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Revolution round-up of 2020: Car Carriers, KUAs, Class 92s and Coronavirus.

No one could say 2020 has been a vintage year. Nonetheless, while many of us have had to deal with lockdowns, loneliness or loss of income there have been some good points: working from home has given many a break from the drudge of commuting or created more time for modelling, and despite the pandemic Revolution has had one of its most productive years ever.

New models delivered this year include the HOA hoppers, KUA nuclear flask wagons, IPA car carriers and, just before 2020 draws to a close, the first Class 92 locomotives.

Is yours one of these?

We have seen steady progress in previously announced projects such as the Class 128 parcels car and Class 313/314 electric units in N, as well as the FWA Ecofret wagons and IWA vans and timber carriers in both N and 00. However, some of these projects have taken longer than usual at the CAD design stage – this we understand to be largely down to labour problems caused by Covid.

In February we attended, as usual, Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow. At this exhibition we unveiled our new, expanded display stand designed to give us more space to engage with our supporters and show off upcoming models.

Mike gives his best ‘blue steel’ on our new display stand. Hooded top model’s own.

Model Rail Scotland is always a fun and friendly show, and 2020 was no exception. But little did we know then that the other shows we were booked to attend – The London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace, DEMU Showcase, The N Gauge International Show and the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC- would all be cancelled.

The onset of Covid in March changed many things. Revolution adopted stricter hygiene measures for dispatch of HOA hoppers, while with exhibitions and shows cancelled we needed a new way to talk to our friends and supporters. So we decided to host our first Facebook Live. This enabled both of us to give updates, show off samples or prototypes, and unveil new offerings.

The Facebook Live countdown clock became a familar sight, and the Lives enabled us to show off models in close-up, explain their features and show off the decor in Mike’s flat.

Judging by the feedback the Facebook Lives have been popular, and we plan to continue them, but while they have their place they are no real substitute for exhibitions where we can talk to our customers and enthusiasts can see (and often handle) our products for themselves.

2020 has seen several new announcements from Revolution Trains, including one in partnership with Rails of Sheffield, who share Revolution’s aim of supporting the growth of N gauge.

From top: IIA-D Drax biomass hopper, with Rails of Sheffield, 20′ gypsum containers (with Accurascale), Revolution realistic fixed couplers, SR general manager’s saloon ‘Caroline’ in 00 and N, MMA/JNA ‘Ealnos’ box wagons in N, new run Pendolinos in liveries including Avanti, 40′ hi-cube refrigerated ‘reefer’ containers with C-Rail, IPA car carriers in 00, exclusive DRS Compass livery Class 37 from Heljan in 0, HOA hoppers in 00.

Projects under development or in production include, from top: IWA vans and timber wagons in 00, MTV/ZKV ‘Zander’ 1970s-90s box open wagons in N, PFA container flats in N (with Accurascale), IWA vans and timber wagons in N, FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flat twins and triples in 00 and N, Class A fuel tanker in N, Class 320/321 EMUs in N.

For 2021 Revolution has many more exciting plans. Now the Class 92s are here, and the Class 128 and 313 are close to tooling, we are planning to offer new powered models for both present day and transition era enthusiasts, as well as further wagon models covering the 1960s to the present day.

Let’s face it: 2020 hasn’t been easy, but we have come through it. Here’s hoping for a healthier, happier and altogether better 2021!

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Zander from Santa and end of year deadline alert…

Revolution Trains received an early Christmas present in the form of EP1 samples of the forthcoming 1970s-1990s era MTV and ZKV ‘Zander’ box wagons. These were used from the early 1970s to the 1990s on stone, sand and engineer’s trains.

In offering this model Revolution is following prototype practice; the real things were built using chassis recovered from redundant Class A and Class B tanker wagons, and our model follows the same principle. The chassis in the photograph above is a painted tanker chassis used for testing; the models will have correct chassis markings.

These models are available to order now at the low pre-production price in original stone, engineer’s brown and CE Dutch liveries.

Draft livery drawing of MTV wagon with ‘Stone’ markings
Draft livery diagram of ZKV Zander in first version of livery with yellow band around box rim
Draft livery diagram of ZKV Zander in CE Dutch livery

As well as the box wagons, Revolution is offering Class A tankers in Esso silver and grey, debranded and Staveley Chemicals liveries. These wagons can be distinguished from the similar Class B tankers by their longer barrels and different loading and discharge equipment, and the versions we are offering will complement our award-winning Class B tankers released in 2018; often being operated in the same trains.

Decorated samples of both the MTV/ZKV and Class A tankers are expected early in 2021, with the order book likely to close soon after Chinese New Year.

Order deadline Alert!

Midnight on December 31st is the order deadline for some forthcoming items – please do not miss out if you want to get the low pre-production price on any of these great models.

00 IWA Sfins2 vans in Cargowaggon, Norsk Hydro and unbranded liveries – order deadline 31-12-2020
00 IWA Rfnoos timber carrier in Touax blue livery – order deadline 31-12-2020
N Ecofret container flat twins in VTG green and triples in DB Red and GBRf blue – order deadline 31-12-2020

Earlybird deadline alert!

December 31st is also the deadline for the low Earlybird prices on the next run of Revolution/Rapido Trains Class 390 Pendolino units in N. These models are being offered in new liveries but at the same low price as first time round for a limited time.

Flowing Silk, DfT grey and Avanti – some of the new versions on offer

The models will still be available to pre-order in 2021 until Rapido are ready to put them into production, but the price will be higher.

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Facebook Live No.6 – Warley would’ve been….

This weekend should’ve seen the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC, where Revolution Trains traditionally unveils something new. While, sadly, this year’s show has been cancelled we will be hosting our sixth Facebook Live this coming Tuesday December 1st at 1930 during which we will be unveiling an all-new N gauge model as well as giving updates on various existing projects.

As well as unveiling a new project, we will be showing off the decorated samples of our forthcoming IWA vans and timber carriers in 00, showing the first samples of the delightful N gauge PFA container flat wagons, and associated coal and low-level nuclear waste flasks and revealing the final CAD drawings of our upcoming Class 128 diesel parcels unit and opening the order book.

We will also have updates on existing projects such as our Mk5 coaches, Class A tanks, Zander box wagons, and Class 92 and 321 models. Plus, as ever, we will do our best to answer questions in real time during the presentation.

Sneak preview of Norsk Hydro IWA van. These are also available to order now in Cargowaggon and unbranded liveries and timber conversions.
Livery drawings of Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 vehicles are complete.

Join us on Tuesday evening!

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The year the world stood still…

2020 has hardly turned out to be the year any of us expected. And while model trains are hardly at, or even near, the top of any world leader’s list of priorities, the impact has been felt by this industry as it has by most others.

Revolution Trains is no exception. While we have been able to deliver our KUA and IPA wagons since the lockdown in March, and in association with C-rail launched a new 40′ ‘reefer’ container model, development and production of other models has been impacted.

The individual reasons are many, but are all a result of Covid-19, and to a lesser extent the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit.

The spread of the virus in China coincided with Chinese New Year, when workers traditionally leave their factory dormitories and make the long journey home to see loved ones.

Many, fearing for their safety, were then reluctant to return. Recruitment has been an ongoing problem for many of those we work with and the requirements of social distancing mean fewer CAD designers, fewer tampo printers, fewer painters and – perhaps most crucially – fewer on the production lines to painstakingly assemble the dozens, sometimes hundreds, of small parts that go into every product.

Such delays are as frustrating for us as for our customers, but there is little we can do. They are also problematic for our suppliers: the incentive for them to get the models finished is that the final stage payment is always made once the models are with us.

But like us they know that while a reputation takes a long time to build, it can be lost in an instant. If we badger the factories to rush the work then mistakes will be made; a digit transposed, a painting stage missed, a QC check not completed thoroughly.

Like us, and like, we believe, our customers, they want the models to be right. We have reassured them that we understand their difficulties and would prefer them to take the extra time needed to ensure this than to rush them.

With all our ongoing projects we will be as open as we can about progress and give updates on developments and production as quickly as we can – we regularly update this news section, our social media and the overview on our Projects page. There is no need for us to keep anything quiet so if, when we do give updates, the model you’re interested in isn’t mentioned it is because there really isn’t anything to say!

The other ongoing uncertainty is Brexit. At this time we cannot say to our EU customers what the VAT rules will be after 1 January 2021, and whether tax will have to be paid locally before the model is delivered, rather than at the time of ordering. Once we know more we will make the position clear as we understand it. The two most likely scenarios are perhaps that deal is struck at the last minute and the UK can continue to trade with our friends across the EU as normal, or that no deal is reached before the end of 2020. If no deal is reached then the likely scenario is that for any models delivered after 31 December 2020, we would refund any UK VAT paid to the EU customer and import VAT would be collected in the relevant EU country (as is already the case say for an EU customer importing from the USA or Japan), no duties should be due as the tariffs on model trains are zero.

We’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding, and reassure everyone that we at Revolution Trains are doing all we can to minimise the delays, and the impact of the virus, and looking forward to a better 2021!

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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

MAERSK SEALAND

HAPAG-LLOYD

Hamburg Sud

P&O

Fyffes

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.