Revolution’s upcoming Class 59 diesel locomotive model in N is a step closer with our manufacturing partners in China advising us that tooling is complete and sending us some images of the first test mouldings.
The images also show the lift-off centre body panel to allow straightforward installation of a Next-18 DCC decoder and control of switchable lighting functions, and the fuel tanks with speaker recesses. Speakers will be factory-fitted to every model so upgrading to sound is simple.
The pin-point axle power pick-up can also be seen, with the ‘floating’ centre axle designed to maintain optimum contact even on uneven track sections.
EP samples are likely to follow shortly to allow us to inspect all the components for accuracy, crispness and fit, and to begin testing the chassis.
We would like to thank everyone who has already pre-ordered, enabling us to reach this point in the model’s production so quickly.
All Revolution Class 59 versions can still be reserved at our low Early-Bird price of just £114.95 with free postage until September 30th, after which the price increases to our standard pre-order price of £125. Models are expected to be available from partner retailers after production is complete, but these will be at the full RRP, which is likely to be around £150.
In the coming weeks we are expecting to receive EP1 running samples for testing and if possible we will have them on display on our stand at the Great Electric Trains Show at Milton Keynes on October 2nd and 3rd.
Revolution Trains would like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to the organisers and all who attended the International N Gauge Show this last weekend at the Warwickshire Event Centre.
It was great to get a chance to meet up again with our customers and supporters after such a long break, show off our latest new items, make a couple of new announcements, chat about our forthcoming Class 59 and other planned models and give away lots of catalogues.
It was only the second time we’d attended with our new, larger display stand. Its first, and only, showing beforehand was at Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow in February 2020 – so we were a little slow remembering how to set it up!
The Revolution stars of the show were the first EP samples of our forthcoming Class 128 diesel parcels unit. Three were on display, including WR versions with and without gangways and LMR version with centre headcode boxes, however we are tooling other variants. You can pre-order a Class 128 in BR green, BR blue or Royal Mail red here.
We had also recently received part-painted samples of our Mk5 coaches in TPE livery. Please note these are not full decorated samples, but a test print for the factory to check we are happy with the quality of the printing of the tricky bodyside ‘fades.’ Like the Class 128s these samples only arrived the day before the show and we will be sending feedback and corrections in due course.
Also on display were similar test prints for the forthcoming Drax Power IIA-D biomass hoppers being retailed exclusively by Rails of Sheffield.
We have also received these images of the Mk5 Caledonian Sleeper decorated samples. Though too late for the show, they are en route and should be here shortly. Mk5 coach packs in TPE and Caledonian Sleeper livery can be pre-ordered here.
Our two new offerings – the 1938 tube stock and K-type all-steel Pullman coaches – seemed to go down very well!
All the new announcements, and the latest on our existing plans, are listed in our new mini-catalogue.
If you were unable to attend the show and missed out on a catalogue we’ll be including them with all new orders or you can download a copy below.
Our Revolution discounted bundles of a Class 92 locomotive with car carriers or container flats seemed popular and we will be repeating this with the (shrinking) amount of remaining stock at our next exhibition.
Finally, on a personal level, it is always rewarding to see our models in use on layouts and, hopefully, giving enjoyment to both operators and viewers.
Meldon West, pictured below, was another beautiful layout representing a small west country quarry during the 1990s late BR/Sectorisation era. An ideal setting for a Revolution Class 59…?
Our next show will be Hornby Magazine’s Great Electric Trainshow at Milton Keynes next at the start of October and we will post details of our stand number etc when we have them. See you there!
Revolution is delighted to reveal its next range of N gauge coaches will be the much requested all steel ‘K-type’ Pullman coaches. The K-type Pullmans were the first all steel construction Pullmans in the UK.
Metropolitan Cammell built 29 Pullman cars of 5 different body types: Kitchen 1sts and 3rds, Parlour 1sts and 3rds and Parlour Brake 3rds – we will offer all 5 body types in train packs to allow prototypical formations to be assembled.
A further 4 cars (81-84) were built in 1931 for the Bournemouth Belle – we will include these if feasible from the tooling.
Some of the K-types were used by the GWR on Ocean-Liner and Torquay Pullman services from 1929, but perhaps the more famous use was by the LNER and then BR in services such as the Queen of Scots, Tees-Tyne Pullman, Yorkshire Pullman and Master Cutler. By the mid-late 1960s some of the K-types were being used with other Pullman types (particularly the brakes) but unfortunately some were disposed of for scrap. A few of the K-types continue to see service in the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and a number survive to this day in preservation.
Our model will feature the same high levels of detail as our Mark 5 coaches and include interior lighting and working table lamps. We expect the order book for the K-type Pullmans to open late Q4 2021 – Q1 2022.
Revolution Trains is delighted to introduce the first RTR underground trains available in N gauge with our forthcoming model of the iconic and distinctive 1938 stock.
Over 1100 cars of 1938 stock were built with additional cars built/converted during the 1950s to supplement the original batch. The 38 stock was primarily designed for “deep” tube lines on the Bakerloo, Northern, Piccadilly and Central lines though 38 stock was also used on the East London sub-surface line during the 1970s. Despite being deep tube stock the 1938 stock regularly ran above ground particularly at the northern ends of the Northern and Bakerloo lines alongside sub-surface and mainline stock. The final 1938 stock was withdrawn from service by London Underground in 1988 following 50 years of service with a 4 car set preserved by London Underground.
Despite the long service on LU lines in 1988 10 pairs of 38 stock were sold to BR for future use on the Isle of Wight. This saw the 1938 stock slightly modified for use on the IoW where they saw a remarkable further 30+ years of service with the final sets withdrawn in January 2021.
We plan to offer sets in original LT red, Network SouthEast and Island liveries.
Our model is undergoing final CAD corrections and once those are complete we will open the order book (expected to be late Q4 2021). Our model will feature highly detailed bodyshells, separate flush-glazing, moulded interiors with working head, tail and saloon lighting.
Revolution Trains would like to thank South Western Railway and TfL for their assistance and support.
There are just days to go until the first major exhibition Revolution has been able to attend since February 2020.
The International N Gauge Show (TINGS) is ON this coming weekend September 11th and 12th – and Revolution is doing its bit to welcome everyone back with a new FREE mini-catalogue, lots of new samples on show, some show-only discounted special offers and the unveiling of two all-new models.
The two models being unveiled at TINGS are both N gauge, not surprisingly, and for one the CAD is complete and the order book will be opening very soon, while the other is a project that will begin in earnest in Q4 2021. If you can’t attend the show the new models will be unveiled on our website here shortly after 10am on Saturday.
It will be the first time we have attended TINGS with the new, larger stand that was first unveiled at Model Rail Scotland last year (if we can remember how to put it up!) and we will be happy to talk about our new announcements and answer any questions on existing projects. While we have been delighted and surprised with the numbers joining us for our Facebook Lives, we also know nothing quite beats face-to-face interaction to get the latest news and answers to your questions!
We expect to have a variety of samples on show (though some are still en route as I write this!) including Mk5 coaches, Class 128 parcels units, IIA-D biomass hoppers, PFA container flats, IWA vans and timber carriers, MMA/JNA box wagons and possibly some preliminary mouldings for the all-new Class 59.
Show-only Bundle Deals
In order to do our bit to support the return of live exhibitions Revolution is offering some great ‘show special’ bundles with discounted prices on several model combinations, all based on prototypical formations.
There are small numbers of Class 92 locomotives availalble in RfD, EWS, DB and GBRf liveries and any of these can be combined with either two IPA car carrier twins or one IPA covered car carrier quad or a KFA container flat triple for a 5% discount on the total price.
While stocks remain you can combine any 92 with any wagon liveries. The drawings below are suggestions based on observations of the real thing, but any combination that meets the requirements qualifies for the discount. And if you wish to buy additional wagons we will include them in the discounted total too!
In addition to the 92 bundles we will be offering discounts on PCV ‘Cemflo’ wagons and containers.
Purchases of three or more Cemflo triple packs (ie 9 or more wagons) will qualify for a 5% discount. This offer applies to both Blue Circle and TOPS versions, while stocks last, and in each triple pack all the wagons are differently numbered, making a total of 21 differently numbered wagons across the seven available packs.
For our containers, produced in association with C-Rail, we are offering a 5% discount on purchases of 5-9 models, and a 10% discount on purchases of 10 or more. This covers all containers still in stock, from the extremely limited number of tank containers, to the 30′ bulk containers, 40′ hi-cube reefers and most recent 40′ dry box containers in Tex and Hyundai colours.
You’ll find Revolution Trains on the right as you enter the hall, on the first aisle between Cheltenham Model Centre and Rails of Sheffield.
But if you can’t make it to TINGS don’t despair: with Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC cancelled this year Revolution Trains has taken the decision to attend the Great Electric Train Show at Milton Keynes on October 2nd and 3rd – we will post more details about this show nearer the time.
Revolution Trains is delighted to confirm it will be attending the 2021 International N Gauge Show at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 11th and 12th September 2021.
This will be our first show since Model Rail Scotland in 2020, as the Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace, DEMU Showcase, TINGS and Warley in 2020 and Model Rail Scotland and DEMU Showcase this year were all cancelled due to Covid, and we are very much looking forward to meeting and chatting to our friends and supporters.
We are expecting to have plenty of new items on display including EP1 samples of our forthcoming Class 128 unit, decorated samples of our Mk5 coaches in Caledonian Sleeper and TPE liveries and Drax Power IIA-D biomass hoppers and possibly EP samples of our Class 59 locomotive. Tooling is complete, but it’s a race against time to see if the PCBs to control the lights can be sourced in time.
The images show the various ends, roof sections and some of the hundreds of copper electrodes used to erode the cavities in the tool steel that comprise each moulded part, illustrating why the mould tools can cost many thousands per model.
Revolution will also have a small number of models for sale – these primarily comprise cancellations and the small amout of excess stock we always order to cover replacements etc – and we will be offering some items in ‘train packs’ based on authentic consists seen on the mainline – see posters on our stand for details!
For more information about the show, and to pre-book tickets, see here.
During one of our recent Class 59 research trips Ben and Mike from Revolution Trains recorded a short video discussing details of the locomotives and discussion of why it’s been selected a Revolution’s next locomotive.
If you’ve a spare five minutes, enjoy!
The video features a tutorial on the differences between the subclasses and even individual locomotives, showing how the model will fathfully replicate these, lots more information about the details and features and plenty of heavyweight action involving the real thing.
We’d like to thank the hundreds (yes!!) who’ve already pre-ordered at our amazing EarlyBird price of £114.95, with free postage. We have decided to end the EarlyBird offer period at the end of September, to give everyone a chance to enjoy this offer, after which price goes up to the standard pre-order £124.95.
Revolution Trains is offering the iconic Class 59 diesel as its next locomotive model in N gauge.
On their introduction in 1986 they heralded a revolution in traction on Britain’s railways. They were the first privately owned and American-built diesels to operate in Britain and set unprecedented levels of reliability; their success led directly to the now ubiquitous Class 66 – arguably the most successful design of the modern era.
CAD is complete and the model is ready for tooling to begin. We anticipate that first moulded samples will be here in 6-8 weeks, and the model will be available to pre-order for a low EarlyBird price of £114.95 with Free Postage for a short period, before moving up to the standard pre-order price of £124.95, with a subsequent MSRP after production of £150.
Revolution’s tooling allows for all sub-classes to be correctly depicted, with numerous differences in lighting, roof and bogie details, and unique locomotives 59003 and 59005 are also being offered.
The Class 59 is Revolution’s second N gauge locomotive, and follows on from our highly regarded Class 92 described in one review as …the best ‘N’ gauge model yet? We think so: nothing can match the fidelity of detail which Revolution Trains has achieved…
With the Class 59 we plan to go even better – with all grilles photo-etched, including the distinctive front air horn grille, with numerous separately fitted detail parts and supports on the distinctive solebar area, separate windscreen wipers, full interiors, photo etched lashing loops and front footsteps.
We are also building on our experience of the Class 92 chassis. The Class 59 will have a heavy diecast mainframe, internal lighting connections via tabs to minimise wiring, low gearing for smooth and powerful running, factory-fitted speakers in a fuel tank designed to act as the baffle and Next 18 DCC socket and lighting switches accessed by a simple lift-off centre panel – which replicates the engine access panel on the real thing.
NEM coupler sockets in kinematic mounts will be fitted, with a Rapido type N gauge coupler fitted at one end and the other supplied super-detailed. A spare Rapido will be included in the accessory bag for those who wish to have operational couplers at both ends.
The model has been in development since last year, and we are expecting first samples in the next few weeks. We’d like to thank GBRf, Freightliner, Arlington Fleet Services, Progress Rail (EMD) and Mendip Rail for their help and assistance so far.
The order book will be opening very soon, with our EarlyBird price available for a short period.
The Class 59 represented a revolution when it made history on its entry to service in 1986 as the first privately owned mainline locomotive to operate on the British network.
Foster Yeoman, which operated heavy stone trains from quarries in the Mendips, had decided to buy its own locomotives as there was nothing in British Rail’s traction fleet that could meet its needs for power and reliability.
Built by Electro-Motive Diesel at its plant at La Grange, Illinois, the first four Class 59/0s – in their striking silver and blue livery – were an immediate success offering exceptional haulage and previously undreamt of availability and a fifth was duly ordered. In use some changes were made to the bogies to improve ride quality and NRN roof pods were added.
Amey Roadstone Corporation (ARC) decided to follow suit and in 1990 took delivery of four locomotives designated 59/1 in the ARC house colours of grey and mustard.
The ARC locomotives saw the exhaust port moved away from the driver’s door and alterations to lighting arrangements and roof hatch catches.
The final batch of six locomotives were built for National Power and arrived in Britain in 1994-5. In a striking blue and pale grey livery, with red and white detailing, the Class 59/2 fleet was used to supply power stations in the Aire valley at Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge with limestone from Tunstead and coal from collieries including Maltby, Gascoigne Wood and Kellingley.
In all fifteen Class 59s were built and all remain in service with a variety of operators and in liveries including Hanson, Freightliner G&W, GBRf and DB.
They are primarily used on heavy stone trains from the Mendip quarries to destinations in the south of England, however GBRf’s 59003 is used more widely, and the class is also often seen on engineer’s trains. In the past the Class 59/2s – under National Power, EWS and later DB – were seen widely across the north of England.
The 59s are often seen hauling the JNA box wagons and HOA hoppers previously produced by Revolution, making it an ideal addition to our range.
The PTA box wagons and KPA hoppers used in the 1980s and 1990s are available from the NGS as kits.
In 1997 Foster Yeoman agreed for 59003 to be sent to Germany. To work abroad it was fitted with a top marker light and UIC buffers. The locomotive was acquired by GBRf in 2014 and repatriated and repainted. With the assistance of GBRf Revolution Trains has tooled the correct detail variations for this version too.
The Class 59 will become Revolution’s second N gauge locomotive, moving ahead of the previously announced Class 93 which will go into CAD design alongside the real things toward the end of this year.
Although relatively small in number, our extensive research has revealed large numbers of detail differencies and idiosyncracies within the class which we will be replicating where possible.
What’s on offer
For a small class, the Class 59s have carried numerous liveries. Revolution has secured licences including the very latest Aggregate Industries, GBRf and Freightliner G&W schemes and these will be among the models offered.
Please note these graphics are for illustrative purposes only; some small markings are omitted, colours are representative and some details may be altered for production models. To see which models are available to order now please follow the link above to our shop. Please note that dates given do not apply to every locomotive, but cover the period the livery was in use on at least one of the class.
Revolution is also delighted to be offering these retailer exclusives.
59003 with Rails of Sheffield.
Revolution is teaming up with Rails of Sheffield to offer GBRf’s 59003 featuring all the detail amendments mentioned above. When it entered service with GBRf it featured red/blue roundels at each end, however in 2020 the locomotive was repainted and given a more standard GBRf with a rectangular centre blue panel. Both versions are being offered.
59201/59206 twin pack with Rainbow Railways.
In addition, Revolution is joining with Rainbow Railways to offer the Class 59/2’s stylish original ‘National Power’ livery in an exclusive ‘First & Last’ twin pack comprising both 59201 ‘Vale of York’ and 59206 ‘Pride of Ferrybridge’. Both locomotives feature prototypical variations; 59201 features the bell at the No1 end and single handled cab doors, while 59206 has twin handled cab doors and revised end air pipe positions. These models will also include cosmetic buck-eye couplers; these were removed when the locomotives were taken on by EWS.
It is anticipated that samples will be ready for testing in the next 6-8 weeks with production expected in Q2 2022.
Sonic Models have just advised us that the 6 pin socket on PCB may be offset a little bit on some models. It may cause a difficulty to re-assemble the body shell after fitting the suggested decoder (Bachmann right-angle decoder 36-556RA) because the inner space is very tight on such a small loco.
After further checks of current 6 pin decoders, there are 3 version with a very small size, they are:
ZIMO 6 pin decoder direct MX616N
ESU 6 pin decoder direct 59827
One customer has reported that an alternative is to remove a small amount of plastic from the decoder socket so that the body can sit flat and enables the original suggested decoder to fit correctly.
Sonic Models apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause customers.
Revolution Trains has received stocks of the Sonic Models 56xx 0-6-2T locomotives. Customers who ordered from Revolution will see their orders fulfilled by us.
There are lots to work through, and we are dispatching orders in the sequence they were received, so please allow 14 days before contacting us if your model has not arrived.
Please note there is a small correction to the parts list on the back page of the instructions. The models were designed with a small cover to clip over the gear tower, however during production it was noted that this fouled the bodyshell. As it was not essential to the operation of the mechanism it was deleted, however the instruction sheets had already been printed.
If you missed out on pre-ordering these models then some remain in stock at Rails of Sheffield here.
Sonic’s next model is the LNER 0-6-0 J50 tank locomotive.
Engineering Prototype samples are already being tested and the model is being retailed exclusively by Rails of Sheffield. For more information, and to order, see here.
Revolution would like to thank all who organised the N Gauge Forum’s virtual exhibition over the weekend July 16th-19th. The show is now over, but for those who missed Revolutions contribution of three short films they can be viewed below. Each is roughly ten minutes long.
In the first film, Mike Hale (R) and Ben Ando discuss how Revolution grew out of a scheme to crowdfund a Class 390 Pendolino train in N gauge. Despite some stumbles along the way, the company has now delivered many thousands of models.
In the second film, Ben and Mike run through the production of the models; how they’re selected, how the price is determined, and what other stages have to be managed before they finally arrive in the UK and are dispatched to customers.
In the third and final video we run through nearly every project we have under development at the moment, with some samples not previously shown, and hint at some future possibities. We also confirm our announcement on Friday of another run of the award-winning Class B tankers in N gauge, via retailers only.
We’re delighted to announce as part of the NGF Virtual Exhibition 2021 that we will be re-running our award-winning Class B 35t tanks. These popular Class B 35t tanks were introduced in the mid-1950s and lasted until the early 1990s.
In a change to our normal practice we will not be accepting direct pre-orders and all orders to go through a normal retail channel. We will still only produce according to pre-orders so if you want to guarantee your order please place it before the order deadline (to be confirmed in due course but likely to be September/October 2021) with your preferred retailer. Our MSRP is kept the same as the first run at £26.95.
We are offering the same livery selection as the first run but all versions will have different numbers to the original run. NB there are 4 number versions of the Esso livery to reflect the popularity of that livery in the first run. All other versions we are offering 2 number versions with prototypical livery and labelling variations.
For the second run we will offer the following versions:
Esso livery: 3300, 3305, 3546 and 3705 (Era 5-7)
Mobil Charringtons: 202 (with black Charringtons label as shown) and 249 (with white Charringtons label) (Era 5-6)
Unbranded black with ZRW TOPS code for depot waste fuel oil: ADB999065 and ADB999073 (Era 7-8)
Regent: 375 and 404 (Era 5-6)
Texaco: TEX47878 and TEX47859 (Era 6-7)
United Molasses: UM204 (with brown barrel ends) and UM258 (with blue barrel ends) (Era 6-8)
The models will go into production alongside our forthcoming Class A tanks and MTV/ZKV Zander wagons and we estimate delivery will be Q1 2022.
Revolution Trains is delighted to be taking part in the NGF Virtual Exhibition this weekend, July 16th, 17th and 18th.
The show runs from 1900 on Friday, and will feature 30 layouts, demonstrations, interviews and features including three short films contributed by Revolution Trains.
Each film has a theme; the first explains how Revolution Trains was started as a crowdfunding venture to produce an N gauge Pendolino model and grew from there; the second discusses how we select, research and develop models and in the third we give a comprehensive rundown of all our ongoing projects with some exclusive updates, teasers as to our future plans and a new announcement.
Revolution Trains is delighted to be supporting the NGF show and hopes all N gauge enthusiasts will find something to interest them. The link will take you to the show itself once it’s started, until it does it’ll take you to the preview page shown above where you can watch trailers and find out other information: NGF Virtual Exhibition
Following on from our range of N gauge containers developed with C Rail Intermodal our latest collaborations have just landed in stock and are now available to order from our shop. Two new liveries of our very popular 20ft tank containers: Eurotainer and Bertschi liveries; and two more liveries on our 40ft hicube containers: Hyundai and TEX.
Whilst updating the stock of the new versions we’ve also found a very small number of some previous liveries of tank container (Nichicon) and hicube (Hanjin, UASC and MSC) but only a very limited stock! We’ve still got reasonable stocks of our most recent containers the 30′ bulk containers and 40′ refrigerated “reefer” containers.
All the containers can be ordered now from our Shop – just click on Shop then follow the navigation: 2mm/N gauge In Stock to see the containers available.
Revolution Trains and Heljan presented Nuclear Transport Solutions/Direct Rail Services with display models of their 0 gauge Class 37 model 37405 in Compass livery, in a ceremony in front of the real locomotive at Crewe Gresty Bridge depot on June 30th 2021.
NTS/DRS’s stylish dark blue compass livery has long been a favourite of model railway enthusiasts and Revolution was delighted to be able to produce these models with Heljan and would like to thank NTS/DRS for their assistance.
Andy Grundy, Head of Engineering (fleet and technical) accepted the models on behalf of NTS/DRS from Revolution’s Ben Ando and Heljan’s Ben Jones and said: “These impressive models will go on display in a case in our reception area, so everyone at NTS/DRS can enjoy them.”
Ben Jones of Heljan added: “We were delighted to work with our friends at Revolution Trains and NTS/DRS to produce these superb models and it’s great that some have found a good home in Crewe and Carlisle alongside their big sisters.”
A limited number of DRS 0 gauge class 37 37405 models are still available.
It’s another Revolution Trains double deadline – at midnight on June 30th 2021 we will be closing the order book for the N gauge Pendolino second run, and the 00 FWA ‘Ecofret ‘ container flats in twin and triple sets.
Once the order book closes these models will not be available to buy from us before production is completed.
Pendolino in N – new liveries
For the second run of our N Gauge Model of the Decade, we are offering the original Virgin liveries along with the new-look Avanti and revised Virgin Flowing Silk liveries, along with the plain DfT livery still present on some sets.
The models will be to the same specification as the original model, with the only change being the installation of a Next-18 decoder socket for those wishing to convert to DCC.
All models will feature power cars at each end, power transfer couplers offering electrical pick-up throughout the train for super-smooth performance, working table lamps in first class trailers as standard and factory fitted speakers to make upgrading to DCC Sound a snap.
The pre-order price is £350 for a complete 9-car train (£360 for Virgin Pride including charity donation), and £380 for a complete 11-car train. All models in this run are DC Silent. For those who prefer not to pre-order models will be available from selected retailers after the order book closes with higher MSRP.
FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flat twin and triple sets in 00
Freight wagon lessor VTG designed the Ecofrets, which have shorter 40′ decks than earlier container flats, in recognition of the domination of world sea shipping traffic by the 40′ box. Trains of older 60′ flats can have gaps if there are not enough 20′ containers, leading to inefficiency.
The Revolution models are designed to accommodate 40′ containers from C-Rail. Like the prototype, the triple sets have hinged centre spigots meaning that they can carry both 40′ and 20′ containers.
Twin sets measure 380mm over coupler faces; while the triples are 555mm over coupler faces. The models are available to pre-order until midnight on June 30th 2021 for the pre-order price of £100 (twins) and £135 (triples). For those who prefer not to pre-order we anticipate models will be available from selected retailers after the order book closes with higher MSRP.
Revolution Trains is offering the BR Borail EB/EC ‘fishbelly’ flat wagons, and air-braked YLA Mullet, YQA Parr and YQA Super Tench derivatives, as its next wagon in both 00 and N gauges. These wagons were introduced at the end of the 1950s and many remain in use now, albeit rebuilt.
These wagons were built in batches between 1959 and 1961. The original Borails were either fitted with five bolsters (Borail EB, diag 1/483 ) or had plain decks (Borail EC, diag 1/482) and were used primarily for pre-stressed concrete beams, girders or lengths of rail. They were fitted with 8′ plate bogies and vacuum brakes, and in the 1970s coded BRV under TOPS.
In 1981-2 150 BRV wagons were fitted with air brakes, Y25 bogies and new decks on top of the original decking. The wagons were re-coded BRA for use carrying rail in the Speedlink network. The five stanchions were replaced by six of a slightly different design, and tensioning ratchets were added to each side. Within a short time they began to be transferred to the engineer’s fleet, and given the fishkind name Mullet.
Some of the air-braked conversions were rebuilt without bolsters but with two longitudinal timbers for carrying sleepers, and recoded YQA Parr. They also feature end flaps and small corner footsteps. Revolution is offering this variant too.
In 2010 several were rebuilt again; deck equipment was removed and ISO engineers’ modules with drop-down doors and mesh sides were fitted. These retained the YQA code but were redesignated Super Tench.
Due to their versatility, strength and usefulness numerous YLA Mullet, YQA Parr and YQA Super Tench wagons remain in use in 2021. They’re used for carrying almost anything the engineers may need to transport between depots or to and from possessions include rail, sleepers, equipment and waste.
The Revolution Trains models will cover all variants and tooling allows for numerous detail differences and prototypical variations in buffers and brake wheels to enable specific wagons to be accurately represented.
Revolution Trains would like to thank the Dean Forest Railway for allowing us access to examine and measure one of the YQA wagons in their fleet, and would recommend anyone looking for a good day out to book up and enjoy a trip in their beautifully maintained stock. You can book here.
The models will feature our usual attention to accuracy and detail, and the order book will be opening soon – look out for our limited-period low EarlyBird price.
The models are now in tooling and delivery is expected Q1-2 2022.
Revolution Trains has received first EP samples of its forthcoming Mk5 Caledonian Sleeper and Mk5a Trans Pennine Express coaching stock.
Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 coaches
The Caledonian Sleeper cars are of four types: Seated, Club (with wifi dom on roof), Accessible Sleeper (PRM) and Standard Sleeper. Each vehicle is unique with accurate underframe, interior and bodyshell variations.
The models feature working Dellner type couplers in kinematic NEM pockets, though each pack will also include standard NEM couplers to enable the models to be coupled to a locomotive, as well as full interiors, saloon, cabin and vestibule lighting as standard, numerous separately fitted details – especially on the undersides – and photo-etched grilles where appropriate.
Revolution is offering a total of eight different packs to enable complete Lowlander (London Euston-Glasgow/Edinburgh) or Highlander (London Euston-Aberdeen/Fort William/Inverness) rakes to be recreated or to allow shorter rakes representing the split portions of the trains to be modelled.
The diagrams show normal operating arrangements – during the last 14 months Lowlander and Highlander trains have operated from time to time in shorter forms due to reduced loadings.
Trans Pennine Express – Beacon Rail Mk5a coaches
Trans Pennine Express operate their Mk5a sets in permanent rakes of five branded Nova 3 in push-pull mode with Class 68 diesels. Each set features a driving trailer (DT), standard trailer with bicycle rack (T2), two Standard trailers (T3) and a first trailer with standard draw gear at the outer end (T1).
The Revolution models feature the same kinematic couplings and similar levels of detailing to the Mk5 sets and are available to pre-order in two complete 5-car sets.
In addition to the interior saloon and vestibule lighting on all cars as standard, the DT features directional head and tail lights at the cab end.
Once the samples have been assessed and checked decorated samples will be prepared before the models go into production.
Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming MMA/JNA ‘Ealnos’ box wagons in N gauge.
There are now nearly 1000 Ealnos in service, with more on order, and since their introduction in 2016 by DB they have rapidly become the dominant big box wagon on the network. DB wagons are coded MMA under TOPS, all other versions are coded JNA.
As well as being used on well-established flows from quarries in the Derbyshire Peaks, Midlands and Mendip hills in Somerset, they are often seen on spot hire trains usually in VTG dark blue. The spot-hire trains are usually used for short-term flows and since all they need for loading or unloading is a bucket grab they can be seen almost anywhere.
Mendip stone trains – previously operated by DB, but now handled by Freightliner – use both VTG silver and Touax red JNA wagons; both among the variants offered by Revolution.
The wagons are also used for stone trains from quarries in the East Midlands, some with Tarmac branding and some without, and these versions are also being offered along with two versions in GBRf livery and in the latest Cappagh mid-blue. The Cappagh wagons operate in both branded and unbranded versions, and both are available.
Some versions are available with flashing tail lamps (look for the L code suffix) and the wagons will be provided with drop-in moulded loads. The images show the loads before final stone texture is engraved in the tooling.
As always, the wagons will feature Revolution’s high levels of detail and reflect our obsession with accuracy, including three different arrangements of brake equipment.
Other versions on offer include VTG mid blue, VTG plain silver and Ermewa unbranded grey.
Subject to some very small amendments and adjustments these wagons are now approved and awaiting a production slot. We expect to close the order book within the next 6-8 weeks, but until then they can be ordered at the low pre-production price.