Revolution’s upcoming Class 59 diesel locomotive model in N is a step closer with our manufacturing partners in China advising us that tooling is complete and sending us some images of the first test mouldings.
The images also show the lift-off centre body panel to allow straightforward installation of a Next-18 DCC decoder and control of switchable lighting functions, and the fuel tanks with speaker recesses. Speakers will be factory-fitted to every model so upgrading to sound is simple.
The pin-point axle power pick-up can also be seen, with the ‘floating’ centre axle designed to maintain optimum contact even on uneven track sections.
EP samples are likely to follow shortly to allow us to inspect all the components for accuracy, crispness and fit, and to begin testing the chassis.
We would like to thank everyone who has already pre-ordered, enabling us to reach this point in the model’s production so quickly.
All Revolution Class 59 versions can still be reserved at our low Early-Bird price of just £114.95 with free postage until September 30th, after which the price increases to our standard pre-order price of £125. Models are expected to be available from partner retailers after production is complete, but these will be at the full RRP, which is likely to be around £150.
In the coming weeks we are expecting to receive EP1 running samples for testing and if possible we will have them on display on our stand at the Great Electric Trains Show at Milton Keynes on October 2nd and 3rd.