The car (carrier)’s the star!

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.

These twin wagons can be ordered here.

Once all samples are checked and approved we will request deco samples and then, assuming all is well, be ready to close the order book and begin production.

Experience tells us it’s almost impossible to give an exact timeframe as there are too many variables but we anticipate delivery of these models before Chinese New Year.

Revolution Trains would like to thank STVA for their co-operation in producing this model, and the team at Arlington Fleet Services for their assistance.

We are also offering this model in 00 gauge and the order book is expected to open shortly.

As ever, we will only produce models to order and while our products are stocked by selected traders they will be at a higher price than pre-orders.

 

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