News - Revolution Trains

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 in both with and without-door variants.

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:

P1

 

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.

Here’s to an IPA with Revolution!

Revolution Trains is offering the family of STVA twin- and quad- wagon single deck car carriers as its next modern wagon in N.

92010 with Garston-Dagenham car train comprising various IPA wagons at Northampton. Courtesy Trevor Plackett.

These wagons are in use with STVA and are used for new vehicle transportation between factories, car terminals and sea ports.

CAD work is already underway on the first variant, with others due for completion soon.

 

Revolution is offering three distinct variants – the open twin-wagons, the open twins fitted with side stakes, and twin and quad sets with canvas side covers and roofs.

 

IPA-A flat twin. STVA red livery.

 

IPA-A loaded with vans. We believe our model will go well with vehicle models from manufacturers such as Oxford Diecast. Photo courtesy Martyn Read.

 

STVA flat twin with stakes. STVA livery.

These vehicles often run in mixed rakes, with all three types present in the same train.

 

IPA-B covered twin with side panels. STVA livery.

 

 

IPA-B covered quad set with side panels. The majority of the covered wagons run in sets of four, which comprise pairs of twins permanently coupled.

 

IPA-B quad set. Photo courtesy Martyn Read.

In July Revolution Trains was invited to Eastleigh to photograph and measure these wagons, and we would like to extend our gratitude to both STVA and Arlington Fleet Services.

Amazingly, these wagons were built in the 1950s and 1960s for use in France as single units; however during the 1990s they were reconfigured as twins, cut down to suit the British loading gauge and brought to the UK for service where they remain.

Builder’s plate showing wagon dates from 1960.

STVA have also provided numerous drawings and technical data to ensure our model is up to our usual standards of finesse and detail.

The deck will largely be metal to ensure good track-holding and performance.

We are expecting to open the order book for these models soon, with delivery Q3/4 2019.

As ever, we can only proceed beyond the CAD stages if enough people pre-order, but with a dearth of car transporter models available to those depicting present day operation, and yet automotive traffic being such an important traffic, we hope these models will be popular.

Revolution aims for Special Delivery

Revolution Trains is offering the Class 128 Diesel Parcels Unit as its first powered model aimed that the transition era enthusiast.

Ten units were introduced in 1959 – six for the Western region with gangways and split headcode boxes, four for the London Midland region with centre headcodes and centre windows.

We hope to offer both variants, but of course only those receiving enough pre-orders will go into production.

 

Western region version in original livery with green ends and speed whiskers.

 

Small yellow panels on Midland region version.

 

Early BR Blue Western region variant retaining white cab roof.

 

Midland version in standard BR Blue livery.

 

Royal Mail red introduced during sectorisation era.

The images above are for illustrative purposes and do not necessarily indicate the final selection of liveries and versions.

If there are sufficient early orders then we hope to begin CAD design work imminently and will be opening the order book soon to allow those who wish to support this proposed model to do so, though as ever we can only proceed to tooling and production once the required minimum order threshold has been reached.

VEA makes an explosive entrance!

Revolution Trains is offering the VEA airbraked van in N gauge as its first non-crowdfunded model.

Instead, this model will be available to buy through retailers in the usual way.

The models have already been tooled and painted samples were unveiled at The International N Gauge Show. Images will appear here in due course.

First EP sample

These vans feature NEM couplers in kinematic sockets, high levels of detailing on the underframe and separate brass buffers and metal door handles.

The model offers our usual high levels of underframe detailing.

The VEA vans were converted from BR Vanwides from 1978-1983 and designed to offer an airbraked wagon for MoD munitions and supplies that could negotiate the tight curves at some Army bases.

As well as running in short block trains on their own, they also operated in short cuts with a wide mix of other wagons in BR Speedlink mixed freight trains.

They were in widespread use until the mid 1990s and after that still saw service in MoD sidings or depots – in this scenario making them the ideal accompaniment to the N Gauge Society’s forthcoming Hunslet industrial shunter.

The models are being produced in the following liveries:

BR Railfreight maroon as applied to the first 50:

 

BR Railfreight red/grey as applied to most of the rest:

 

RfD dark grey/yellow:

 

For each variant several different numbers will be offered, with correct variations in the style and location of BR symbols, warning patches etc.

 

by Sonic Models, a new Chinese manufacturer looking to increase their profile in the British market.

 

Weathered models are also set to join the range.  We will be giving more information about where to obtain these models shortly.

More TEA vicar?

Revolution Trains is offering another run of its highly acclaimed TEA tanker wagons, which were Britain’s first ever successfully crowdfunded RTR model and voted N Gauge Rolling Stock Model of the Year 2016 when they were launched.

 

We are not only offering the existing versions, albeit with new running numbers, but also the possibility of some other variants including the latest versions introduced for aviation fuel to Heathrow airport.

New build VTG TEAs dedicated to Jet-A1 aviation fuel from Grain to Heathrow (Colnbrook.)

 

Former Freightliner TEA rebranded VTG and with old markings patch-painted. Seven wagons now carry this modification.

 

TEAs in attractive grey/white livery of Petrochem Carless.

These models will be available to order soon; as ever only those reaching minimum order numbers will be produced.

Once again these models will be produced by Rapido Trains, whose reputation for quality is now well established.

Pendolinos in white (and red) satin!

Revolution Trains is teaming up with Rapido Trains of Canada to offer another run of their highly-regarded Class 390 Pendolino model – in Virgin’s new livery of white with red “Satin drape” across the nose ends.

We’re also offering the model as 390045 in the eye-catching “Virgin Pride livery with rainbow power car at one end.

Photo courtesy Lewis Hurley

Other options will include 9-car set 390010 “Cumbrian Spirit”, the first Pendolino to receive the new livery, and 390107, the first 11-car set to be re-livered, and in a very slightly revised form with a black stripe along the windows.

Photo courtesy Jon Whiting

We are also planning to offer two 11-car sets in the revised original livery with grey doors as 390130 “City of Edinburgh” and 390152 “Virgin Knight”, and to complete the set we are also planning a 9-car set in the original livery but in post-2006 condition with stripes on the doors and coach identification letters.

None of these livery variations has previously been offered.

These new sets will be provided with plain yellow end panels, to allow modellers to replicate those original sets fitted with new nose doors, as shown in this view at London Euston.

Of course, these models will only be produced if there are adequate pre-orders.

We anticipate production to begin early in the New Year with delivery of the models in Q2 or Q3 2019.

 

Revolution unveils big plans for 2019

Revolution Trains is once again at The Internatonal N Gauge Show at the Warwickshire Exhibtion Centre this weekend, on stand 16.

It’s our fourth year at the show which has established itself as the premier calendar event for N Gauge enthusiasts, and the obvious place to take stock and look to the future with new announcements and suggestions.

The last 12 months have been very rewarding for Revolution as we delivered our much-admired Class 390 Pendolino (with Rapido Trains) and our first model aimed at the transition era modeller – the well received Class B 35T tankers. We have also enjoyed increasing take-up of our ongoing crowdfunding projects as more modellers see the potential in this approach for obtaining niche models that may otherwise be uviable for the mainstream manufacturers.

Our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans have just arrived, while the 00 TEA tankers are in the final stages of production and we are expecting to close the order book very soon on our KFA container flats and Class 92 electric locomotives.

This all gives us the confidence to increase the ambition and scale of our operations. At TINGS we will be offering up five all new models, including our first non-crowdfunded wagon.

They are the Class 128 Parcels DMU, 20′ tank containers (with C-Rail Intermodal), IPA car carriers, Cemflo wagons (with Accurascale) and VEA vans.

We will also be offering new runs of our Class 390 Pendolino in Virgin’s new white livery, and the award-winning TEA tankers in new liveries and as reruns.

The VEA is being produced by Sonic Models, a new company set up by a former Kader engineer and not crowdfunded.

To publicise all this we are also producing our first “catalogue”, though actually it’s just a folded colour A4 brochure, but we are still very excited about it!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and helped us to make this happen.

In celebration of this, and reflecting Revolution’s ambitious plans, our first ever “catalogue” will also be available to collect at the show.  This features all our ongoing projects and offers our supporters a good way of tracking our progress.

In reality, our first catalogue is just a folded A4 leaflet, but we are proud of it and we hope our supporters will enjoy browsing and considering which of our projects they may wish to support.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and helped make this happen.

During the day we will be adding more detailed information about these planned items, and over the coming weeks opening the order books – but please remember that, with the exception of the VEA van, while we have done preparatory work they all need orders to move from dreams to reality!

And if you can’t come and see us at the N Gauge Show, we will be at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in November!

I spy IZAs from Revolution!

With literally moments to spare before set up time closed, our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans were delivered to us at the Warwickshire Event Centre ahead of tomorrow’s N Gauge International Show 2018.

Cargo of Cargowaggons!

The models left China before last weekend, but a strike in Shenzhen coupled with a mistaken delivery destination made it a far closer run thing that we expected.  Thanks to TNT for hiring a dedicated van to get the model to us

If you emailed us before the deadline you don’t need to bring anything to collect your wagons, if you didn’t please print and bring your order confirmation and you can still pick up your models.

For those who’ve ordered the vans with flashing tail lamps please note that airfreight regulations mean that the wagons could not be carried with the batteries installed, so these will be supplied separately but fitting is simple:

Fitting the batteries to your IZA twin.

Tomorrow morning we will be unveiling our new series of proposals – you can read about them on the N Gauge Forum from 0900 or in greater detail here from 1100, when we will be posting a series of news items.

The stand is ready, we look forward to welcoming our many customers and friends at stand 16 at the show.

All roads lead to Revolution…

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

Come and see us on Stand 16.

We will have:

  • first samples of an as yet unannounced project;
  • our first catalogue;
  • updates on all our existing projects;
  • and potentially our IZA Cargowaggon twins available for collection* for customers who pre-ordered (subject to the shipment arriving from China and clearing customs in time).

We will also have exciting news of the first of our proposed projects for 2019 – come and see us on Stand 16!

* if you have pre-ordered IZA Cargowaggons twins from us and the models have arrived in time for the show then you can arrange to collect your order (and pay any balance due) at the show by dropping us an email (please don’t send a carrier pigeon or use any other exotic method of trying to contact us!).  We will be restricted in the amount of stock that we can fit in the vehicle without Paul having to sit on the roof and we won’t know if delivery is likely until the end of the week so please do not make a special journey to collect your wagons. If it is looking likely that we will be able to offer your order for collection then we will confirm that to you before the show – no confirmation, no guarantee that your wagons will be available!

Class B tanks – delivery status

Contrary to the latest NGS Journal, not all the Class B tanks have been sent out yet. We’ve sent out approximately 90% of the orders as of 29 August (including all the orders made on our website paid in full (provided all Class B orders from the same customer were paid in full)). We have sent out all the invoices for balance payments (though I’m sure that I’ll have missed one or two) so if you haven’t received a balance invoice and you were expecting one then please check your spam box (or any old email address) and if you can’t find an invoice then please send us an email.

Once we send your balance invoice then we would be grateful if you could pay your balance promptly so that we can get your order sent out to you. If you placed more than one order we will try to combine the orders into one invoice and one package (if possible).

What happens next?

Once you’ve paid your balance we will mark your original order as fully paid (“Processing”).
Once we’ve posted your order we will change the status to “Completed” (please allow 7-10 days or longer outside the UK!).

Change of address?

If you need to update your delivery address please login to your account on our website and update your shipping address – we will update your order if necessary when we mark it as paid.

Revolution Sturgeon swims into view…

Revolution has received preliminary images of the CAD for the forthcoming Sturgeon model in N.

The CAD is now being assessed and any modifications or amendments can be made.

The Sturgeon is our second model aimed primarily at the transition era modeller, having been introduced in the mid 1950s and lasting until the early part of the 21st century, with some in private use even now.

This CAD shows the 7-door version with ends; on the prototype the doors were removable and the ends demountable, and many Sturgeons ended up as flat wagons.  We will be offering this variant too.

The order book for this model is expected to open shortly and  tooling will begin once sufficient orders have been placed.

Nearly time for TEA…

Rapido Trains have sent some images showing progress on our forthcoming TEA tankers in 4mm/00 gauge.

These models are even more detailed than their 2mm counterparts, and painting, printing and assembly has taken one of their two factories several months.

The worker on the left is putting brass bearings in the bogie axle rebates for their colleague opposite to insert wheelsets.

 

Finished wheelsets, with couplers added too.

In some areas the larger 4mm models can have finer detail than is possible in N such as correctly bifurcated lifting brackets. These are painted and awaiting fitting to the EWS tanker bodies in the following image.

The factory seems to be almost full of blue trays containing tanker bodies ready for final assembly.

Once the factory has completed these models we understand they will immediately begin production of the KFA container flats in N.  As a result we expect to be closing the order book for these soon.

Pendolino postings…and the tale of the missing screws!

We’ve now processed approximately 98%+ of the orders (as of July 2018) – over 1000 Pendolinos sent out!

We’ve been working through missing payments/order queries and we’ve now sent at least one email to everyone in the order book. If you have not received your Pendolino order or seen an email from us please check your emails / spam box!  If still nothing then please drop us an email.

Next steps

Missing/incomplete/incorrect orders: if you have already contacted us about a missing/incomplete/incorrect order then we’re working through them and will resolve them as quickly as possible – no need to contact us again.

Spares and repairs: we’re working through any problems with Rapido’s repairs agent. If you’ve already been in touch with us and have not heard from either us or Simon please contact us.

P&P refunds for collections: we still have a refunds for P&P to process.

DC controllers: the manual says that if you have an old DC controller please check with us first.  The best advice we can give is check the voltage output of the track supply – if it is less than 15V you should be fine! We haven’t tested the Pendolino with every possible controller out there but we have noticed that some controllers sold as suitable for N output more than 15V at maximum speed so please check!

DCC sound decoders: the DCC sound fitted sets should have stickers on warning you not to run your DCC sound decoder-fitted Pendolinos on controllers outputting more than 15V, if you do you may well blow the sound decoder!

Finally as the post title alludes to – we noticed that the light bars are missing the required screws to fit them.  Rapido’s factory realised that they still had a big bag of screws sat on the workbench, so they sent them over to us.  We included screws with all orders except the very first batch sent out in late March – we have sent out all the missing light bar screws now.  We have had some customers ask about the light bar screws – they are packed in a small clear plastic bag (the screws are very small and black).  The clear plastic bag was either packed loose or taped to one of the light bar packs – please check carefully as it is easy to miss!

Class B tankers – what about the bits??

With 95% of the Pendolinos dispatched (though we still have a few stragglers to send out – mainly those who have not yet settled their balance and who weren’t in to receive original deliveries!) we are now dispatching the Class B tankers. We are sending them out in date order of the original order. If you have a balance to pay then we will contact you when we are ready to process your order.

These wagons are provided with a small bag containing a cosmetic coupler hook with “instanter” loop and vacuum brake pipe/hose to be fitted to the outer end of a rake.

To fit the replacement coupler hook the cosmetic hook supplied and the Rapido N gauge coupler will need to be removed.  The brake hose/pipe fits to the left of the coupler, below the bufferbeam, with the horizontal pipe running beneath the frame out from the centre and the curved hose angled up slightly, as these CAD images show:

We will work through the Class B dispatching as quickly as we can.

If you get a "Bad Gateway" error when paying by card please check your account to see if the order has been processed (do not re-submit the card payment otherwise you might be charged twice!). Dismiss