News - Revolution Trains

Class B samples approved

Revolution Trains has received second EP samples of the forthcoming Class B tanker, and these have been tested and approved.

Set of EP2 samples includes both chassis types; original on the left, revised with auxiliary spring dampers on right.

The samples have been assessed by design engineer Colin Allbright and by us and some minor issues around the fit of some parts and the couplers have been addressed.

We will have them on our stand at The International N Gauge Show at Leamington on September 9th and 10th, and anticipate closing the order book soon after that.

Watch this video for more information and to see them in action:


A Grand Day Out

This week we met up with Jason and Gareth from our manufacturing partners Rapido Trains who are visiting the UK.

Rapido’s Gareth Bayer with 34081 “92 Squadron” – a Battle of Britain class light Pacific designed by O.V.S Bulleid for the Southern Railway from 1945.

We spent a very pleasant day shuttling up and down the line between Wansford and Peterborough on the Nene Valley Railway in Cambridgeshire.

The railway offers a regular timetable of steam trains during the summer and Mk1 compartment coaches provided the perfect setting for our discussions.

As well as a very enjoyable catch-up and the chance to discuss some future possibilities, Rapido showed us the latest samples of the forthcoming KFA container flat.

Unpainted EP2 sample of the KFA. This version has VNH-1 bogies and the parking brake wheels mounted on the body.

KFA fitted with Revolution Trains/C-Rail 40′ hi-cube container in UASC livery and Graham Farish 20′ standard height container in Maersk Sealand grey.

What’s good for the real railway isn’t always good for small scale models, and the skeletal design of intermodal flats – designed to save weight and maximise the payload that can be carried – means that in N such models tend to be very light, and this can make them temperamental runners.

Our first EP samples were acceptable, but we asked Rapido to think outside the box and they have managed to increase the weight by around 25% by thickening up the underfloor metal chassis members and replacing the moulded plastic air tank and buffers with the same parts cast in metal – extra weight and no loss of detail.

Cast metal air tanks and buffers add around 1g to the weight of the wagon – that may not sound like much but it all adds up.

We continue to be impressed with Rapido’s enthusiasm and willingness to innovate.  This really justifies the faith both partners have shown in each other, and hopefully that you our supporters have shown in us.

Cargowaggon CADs

Revolution Trains has received the first CAD files for the forthcoming Cargowaggon Twin vans.

These are first drafts and some details remain to be added.

Some corrections are required too.  The CADs show parking brake wheels on both cars, when in fact they are on one only.  Also there are some details still to be added such as the document clip, a horizontal handrail on the end, some rivet detail and the circular holes in the angled end uprights.

Since the vehicles are permanently coupled the inter car connector is a solid bar.

With the chassis removed the body mounted NEM coupler can be seen, while with the body off it can be seen that each vehicle will have a chunky steel weight to take it to NMRA standards, as also specified for our TEA tankers.

Once these alterations have been made we will post revised CAD images.  So far the take up on these models has been excellent and we are hoping to be able to commence tooling reasonably soon, with samples potentially here by the Warley National Model Railway Exhibtion at the NEC in November which we will be attending.

We have had numerous emails asking us about whether we would offer these wagons in 00 and this is being given consideration.


Class 92 installments glitch

It has come to our attention that some of you may have received invoices for the 3rd installment of the Class 92 project.

Pleas don’t worry too much about any invoices for 3rd installments I think there has been a glitch with a recent software update (but difficult to check from a small tablet on the other side of the world).

Obviously if you pay the 3rd invoice no harm will come to your order (though I can’t vouch for your bank account!).

Apologies for any inconvenience. We will let people know deadlines for paying various installments as we know that some of you have yet to receive invoices for second installments!


Colourful hi-cubes

Revolution has received painted samples of the forthcoming 40’hi-cube containers being produced in a joint venture with C-Rail Intermodal.

The 40′ hi-cube is the world’s most common container, but previously unavailable in British N 1:148 scale.  Modern container trains feature a characteristic “stepping” in height between the standard height and hi-cubes; now modellers can recreate this distinctive feature.

They are also designed to fit perfectly onto the KFA container flat that Revolution are producing with Rapido Trains of Canada; this model is almost ready to go into production.

KFA with Maersk Sealand 20′ standard height box, and Maersk 40′ hi-cube, at Whittlesey, Cambs.

Revolution Trains/Rapido KFA sample loaded with Farish 20′ standard container and our new Maersk 40′ hi cube.


In all we are offering 6 different liveries:




Hamburg Sud




Note fine end printing and details


As can be seen the painting and printing is very fine, with the lettering on the ends legible and the locking bars neatly picked out in silver for added finesse.

Combining the Revolution/C-Rail Intermodal 40′ hi-cubes with standard height 20′ and 40′ containers from Farish and Dapol allows those enthusiasts who care to recreate realistic and accurate intermodal trains.

UASC container on KFA wagon.


The 40′ hi-cubes make an ideal accompaniment for the Project Railway Honour Class 66418 “Patriot” also available now from Revolution Trains, with proceeds going to ABF The Soldier’s Charity.

66418 “Patriot” on Leeds-Felixtowe intermodal at Soham.

Pre-order yours now for £6.50 each.  For these models we are not producing models to order, but we and C-Rail have simply produced a set number of each, and when they are gone they are gone.

Pendolino proximity…

The Pendolinos are getting close… these are the latest shots we have been sent by Rapido showing progress on painting, lettering and assembling the Revolution Trains/Rapido Class 390 Pendolino models.

As the colours and lettering go on the models really come to life, though of course this driving car still needs cantrail stripe, number window glazing, lights and wipers adding!


The interiors are not being forgotten of course, the image below shows those for Coach C, the shop car.


To make it easier for customers to couple up their models correctly each car will be clearly labelled on the underside.


Of all the images sent, perhaps this gives the best sense of the sheer scale of this project.  This tray contains around 350 bogies, and in all the factory has to make, paint and assemble bogies for 11,000 vehicles-  which equates to another 61 trayfuls like this!!  Incredible!!

Rapido’s attention to detail is stunning.  Even the pantograph bases are being separately painted, correctly, in Virgin red.

And as well as the numerous warning labels on each end, the pipework is being painted too.

The Revolution order book has closed for the Pendolinos now, however the models can still be pre-ordered from our partner retailers C&M Models, Collett’s Models and Kernow.



It’s summer holiday season, and we are taking a short break, so if you have emailed Revolution in the last few days please allow two weeks for a reply.  We aren’t ignoring you – just taking a breather!



Symphony No. 92!

Revolution Trains was delighted to be invited to Polmadie depot in Glasgow to record the exclusive sounds for the DCC Sound version of our forthcoming Class 92 model.

Photo courtesy Tom Smith

We were hosted by Serco, Alstom and GBRf who very kindly put Caledonian Sleeper liveried 92014 at the disposal of our sound expert Legomanbiffo to record both inside and out, with sounds ranging from the loco being switched on to the sanders being actuated.

And, sad as we are, we couldn’t resist posing our test sample on the real thing:

Revolution would like to say a huge thank-you to Alstom’s team at Polmadie and to Serco and GBRf for supplying the locomotive and driver to make this possible.

You can still order a Revolution Trains Class 92 in Caledonian Sleeper and 5 other liveries in both DCC Sound and DC silent versions.  The sample is continuing testing and once it has passed we will be ready to move to production.

This video offers a low-res preview of one of the horn combinations…naturally the sound recording made today is of significantly higher quality!





Class 321 complete CAD set plus other news

Rapido have sent through revised CADs showing all four vehicles that comprise the Class 321 unit.

The 4-car 321s are formed of DTCO-PMSO-TSOL-DTS.  The Scottish 3-car units are comprised of DTS-PMSO-DTS.

Driving Trailer Composite Open


Pantograph Motor Open Standard


Trailer Standard Open Lavatory


Driving Trailer Standard Open


The new CADs incorporate improvements to the windscreen area, front air dam and also feature interiors.

There are a few further refinmenents required.  Once the CADs are approved we will be ready to move to tooling.  At this time we would encourage anyone interested in this model who has not already pre-ordered to sign up.


Rapido are making more progress on the Class 390 Pendolino models which are now in production and still scheduled for delivery toward the end of the summer.

This image from a couple of weeks ago shows power cars awaiting their final black and white passes and then tampo printing and assembly.



Project Railway Honour class 66 pre-production sample

The Dapol model of Class 66 66418 “Patriot” which is raising money for ABF the Soldiers’ charity through Project Railway Honour has proved remarkably popular.  As well as providing web hosting and an ordering interface, Revolution Trains stepped in to send out these models when Gareth, the man behind the project, was deployed overseas.

Unfortunaely, the recent arrival of the Class 92 sample and Class 321 CAD drawings, along with our attendance at the DEMU Showcase last weekend, has meant that there have been delays in sending out orders lodged in the last few weeks.

These will be sent out as soon as possible and we would ask supporters of Project Railway Honour to bear with us.

321 power car first CADs

Rapido have sent through the first CAD drawing of the inner power car for the upcoming Class 321 electric multiple unit.

There is still detail to be added at the ends (gangway etc) and some more detail in the pantograph well.

Couplers and other items also need to be drawn up.  This model can still be ordered via our website.

Class 320/321 first CADs received

Hot on the heels of the first sample of the Revolution Trains Class 92 come first CAD drawings for the previously announced Class 320/321 EMUs.

The drawing is still in its early stages, and some details, such as couplers and interiors, are missing, as are the gangway bellows and end corridor doors.


This vehicle is the Class 321 DTCO.  Once the designers know we are happy with the shape and detailing they will use them as the basis for the other vehicles in the 4-car unit, as all the sections are fairly modular.

We feel the distinctive front end has been well captured, though the corner cutouts at the top of the windscreen should only be present on the non-driver side.

The Class 320 units used in Scotland are 3-car sets and have DTSO vehicles at both ends, with no DTCO.

These units are still available to order; however we will be rationalising the liveries down fairly soon as some are nowhere near minimum order quantities.

We have been holding off this task until CADs are received in the hope that once potential supporters see evidence of the likely quality and fidelity of the model they will decide to take the plunge.  If you are interested in a particular livery we urge you to back it before it has to be dropped.

Revolution Class 92 sample arrives with a roar!

Revolution Trains has received the first EP sample of the forthcoming Class 92 locomotive in N.  The model is being produced by Rapido Trains, who’ve done a sensational job in an amazingly short time.

Frustratingly the model could not get here in time for this weekend’s DEMU Showcase event that we attended, and did suffer some very slight damage in transit- hence the wonky buffer.

The next step is to assess the tooling and discuss with Gareth Bayer, the designer at Rapido, whether any modifications are required, though first impressions are very good.

The pantograph well is beautifully detailed, and the side enclosure panels are separate parts to create the accurate “undercut” of the prototype.

As well as the finished model, we received several sets of parts to allow us to assess them individually. This gives a good idea of the sophistication of the model.  For duplicate parts like the pantograph, windscreens and bogies we have shown one set only for simplicity.  From the top there are the pantograph components, the fine roof electrical conduits, separate ventilator pipes, pantograph well enclosure panels, front end air dam, detailing, buffers, main body. cab interior, cab glazing, etched windscreen wipers, front handrail, upper chassis + parts, chassis weight, lower chassis with underframe, driveshaft with universal joint to worm, coupler, NEM socket, bogie, brake parts and footsteps.

The bogies have separately fitted sandbox covers at each end and are supplied with mouldings representing the conductor shoes in both raised and lowered positions.

The next step is to test the motor and drive mechanism, and double check the fit of all the parts and the accuracy.  Rapido in Canada have their own sample too and will be carrying out similar tests using all their experience so we can pool notes and deliver the best model possible.

The model is still available to order though once we are happy and sign it off for production we will be closing the order book, and are hopeful that the models will be ready for delivery by early 2018.

It’s twins for Revolution Trains

Revolution Trains is offering the ubiquitous Cargowaggon twin ferry van as its next RTR model in British N-gauge 1:148 scale.

IZA twin 27 80 2794 008-3 at Hoo Junction December 1986. Courtesy Paul Bartlett.

100 twin sets were built by Duewag of Germany for Cargowaggon in 1986, and the vast majority remain in service.

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

Coded IZA under TOPS, under the continental UIC system they were initially designated Habbfis, though this was later changed to Hfirrs 3.  Their success led to further builds of 50 pairs each in 1989 and 1991.

When introduced they were used on the Dover-Calais train ferries and they are certified for Channel Tunnel use.  The primary traffic for these wagons from the continent is mineral water, however they are or have been used to transport a wide variety of goods within Britain including bagged clay, newsprint, whisky, beer, cider, pet-food and metal.

A pair of IZA twin vans and two bogie vans behind 31142 on a Norwich-Whitemoor train at March in 1989. Courtesy Mick Page.

They have been recorded across the network, from Cornwall to the north of Scotland, from Kent to South Wales, from East Anglia to the Midlands and North West, and to the south of France, the Netherlands and Germany.

They can be seen both in block trains, or in smaller cuts in Enterprise (formerly Connectrail) wagonload trains, as well as MOD services.

47200 with three Cargowaggon twin sets immediately behind carrying cider between Exeter and Mossend, 1992. Courtesy Mick Page.

They were built in permanently coupled pairs to take advantage of European grants available at the time aimed at encouraging the use of wagons with 4 axles.  The brake gear is such that the they cannot operate separately; if one derails then the pair must be taken out of service.

Courtesy Ernie Puddick

When introduced, the majority carried Cargowaggon branding, though a small number of sets carried the Perrier logo as they were used on mineral water traffic from central and southern France to Britain.

We will be offering both liveries, along with the slightly revised Cargowaggon livery brought in later, when the wagons were given modified lettering and the ferry hooks and axleboxes were painted yellow.

We are working with Touax, the present owners of these wagons, to ensure our model is as accurate as possible and we would like to thank them for all their assistance in drawings and site visits.

Our model will feature expected levels of fidelity and detail, with injection-moulded plastic bodies, separately fitted detail parts and handrails, kinematic NEM couplers on the outer ends and a inner coupler ensuring the wagons are a scale distance apart.

We are also offering one pack with a factory fitted, battery powered flashing tail lamp at one end, for additional authenticity and realism.

Look out for the flashing tail light option!

The models are priced at £36 for each twin, £108 for a triple pack with different numbers and £40 for the twin fitted with a flashing tail lamp.

Once we have enough pre-orders we will authorise tooling to begin and, as ever, we will only produce enough models to satisfy pre-orders.

HOA CAD drawings nearing approval

CAD drawings for the forthcoming Revolution Trains N-gauge HOA stone hopper are almost ready for approval.

CAD shows original version with body mounted parking brakewheel. This represents EWS, Cemex, DB and Tarmac versions.

Lead designer on this project for Rapido Trains is well-known British wagon enthusiast Gareth Bayer.

Version with parking brakewheel on the bogie as in service with VTG and Mendip Rail.

These models will feature similar levels of detailing to our well-received TEA tanker wagons.

As ever Revolution Trains are striving for maximum authenticity, so we are correctly depicting variations between the original and VTG versions, including the position of the parking brake wheels and with either 4 or 6 strengthening fillets on the bodysides.

A considerable amount of work has gone into correctly depciting the internal strengthening fillets and baffles.

The wagons will correctly feature either rectangular buffers or, for the VTG version shown here, oval top buffers.

The discharge chutes incorporate separate mouldings and wire actuator handle connectors.

The model will feature NEM couplers and, like our well-received TEA tankers, be weighted to NMRA standards for great running and track-holding.

The response to this model has been exceptionally enthusiastic and once the CADs have received final approval we will be opening the order book and looking to commence tooling.


Class 92 payment installments & Project Railway Honour 66s

Those of you who paid a deposit for our Class 92 models will start to receive an invoice for the second installments – NOT EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE THEIR INVOICE AT THE SAME TIME, so please do not worry if you have not received your invoice yet!  The second and third installments are timed to coincide with tooling and production but are triggered a number of months after you paid your original deposit (we will let the website process invoices automatically for a period and then manually trigger any more recent orders). This is completely irrelevant if you paid in full! To pay your invoice please log in to your account and there should be a link associated with the invoice giving you the payment options.

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

Project Railway Honour class 66 pre-production sample

Pre-production sample, not the final model!

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

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

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

Pendolino Production Progress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(All photos courtesy of Rapido Trains)

Class B tanker – first samples received

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Class 92 tooling progress

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

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

Class 92 tooling progress - roof

Image courtesy Rapido Trains

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

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

Class 92 tooling progress

Image courtesy Rapido Trains

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

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

Project Railway Honour: Patriot & York show

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

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

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

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

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



Class B tanker – first sample

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

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

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

Final week for 00 tanker orders

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

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

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

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




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