News - Revolution Trains

First Class B tanks MOBIL-ized!

Revolution has received the first batch of its Class B tankers in the attractive red colours of Mobil Charrington.

These models were sent by the factory just before it closed down for the Chinese New Year; the remainder (Esso, Unbranded, Regent, Texaco, United Molasses) are expected in the next few weeks.

The models are packaged in a similar style to our multi-award winning TEA tankers, Britain’s first crowdfunded model.

All are secured in protective vac-formed cradles inside clear plastic stackable boxes in Revolution’s distinctive branded single or triple glossy card sleeves.

Revolution Trains will be at Model Rail Scotland this weekend (February 23-25) and if you have ordered these models you can collect them at the show, and we will refund P&P.

You can find Revolution on stand B47, as shown on the map:

Please note that these models are available to pre-order customers ONLY, however our partner retailers who may have some in stock can be found here.

Also on show at Glasgow will be the second test sample of the Class 92, with tooling tightened up and more balanced mechanism, factory painted samples of our Cargowaggon twin vans, hand-painted samples of our KFA container flats and all versions of the Class B tanker.

And with the Class B tankers now arriving we will keep our promise to offer another model for transition era modellers – this will be unveiled at the show on Friday morning, and here on our website.

Class B 35T tanks deliveries – the good, the bad and the balances!

The good news is that the first batch of our forthcoming Class B tanks is due to leave the factory in the next few days, unfortunately this batch will only be the attractive Mobil Charringtons Class B tanks and the bad news is that the remaining liveries narrowly missed completion before the factory scales down for Chinese New Year (16 February).  The main batch will follow in March – April (we’re waiting for final confirmation from the factory).

Class B Mobil Charrington tanks

Pre-production sample of the Mobil Charringtons Class B tank

We have decided to airfreight in the first batch of Class B tanks and subject to them arriving and clearing customs in time then they will be available for collection from Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow on 23-25 February.

The split delivery gives us a few challenges in terms of delivery:

  • if you wish to collect from Glasgow then no action is necessary (you don’t need to tell us and we will refund any P&P charges after you have collected them)
  • if you placed an order only for the Mobil Charringtons livery then no action is necessary – we will send them out once we are back from Model Rail Scotland
  • if you placed an order for a mixture of Class B liveries then you can:
    • either wait for the main batch to be delivered and we will send them all out together – no action necessary
    • or if you are desperate to get them as they arrive we can send them out after Model Rail Scotland but we will have to charge you a small additional P&P fee (as we will have to send two parcels – first and main batches) – if you would like us to do this then please get in contact with us after we have confirmed on our website that they have arrived

If you paid in full no action is required, but if you paid a deposit then we will generate invoices for the balance payments which are due now – please check your account if you do not receive an email. The balance payments will generate an invoice for each line of your deposit invoice and unfortunately not a combined invoice – this is a pain for you and us but outside our control.

Cargowaggons in colour – naturellement!

Revolution Trains has received painted samples of two versions of our forthcoming IZA Cargowaggon twins in N.

These are original Cargowaggon:

And Perrier:

The ends include separately fitted locking bars and strengthening ribs, to allow daylight to show through the distinctive holes in the A-frame, along with fine wire handrails and photo-etched corner footsteps.

These samples also have a tail lamp fitted, though it should be white, not black:

Now we are comparing them to our livery diagrams and photographs to spot any discrepancies or errors before approving them for production.

They will also be test-run to ensure the coupler mechanisms work as they should and that performance is acceptable.

Please note that the wheels are the correct size and profile but will be chemically blackened on the production models.

Although there are a couple of very small niggles (such as the black tail lamp) we anticipate that these models will be ready for production once Chinese New Year is over, and we anticipate closing the order book within the next 2 months.

If you are interested in these fine models please order soon so as not to miss the order deadline.

Pendolino plus!

The response to our surprise announcement of the additional Pendolino sets – 390132 City of Birmingham – has been fantastic (it was a surprise to us as well when Rapido told us!). Over half have sold since I sent out the email early this morning.

390132 City of Birmingham driving car

390132 City of Birmingham driving car

Apologies to anyone struggling to place an order – we know that there is an issue with the Bad Gateway error, but ultimately it requires us to rebuild the site on a better host – the server has been struggling to cope with the traffic.

As noted elsewhere and on our website – we expect to have a very limited number of spare sets of the “normal” ie previously announced names/numbers/liveries though they won’t go on sale until we have sent out all the existing orders and we know exactly what we have left. It is highly unlikely that we will have many or any 5 car sets (or 2 car extension sets) as these were the least popular by far.

If you didn’t see our newsletter it is reproduced below:

With the Pendolinos having shipped from the factory* we would like to let you in on a secret – Rapido have produced a small number of spare sets. We know that some of you already know that there will be some spare standard releases, but what you don’t know is that Rapido have also produced a small number as the 11-car 390132 “City of Birmingham” in the revised Virgin livery with plain grey doors.  This particular prototype received the plain doors towards the end of 2016.

This model will be available in either DC (£365) or DCC-sound (£460) and is being offered first via newsletter to existing Revolution customers.

Anyone who has also ordered a Revolution Trains Class 92, Pendolino or Class 320/321 will receive an £10 discount, and this discount will be applied to any customer ordering a Class 390 as well as a 92 or 320/321 at the same time.  Please mention in the order notes if you have already purchased a Class 92, Class 320/321 or Pendolino – the discount will take the form of a £10 refund once we’ve checked your previous order.

Pendolino packaging

Pendolino packaging – just before they left the factory

* we will post the tracking details as soon as we have them on our website!

If anyone would like the link here it is: https://www.revolutiontrains.com/product/390132_pendolino/

Pendolino deliveries and the latest news from Rapido

Standard and Alstom Pendolinos pass on Wyre Forest MRC’s “Kinlet Wharf” at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition. Photo courtesy Rapido Trains.

The first update of 2018 sees the arrival of the latest Rapido Trains newsletter.  It has plenty of updates on projects we are working on together – if you scroll past the CAD images of the 00 bus model…!

Rapido Newsletter

Headline news is that the Class 390 Pendolino models will be leaving the factory on January 17th, meaning they should be here by the end of February.  This is a little later than hoped but it’s good to have a firm schedule.

At this time we cannot be sure that customers will be able to collect their Pendolinos at Model Rail Scotland – but here’s hoping!

The newsletter also contains information about the other projects we have in development with our friends in Canada including the 00 TEA tankers, N KFA and N Class 92 electric.

Revolution Round Up – 2017

Photo courtesy Tom Smith

After the highs of 2016 – when we delivered Britain’s first crowd-funded model – 2017 was always going to be a year of consolidation and steady progress with a focus on continuing or completing the development and delivery of pre-announced models.

That said, we have delivered another new model this year, and found time to offer two new models.

2017 began with the incredible news that our TEA tankers had been voted Model of the Year in the British Railway Modelling/RM Web annual poll. Amazingly, Revolution Trains was also voted runner-up in the Manufacturer of the Year category.

Our first show of the year was Model Rail Scotland at the SECC in Glasgow at the end of February.

Here we were able to confirm that after a slow start, and amid some doubts that it would ever generate enough interest, our first model aimed at the transition era – the Class B tanker – had finally reached the minimum level required for us to put it into tooling.

Once this was done progress was swift, with unpainted samples received just eight weeks later – in time for the DEMU showcase exhibition. By the time we closed the order book we were delighted with the number of orders and these models are now in production and expected early in the New Year.

 

The ever-popular York show over the Easter weekend gave us a great opportunity to meet supporters and potential customers and we were positioned next door to our friends from Rapido Trains of Canada.  They had  the latest news on the 00 version of our TEA tankers – which are now in production – and the Pendolino, Class 92 and KFA container flats.

Pendolino production started in early summer. Completing these models was a huge task requiring the manufacture of more than 10,000 individual vehicles of 6 different types – and not helped by factors outside Rapido’s control including fine dust from a neighbouring ceramics plant contaminating the paintshop, however they are now understood to be en route from China.

The Class 92 has progressed well, with a first working sample emerging in June – just seven months after we announced the model – and a successful trip to Polmadie with Legomanbiffo to record the exclusive sounds for the model courtesy of Serco, GBRf and Caledonian Sleeper.

For the Warley show in November we handpainted one of these first samples into the attractive Caledonian Sleeper livery.  This was useful as it both shows how attractive the finished models will be, and also highlighted some areas where fit or moulding needed to be fractionally tightened.

Revolution 92018 in Caledonian Sleeper livery. Photo courtesy Rail Express.

Second samples were received by Rapido just before Christmas with suitable improvements and we are looking forward to assessing these ourselves.

In June we attended the DEMU showcase exhibition where we announced our first new model of the year – the IZA Cargowaggon twin van.

 

The response to this delighted us and we were able to get the CAD drawings signed off, and tooling completed, in just five months, meaning we had the first moulded samples of this model in time for the Warley National Railway show at the NEC in November.

Painted samples – and a set with the working tail light – are expected next month, with the order book likely to close in early Spring.

We also decided to offer the APT-E as an N gauge model – based on the success of Rapido’s model of this iconic train, though while the response has been encouraging so far we are under no illusions that this model is likely to take some time for word to spread and to generate the levels of interest needed to start production.

In September we were at The International N gauge show (TINGS) again, for the third year, where we had our 40′ hi-cube containers – produced in conjunction with C-Rail – on show.

We also had for sale Dapol’s models of 66419 “Patriot” in its attractive powerhaul livery on behalf of Project Railway Honour, raising funds for the ABF – The Soldier’s Charity. Limited numbers of these models are still available.

Looking forward to 2018, we are anticipating the delivery of three different models – the Pendolino, Class B tankers and 00 TEA tankers – in the first half of the year.

As models are delivered we do have ready new projects to offer, with the first of these likely to be unveiled at Model Rail Scotland at the SECC at the end of February.

At the end of March we will make a final decision on whether to proceed with our Class 320/321 project. We have seen an upturn in orders in recent weeks, but once again would appeal to those who expressed an interest, but who have not yet ordered, to get behind this project.

The CADs are now completed but without sufficient orders we are simply unable to commit to tooling.  This would be a shame as while such units may lack the glamour of the Pendolino they are the unsung heroes of the modern railway and, for those wishing to model a complete system, are just as important.

By the summer we are expecting the Class 92s to be in production, and by Autumn we are hoping the HOA hopper will have reached the sampling stage.

3D prints based on the approved CAD have been made for approval, now the model is awaiting its turn in the production schedule.

If you’d like to come and talk to us about existing projects – or give us your suggestions for new ones – then as well as Model Rail Scotland we will have stands at York, DEMU Showcase, TINGS and Warley again so please come and say hello!

Once again, we would like to say a huge thanks you to everyone who’s supported us, ordered from us, come to chat to us or engaged with us online.  None of this could happen without everyone being a part of it.

Here’s to a great 2018!

Tanks on parade…

For the last update for 2017 (apart from our round-up of the year later) we  have just received some images showing production of the Class B tankers now well underway.

Rows of moulded tank barrels

 

Unpainted barrel ends

 

Barrels sprayed black, and ready for tampo printing and assembly.

 

Black painted chassis – the copper brown barrel supports reveal that these will be United Molasses models.

We expect these models to be ready for shipping just before Chinese New Year in February in all liveries – Esso, Mobil/Charrington, unbranded, Regent, Texaco and United Molasses.

Anyone who missed out on ordering from us can still obtain these models from our retail partners C&M of Carlisle, Collett’s Models, East Somerset Models, Kernow, Rails of Sheffield, Trains4U, Plus Daughters and Osborn’s.

 

Season’s Greetings from Revolution

Revolution Trains would like to wish all our friends and supporters a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable 2018.

We’ve received an early Xmas present from Santa Rapido in Canada – this image showing the latest samples of our forthcoming Class 92 model.

These models show several refinements over the first samples received a few months ago, with a finer fit to many of the parts, more crispness in the mouldings and a tightened up drivetrain improving smoothness and power.

Having just arrived in Canada, these models will be thoroughly tested before being sent to us for assessment.

Once that’s done, and the fit and performance of the models is approved, we will check liveries and be ready to close the order book and begin production.

Our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans  are the perfect models to run with your Class 92.

92036 “Bertolt Brecht” with a rake of IZAs carrying mineral water at Soulbury in 2013. Courtesy Andrew Chambers.

The IZA samples have now been thoroughly examined and approved, and livery diagrams finalised for all versions.  We are expecting to receive painted samples early in the New Year, as well as a set with our flashing tail lamp option.

We anticipate closing the order book and beginning production as soon as the factory reopens after Chinese New Year in mid-February, so please consider ordering soon if you haven’t already and want to take advantage of low crowdfunder prices.

As this project was only unveiled at the DEMU Showcase exhibition in June we feel progress so far has been remarkable and are very grateful to the team working on this model in China and those in the UK who have provided invaluable assistance!

Look out for our Revolution round-up next week when we will have more news of all our projects, and a look ahead to our plans for 2018.

Doubleplus Pendo

We have received a large number of emails from people who are hoping to buy a Pendolino, but who did not order before the deadline.

9-car Pendolino on Kinlet Wharf at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC.

Rapido have informed us that they have manufactured some additonal models, and we will have these for sale, but our priority is delivering the models already ordered.

Once this is done we will catalogue the spare/extra models on our website and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We can not take reservations so please do not email us asking to reserve a set – we will only have to disappoint you!

Since we anticipate demand for these models to be high we will send out an email alert to our subscribers when this happens.  If you are interested we suggest you register for our newsletter without obligation to ensure you receive this email alert, and give yourself the best chance of obtaining a model.

Pendolino deliveries

The packaging of the Pendolino is heavy and that means that the packaging needs to be sufficient – all of which makes P&P expensive.  We have yet to finalise which courier or Royal Mail will be used, but all deliveries will require a signature.

All delivery addresses for the Pendolinos will be checked against the current shipping/delivery address on your account – please ensure that it is up-to-date by the end of the year! If you need to change it then click on Shop > My Account. It will not automatically update your order but at least we know to manually change your address.

If you prefer to collect your Pendolino at Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow then please let us know before the Pendolinos arrive (exact date to be confirmed) and we will make the arrangements (and refund your post & packing charges).

Revolution Warley Washdown Part 2: Timetables, Twinsets and Mountain Movers

It was a busy show at Warley for Revolution, and for our main manufacturing partner Rapido Trains, who were showing off several new models both for themselves and other customers.

However, with the Pendolino poised for delivery, and other models set to follow in turn, Rapido did tell us that for the next 12 months at least they anticipate that they will have a Revolution Trains item in production at all times at one of their two factories.

The rough schedule for 2018 is the 00 TEA tankers (spring), N KFA (early summer), N 92 (late summer) and N HOA hopper (late autumn) though of course this is subject to change.  The Class 321 unit will follow on from the HOA if it reaches minimum order numbers.

IZA Cargowaggon twin van

Announced in June at the DEMU Showcase exhibition, the arrival of first tooled samples of the IZA Cargowaggon twin vans just five months later is something of a record for Revolution Trains.

This has come about because of the large number of orders we have already received – so thanks to everyone who has stepped forward to make this happen.

These models feature standard N gauge couplers on each end and a representation of the prototype’s screw coupling in the centre.  The use of kinematic coupler pockets means the vehicles can be authentically close coupled without bufferlock or derailments on trainset curves.

The prototypes have the brake gear split across the wagons and cannot be operated individually.  This was to take advantage of European grants available when they were manufactured in the mid 1980s.  Naturally the Revolution model depicts these differences, with both air tanks on one wagon, and the hanbrakes on the other:

The model also features protypical differences in the ends, with single dumb buffers on the inner faces, and the frames are separate parts to allow the distinctive circular cut outs to be present:

These mouldings will now be checked and assessed, and any minor amendments made, before livery samples are prepared.

Please note that these models are assembled or test purposes from mouldings only, an do not feature the fine wire handrails at the ends and the springing in the couplers, which will be self-centering on production models.

For those who handled them at Warley they will also be weighted, as with all our models, to NMRA standards.

We expect them to go into production February – March 2018, with the order book closing shortly beforehand.

HOA stone hopper

We had not expected to show any progress on these models at Warley, but Rapido surprised us by bringing two 3D prints produced from the recently approved CAD drawings.

These show both variants – the original EWS Construction type at the rear, with the body-mounted handbrakewheel and four strengthening plates on the sides, and the new built VTG versions with bogie mounted handbrakewheels and six plates.

Being 3D prints they are a little rough in parts, and lack the finesse and structural strength of plastic moulded parts (so some of the thinner components are slightly deformed) but they indicate to us that the design looks good, sits well and that the bogies and couplers being reused from our TEA tankers look right.

VTG new build version

EWS construction original type

These models are expected to go into production after the Class 92s scheduled for next summer.

We will be opening the order book shortly, and as ever would urge our supporters to order early as this generates the funding to complete the tooling and development work all the quicker.

KFA container flat

These models are undergoing final running tests in Canada and are ready to go into production in late February – March 2018.

Livery drawings are being worked on at the moment, but for these wagons the painting and lettering is far more straightforward than for the Pendolino or TEA tankers.

Class 320/321 EMU

CAD drawings of this model are now complete and if the orders had been satisfactory this model would now be in tooling.  However, orders have not matched the expressions of interest we received when we first proposed this model.  This is a pity as we are sure, given the quality of the models from Rapido so far and the CAD drawings they have sent us, that they’ll make a superb job of this train.

Class 321 DTCO

Class 320/321 DTSO

The model will have full interior detail and provision for the fitting of lightbars, along with numerous separate parts on the underframes of the trailer cars.

Class 321 DTCO interior

The power chassis mechanism is also hidden below window height, and this model will feature a Next 18 decoder meaning that sound options are more straightforward.

Class 320/321 PMSO interior showing chassis arrangement and decoder

 

For smoother running power will be collected from all wheels, as on our Pendolino, and all bogies, including those on the power car, will feature low drag axle-point pick ups.

Class 320/321 power bogie with outer mouldings removed to show pick-ups

We’d like to thank all those who’ve ordered extra sets in an effort to “help it over the line” but we really need to get the message to those who said they want one but haven’t yet ordered.

Revolution takes each model as a separate project, and we need to impress upon supporters that while we have enjoyed considerable success with “big ticket” models such as the Pendolino and Class 92, they should not assume that models will automatically happen.

We need people to step forward and order the models they want!

Suburban commuter EMUs may not have the cachet of the Pendolino, but they are an important part of the current scene and to model a complete railway we need the humdrum as well as the glamorous.

Also, the drivetrain, chassis and bogies from the 321 will lead us to a number of other useful models should it reach production.

We do understand that funds are sometimes limited, which is why we have introduced a staggered payment plan, and that some customers may be waiting for their Pendolinos before committing, so we are we will make a final decision on the 320 / 321 based on orders at 31 March 2018. If by then we have reached the minimum order numbers needed then we’ll go ahead; if not then we will reluctantly have to refund everyone who has put money into this model.

As a reminder here are the livery options and prices:

Please note current Northern livery is also still available to order.

Revolution Warley Washdown Part 1: Pendolinos and Polo Mints

It was great to see so many of our friends and supporters at the Warley National Model Railway exhibtion at the NEC last weekend.

This was our stand on Friday – before the show opened – and the only time it was quiet until the show ended on Sunday evening!

Revolution Pendolino

The big news is that our stunning Class 390 Pendolino model – made by our friends (and show neighbours) Rapido Trains of Canada – should be leaving the factory within the next 7-10 days.  Allowing 4-6 weeks for shipping, and some extra time for customs clearance, the models should be here by Jan/Feb.

Rapido did bring three models to the show – airfreighted to Canada a few days beforehand – and two were loaned to the layouts Kinlet Wharf and Horseley Fields.

Pendolino gliding through Kinlet Wharf…

 

…and hurrying through Horseley Fields. Apologies for shaky camera!

The third – in Alstom livery – spent the weekend on our display layout and can be seen whizzing behind the packaging which was also on  show and follows the style we created with the TEA tankers last year.

The 9- and 11-car versions will be in book-case style packs with two trays with opening lids surrounded by a card sheath.  The top tray contains shaped apertures for the two power cars, the two pantograph cars and the named car, with the remaining four or six cars in the lower tray.

The 5-car pack will simply comprise the top tray in a thinner card sheath.

For those who missed out Rapido have advised us that a small number of surplus models are available and these will be put up for sale via our website once we have an indication of liveries and numbers.

Class B tankers

The Class B tankers are now in production with our alternate factory and are sheduled to be  leaving the factory before Chinese New Year in February, with delivery to customers likely in March/April depending on shipping and customs times.

For those who missed out several retailers have taken an allocation – the list can be found elsewhere on our website.

00 tankers

These are also in production by Rapido now, and timings are likely to be similar as the Class B tankers. As with the Class B tankers, some of our partner retailers have pre-ordered an allocation so those who missed the deadline can still obtain models.

Class 92 locomotive

This model is also being produced by Rapido and we are expecting the next sample with finalised motor/drivetrain, PCB and lighting.  Once this is approved we will be ready to check liveries and close the order book ready for production.  It’s likely this will be in late Spring 2018.

For the show we  assembled one of the earlier samples Rapido had sent, and this was put on Kinlet Wharf with their superb – and appropriate – Caledonian Sleeper rake.

92018 carries slumbering passengers south as a narrow boat passes below the line on Kinlet Wharf

Please note this model was handpainted and is not factory-finished.  It also lacks some of the metal parts such as the cab door handrails and photo-etched pantograph heads.

In our next post we will update the latest news on our other projects, including first samples of our exciting new IZA Cargowaggon twin vans, the KFA container flat, HOA hopper wagons and Class 321 EMU.

Revolution at Warley

Once again Revolution Trains is attending the Warley National Model Railway exhibition at the NEC this coming weekend (November 25th and 26th) – arguably the #1 event in the modelling calendar.

Revolution have become Warley regulars over the last three years as we feel it’s a great opportunity for us to meet and listen to fellow enthusiasts, answer any questions, and thank those who have already supported us.

This year we will be debuting our new exhibition stand which should make us a little easier to see!

You can find us on stand B-029, next to our friends from Rapido Trains of Canada on stand B-028.

 

As the floor plan shows, stand B-029 is pretty much straight ahead and slightly to the right as you enter the exbibition, about half way down the hall.

There will be boxed Pendolinos to see (being brought over from Canada ahead of the main production batch) and while we are refraining from making any new announcements we will be showing significant progress on our existing projects.

If you are at the show, arguably the #1 event in the UK modelling calendar, then please come and say hello and we do our best to answer any questions about our existing projects and possibly our plans for 2018.

If you can’t make it then please come back here after the weekend as we will be posting photographs and updates on all our ongoing projects.

 

 

D-day for Class B tanks.

It’s deadline day for anyone who wants to order our Class B fuel tankers!

Class Bs – the full line up.

All versions can be ordered – in single and triple packs – until midnight tonight.

United Molasses triple packs feature two wagons with blue ends, and one with plain ends.

After that we will finalise the full order numbers for each livery and they will go into production.

We believe our Class B model is the most accurate in any scale.

Delivery is expected in the first quarter of the New Year.

Thanks again to all who supported us in this and have enabled us to produce our first “transition era” model.  This has given us the confidence to offer another transition era model in 2018.

Contain yourselves… Revolution boxes ready to ship!

Revolution’s 40′ hi-cube containers – produced in association with C-Rail intermodal – have been picked and packed and are being sent out this week.

Left to right: Maersk, Hanjin, MSC, UASC, Hamburg Sud and Evergreen. We still have limited stocks of some of the colours.

 

These superb models represent the world’s most numerous container type and this is the first time they’ve been available in British N 1:148 scale – in either kit or RTR form.

They form the ideal complement to Revolution’s forthcoming KFA container flat – being produced in association with Rapido trains.  Revised samples of this are expected in time for the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC and should be on display on the Revolution stand.

They are also ideal for the upcoming C-Rail intermodal KQA/KTA pocket wagon.

We have spent the weekend packaging up hundreds of orders, and these are being dispatched immediately.

A selection of the many packs about to be sent out!

We suggest UK customers watch their doormats this week, though delivery may take a little longer for our many overseas supporters.

Thanks again to all the backers who made this model possible – our first non-rolling item!

Pendolino alternatives…

We’ve already shown plenty of images of the “standard” Pendolinos in production, but Rapido have sent some shots from the factory of the “specials” we also offered.

Alstom:

390104 “Alstom Pendolino”

 

 

Business is Great Britain.

390151 “Virgin Ambassador”

 

And the Poppylino:

390103 “Virgin Hero”

Now these specials are complete, we are optimistic that the models are close to being ready to ship.  Also, to answer queries from some customers, the light clusters are painted black on production models:

 

We don’t know when the full production run of Pendolinos will be ready for delivery to our patient customers.  This photo may give an idea of the scale of the operation:

The panel in the centre had a caption in Chinese. I have no idea what it said so I thought I better redact it!!

Visitors to last weekend’s National Festival of Railway Modelling in Peterborough may have spotted our two test Pendolinos being put through their paces on the Nelevation stand.

Pendolino in the Nelevator. Various lengths are available to cope with 9 or 11 car Pendolinos.

 

Pendolinos passing.

More information about this remarkable vertical fiddle yard can be found here: www.nelevation.com

Allen, the founder of the business, also has a rather lovely home layout under construction based on the railway and canal bridges at Chirk, over the River Ceiriog:

Revolution/Rapido Pendolino being “dragged” over Chirk viaduct by a Farish Class 57. Photo courtesy Allen Pearson.

Allen says that at the show the Pendolinos ran solidly for 6 hours at a time, and since then he has run the DC model extensively on his layout (not usually being dragged!) and describes the model as “quieter and more smooth-running” than anything else on the layout.

We’ve extensively tested the Pendos ourselves, but it’s good to have positive independent feedback!

Thanks again to all who’ve supported this amazing project; there have been some ups and downs along the way but we are very close now to delivering what we are confident will prove to be a sensational model.

 

No tricks – treat yourself to Class Bs by Hallowe’en!

Now the painted samples of Revolution Trains’ forthcoming Class B tankers have all been checked and approved, we are ready to move to production and will be closing the order book at midnight on Tuesday October 31st.

All versions are available, but we will only produce enough models to satisfy pre-orders and we would urge customers to select their models before October 31st to avoid missing out.

If you know anyone who might be interested in these models please let them know about the deadline.

Some selected retailers will be carrying limited stocks, however these are aimed at ensuring those who did miss out can still obtain models and will be at a higher price to allow for retailer margins.

All the painted samples will be available for customers to view on the Revolution Trains stand at the 2017 Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in November.

Class B tanker samples received

Revolution Trains has now received painted samples of all Class B tanker livery variants.

The Esso version arrived just in time for the N Gauge International Show at the start of the September; now  samples of the remaining liveries are here.

The options are:

Mobil Charrington red:

We know these wagons were operated to depots in Neasden and Cambridge and between Ellesmere Port and Spen, though other flows may well have been commonplace

 

Unbranded “Fuel Oil” black:

After the original Esso wagons were debranded some were used by the CEGB for Fuel Oil. Note the rivets marking the former location of the Esso plate, and the new number patch-painted over the old.

 

Regent black:

These wagons were introduced in 1961 and had the modified suspension brackets from new.

 

Texaco black:

In the late 1960s the Regent brand was replaced by Texaco and the wagons were renumbered. On this model the red border on the main logo needs to be more even.

 

 

United Molasses brown:

The wagons received new 5-digit numbers in the 1970s, but some retained the original 3-digit number on the ends.

These wagons were bought from other users and were a mix of those with original and revised suspension. Most featured blue ends, but some did not. Our triple pack will include one without blue ends, for variety.

 

These models will be examined closely and easy modification, corrections or amendments will be fed back to the factory before they go into production.

The checking process will last a few weeks and these models will be on display on our stand at the Warley National Model Railway Show at the NEC in November, after which we will close the order book.

We only produce models to order, and have received numerous emails from customers wishing they had ordered our TEA tankers or Pendolinos, so if you are interested in these models please order by then to avoid missing out.

Time to the get the shrink ray out for….an APT-E

Revolution Trains announced the opening of expressions of interest in an N gauge model of the iconic APT-E at the International N Gauge Show (TINGS). Since Rapido Trains Inc produced their award-winning OO gauge model for the NRM we have been regularly asked if we would consider asking the NRM and Rapido if we could produce a model in N gauge.

OO model by NRM/Rapido Trains Inc

We are delighted that we have an outline agreement with the NRM and Rapido to produce the APT-E in N gauge. This in turn would result in a substantial donation to the NRM.

The Advanced Passenger Train – Experimental, or APT-E, was designed to be a test bed for new ideas. It incorporated lightweight construction, high power/weight ratio, good aerodynamics, improved brake systems and an innovative tilt system that would allow high speed operation on existing curves while maintaining both safety and customer comfort. The train consisted of four units – two power cars and two intermediate cars. The power cars each contained five British Leyland turbines originally developed for use in long distance trucks. These turbines were originally rated at 300 bhp each, later increased to 350 bhp each. The turbines drove an alternator which provided power for two traction motors. One of the intermediate cars was fitted with a passenger compartment, the other was stuffed full of instrumentation and electrical gear to allow the travelling engineers to monitor the various systems on the train. A diesel generator fitted in both of the power cars provided accessory power to provide all of the electrical power needed for these instruments.

The APT-E was tested extensively between June 1972 and April 1976 logging nearly 23,600 miles. On 10 August 1975, the APT-E achieved the British railway speed record of 152.3 MPH during trials on the Great Western Main Line. This record still stands for non-electrified rail travel in the UK.

Exact specifications and price will not be available until we start the serious design work, though we expect both the specification and price to be similar to the OO gauge model (price £225).

At this stage we are not asking for any money, just expressions of interest to establish whether there is sufficient demand to make the model.  If you are interested please complete our expression of interest form on our website at revolutiontrains.com/apt-e.

Kernow joins the Revolution!

Revolution Trains is delighted to announce that Kernow Model Centre will be distributing our forthcoming N Gauge Class 390 Pendolino models, being produced by Rapido Trains of Canada.

Kernow are a highly respected name in model railway retailing and have the organisation and facilities to pack and send out our forthcoming Pendolino models far more quickly than we could, once they arrive from China.

In turn Revolution will have a limited number of Kernow’s N-gauge special commissions available to buy from our stand at the The International N Gauge Show this weekend.

The models are:

Class 37/0 Class Diesel Loco “William Cookworthy” No. 37 207 BR Blue Cornish Railways branding – £129.99

 

BR Mk1 GUV No. E86247 BR Maroon with Parcels Express branding – £34.99

 

China Clay 5 Plank Wagon Flat Triple Pack. Weathered with flat tarpaulin – £34.99

 

China Clay 5 Plank Wagon Triple Pack. Weathered with tent style tarpaulin – £34.99

 

China Clay 5-Plank Wagon Triple Pack in English China Clays livery – £46.99

 

Revolution Trains is on Stand 16 at the show.

Revolution ready to paint TINGS red… and silver… and black

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

Come and see us on Stand 16.

Rapido have airfreighted to us a pair of factory-finished and complete 9-car “Virgin Pioneer” Pendolinos to show.  Here’s a preview…

PTSRMB car

 

First Class centre car with nameplate

Some of the other versions are still in production and the entire shipment will be sent once all versions are ready.  We are expecting this to be sometime next month, though as previously explained a dust problem at the factory added to the delay.   We are glad to report that the paint finished on these models is superb!

For transition era modellers we also have the first livery samples of our forthcoming Class B tankers.  These are still available to order but once all the painted samples have been approved we will be closing the order book and getting the models produced.   We strongly recommend anyone who is still deliberating to come and look at the models and, if they like them, to order quickly to avoid missing the deadline.

Revolution Class B tankers. Shown in B/W for authentic early 60s atmosphere!

Samples of our eagerly awaiting Class 92 will also be on show, and as this model is progressing through the artwork stages we will be happy for supporters to come and have a good look at the model and the many parts that go into it…

Revolution/Rapido Class 92 first sample

 

Exploded photo showing the sophistication of the tooling

We will have news of our Class 320/321 EMU project and will be trying to turn expressions of interest – which were very encouraging – into hard orders so we can get this model into tooling.

It’s being produced by Rapido, like the Pendolino and Class 92, so quality is assured.

We now have complete CADs of both types and are very keen to commence tooling.

 

We will have updates on our other projects including the KFA container flats (nearly ready for production) and the forthcoming HOA and IZA wagons – CADs approved for both models.

 

 

We will also have stocks of Project Railway Honour Class 66 locomotives available to buy, but they are selling fast… so don’t miss out!

66418 “Patriot” – supporting the ABF and the only N gauge model currently available with the latest Freightiner – Genessee and Wyoming branding.

We will also have exciting news of the first of our proposed projects for 2018 – come and see us on Stand 16.

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