Revolution Trains has opened the order book for its forthcoming Cemflo/PCV cement wagons being produced in association with Accurascale.
CAD work is complete and the model is now ready to go to tooling.
The models will feature NEM couplers in kinematic sockets and numerous separately fitted parts. We believe they will maintain the high standards set by our award-winning Class B tankers.
Revolution is offering pre-TOPS versions in silver with the attractive Blue Circle name boards in four triple packs (A, B, C and D) making a total of 12 differently numbered models available.
TOPS versions are also being offered, in silver with no name boards, in three different triple packs. These are more suitable from the mid 1970s on. Each wagon features subtle differences in the colour, style and position of the number.
Livery diagrams for each pack can be found on the order page here
In their original livery the wagons could be seen with steam locomotives and diesels across the network. One of the most celebrated workings of the 1960s was the traffic between Cliffe, in Kent, to Uddingstone, near Glasgow, a turn which often involved pair of Class 33 locomotives reaching as far north as Dconaster – something of a rarity in the days of steam.
As ever, we can only proceed to tooling and sampling once we receive enough orders, so please don’t delay and order your Cemflos now!
With the Class 92 order book closed, and the models in production, Revolution can confirm that it has secured the licence required to produce Class 92 92017 “Bart the Engine” in the eye-catching Stobart blue livery.
Detailed graphic artwork has been provided by Stobart Ltd, to enable us to ensure the model is as accurate as possible.
92017 – formerly named Shakespeare – was repainted into Stobart Rail colours in 2009 and renamed Bart the Engine to recognise DB’s association with Stobart Rail, and in particular the Tesco/Stobart “Less CO2” container trains running between Rugby and Mossend.
However, the locomotive has seen use on numerous other traffics including intermodal, china clay, steel, vans and automotive, making it an ideal locomotive to operate both with Revolution IZA Cargowaggon twin vans, and our forthcoming IPA car carriers.
The Stobart 92 can be pre-ordered now from Kernow Model Rail Centre here
Although Revolution’s order book is now closed, all our other Class 92 locomotives – in original RfD grey, EWS maroon, EWS branded grey, DB red, GBRf blue and Caledonian Sleeper teal, along with un-numbered RfD grey – can be pre-ordered from selected retailers including C&M of Carlisle, East Somerset Models, Kernow Model Rail Centre, Modellbahn Union, Osborns Models, Rails of Sheffield, Trains4U and Widnes Model Centre.
Revolution Trains is proposing the imposing Sfins2 “hold-all” internationally registered ferry-vans in original form, and as the recent timber conversions, as its next 00 project.
37420 with 6E48 Hallem Marsh – Immingham at Water Orton in 1991. Photo courtesy Kevin Payne.
160 of these ferryvans were built by Waggon Union from 1987 and their design incorporated integral one-piece sides and roofs so that each complete half can be lifted and slid over the other, using the distinctive handwheels at each end, for unencumbered loading and unloading.
When built they were operated by Cargowaggon GMbH and ISIS/Norsk Hydro. The Hyrdo wagons were primarily used to transport fertiliser from Immingham to destinations in the Midlands, Scotland and south Wales.
Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.
Those in Cargowaggon livery saw more varied use on steel traffic, bottled water and newsprint in both block trains and Speedlink wagonload services.
Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.
Many are still in use on trains carrying aluminium ingots from Ditton Foundry near Warrington to Nievenheim in Germany via the Channel tunnel.
92002 6M14 Dollands Moor – Ditton Foundry at Acton Bridge in 2014. Photo courtesy Colin Pottle.
In 2012 30 were converted into timber carriers. The hoods were removed, along with the lifting and sliding gear, and heavy duty stanchions were fitted along the sides.
They have subsequently seen widespread use in Britain carrying log traffic associated with the Kronospan works at Chirk.
Freightliner’s 70007 on hire to Colas eases through Carlisle with logs bound for Chirk in February 2019.
Revolution would like to thank Touax, who now own the wagons, and Arlington Fleet Services at Eastleigh for all their help in providing comprehensive drawings and access to the real things.
Sfins2 – Rfnoos
CAD design work is underway, and we will be publishing CAD images very soon. We anticipate operning the order book at that time, and as ever the quicker we receive orders, the faster the models can be tooled and manufactured.
We will be offering original Norsk Hydro and Cargowaggon liveries, as well as in their reconfigured form as timber carriers with Touax.
The models will be to the same specification as our MMA/JNA box wagons, which have been completed and are currently in transit to the UK, with NEM coupler sockets, NMRA-specified weight and bogies designed to accept drop-in EM or P4 axles.
Sonic models, working with Revolution Trains, has confirmed the first six versions of its forthcoming GWR/BR(W) 56xx 0-6-2 locomotive.
This locomotive is Sonic’s first powered model, and is also the first 0-6-2 model offered ready-to-run in British N gauge. It will feature NEM couplers and 6-pin decoder socket.
S2101-01 – 5637 in lined BR Green with late crest*, short top feed and heavy wheel weights. This represents the locomotive as preserved, with 82H shed code, and includes a small plaque on the fireman’s side that reads “John Hankins – 1928-2013” in honour of one of the key members of the restoration team that worked to bring 5637 back to operational order from the mid 1980s. This model includes a small premium to enable Revolution to make a donation in due course to the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group to support their work.
S2101-02 – 6681 in lined BR Green with late crest*, short top feed and original wheel weights. This locomotive features the smaller sized BR crest carried by some tank locomotives and will be lightly weathered. It carries 84E (Tyseley) shed code.
S2101-03 – 5633 in unlined BR Green with late crest*, tall top feed and heavy wheel weights. This locomotive features the standard sized BR crest carried but is unlined and carries for 88A (Cardiff Cathays) its last allocated shed.
S2101-04 – 6639 in unlined BR Black with early emblem, short top feed and heavy wheel weights. A significant number of the 56xx class were repainted into BR Black following nationalisation, and in most cases the top feed was also painted. It carries shed code 86E (Severn Tunnel Junction) which was its 1948 shed.
S2101-05 – 5616 in GWR green with Egyptienne lettering, tall top feed and heavy wheel weights. A number of locomotives retained their GWR branding after nationalisation for a short period, including 5616.
S2101-06 – 6623 in GREAT WESTERN green with Egyptienne lettering, tall top feed and original wheel weights. This locomotive was built in January 1928. It has been preserved and is currently being overhauled.
Revolution Trains was delighted to present a cheque for £1810 to the Royal British Legion raised through sales of the crowdfunded N Gauge model of 390103 ‘Virgin Hero’ produced by Rapido Trains.
L-R: Mike Hale (Revolution Trains), Ryan Allain (Royal British Legion), Corporal Gareth Atkinson (Mercian Regiment)
The prototype became affectionately known as the “Poppylino” when it was branded with the Royal British Legion poppy motif, and the words “We Will Remember Them,” to mark the centenary of the start of WW1 in 2014.
390103 ‘Virgin Hero’ at Carlisle. Photo courtesy Tom Smith.
The cheque was handed over by Corporal Gareth Atkinson of the Mercian Regiment, who was instrumental in negotiating the use of RBL’s logo, at their London headquarters.
The models of 390103 carried a £10 premium, with the full amount donated to the RBL, and Revolution was delighted that despite the additional cost the model was, by some margin, the biggest selling of the 10 different versions offered.
Mike Hale of Revolution Trains said: “We are delighted that this crowdfunding campaign led not just to a fantastic Pendolino model but also gave us the opportunity to help such a good cause.”
Accepting the donation on behalf of TRBL, London Area Manager Ryan Allain said: “Thank you to Gareth and to Revolution Trains for supporting the Royal British Legion and raising valuable funds that will allow us to provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.”
Revolution/Rapido Popplyino speeds through “Heworth Sidings” by the Yorkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society.
Corporal Atkinson added: “As a serving soldier and N gauge enthusiast I was right behind the Pendolino project from the start, and was delighted to be able to help ‘Virgin Hero’ be produced as a model.”
The Revolution/Rapido Pendolino was the first UK crowdfunding campaign to produce a complete train, and has been the springboard for Revolution’s ongoing successful campaign of crowdfunded models.
Revolution and Rapido are proposing further Pendolino models in the attractive new “flowing silk” livery for 2020 and the order book is expected to open in due course.
Revolution Trains has received EP1 samples of two of the three variants of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in N.
These models represent the IPA-A single-deck wagons (known by the operator as TD452) which operate in permanently coupled pairs.
Originally built in the 1950s and 60s for the SNCF in France as double-deck units, the wagons were heavily modified for use by BR in the 1990s, with the top deck removed to fit in the restrictive British loading gauge.
As an experiment 20 pairs were fitted with vertical stakes to enable protective canvas sheets to be draped along the sides to protect the vehicles from debris. The modified wagons retain their stakes, but the side sheets are no longer used.
The models have finely detailed diecast metal decks for weight, and feature photoetched centre tread plates which allow vehicles to be driven along the length of the train for loading.
Although at first glance these wagons seem plain, there are visible end handrails and footsteps; these are represented using wire and etched metal, not moulded plastic.
The underframes feature plenty of separately fitted details, and the wagons are equipped with NEM couplers in kinematic sockets.
We have learned from the experience of the IZA Cargowaggon twins and on these wagons the coupler retaining plate is screwed in place.
While there is something of a shortage of modern cars in N, these vehicles are also associated with carrying Transit vans – for which the existing Oxford Diecast model is ideal!
We are still awaiting the third version of these wagons – with the side screens and roof. These have taken a little longer than the others as the tool shop is still refining the moulds for the side screens to represent taughtly stretched canvas.
Revolution has received decorated samples of all five variants of its forthcoming HOA stone hoppers in N.
Models in EWS Construction, Cemex, DB, Ermewa/Tarmac and VTG/Mendip Rail liveries are available to order now.
The first batch was constructed in 2006 for what was then EWS Construction.
A number were painted in the livery of major customer Cemex, and they quickly became associated with traffic from the large quarry at Peak Forest to destinations throughout England.
When EWS became DB Schenker, some were repainted, though many remain in EWS or unbranded Cemex colours, and all three types are usually found in the same train…
In 2012 more hoppers of an almost identical design were made for Ermewa/Tarmac. These also have the parking brake mounted at the end of the body, but feature a three-spoke wheel.
At the same time, wagon lessor VTG ordered their own batch in an attractive silver livery dedicated for Mendip Rail stone trains, but these featured the parking brake wheel on the bogie, and an additional pair of strengthening plates on each side.
This image shows the difference in the brake arrangements”:
All the models are being carefully checked against the livery diagrams and any corrections fed back to the factory.
Once this is completed we will be ready to close the order book and authorise production.
The pre-order price is £30.50 for a single wagon, and £91.50 for triple packs featuring different running numbers.
The Revolution Trains KFA container flats are now in the final stages of production.
Rapido’s factory have sent images showing the painted and printed decks being prepared for final assembly, packing and shipping.
Customers who have pre-ordered and paid in full will receive their models as soon as we can send them, while those who have some payments remaining on their balance will receive reminders in due course, and once these are settled the models will be dispatched.
Anyone who missed out on these models before the pre-order deadline may be able to obtain them from our selected retailers, however the price will be higher than the crowdfunded one.
Revolution Trains is unveiling plans to offer their IPA car carriers in 00 gauge, 4mm scale at this weekend’s DEMU Showcase in Swadlincote.
Photo courtesy Jonathan Lewis
It follows repeated requests from 00 modellers asking us to upscale our forthcoming N-gauge model of these vehicles which is now in tooling.
Revolution is offering all three variants of these versatile wagons – flat twins, flat twins with side stakes and covered quads.
The prototype wagons were originally constructed as twin deck single wagons in the 1950s and 1960s, however when a need was identified in the 1990s for suitable vehicles for Channel Tunnel auto traffic, hundreds were converted into twin sets and rebodied to suit the British loading gauge.
They’re still widely used across the UK linking the sea ports with car factories and terminals for both import and export traffic.
The models will be to our usual high standards and feature high levels of added detail, NEM coupler sockets and be weighted to as close to NMRA standards as possible.
Once we have finalised pricing we will open the order book; the sooner we receive orders the sooner we can complete the CAD and get these models into tooling and then production. As ever, we will only produce models if enough orders are received by the deadline.
Revolution Trains will be attending the DEMU Showcase exhibition at Swadlincote this weekend, June 1st and 2nd 2019.
Avalaible to buy will be our two new 40′ hi-cube containers, produced in association with C-Rail, in the striking pink of ONE (Ocean Network Express) and orange of Hapag Lloyd.
If you wish to order see here or buy from the stand.
Also on display will be deco samples of our upcoming HOA hopper wagons on N. So far we have received two versions – Cemex and Ermewa/Tarmac – and the others are not far behind. If all can be approved at the first pass then we will be ready to close the order books and being production within the next few weeks.
We will also have the EP1 sample of our forthcoming N gauge 56XX GWR 0-6-2 tank locomotive from new entrant Sonic Models.
Although hardly a model aimed at the DEMU membership, one of the versions on offer will depict a preserved locomotive that is still active.
The models incorporate a variety of detail variations to allow different locomotives to be depicted; these include short and tall top feeds and alterations to the wheelweights.
Once development and tooling is completed these models will be available via our network of selected partner retailers.
And in all this excitement 00 modellers have not been forgotten – on Saturday morning we will be announcing another 4mm scale model now our TEA tankers have been delivered.
To see what it is, visit this site at 1030 or come and see us at Swadlincote on stand W12!
Revolution Trains, working with our friends from Accurascale, have almost completed the research work on their forthcoming N-gauge models of the exciting new Mk5 coaching stock in operation with Caledonian Sleepers.
Caledonian Sleeper, Serco and CAF kindly allowed us access to Polmadie depot in Glasgow to enable us to carefully record the details and other aspects of the vehicles.
These models are being produced with kind permission and under licence from the Scottish Ministers.
While we were there two 8-unit sets, which had just completed Lowlander runs from London overnight to Glasgow and Edinburgh, were being serviced while a third set (nearest the camera) was being checked over.
There are a number of detail differences between the sleepers as delivered and in service, and we’d like to thank the engineering exam at CS/Serco for talking us through them.
Since their introduction the new sleepers have attracted high levels of praise from passengers. There are four different vehicles: Standard Sleeper, Accessible Sleeper (with larger berths at each end) Club Car with bar and Seated car.
“Classic” berths with bunks and a sink are now joined by twin and double cabins with en-suite toilet facilities.
Club Car interior
All have , stylish, contemporary interiors. Our models will feature these and interior lighting to show it off!
The Caledonian Sleeper logo on the ceiling light in each vestibule is a delightful touch!
Externally the vehicles are sleek and exceptionally smooth-sided as this image shows.
We expect to open the order book on these models very soon, and anticipate selling them in packs of four enabling a full 4, 8 or 16-vehicle train to be assembled.
The stylish livery features three antlers at one end representing Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness, the three destinations served by the Highlander Service. Two antlers at the opposite end represent Glasgow and Edinburgh, served by the Lowlander trains.
Caledonian Sleeper and TPE Mk5 route map
The next stage is to complete the CAD work on these models, and once that is done we can open the order book. As ever, the sooner we receive orders the sooner we can reach production.
If you are interested in 4mm scale 00 gauge models you can order from Accurascale here.
We’d very much like to thank Caledonian Sleepers, Serco, CAF and the team at Polmadie for accommodating us.
Revolution Trains has received EP1 samples of its forthcoming HOA stone hoppers in N.
Two versions are available – the original build with the parking brake wheel on the body, and the later version operated by VTG/Mendip Rail with the parking brake wheel on the bogie at one end of the wagon.
The first 68 wagons were delivered in 2006 for EWS Construction, with solid disc parking brake wheels on the bodyside and square/oval buffers.
Many were quickly repainted into Cemex colours, one of the railway’s biggest customers, and they operated from quarries in the Derbyshire Peaks to locations nationwide. Some were also used on Anglo-Scottish sand traffic.
Many of these hoppers have now been repainted into DB red. All three versions can be seen marshalled together, and all three are being offered.
With ongoing growth in aggregate traffic, another two batches were built for Ermewa/Tarmac and VTG/Mendip Rail. The last type have the parking brake wheels on the bogies, and this will be correctly reflected in the Revolution model.
Paint diagrams are now complete and we are expecting to receive painted samples in the next 4-6 weeks.
All liveries are being offered in single and multi-packs with different running numbers and you can order your Revolution HOA hoppers here.
Revolution Trains has received painted samples of its forthcoming BR Sturgeon departmental wagons.
Photo Jacques Portal/Model Rail
These long lived vehicles – with their distinctive low decks – were a vital part of the engineers fleet for more than five decades, being first introduced in the mid 1950s and still in service in the early 2000s.
Photo Jacques Portal/Model Rail
Originally delivered with four or seven dropside doors, the vehicles also had hinged ends and were designed to carry complete 60′ track panels or other engineers’ supplies.
The doors and ends were fully removable, and not surprisingly these soon went missing, meaning that large numbers of Sturgeons spent almost their entire lives operating purely as flat wagons.
Photo: Jacques Portal/Model Rail
Revolution is offering both types – with doors in original black livery, olive and CE “Dutch” and without doors in black, gulf red and CE yellow.
In the late 1970s and 1980s many received air brakes and were given the revised fishkind name “Tench.”
Naturally the Revolution models will incorporate era-correct braking arrangements.
Photo: Jacques Portal/Model Rail
The models incorporate NEM couplers in kinematic sockets and a large part of the underframe is a solid metal casting, making the models surprisingly weighty.
End panels on the models with doors are removable, while the end door parts will be supplied separately with the flat wagons so customers can depict whichever configuration they require.
The Revolution Sturgeon also has a correct representation of the underfloor racking originally intended to allow the doors to be stowed, along with an incredibly fine depiction of the checker plate deck surface.
And the versions with doors have separately pairs of fitted wire handles – 14 on each side!
We think this could be our most detailed model yet!
Revolution’s IPA car carriers are selling well (thanks to those who’ve ordered) and are now in tooling, but we have had some requests for more information about when, where and how these vehicles are used.
66172 approaches Didcot with 6X44 Dagenham-Mossend in 2014. This train is comprised entirely of IPA flat wagons, with and without stakes, with a single Quad set in the middle. Photo: Colin Brooks.
With the generous assistance of STVA we have prepared drawing illustrating some of the sample consists for these vehicles for the last decade. We’ve also added a few “legacy flows” from before this period.
66002 on 6X52 Portbury-Mossend at Llandevenny. IPA covered quad sets are immediately behind the locomotive; the vans are on IPA-As with and without stakes. Photo: Alan Williams.
With dozens of car trains running on the network every day, this is just the tiniest fraction, but offers an indication of the sheer variety of consists and shows that when it comes to automotive traffic, literally anything goes.
The diagram also indicates how Revolution’s IPAs can work with other models such as the N Gauge Society Cartic-4 kit and the Etched Pixels/Ultima WIA Arbel 5-unit. The FIA-twins fitted with ISO car carrying panels could be a possible modelling project using the Farish intermodal twins as a starting point. The biggest gap is the IPA-X twin and quad sets. The twin has been produced by Bachmann in 4mm scale, and it would be excellent should they seek to reduce this model to 2mm.
92010 in Caledonian Sleeper livery at Northampton. There is a red Quad set immediately behind the locomotive, and behind it an FIA twin with car carrying ISO decks fitted. Photo: Trevor Plackett.
If you fancy doing some of your own research to decide what models to order, we recommend using photo sites such as www.flickr.com and www.smugmug.com. One tip is use the train headcode or the origin and destination in the search box.
Current services include 6M66 (Southampton-Garston, Jaguar/Landrover), 6X77 (Dagenham-Didcot-Mossend, Ford) and 6X52 (Portbury-Mossend)
“Cartics, IPAs, TDTs – what are they called again?”
The nomenclature around the car carriers can be confusing. Their owners STVA describe them as TDT-452 or TDT-852. This code reflects the number of axles (either four, on a twin, or eight on a quad-set) and the year of first introduction – 1952.
Under TOPS they are coded IPA-A (uncovered versions) and IPA-B (covered) while to many enthusiasts all car carriers are simply referred to as “Cartics”, after the original articulated 4-unit sets (“Car-Articulated”) introduced in the 1960s.
90028 on Mossend-Southampton empties at Beattock. A mix of Quads, flats and flats with stakes, all in red. Photo: Jonathan Lewis.
When built in the 1950s and 1960s the wagons were used in France and had two decks.
The opening of the Channel Tunnel created demand for car carriers that could operate in Britain and Europe. The TDT-452s had UIC-approved running gear and brakes, but were out of gauge for the UK. And while a fleet of 5-unit WIA Arbel fully covered car carriers had been ordered there was a growing requirement to carry cars and the newly emerging people carriers and SUVs which were too big for these twin-decks.
The answer was to remove the double-deck body and add new sides, with Channel-compliant ferry attachments, while retaining the original chassis and running gear of the TDT-452s.
Introduced into service in the UK by RfD, and subsequently taken on by STVA UK on its formation in 1996, the TDT-452s – coded IPA-A under TOPS and in the UIC 43 87 4333 series – were an immediate success.
However, particularly for high value vehicles such as Jaguars, Landrovers or Range Rovers, a need was identified for more protection. Some of the TDT-452s were fitted with side-stakes to allow canvas to be stretched across the sides, and while this was partly successful a more drastic solution was identified, and some of the wagons were remarshalled into 4 unit quad-sets and given roofs as well as side canvas panels.
These were coded TDT0852, or IPA-B under TOPSs, and given UIC 43 87 4384-prefixed numbers. 42 quad sets were completed, and during the conversion there were some alterations to brake gear. Also, the very last three were not fitted with ferry hooks as it was realised these were redundant.
On introduction the wagons were given a livery of very pale grey/white with red STVA lettering, however from the early 2000s a new STVA corporate colour (known as “Tomato Red”) was applied across the fleet, with the STVA branding reversed out in white. There are now very few wagons carrying the original livery.
The order book for the 00 MMA/JNA wagons will close at midnight on Sunday April 28th.
Livery samples have been approved and the factory is ready to begin production in May.
The DB red plus Ermewa and Ermewa/Tarmac grey wagons are available from Revolution Trains here, while the VTG/Mendip Rail silver and GBRf blue are available exclusively from Kernow Model Rail Centre here.
The Sonic Models/Revolution Trains 56XX steam locomotive is now in tooling with EP1 samples expected soon. To whet the appetite, here are a couple of images showing the variations that are being catered for.
When built the locomotives had short safety valve covers and original style balance weights.
Later, the locomotives were fitted with revised wheels and a longer safety valve cover. The tooling has been designed to cater for both types.
Once the EP1 sample has been thoroughly tested then liveries will be confirmed and deco samples prepared; once these are approved the model will be ready for production.
These models are not crowdfunded and are not expected to be available for order from Revolution Trains but instead from our selected partner retailers.
Revolution Trains is proposing another production run of its award-winning TEA fuel tankers in N. These models were voted Model of the Year in both the RM Web and Model Rail polls in 2016, their year of first release, and we have been consistently asked to produce more!
This run will include the new VTG aviation fuel variant constructed and introduced since we first produced these models.
Freightliner 66532 at Craybrook with aviation fuel tanks. Photo courtesy Ian Cuthbertson.
The new tanks are slightly different from the versions we previously offered in having no end ladders, shortened catwalks and no separate hazchem placard. Our model will faithfully represent these subtle differences.
CAD for aviation fuel tanker showing revised details.
The aviation fuel tankers are in an attractive pale grey livery, and at this time traction for the flows is provided by Freightliner.
We are also proposing other liveries that were not originally offered, or have been introduced since, including VTG green (these are rebranded ex-Freightliner wagons) and EWS unbranded as some are now in service with DB Cargo.
We are also offering all the original versions, though of course only those that reach minimum numbers will go ahead.
The VTG-Enviro versions will have different slogans to those produced in the first run, enabling all six variations on the prototype to be covered.
We are also considering earlier versions of these wagons in the attractive livery of Petrochem Carless and in VTG unbranded blue (usually mixed with the others) and unbranded grey (used, among other flows, for styrene trains from Stalybridge.)
However, please note that due to limitations of the manufacturing process that these wagons will have full length catwalks, rather than the 2/3 lengths catwalks of the prototype. This is unavoidable without adding significantly to the price; it is up to you the modeller whether it’s a compromise you can accept.
As ever, we will only produce models where our supporters let us know they are wanted. At this time we are not taking orders, but just asking for expressions of interest. To let us know what you’d like, please click here.