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Vote Revolution!

Revolution Trains is delighted to have been nominated for a number of items in the 2020 Hornby Magazine Awards

The Revolution models nominated for N gauge carriage or wagon of the year are:

Sturgeon A engineer’s wagon

Tiphook KFA container flat

HOA stone hopper

Also nominated is the Sonic Models VEA van

Revolution Trains is also proud to have been nominated in the Manufacturer of the Year category.

Voting closes on November 16th and the winners will be announced in an online Awards ceremony, and in issue 163 of Hornby magazine.

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Box CADs ticked!

Revolution Trains has approved the CAD designs for its planned MMA/JNA ‘Ealnos’ wagons in N gauge. The models follow their well-received 00 counterparts, and use much of the same research with detail differences between those operated by DB and VTG accurately reflected, but in addition we have added the latest versions introduced by Touax.

MMA box wagon as operated by DB Cargo

The DB operated wagons – in their distinctive red livery – are primarily associated with stone traffic from quarries in the Peak District and the Midlands to locations across the network. They have 9 bodyside ribs and underframe mounted parking brake wheels and associated equipment.

Built by Astra Rail and introduced in 2012, there are now well over 500 of these box wagons on the network. Those in use with DB are coded MMA under TOPS; the remainder are coded JNA. In UIC nomenclature all are referred to as ‘Ealnos.’

Line up of 00 models: VTG blue, Ermewa grey, DB red.

The wagons operated by VTG have different brake equipment. Some are dedicated for Mendip Rail traffic and carry a branded or unbranded silver livery; others are available for spot hire and in a dark steel blue.

VTG version with longer air tank, 11 bodyside ribs and bogie-mounted parking brakes.

Others are in service with Ermewa/Tarmac and feature further variations of bodystyle and braking. Earlier this year, several more batches of Ealnos arrived in the UK and entered service with VTG, Cappagh and Touax. The Touax wagons, in their eye-catching dark red livery, have 11 bodyside ribs with no door and combine the longer air tank of the VTG versions with the body-mounted parking brakes of the DB MMAs.

Touax JNA with appropriate body style and brake equipment.
Touax JNA ‘Ealnos’ at Westbury. Photo courtesy Jo Alder.

Like their 00 counterparts, and Revolution’s IZA Cargowaggon twin vans in N, these models are being offered with a factory fitted flashing tail lamp. Because this has to be fitted inside the box body, all the models will also be supplied with a false moulded ‘load’ to disguise the mechanism. The load can easily be removed to replace the batteries, and of course can be omitted from non-light fitted versions for those who wish to run their wagons empty.

Although the CAD is now complete we will not open the order book to begin tooling until some of our other N gauge models – including FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flats, IWA ‘Sfins2’ vans and IWA ‘Rfnoos’ timber carriers – are in production. We recognise that the current economic difficulties are putting pressure on modelling budgets, and we want to give all our supporters the opportunity to budget for these useful wagons.

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N IWA van and timber carrier samples arrive

Revolution Trains has received samples of its forthcoming N gauge IWA/Sfins2 vans and IWA/Rfnoos timber carriers. These wagons are being checked for any mould flaws or running issues before being approved to move to the decorated sample stage.

IWA Sfins2 van

200 of these vehicles were built in the 1980s by Waggon Union of Germany for cross channel ferry traffic, and internal Anglo-Scottish fertilisers.

They carried Norsk Hydro or Cargowaggon liveries, or were left in unbranded silver.  Over the years they were also used for steel, bagged clay, mineral water and newsprint and they are channel tunnel certified.  Around two dozen remain in active service currently on aluminium traffic between northwest England and Germany.

IWA vans carrying aluminium between Ditton and Nievenheim, Germany. Photo courtesy Colin Pottle.
IWA Rfnoos timber carrier

In 2006 around 40 were converted to timber carriers, with the removal of the roofs and sliding equipment, and replacement with side stakes.  Delivered with eight large twin side stakes, subsequently additional narrow stakes have been fitted to many.

60026 with IWA Rfnoos timber carriers at Waitby. Photo courtesy Neil Harvey.

They are used to take logs from Scotland, north and south west England and south Wales to the large Kronospan plant at Chirk. They often run with other timber conversions, including those originally Rover cube wagons as offered as a kit by the N Gauge Society.

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Mmmm – IPA refreshes from Revolution…

Revolution Trains has received prototype samples of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in 00 gauge/4mm scale. Four types are being offered: twin sets in flat, flat with stakes and covered versions and covered quad sets.

66031 with mixed rake of quad sets and flats with and without stakes at Llandevenny in 2016. Photo courtesy Alan Williams.

Built as long ago as the 1950s for use in France, the wagons were converted for UK use in the 1990s and have been in service here ever since. Initially formed as flat twin sets, some were given side stakes in an effort to combat damage from stones, and later still the wagons were given side screens and roofs, and remarshalled into sets of four. Revolution is offering all types, in all liveries.

IPA flat twin set
IPA flat twin set with side stakes
IPA covered twin set. The covered sets are also being marketed in quad sets.

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Revolution Trains Facebook Live #5

Thanks to everyone who joined us live, and for those who missed it here’s a chance to view our fifth Facebook Live again. Included are:

  • EP1 samples of the IWA vans and timber carriers in N
  • EP1 samples of the IPA car carrier flat twins, flat twins with side stakes and covered twins
  • News of an all-new 40′ hi-cube reefer container produced in conjunction with C-Rail Intermodal and available to order now
  • First CAD images of our forthcoming MTV/ZKV “Zander” box wagons
  • Deadline reminders for N gauge Cemflos, FWA Ecofret container flats and expressions of interest in new livery Pendolinos
  • Updates on various other projects including Class 92s, Class 320/321s and Class 128s in N, SR General Manager’s Saloon “Caroline” in N and 00 and the Sonic Models 56xx.
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Chill out – with Revolution

Regular customers will know that Revolution has a tradition of teaming up with C-Rail Intermodal each year to produce a new container model unveiled fully complete and ready to buy at The International N Gauge Show (TINGS).

Covid may have put paid to TINGS, however Revolution’s ambition remains undimmed and this year we are delighted to offer a completely new range of 40′ hi-cube refrigerated “reefer” containers in 1:148 scale. These are ready to ship and can be ordered by following the link below.

Freightliner’s 86614 & 86632 with the 4S50 Crewe-Coatbridge at Shap Beck in July 2020 with Hamburg Sud, Hapag Lloyd and Maersk reefers visible. Photo courtesy Michael’s North Briton Railways.

The complete range comprises:

Photo courtesy C-Rail Intermodal



Hamburg Sud



Yang Ming

These models join the 40′ hicube, 20′ tank and 30′ bulk containers we have produced in previous years.

The models are highly detailed, as we would expect from C-Rail, and are designed to fit the Revolution KFA and FWA container flats, as well as the KTA ‘pocket wagon’ and forthcoming FSA/FTAs from C-Rail, and will enable N gauge enthusiasts to add yet more variety and accuracy to their container trains.

Revolution reefers and 40′ hi-cube on upcoming FWA Ecofret triple-set.
P&O reefer on 1990s Revolution KFA flat. Note the white painted refrigeration unit. Photo courtesy C-Rail Intermodal.
90014 “Over the Rainbow” & 90044 on an Anglo Scottish intermodal train at Moore Lane  near Warrington with Maersk and Hapag Lloyd reefers among others. If only there was a high specification Class 90 locomotive available in N… Photo courtesy Tim Moran.

As an added refinement, they also feature protypically accurate refrigeration units mouldings for both Daikin (left) and Thermo King with photo-etched grilles.

These containers are available to buy now from Revolution and C-Rail Intermodal and are priced at £9.00 each.

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Facebook Live number 5!

Yes – it’s Facebook Live time again! Revolution is hosting our fifth this evening – Tuesday September 29th – at 1930BST.

We’re taking a short break from sending out IPA car carriers and KUA nuclear flasks to give a first showing of samples of two new models in both N and 00 plus, for N gauge modellers, there’ll be a special guest with news of an all-new model that will be available to buy immediately after the show.

4mm IPA flat twin – one of 5 new model samples to show you!

Mike will be revealing CAD of the forthcoming MTV/Zander box wagon for those modelling the 1970s up to the 1990s, plus we will have updates on all our current projects – such as the 92s, 128s and 321s.

During the show while Ben does most of the talking Mike will be answering questions in the comments section – so don’t hesitate to ask!

Join us later – just look for the countdown clock from about 1920 onwards on the Revolution Trains Facebook Page…

For those who can’t make it we will, as ever, upload a version that can be watched later at your leisure.

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Pendolino deadline for second run

If you’re interested in a Rapido Trains/Revolution N gauge Class 390 Pendolino in Virgin’s flowing silk or Pride colours, in the neutral DfT grey or in Avanti West Coast’s stylish new livery – among others – then now is the time to let us know. We will be closing expressions of interest at midnight on Wednesday, September 30th. If by then we do not have enough interest to proceed, then for the time being we will not be able to move forward.

As well as the versions illustrated above, we are also offering 390045 in Virgin Pride rainbow silk livery and both 9-car and 11-car Pendolinos in the original Virgin silver colours, for those who missed out.

The Rapido Trains/Revolution Pendolino features two power cars per 9-car or 11-car set, power couplers for smooth, jerk free running, DC or DCC Sound options, directional head and tail lights at each end and illuminated table lamps in First Class vehicles as standard. The model was recently voted N gauge Model of the Decade by the readers of popular magazine Model Rail.

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Last chance for a 321

After a long journey, and a few trials and tribulations along the way, Revolution Trains is about to close the order book on its forthcoming Class 320 and 321 electric multiple unit models in N at midnight on Sunday 20th September 2020.

Class 320 in Scotrail Saltire livery – decorated sample shown. Production modles will have blackened wheels

These highly detailed, accurate models were produced with the assistance of owners Eversholt Rail and feature fully switchable, directional head and tail lights, illuminated front destination panel, switchable saloon lighting in all cars, detailed interiors, low profile mechanism with Next-18 DCC interface and kinematic power couplers to allow a single decoder to control the entire train.

The decorated samples have allowed us to make some final amendments to the livery specification and artwork, and the DCC Sound files are being finalised.

With the Strathclyde PTE class 320 and Silverlink class 321 recently confirmed for production these are the versions that can still be ordered at the low pre-order price:

Class 320 – 320301 Strathclyde PTE orange.

Class 320 – 320315 and 320318 in Scotrail Saltire (with permission of the Scottish Ministers)

Class 321 – 320401 and 320440 in Network SouthEast

Class 321 – 320411 and 320417 in London Midland

Class 321 – 320413 in Silverlink County

Please note the graphic colours are illustrative and the glazing will, of course, be clear.

Because of the many liveries carried by these units during their long lives, and because we had to cancel some options, we are also offering undecorated versions of both the Class 320 and Class 321.

Once the order book closes production can begin, and we are anticipating delivery of the models in early 2021. Some will be available from retailers in due course, however these are likely to be at a higher retail price.

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Sweet Caroline…rail tour draw and winners!

We spent some time trying to work out the fairest method for selecting winners for places on our exclusive Sweet Caroline rail tour and the best our boffins could come up with was to use Google’s random number generator. Each purchase of 975025/Caroline was assigned an exclusive number according to the date the order was placed. Google’s number generator did its magic and we cross-referenced the draw numbers with order numbers.

You can watch the video of the draw and a bit more of an explanation below (or you can skip to the end if you prefer to just see the winners rather than listen to me waffle on!).

Sweet Caroline rail tour draw for places

We’ll now make contact with all the winners to check their availability. The tour is provisionally booked for 19 May 2021 (subject to any coronavirus restrictions) starting and finishing at Derby. Thanks to everyone that has purchased a model so far – you can still pre-order a model from our webshop.

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Flasks on manoeuvres!

Revolution Trains has received final production samples of its forthcoming KUA nuclear flask twin pack.

The samples have been approved and the production models are being shipped now. Each wagon is in its own protective blister, and the pair are packaged together in an attractive presentation box.

Depending on transit time, Covid restrictions and customs clearances they should be ready to start sending out to pre-order customers in 3-4 weeks.

Although the Revolution order book is now closed some sets are being stocked by Rails of Sheffield and they are available to purchase now.

It comes as the two prototype wagons are also out and about – top photographer Antony Christie captured these images of MODA95770 and MODA95771 en route from Crewe to Devonport at Dawlish Warren. Unusually they are accompanied by a single support coach.

66303 and 66304 with MODA95771 and MODA95770 with support vehicle 9506
MODA95771 immediately behind the locomotive

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It’s another Deadline Day!

It’s another Revolution Trains deadline day – with time running out for anyone wanting to order the 320 and 321 units in Strathclyde and Silverlink or to secure the early-bird price, and a place on our Sweet Caroline railtour by ordering the 00 model.

Class 320 and 321 in N

Decorated shell of StrathclydePTE Class 320 DTSO. Please note the chassis, bogies an front air dam are undecorated, and the front panel/windscreen is missing
Decorated shell of Silverlink Class 321 DTSO. Please note the chassis, bogies an front air dam are undecorated, and the front panel/windscreen is missing

We had previously announced a 2-phase deadline for the Class 320 and 321 units.

Today is the final chance to order either Strathclyde PTE Class 320 or Silverlink Class 321. If you would like either of these liveries please order before midnight – we can only go ahead with the models if we receive sufficient orders. Once the deadline has passed we will assess whether there is sufficient interest for these models, before the final, final deadline for all models, including the already confirmed Network SouthEast and London Midland Class 321s and Scotrail Saltire Class 320.

The final deadline for all orders is September 20th 2020 so production can begin with the aim that the models are shipped in Q1 2021.

Caroline in 00

The early-bird price of £135 ends today for 00 models – after which it will go up to the standard pre-order price of £149. In addition, those who order the 4mm model before midnight tonight will be entered into a draw to join us on our free and exclusive “Sweet Caroline” railtour next year – see our website for details.

CAD on the model is almost complete and tooling will begin very shortly.

Caroline 00 CAD – still under development

Caroline in N

In addition, we are offering Caroline in N with similar specification and detailing to the 00 model and in the same three liveries – blue/grey as converted, Network SouthEast and present day green.

TDB 975025 in original livery
TDB 975025 in Network SouthEast livery
975025 ‘Caroline’ in present day Network Rail green livery

For N gauge enthusiasts the early-bird price of £115 is available now and will last until October 31st, however only orders received before September 11th 2020 will be entered into the draw for the “Sweet Caroline” railtour.

The draw for the Sweet Caroline railtour is planned for the weekend of September 12/13 – we are just readying our electronic random name picker!

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IWA samples received and checked

Samples of the forthcoming 00 gauge/4mm scale Revolution Trains IWA holdall van and timber carrier have been received and assessed.

IWA ‘Sfins2’ holdall van
IWA ‘Rfnoos’ timber carrier

These wagons were originally built as vans for trainferry services during the mid-1980s. They are exceptionally versatile as the complete sides and roof at either end are single parts which can be raised and slid over each other, using the characteristic paired handwheels, enabling them to be loaded from the side or above. They are coded IWA under TOPS, and known as Sfins2 under the international RIV labelling system.

When introduced the wagons were used by Norsk Hyrdo for fertiliser services across Britain, and by Cargowaggon for various traffics including metals, bagged clay, newsprint and mineral water. Most carried the user’s logo, but some were unbranded. Revolution are offering all three original versions.

00 IWA Sfins2 in Norsk Hydro livery
00 IWA Sfins2 in Cargowaggon livery
00 IWA Sfins2 unbranded

In the mid 2000s some were converted to timber carriers. The retained their IWA TOPS code but received a new RIV classification of Rfnoos. The conversion involved removal of the sliding roofs and associated mechanism and addition of eight large side stakes. Later, more side stakes of a different design were added and these are being included with the models for customers to fit as required. Both types can be seen on the sample. The timber carriers are now in operation with Touax.

00 IWA Rfnoos Touax livery

After some minor tweaks to the tooling we will be ready for decorated samples. The lower pre-order price will be available until the models go into production.

We are also offering these wagons in N gauge, and samples in the smaller scale are expected soon.

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Revolution’s big blue tractor breaks cover!

Revolution Trains has received decorated sample of its forthcoming 0-gauge model of 37405 in DRS “Compass” livery produced by Heljan.

This livery is exclusive to Revolution Trains and is available to order now for £599 with free postage. The models are expected to be ready for shipping by the end of the year, and numbers are limited.

Although not fitted on this sample, all models will be shipped with painted miniature snowploughs and a full set of air/control/electrical pipes for each end.

If this model is a success the Revolution will consider upscaling other models in our range to the “senior scale” and we’d be interested in the thoughts of 0 gauge enthusiasts as to which might be the most useful or popular. However, please limit suggestions to models we already offer in N or 00, as we are not looking beyond these for now.

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Class A-part.

Revolution Trains has completed CAD work on its forthcoming Class A tank wagon and the order book is open – just click on Shop to place an order. As ever the pre-order price will offer our supporters the best value.

Class A tanker with Esso plaque and original suspension.

This model is aimed at steam/diesel transition and BR blue era enthusiasts and shares a chassis with our award-winning Class B tanker. The main difference is the longer barrel, used because the Class A tank was used for lighter fraction petro-chemicals.

The first version will be the ever-popular original Esso version with original suspension, single top vent and top discharge.

Roof details L-R: grab handle, manlid, discharge nozzle, vent.

In addition, the tooling is designed to allow for the alternate arrangement fitted to later versions of revised suspension supports and slightly different top details.

Class A tank with revised suspension and bottom discharge taps.
Top details L-R: grab handle, four vents, manlid, sealed nozzle.

The line up of models being offered is as follows:

Original ESSO livery – silver barrel, red solebar.
Revised ESSO with pale grey barrel and red solebar.
Unbranded with grey barrel and red solebar
Staveley Chemicals with grey barrel and red solebar.

Please note that these graphic images are representative and are not the final artwork. The mock ups do not represent the exact detail variations.

In addition several Class A tanks were purchased by the Chipman chemical company and were used from the mid-60s to late-80s in their weedkiller train. We have yet to finalise the branding for the weedkiller tanks and which liveries will be offered.

Chipman’s red with black solebar.
Chipman’s with logo, green barrel and black solebar.
Chipman’s black.

More Class Bs

Revolution Class B tankers in Esso and unbranded liveries.

Revolution is also proposing another run of its Class B tankers, with new running numbers. The final line-up of possible liveries is yet to be confirmed, though we are sure Esso and Unbranded versions shown above will feature.

In response to customer feedback, we will also be reducing the weight of these wagons by about a third.

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The Badger and Caroline – the last chance saloon!

The opportunity to support our proposal to produce either the unique Brush Class 89 or the General Manger’s Saloon Caroline – or both! – ends in just over 24 hours.

89001 at Barrow Hill in 2011. Photo courtesy Les Chatfield under Creative Commons Licence.

We’d love to make these models but we can’t proceed unless we believe there is a realistic demand for them.

37421 with Caroline at Lichfield Trent Valley in July 2020. Photo courtesy Simon Cartlidge-Swain.

To help us decide whether the models are viable we are seeking expressions of interest only, with no financial commitment, and the deadline is midnight on Friday July 31st.

If at that point, we are not at the minimum threshold we need to launch the models, then they will not proceed.

The unique Class 89 89001 operated on test trains on both the WCML and ECML in the late 1980s and was also hired to GNER in the early 2000s.

89001 Doncaster 2003. Image courtesy Phillip Scott used under Creative Commons Licence.

Nicknamed “Badger” 89001 is now owned by the AC Locomotive Group and recently received a major refurbishment and repaint into Inter City Swallow livery, for a new lease of life operating charter trains.

Caroline remains in service and while usually associated with DRS liveried Class 37 locomotives has also recently been in use with Colas liveried 37421.

We are producing the model in 00, and converting to N would be relatively straightforward providing there is demand.

If it goes ahead the model will feature working directional lights, era-specific details and switchable saloon interior lighting.

Caroline 00 CAD – still under development

If there are enough votes to make Caroline viable then we will open the order book very quickly, and anyone ordering before 31st August 2020 will be entered into the draw to win a very rare chance to travel on board by joining our free “Sweet Caroline” railtour next year.

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Class 92s in the home straight…

Class 92 line-up

Revolution Trains have received final production samples of our long-awaited Class 92 Co-Co electric locomotives from Rapido Trains Inc.

92001 “Victor Hugo” in EWS livery and 92036 “Bertolt Brecht” in EWS/RfD colours.

Barring some small detail issues the liveries of all versions have been approved, and we anticipate the models will be shipped soon.

92003 “Beethoven” and unnumbered model in RfD livery.

The models feature highly detailed roofs with poseable, photo-etched pantographs and windscreen wipers and are supplied with customer-fit stainless etched BR arrows, depot plaques and channel tunnel roundels where appropriate.

92017 “Bart the Engine” in Stobart livery and 92009 “Marco Polo” in DB red.

They feature two different headlight arrangements, depending on the prototype, and working cab interior lights, highly detailed and painted under frames and are supplied with a standard N gauge coupler at one end and a fully detailed buffer beam with pipes and cosmetic electrical connectors at the other, though these were incorrectly omitted from the samples.

92018 Caledonian Sleeper livery and 92032 “I Mech E” in GBRf.

Aside from a few last-minute adjustments (the windscreen frames on the DB and Stobart models should be red and white respectively) the models are expected to be ready to ship very soon, and are the ideal traction for our IZA Cargowaggon twins, IPA car carriers and forthcoming IWA Sfins2 vans.


Although no longer available from Revolution Trains, limited numbers will be in stock at selected retailers with an MSRP of £175 for the DC Silent version.

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Revolution Goes Live – again!

Revolution Trains is planning our fourth Facebook Live at 1900 BST on Tuesday July 28th.

We’ll have exciting news about our long-awaited Class 92 locomotives, plus we will be giving a first glimpse of the Group CAT blue IPA car carrier quad set. These – and the other STVA liveried versions – are just about to leave China.

Mmmm Dysons…

For those modelling the transition era we will have updates on the Class A tankers and MTV Zander wagons and for 00 modellers a chance to assess the livery samples of the 4mm FWA ‘Ecofret’ container wagons.

Class 320 in Scotrail Saltire livery!

There’ll also be a chance to inspect the painted samples of the Class 320 and 321 units, and we’ll be explaining how the final selection process for these models is going to work.

390005 passes Dordon with 1A3 Manchester Piccadilly – London Euston in 2018. Photo courtesy John Whiting

We will have good news for those patiently waiting for the second run of our Revolution/Rapido Trains Pendolinos too.

And, as usual, we do our best to answer any questions you might have about our ongoing projects, future projects or Revolution Trains in general.

See you next Tuesday!

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Class 128 and the NGS Journal

WR region 128 (as built)
WR 128 with corridor connection, split headcode boxes and sandboxes.

The latest NGS Journal (4/20) states that the order book for the 128s was now open – this is not quite correct.

When we submitted the information for inclusion before the print deadline that was our intention. However in evaluating the CADs we asked the designer to make some improvements which unfortunately took slightly longer than anticipated.

We now have the revised CAD and we’re checking the improvements. once the CAD is approved and finalised we will announce the opening of the order book through our normal channels (our website, newsletter and social media).

We apologise for any confusion, and would like to add that this is no fault of the NGS Journal editor.