Deadline day for the N-Gauge Revolution IPA Car Carriers is less than a week away as we will be closing our order book on January 31st.
This will ensure production can commence immediately after Chinese New Year.
The single deck IPA car carriers were introduced in the to Britain in the 1990s, having been converted from French twin deck wagons originally built in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Operated at first by Railfreight Distribution, they were taken on by STVA on its formation in 1996.
Originally configured as flat twins, some were fitted with stakes to allow canvas sheeting to be stretched along the sides to protect the vehicles being transported. For high value cars, this was deemed inadequate and a large number were fitted with sides and roofs. Many of these were reconfigured into quad sets.
Revolution is offering all types in both original pale grey and current red liveries.
For more details and information, including sample consists and a route map illustrating the operations of these wagons, see here.
We anticipate the N gauge models will be shipped in Q2. All versions can be ordered here.
Work is also proceeding on these same wagons in 4mm scale, with CADs almost ready for approval.
The 00 order book is expected to be opening within the next four weeks.
CAD work has been completed on the forthcoming N gauge Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 coaches being produced by Revolution Trains in association with Accurascale.
The coaches are now in squadron service with Caledonian Sleeper, on both Lowlander trains from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh and Highlander trains from London to Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.
There are four different types of vehicle in the fleet, and our models will replicate each.
Each train leaving Euston comprises 16 vehicles, in two 8-car sets. Standard sleepers form the majority of the fleet, with 9 in each 16-car service.
There are three accessible sleepers in the rake – two in one half-set and one in the other.
There are also two club cars, with distinctive wi-if dome, and two seated cars in every train.
As ever, Revolution and Accurascale have not skimped on the underframes and these will feature numerous separate parts. We understand tooling has started and we are looking forward to reporting on progress following the Chinese New Year shutdown.
Revolution is offering the Caledonian Sleeper Mk5s in multi-packs configured to allow complete, accurate formations to be recreated of the full train, or the “split” portions that run within Scotland to their final destinations.
The TPE Mk5 CADs are already approved, and will go to tooling at the same time.
You can order all versions here at our great early bird price.
Revolution Trains would like to thank Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Ministers and Beacon Rail for their kind assistance in producing these models.
Revolution Trains travelled to Brighton recently at the kind invitation of Govia Thameslink Railway and Beacon Rail to carry out research for our forthcoming Class 313 unit in N gauge.
The trip enabled us to check measurements and details of those units still in service after more than 40 years. This information will then be sent to the factory designers and we anticipate that CAD drawings should be ready soon after Chinese New Year.
The units in operation now on Southern’s Coastway routes do have some detail differences to the class as-built – the pantographs have been removed, there are some modern additions to the underframe – but these were all clearly identified and explained to us by our host Glen, and we’d like to thank him for sharing his expertise.
Once the work was done we returned to Brighton’s magnificent train shed and decided to take a short ride to Lewes, one of the destinations still served by the venerable Class 313s.
Once CADs are received we will publish them for comment, and we are expecting to open the order book soon after to enable tooling to commence.
Revolution Trains has received first samples of its forthcoming Cemflo PCV cement wagons, being produced by Accurascale.
Two variants are being offered – either with original Blue Circle placard (left) or in later unbranded form with BR TOPS code (right.)
The models feature our usual high levels of detailing around the catwalks, underside and ends with numerous separately fitted wire and plastic parts.
The Blue Circle side placard, though moulded, has been chamfered so as not to appear overscale.
The ends include very fine separate tank reinforcing brackets and, at one end, the vacuum brake cylinder and associated pipe work.
Once these samples have been checked and approved we will be ready to move to checking the decoration artwork. Since this artwork has already been produced for the 00 models we do not anticipate this process taking too long.
You can reserve these iconic, widely used and long-lived wagons and get our low pre-order price here
Revolution Trains has received images of the first samples of its forthcoming N-gauge “Cemflo” PCV cement wagons.
They’re being produced for us by Dublin-based Accurascale; responsible for the same highly-regarded models in 4mm scale. Our smaller versions promise similar levels of detail and refinement, with photo-etched chassis reinforcing fillets and numerous separately fitted detail parts.
One end has the brake vacuum tanks, while the roof features a finely detailed walkway and separately fitted valves.
Underneath, the wire pipe runs and discharge equipment can be seen. In service, these wagons operated across Britain, being particularly associated with the flow from Cliffe in Kent to Uddingston, outside Glasgow.
They were introduced in 1961 – making them ideal for transition era modellers – and lasted until 1988.
The models are available to order now in either original blue circle livery – with the distinctive lozenge plaque – or the later version with the placard removed and TOPS numbering.
Once these samples have been checked over and approved we will be sent decorated samples, then the models will go into production.
As ever, we produce models to satisfy pre-orders only, so order here to avoid missing out and to qualify for our low EarlyBird prices.
Revolution Trains would like to wish all our customers, retailers, model railway press and fellow enthusiasts a very Merry Xmas and prosperous and happy New Year, and thank everyone for their support in the year gone by.
Rapido Trains have sent us the first deco samples of our forthcoming Class 92 locomotives. These are nearing the end of production now, with just the sound files to be completed, and we are anticipating that these models will be completed before Chinese New Year.
Around three quarters of the our PFA/KFA container flats have been sent out; we will resume dispatch of these models after a short Christmas break. Apologies if you’re among those who have not received their models yet, but they will be with you soon!
Also, please note that models 22102/22402 (KFA Tiphook with VNH1 bogies) are supplied, correctly, with blue bogies, not the black as listed on our website.
The Sturgeons arrived a few days ago, and the first few of these were sent just before Christmas; work packing and posting the remainder will also resume soon.
Also en route from China are our HOA hoppers, and customers who have pre-ordered and paid for these can expect deliveries to begin in mid-January.
The IPA Car Carriers are now ready for production and this should commence immediately after the forthcoming Chinese New Year. This means we will be closing the order book towards the end of January, so if you are interested in acquiring these models at the pre-order price please make your selections now, or very soon.
Meanwhile, we have not forgotten our 00 supporters, and the CAD designs for the IWA/Sfins2 hold-all van and Rfnoos timber carrier conversions were recently approved.
These models are in tooling now, and available to order now with our best Earlybird price.
Also for 00 modellers painted samples of our IZA twin wagons are undergoing assessment – these are exclusively available from Kernow Model Rail Centre.
Beyond that the Mk5 sleepers, KUA flask wagon and IWA wagons continue to progress and other announced and unannounced projects are underway in both N and 00.
We look forward to these coming to fruition in 2020.
Revolution Trains is offering the giant Ministry of Defence owned 150t KUA nuclear flask wagons as its next N gauge models.
Two of these behemoths are in service and they are used primarily to ferry spent nuclear fuel from submarines at Devonport and Rosyth to Sellafield for reprocessing or disposal. Revolution is proposing to offer both wagons so modellers can own “the complete fleet.”
Numbered MODA 95770 and 95771, they carry the UIC code Uaafis. They are among the heaviest wagons to operate on British mainlines.
Work on this model has been underway for some time, with CAD fully complete and the model now in tooling. First samples are expected in the next six weeks. This model is funded and we anticipate that production numbers will be limited.
Revolution was granted permission to produce the model – and given full access to drawings and other materials – following extensive negotiations with the MoD and we would like to thank them and DRS for their cooperation in producing the model.
The two wagons in service are often used together, and when loaded are operated with two locomotives (in case of failure) and accompanied by support coaches carrying security personnel, often from the SBS, SAS or Royal Marines.
These coaches are available in N, as are many of the locomotives used, meaning that with our KUA models these fascinating and mysterious trains can be accurately depicted.
The wagons were built in the late 1990s by Bombardier, and originally operated by EWS for the Royal Navy. DRS took over operations in 2006.
They’re used primarily to carry submarine fuel from HMNB Devonport, in Plymouth, and HMNB Rosyth, in Fife, to Sellafield. They are also sent on occasion to Georgemas Junction on the far north line to collect radioactive material from the nuclear research station at Dounreay. As well as this, they can be seen on maintenance trips to and from Wabtec in Kilmarnock and Arlington at Eastleigh. They are also sent to the MoD depot at Bicester for training.
Although operations using these wagons are often clouded in secrecy, especially when they are loaded, sample consists can be observed in photographs.
The Revolution Trains model will feature highly detailed injection moulded body and covers, numerous separately fitted detail parts including ferry loops, wire handles, photo-etched and moulded brake parts and NEM coupler sockets.
The order book is open and we are offering both wagons as a twin pack with accurate differences in labelling.
Sonic Models has unveiled the factory-decorated samples of its forthcoming weathered 56xx GWR/BR(W) 0-6-2T steam locomotive.
The model depicts locomotive 6681 in lined green with a small BR crest, as it would have appeared when based at Shed 84E Tyseley in the years leading up to its withdrawal in 1965.
Having studied the sample, and showed it to visitors to the Revolution Trains stand at the recent Warley National Model Railway exhibition at the NEC, we feel the weathering achieves good representation of the grime and patina evident from photographs of the period.
Production models will also have the wheels and coupler rods chemically blackened before painting to improve the appearance still further.
All versions are available to preorder online here from Revolution Trains but our order book will be closing soon ahead of production.
Revolution is offering the PFA 4-wheel container flat to accompany the forthcoming KUA bogie flask wagon and further develop its successful relationship with Accurascale.
The wagons were built by Standard Wagon Co. in 1987 to carry containerised coal traffic for Cawoods Ltd from collieries across Britain to dockside terminals for onward shipping to Ireland.
Open coal containers were also used by British Fuels and CPL, with the wagons, and some were also pressed into service on trains for British Gypsum, carrying their distinctive blue containers.
In the early part of this century a batch were acquired by DRS who still use them as runner wagons and for the transportation of containerised nuclear waste, particularly in distinctive half-height 20′ containers.
The Revolution model will feature our usual refinements and we are expecting to open the order book in 2020.
We are also exploring the possibility of offering the wagons with coal, gypsum and nuclear containers and also offering these items as separate accessories.
Revolution Trains will have our newly arrived N-gauge KFA container flats – including a previously unannounced version – plus a small number of our previously supplied, and largely sold out, models in 00 and N available to buy at the NEC.
Revolution Trains is on stand C41 (for a map see further down the news page) but we should be easy to find – just look for Rapido’s full sized bus!
These are a combination of cancellations/returns we have had and stock found by Rapido in their warehouse.
Our long-awaited KFA container flats will be available for pre-order customers to collect – if you let us know by 12pm on 22/11 before the show – plus a limited number will be available to buy in the latest Touax-branded version of the livery.
These repaints only started after the project started, which is why they were not offered in the original selection.
In N gauge we will have a small number of Pendolinos (nearly all DC but a couple with DCC Sound), IZA Cargowaggon vans, KFA container flats, Sonic VEA vans, 40′ hi-cubes in ONE pink and Hapag Lloyd orange, and our new 30′ bulk-tainers produced with C-Rail.
00 modellers who missed out on our award-winning TEA tankers may get lucky – we have a very small number of each livery available including EWS – as well as our recent MMA/JNA wagons in DB Red, Ermewa grey, Ermewa Tarmac grey and VTG steel blue.
Revolution Trains is upscaling its proposed Ecofret intermodal wagon to 00 gauge, 1:76 scale.
These wagons are in service with GBRf, DB and Freightliner and can be seen in blue, red and green. There are also sets running around in VTGs own, darker blue livery.
The vehicles are widely seen in intermodal trains across the network. In a break from tradition, each deck is only 40′ long. In a market dominated by 40′ sea containers, this maximises the load that any given train can carry as there is not the wasted 20′ that can be found on trains comprising older 60′ wagons.
For flexibility in use, the centre vehicle has rotating spigots in the centre allowing the wagons to carry 20′ containers if needed. The Revolution model will replicate this.
Revolution would like to thank VTG, GBRf, Freightliner and DB for their assistance in producing this model.
We expect the order book to open in late 2019 or early 2020.
Once again Revolution Trains are delighted to be attending the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC this weekend, November 23rd and 24th.
We will be on stand C41, towards the far end of the hall but easy to find as – like last year – we are next to the full-size bus being brought in by Rapido Trains.
Our stand does get busy but if you’re unable to speak to us when you arrive please circle back later as it usually quietens down after lunch – and there’s lots to see besides!
In the run up to the show we are offering three new items – two in N, one in 00 – and these will each be unveiled on our website at 2100 in turn on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
If you’re a member of the N Gauge Forum, the N Gauge models will be revealed an hour earlier at 8pm tomorrow and Friday. You can view as a guest but if you’re an N Gauge enthusiast why not join? It’s a great way to share information and ideas and engage directly with traders, manufacturers and most importantly fellow modellers.
We will also have a new catalogue available to pick up free. This is our fourth, and lists all the models we are planning to deliver in the next 12 months, though as ever there are others under research that we cannot unveil just yet.
We’ll have samples on display of upcoming items including the Class 321, Sturgeon production samples (the products are almost ready for shipping, but sadly won’t make the show) painted IPA car carriers in N and latest news on the 92, 313, Cemflo and Sfins wagons.
Collect or buy at the show
We will also have the KFA wagons available for collection by anyone who has pre-ordered and confirmed by 12pm on Friday 22/11/19 that they wish to collect their order.
On top of this and available to buy we will have:
In N-gauge: A limited number of N-gauge 9-car and 11-car Pendolinos (these were sent over by Rapido who found them in their warehouse!) plus light bars, IZA Cargowaggon twins, hicubes and bulk-tainers and Sonic Models VEA vans.
Revolution Trains was recently invited by the 5637 Steam Loco Group to the East Somerset Railway so the forthcoming Sonic Models N-gauge 56xx could be introduced to one of the surviving prototypes.
5637 is 94-years-old, and keeping her going involves a combination of hard work, skill, and TLC. But members of the group were keen to see how well the Sonic Models 56xx captures the look of the real thing…
Sonic Models’ 56xx captures every detail of the locomotive as she is now, even down to the tiny plate commemorating the life of Brian Hankins, one of the group’s founder members.
Once the model had passed muster, Revolution’s Ben was given the opportunity to fulfil a long held ambition and drive the locomotive… at times reaching the giddy speed of 15mph…
The Sonic Models 5637 includes a small premium on the price which will be donated to the 5637 SLG to help them fund a major overhaul of the locomotive which is due by 2021.
As well as 5637 in BR lined green with late crest, the models are available to pre-order in BR Black with early crest, BR plain green, GW green with GWR lettering and GW green with Great Western lettering. You can pre-order from Revolution here for an earlybird price saving approximately £20 on the sale price once the models are delivered.
Decorated samples of the forthcoming Sonic Models 56xx GWR/BR(W) 0-6-2 steam locomotive were on display and in action at the recent N Gauge International Show – the UK’s premier annual event for N gauge enthusiasts.
And mingling with the crowds – as well as talking to modellers on the Revolution Trains display stand – was Mr Sonic himself – Sam Leung.
Having launched the first Chinese model brand aiming to sell direct to the British market, Sam wanted to come to the UK to experience for himself the excitement of a big show and listen to what British enthusiasts want and expect.
Sam was also keen to see how the powered models performed, and Revolution and Sonic would like to say thanks to the owner and operators of the fabulous James Street layout for allowing us to test run the model, under Sam’s watchful gaze!
James Street’s sheer size gave the 56XX a good workout but despite its relatively mall stature the model was able to haul 42 loaded coal wagons on the flat – and managed 30 up a 1:100 incline.
The Sonic Models 56xx is the first 0-6-2 model offered to the British market, and features the usual refinements such as NEM couplers but also innovative features including pick up on all eight wheels, including the pony, and removable bunker weight to simplify the fitting of a speaker.
In total six liveries are being offered – BR lined green, BR lined green weathered, BR unlined green, BR black, GWR green and Great Western green.
Sonic Models expects to deliver the models in March 2020.
Revolution Trains has confirmed it will offer the much-requested Class A fuel tanker in 2020.
Like the prototype, when manufactured in the late 1950s, our model will share its chassis design with the well-received Class B tankers. It is anticipated that original and revised Esso liveries will be offered along with Mobil and Staveley Chemicals.
The model uses the same chassis as the class B but has a longer tank barrel as in service it was used for lighter fuels.
After some tankers were replaced by higher capacity versions in the 1970s, their chassis were used for mineral wagons. These were coded MTV under TOPS. These saw service across Britain and are as useful in stone trains as in departmental use – with the fishkind name Zander – alongside our Sturgeon wagons.
We are also planning a further run of Class B tankers in one new livery and the more popular existing liveries with new running numbers.
With delivery of our KFA intermodal wagons
imminent Revolution is ready to offer our next container flat – the new and
innovative VTG FWA “Ecofret” in twin and triple format.
These wagons are shorter than traditional container flats, meaning that in a market dominated by 40’ containers they can carry a greater load per train length.
This video produced by VTG explains the concept:
Currently in service with DB Cargo,
Freightliner and GBRf the wagons can be seen in DB red, Freightliner green,
GBRf blue and VTG dark blue.
The models will feature a solid metal spine for weight with moulded deck and spigot details. They are the ideal accompaniment to our existing 40’ hi-cube containers and will be designed to accommodate them.
CAD has been completed and we expect to open the order book soon.
Holdalls and timber carriers in N too…
Revolution is also confirming that in response to demand it will be offering the IWA holdall van and timber carrier conversions in N. These will be to a similar specification as our other wagons.
We will open the order book for these models in due course.
Revolution Trains is planning to offer the Class 313 and 314 “Pep” units as our next N gauge electric multiple unit.
With the delivery of the first sample of our long-awaited Class 321 unit (see separate news item) we feel ready to confirm plans to offer our third EMU in N.
The PEP (Prototype Electro Penumatic) units were based on designs developed in the early 1970s for a new type of commuter train. Compared to existing Mk1 derived stock there was significantly fewer seats, leading to a Member of Parliament to describe them as “Pack ‘Em Perpendicular.”
The main fleet built between 1976 and 1981 comprised Classes 313 (Great Northern), 314 (Scottish region), 315 (Great Eastern), 507 (Merseyside) and 508 (Southern, then Merseyside) units.
They introduced innovative features such
as mulit-function Tightlock couplers (eliminating the need for untidy and
laborious end air and power connections) and sliding doors, and were the first
British units to incorporate both pantograph and third rail pick ups.
They are currently the oldest units in service on the mainland, with some now 43 years old. Many are currently owned by Beacon Rail, and we would like to thank them for their support and assistance with this project.
In recognition of the historic importance of the type, 313201 will, on withdrawal, join the national collection at the National Railway Museum.
Revolution is initially proposing both
Classes 313 and 314. The models will feature our usual refinements
including directional lighting, power transfer couplers and a low profile drive
so the motor is not visible. DC and DCC sound versions will be offered.
Possible liveries include BR Blue Grey, Network South East, Silverlink, First and Southern and Network Rail yellow however following our experience with the 321 we know that offering too much choice will hamper, not help, the project.
After discussions with customers at TINGS this weekend, and among ourselves, we will select the initial livery options for we open the order book.
As ever, the sooner we receive orders, the sooner we can progress the models through CAD to tooling and then production.
Revolution Trains will have its usual stand at the International N Gauge Show again this year, with exciting progress on forthcoming models and some new announcements too.
Pride of place goes to the EP1 sample of the long-awaited Class 321 EMU. This model has taken far longer than we would have liked but now tooling is complete we expect to move quickly through testing and be able to go into production within the next few months.
The image above illustrates the differences between the two outer cars. The DTCO (Driving Trailer Composite Open) on the left has one narrow and one standard window in the end compartment, while the DTSO (Driving Trailer Standard Open) has two mid sized windows.
The pantograph is a poseable plastic moulding with photo-etched head. The model will feature working head and tail lights, illuminated destination blinds and switchable interior lighting as standard. The couplers are designed to send both power and DCC signals through the train, meaning only a single DCC chip is required.
We are also offering the similar Class 320 3-car units models for Scotrail as these can be producing using the vehicles we have – a pair of DTSOs sandwiching a PMSO (Pantograph Motor Standard Open.)
After the show we will be finalising the livery choices and producing the painting diagrams for the factory so they can prepare decorated samples.
Also on display will be painted samples of all six Sonic Models 56xx GWR/BR 0-6-2 steam locomotives.
As well as being beautifully detailed works of art they have undergone extensive testing to ensure their performance matches their looks. The models feature pick-ups on all three driving wheels plus the sprung trailing bogie – a first for British N.
Sonic Models has been founded by a former Graham Farish engineer who is looking to produce models under his own brand direct to the British market.
So far the BR Black version has proved to be the most popular, but versions are being offered in BR Green, lined and unlined, GWR green and Great Western green. For the full list of options and to order all Sonic models see here.
At the show you’ll also be able to pick up a free, full colour A4 pamphlet detailing all our current projects. This also includes three new proposed N gauge models in the early stages of development being unveiled at the show, or check back here at around 10am on Saturday for news.
We will also have on sale our new Bulk containers, small numbers of older containers and a very limited supply of returned or cancelled Class B tankers and IZA Cargowaggon twins.
You’ll find us on Stand 16 – just turn right at the entrance and look for the crowd…
Revolution Trains has partnered up with C-Rail intermodal to produce the widely seen 30′ bulk container in a variety of liveries.
The new containers are available in UBC red, Interbulk red, IFF blue, Bulkhaul blue and Bertschi pale grey.
They are ideal for loading onto our KFA container flat which is in production now and should be here soon.
The models will be available to buy in all liveries from our stand at The International N Gauge Show this weekend at £7.50 each.
This is our third collaboration with C-Rail, and follows our popular 40’hi-cube containers and 20’tank containers. Some of the latest hi-cubes – ONE pink and Hapag Lloyd orange – and four tank containers, are still available.
Come and find us on stand 16 at TINGS where, as well as our all new containers, we will have EP1 samples of our forthcoming Class 321 and decorated samples of the IPA Car carriers and HOA hopper wagon.
We will also be unveiling three new proposed models.