Sleeping to Scotland and Across the Pennines with Revolution!

Revolution Trains is proposing Mk5 and Mk5a coaches for N gauge in both Caledonian Sleeper and Trans Pennine Express liveries.

92023 leads Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 coaches on test run at Chelmscote. Photo courtesy Nigel Gibbs.

Trans Pennine Express Mk5a “Nova 3” set at Keckwick. Photo courtesy Dave Harris.

The Mk5 vehicles are the first new loco-hauled coaching stock (LHCS) to be introduced in Britain since the production of Mk4s vehicles for British Rail’s East Coast Inter-City 225 trains three decades ago. They are in use with two operators:  Caledonian Sleeper operates them on Anglo-Scottish overnight services while Trans Pennine Express is introducing them between Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Manchester and Liverpool.   Caledonian Sleeper The iconic Caledonian Sleeper runs every night between London and the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands.  The trains are popular for both business travel and tourism – allowing passengers to fall asleep in the home counties and wake up amid the mists and moors of the majestic Scottish highlands. There are four Caledonian Sleeper trains every night, two in each direction. For most of the journey they’re hauled by powerful Class 92 locomotives, making them the ideal accompaniment to the forthcoming Revolution/Rapido Class 92.  You can still order a Caledonian Sleeper Class 92 here. The shorter services in Scotland are usually operated by Class 67 or 73 locomotives. The Lowlander runs between London Euston, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  At Carstairs the 16 coaches are split, wth the front half for Glasgow and the rear eight for Edinburgh. The Highlander also comprises 16 coaches, but serves three destinations.  At Edinburgh the train divides and then half goes forward to to Inverness, and the rest of the train splits into two further portions: one for Aberdeen and one for Fort William. Caledonian Sleeper is replacing the existing Mk2 and Mk3 fleet with a single fleet of the new Mk5 vehicles compromising four different vehicle types:  Sleeper, Sleeper (Accessible), Club coach and Seated (Day) coach.

Mk5 seated coach

Mk5 Accessible Sleeper. These vehicles have both wheelchair accommodation and berths with double beds.

These vehicles are all in the company’s attractive Dark Teal colour, with pale silver doors and bodyside antler motif – the prongs of the antlers representing the two Lowlander and three Highlander destinations. Revolution plans to offer models in attractive book-set cases to allow individual portions, or the complete 16-car Lowlander and Highlander sleepers, to be depicted.

These models are being produced with the kind permission of The Scottish Ministers.

Trans Pennine Express The TPE sets are used in fixed rakes of 5 between Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Manchester and Liverpool and are powered by Class 68 locomotives, so ours will complement the highly regarded Dapol model. The vehicles are owned by Beacon Rail and we would like to thank them and TPE for their cooperation in enabling us to produce these models.

TPE Driving Trailer

All models will feature detailed interiors, switchable coach interior lighting as standard and where appropriate directional head and tail lights.  We are also looking at other exciting features though these are currently still at the design stage.

TPE Trailer First with outer buffers

The TPE models will be sold in complete train packs of 5 vehicles, again in attractive book sets.

TPE formation comprising DT-TS (with bike rack)-TS-TS-TF-Class 68

As ever, these models can only proceed if enough people pre-order, and we will be opening the order books for both Caledonian Sleeper and Trans Pennine Express models in due course. This project marks our second collaborative venture with highly-regarded Dublin based manufacturers Accurascale. They are producing the models in 4mm scale, and we are sharing much of the research and development to offer modellers the highest possible quality while keeping overheads down as low as we can.

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