have supported this project, and as soon as we reach the minimum level of orders required to move to the next phase of production we will let everyone know.


Progress update on TEA tanker in 00

On the morning of the Warley National Model Railway Exhibtion at the NEC we received direct from China the first factory samples of the forthcoming TEA tankers in 4mm scale/00 gauge.


Like their smaller N gauge counterparts that are now with customers the models feature photo etched catwalks, numerously separately fitted parts and many details that are type specific.



There are some areas where the larger size of these models permits greater fidelity; the ladders are correctly modelled with or without anto-climb guards, and the lifting lugs under the barrel are correctly formed of twin leaves.


Details below the tanker – clearly visible from most angles – have not been forgotten.  This image shows the distinctive larger air tank and bifurcated discharge nozzles unique to the EWS and Freightliner versions.


In this view of the undersides the longer EWS version (bottom) can be compared to the smaller airtank of the original VTG owned wagons.


Visitors to our stand at Warley who picked the models up commented on their weight.  They are to NMRA guidelines which tend to be heavier than the British market is used to but ensures good track holding and smooth running, especially in long rakes.  For this reason the bogies are fitted with brass axle bearings as can be seen in the image above.  The bogies have been designed to be wide enough for drop-in conversion to EM or P4 standards.

Once the models have been thoroughly tested to ensure they run as they should we will approve them for production.   Paint sampling should not take long as they will be in the same liveries as the well-received N gauge versions.

As ever we will send out a newsletter informing subscribers when the deadline is set order and only produce enough models to satisfy pre-orders.

In N we have seen a significant amount of “non-buyers regret” since models were delivered and we are hoping 00 modellers interested in these vehicles will not miss out!

Revolution honoured for innovation at Warley

Revolution are honoured and thrilled to have been awarded the 2016 Gwyn Humphreys  Memorial Trophy at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibtion at the NEC.

The Gwyn Humprhys Trophy accompanied by our three currently tooled crowdfunded models – the N Gauge TEA, Pendolino and new TEA in OO.

The presentation was made by Pete Waterman and is designed to recognise innovation in the world of model railways, citing our success in being the first company to successfully bring a crowdfunded model to market, namely the TEA tanker.

We would like to thank the judging committee Trevor Webster, Les Richardson, Geoff Warren, Alf Hodgkin, Simon Richardson, Jim Ross and Bob Lockey for selecting us.

And of course a special thank-you to the late Gwyn Humphrey, in whose memory the award is made.

We should also add that while we are very happy to have been recognised in this way, nothing would have happened without the support of the modelling community and everyone who joined us to make the crowdfunding concept, and the models in the photograph, a reality.

Having just returned from an exhausting but enjoyable Warley weekend, and we will be updating our website very soon with images of the newly arrive samples of the TEA tankers in 00.

Stone hopper next from Revolution

The HOA aggregate hopper is the next modern wagon to be proposed by Revolution Trains.

Photo courtesy Gareth Bayer

The model will be produced for us by Rapido – who produced our very well received TEA tankers – and will feature similar levels of details and attention to accuracy,

Nearly 200 of these wagons are in service with three operators in five different liveries, and they are used for stone trains from quarries in central England, the Mendips and have also seen service on Anglo-Scottish sand trains for glassmaking.


HOA hoppers are used by Tarmac to distribute aggregate from quarries in the Midlands to destinations in the South East.

We are working with all three of the wagon owners – DB, Ermewa and VTG  as well as the operators Tarmac and Mendip Rail – and have permissions to produce all the liveries these vehicles have carried.

The first 68 wagons were delivered in 2006 in EWS Construction colours.


Almost immediately a large number were repainted into the blue/grey colours of Cemex, one of the largest customers, and these hoppers, in mixed Trains with those in grey, ran from quarries in the Derbyshire hills to locations across the country.


Once EWS became DB Schenker a small number of HOAs were repainted into the new house colour of red.  Observations show that the positioning of the DB logo and lettering varies from wagon to wagon; in our triple pack we will replicate this.


In recent times demand for aggregate traffic has grown, and after identifying a need for more hopper wagons both wagon hire companies Ermewa and VTG decided to place more orders with Astra Rail.

The Ermewa wagons are a pale grey and also include Tarmac branding.


Those supppplied to VTG are silver and are used for traffic from the Mendip quarries in Somerset, bearing the VTG logo and that of Mendip Rail.  Mendip Rail operate in a pool, and these wagons are often hauled by Class 59 locos in Mendip, Yeoman and Hanson liveries.


At this time we are not seeking any money, just expressions of interest, however we have already prepared 2-D drawings and these will be rapidly turned into 3D CADs if uptake is encouraging.



Guide price for this wagon is £30 each, or £90 for a triple pack.  As ever, ordering direct from us by the order deadline guarantees you the best price.




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