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Revolution sleepers rise… and shine!

As visitors to the Great Electric Trains show recently in MIlton Keynes will know, Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of all four variants of Mk5 Caledonian Sleepers being offered.

Mk5 sleepers on display at the Great Electric Train Show recently

The vehicles have now been assessed and, barring some very minor notes and comments, are approved for production. The order book for these models will remain open until the Trans Pennine Mk5a vehicles have also been signed off.

Caledonian Sleeper Standard Sleeper (front) and Seated coach (rear)

The Models

The Caledonian Sleeper fleet comprises four different vehicles: Seated, Club, Accessible PRM Sleeper and Standard Sleeper.

Mk5 Seated

Seated cars numbered 150XX have lowered windows to align with the seats that have a mix of blue and red-brown upholstery. These have been replicated on the fully painted interior. The doors carry various small information signs while the matrix displays show the coach designation which is either Coach A or H on trains leaving London.

Mk5 Club Car

Club cars (151XX) can be quickly recognised by the distinctive Wifi dome set into the roof at the staff end. Again, the interiors of this are painted with the bar at one end and a combination of bench seats and individual ‘bar stools’ along one side while the various passenger information symbols can be seen on the doors. The Club Cars do not have a designation, but carry a plate and cutlery symbol in the matrix display.

Accessible PRM Sleeper – compartment side
Accessible PRM Sleeper – corridor side

There are usually three Accessible PRM (Person of Restricted Mobility) Sleeper cars (152XX) in each 16 coach train leaving London (as can be seen in the formation diagrams below) designated B, P, G or J depending on the service. These have larger compartments at either end which are suitable for wheelchair users, as can be seen from the spacing of the windows on the compartment side.

Standard Sleeper – compartment side
Standard Sleeper – corridor side

The Standard Sleepers (153XX) are, not surprisingly, the most numerous of the various types in the fleet, with 9 in the formations; designated C, D, E, F, G, L, M, N, K in Lowlander trains and C, D, E, F, K, L , M, N, P in the Highlanders. Again the cars feature painted interiors; on the corridor side the grey doors can be seen contrasting against the ‘wood’ corridor panelling.


Each train leaving or arriving in London comprises 16 vehicles, which split en route depending on the service.

The ‘Lowlander’ serves Glasgow and Edinburgh, splitting into two 8-car halves at Carstairs with Class 92 haulage throughout, while the ‘Highlander’ splits at Edinburgh into three portions for Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness. The make-up of these varies seasonally, and traction forward over non-electrified routes is usually provided by Class 73/9 locomotives.

However, over the last 18 months or so the pandemic has resulted in short formations of as few as 8 coaches being used from time to time.

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Revolution GETS award!

Revolution Trains attended our second major show of 2021 at the weekend – the Hornby Magazine Great Electric Train Show at the MK stadium in Milton Keynes.

The show felt as busy as ever – especially on the Saturday – and it was great to catch up with friends old and new.

There seemed to be considerable pent up interest in models that have been developed over the last 18 months or so but have not been shown due to Covid.

Highlights of the Revolution cabinet included the first test mouldings of our forthcoming Class 59 locomotive, decorated samples of our Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 coaches plus EP1 samples of our Class 128 diesel parcels units and Borail, Mullet, Parr and Super Tench flat wagons.

The glass shard in the back of the cabinet is the trophy awarded to us by Hornby Magazine after its readers voted Revolution’s KUA nuclear flask carriers N Gauge Rolling Stock Model of the year.

Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild (centre) with Revolution’s Ben Ando and Mike Hale.

We’d also like to thank Paul (left) and Gareth (far right) for all their help on our stand over the weekend.

That is it for 2021 – Revolution will be back on the road in February next year at Model Rail Scotland and then in March at the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace. See you then!

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Cartic-4mm from Revolution…

Revolution Trains is offering the iconic Cartic-4 articulated car carrier in OO-gauge/4mm scale, to accompany the previously announced in N-gauge model.

The models will be offered in original form with top rails in Motorail, MAT and Silcock & Collings liveries, in MAT and STVA liveries with mesh side screens and in Silcock & Collings versions with side screens and side screens with roofs.

CAD is underway, and will be based on the research carried out for the N gauge model; CAD for the smaller version is now complete and the model is in tooling.

Revolution will be opening the pre-order book for the 00 version and N gauge versions very soon.

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Get to GETS with Revolution!

Revolution Trains is delighted to confirm we will be on Stand 18 at this weekend’s Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes.

With the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition cancelled Revolution took the decision to attend GETS which is st to be 2021’s largest model railway exhibition. For more information about the show and to pre-order tickets click here.

We will have several new items on show, and we will also be repeating the show bundle discounts which proved popular at The International N-Gauge Show earlier this month, as a thank-you to all who are getting back onto the exhibition circuit.

Highlight of our display will include the EP1 samples of our Class 128 parcels units, decorated samples of our Mk5 Caledonian Sleeper coaches and EP1 samples of our forthcoming BR Borail/Mullet/Parr/Super Tench flat wagons in N.

Class 128 EP sample
Mk5 Caledonian Sleeper decorated samples

In addition we will have test shots from our N-gauge Class 59 locomortives. These can be pre-ordered at the Early Bird price of £114.95 with free postage until MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY.

This will be our first non-scale specific show since Model Rail Scotland in 2020, and for 00 enthusiasts we will also have samples of lots of other models that have been developed and put into production since then including our 00 IPA car carriers, FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flats and IWA vans and timber carriers. Plus we will be announcing a new 00 model at the show, and for those who can’t make the show it will also be unveiled here on our website at 0930 on Saturday.

Our popular show bundle discounts allow customers to combine various Revolution models for discounts of 5-10% and include our small remaining stocks of Class 92 locomotives, IPA car carriers, KFA container flats, Cemflo cement wagons and Sonic Models VEA vans. We are also including Revolution/Crail containers in this deal. Please note that stocks are limited, and some liveries are already gone.

Revolution Class 92 + IPA car twins x2, Class 92 + IPA quad set or or Class 92 + KFA triple pack are among the bundle deals available

The show opens at 10am on Saturday (0930 for advanced ticket holders) – see you there!

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Revolution Class 59 – tooling completed

Revolution’s upcoming Class 59 diesel locomotive model in N is a step closer with our manufacturing partners in China advising us that tooling is complete and sending us some images of the first test mouldings.

59/0 bodyshells, in original form without roof radio pods, fuel tanks and pick-ups

The images also show the lift-off centre body panel to allow straightforward installation of a Next-18 DCC decoder and control of switchable lighting functions, and the fuel tanks with speaker recesses. Speakers will be factory-fitted to every model so upgrading to sound is simple.

The pin-point axle power pick-up can also be seen, with the ‘floating’ centre axle designed to maintain optimum contact even on uneven track sections.

EP samples are likely to follow shortly to allow us to inspect all the components for accuracy, crispness and fit, and to begin testing the chassis.

We would like to thank everyone who has already pre-ordered, enabling us to reach this point in the model’s production so quickly.

All Revolution Class 59 versions can still be reserved at our low Early-Bird price of just £114.95 with free postage until September 30th, after which the price increases to our standard pre-order price of £125. Models are expected to be available from partner retailers after production is complete, but these will be at the full RRP, which is likely to be around £150.

In the coming weeks we are expecting to receive EP1 running samples for testing and if possible we will have them on display on our stand at the Great Electric Trains Show at Milton Keynes on October 2nd and 3rd.

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Revolution – back on the road!

Revolution Trains would like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to the organisers and all who attended the International N Gauge Show this last weekend at the Warwickshire Event Centre.

It was great to get a chance to meet up again with our customers and supporters after such a long break, show off our latest new items, make a couple of new announcements, chat about our forthcoming Class 59 and other planned models and give away lots of catalogues.

Second time out for Revolution’s new stand and new shirts. Shorts and trainers model’s own.

It was only the second time we’d attended with our new, larger display stand. Its first, and only, showing beforehand was at Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow in February 2020 – so we were a little slow remembering how to set it up!

The Revolution stars of the show were the first EP samples of our forthcoming Class 128 diesel parcels unit. Three were on display, including WR versions with and without gangways and LMR version with centre headcode boxes, however we are tooling other variants. You can pre-order a Class 128 in BR green, BR blue or Royal Mail red here.

WR Class 128 with gangways and headcode boxes. Photo courtesy TomE/N Gauge News
LMR Class 128 with centre headcodes. Photo courtesy TomE/N Gauge News

We had also recently received part-painted samples of our Mk5 coaches in TPE livery. Please note these are not full decorated samples, but a test print for the factory to check we are happy with the quality of the printing of the tricky bodyside ‘fades.’ Like the Class 128s these samples only arrived the day before the show and we will be sending feedback and corrections in due course.

TPE M5 Driving Trailer (coach A) and Open First (coach E) print samples. Photo courtesy TomE/N Gauge News

Also on display were similar test prints for the forthcoming Drax Power IIA-D biomass hoppers being retailed exclusively by Rails of Sheffield.

Drax biomass hopper ‘Renewable Pioneers.’ Photo courtesy TomE/N Gauge News

We have also received these images of the Mk5 Caledonian Sleeper decorated samples. Though too late for the show, they are en route and should be here shortly. Mk5 coach packs in TPE and Caledonian Sleeper livery can be pre-ordered here.

From front: Club Car, Seated Car, Standard Sleeper, Accessible sleeper

Our two new offerings – the 1938 tube stock and K-type all-steel Pullman coaches – seemed to go down very well!

Draft CAD of 1938 stock tube train
The Bournemouth Belle with K-type steel bodied Pullmans in the consist. Photo courtesy Ben Brooksbanks/Creative Commons

All the new announcements, and the latest on our existing plans, are listed in our new mini-catalogue.

If you were unable to attend the show and missed out on a catalogue we’ll be including them with all new orders or you can download a copy below.

Our Revolution discounted bundles of a Class 92 locomotive with car carriers or container flats seemed popular and we will be repeating this with the (shrinking) amount of remaining stock at our next exhibition.

92032 + STVA flat twin and flat twin with stakes – one of numerous discouted bundle deals available

Finally, on a personal level, it is always rewarding to see our models in use on layouts and, hopefully, giving enjoyment to both operators and viewers.

Revolution IZA Cargowaggon twins on ‘Millfield Yard’ by Pauline McKenna.

Meldon West, pictured below, was another beautiful layout representing a small west country quarry during the 1990s late BR/Sectorisation era. An ideal setting for a Revolution Class 59…?

Our next show will be Hornby Magazine’s Great Electric Trainshow at Milton Keynes next at the start of October and we will post details of our stand number etc when we have them. See you there!

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All steel K-type Pullmans in N!

Revolution is delighted to reveal its next range of N gauge coaches will be the much requested all steel ‘K-type’ Pullman coaches. The K-type Pullmans were the first all steel construction Pullmans in the UK.

Parlour First “Zena” in the VSOE set at Bristol Temple Meads in April 2012. Photo courtesy of Hugh Llewelyn, Creative Commons CC BY-SA2.0 licence

Metropolitan Cammell built 29 Pullman cars of 5 different body types: Kitchen 1sts and 3rds, Parlour 1sts and 3rds and Parlour Brake 3rds – we will offer all 5 body types in train packs to allow prototypical formations to be assembled.

A further 4 cars (81-84) were built in 1931 for the Bournemouth Belle – we will include these if feasible from the tooling.

Bournemouth Belle with a mix of styles of Pullman cars. Photo courtesy of Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons licence

Some of the K-types were used by the GWR on Ocean-Liner and Torquay Pullman services from 1929, but perhaps the more famous use was by the LNER and then BR in services such as the Queen of Scots, Tees-Tyne Pullman, Yorkshire Pullman and Master Cutler. By the mid-late 1960s some of the K-types were being used with other Pullman types (particularly the brakes) but unfortunately some were disposed of for scrap. A few of the K-types continue to see service in the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and a number survive to this day in preservation.

Queen of Scots Pullman train in 1955. Photo courtesy of Ben Brooksbank, Creative Commons licence

Our model will feature the same high levels of detail as our Mark 5 coaches and include interior lighting and working table lamps. We expect the order book for the K-type Pullmans to open late Q4 2021 – Q1 2022.

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Going underground! 1938 stock in N gauge.

Revolution Trains is delighted to introduce the first RTR underground trains available in N gauge with our forthcoming model of the iconic and distinctive 1938 stock.

1938 driving car – draft CAD

Over 1100 cars of 1938 stock were built with additional cars built/converted during the 1950s to supplement the original batch. The 38 stock was primarily designed for “deep” tube lines on the Bakerloo, Northern, Piccadilly and Central lines though 38 stock was also used on the East London sub-surface line during the 1970s. Despite being deep tube stock the 1938 stock regularly ran above ground particularly at the northern ends of the Northern and Bakerloo lines alongside sub-surface and mainline stock. The final 1938 stock was withdrawn from service by London Underground in 1988 following 50 years of service with a 4 car set preserved by London Underground.

1938 stock running on the Bakerloo line at Harlesden. Photo courtesy of SP Smiler, WikiCommons

Despite the long service on LU lines in 1988 10 pairs of 38 stock were sold to BR for future use on the Isle of Wight. This saw the 1938 stock slightly modified for use on the IoW where they saw a remarkable further 30+ years of service with the final sets withdrawn in January 2021.

483001 at Ryde St John’s Road shortly after introduction in 1989. Photo courtesy of Keith Edkins and reused under a Creative Commons licence

We plan to offer sets in original LT red, Network SouthEast and Island liveries.

483 on Ryde Pier Head, 2020

Our model is undergoing final CAD corrections and once those are complete we will open the order book (expected to be late Q4 2021). Our model will feature highly detailed bodyshells, separate flush-glazing, moulded interiors with
working head, tail and saloon lighting.

We were very grateful to be given access to Ryde depot before these venerable units went out of service.

Revolution Trains would like to thank South Western Railway and TfL for their assistance and support.

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Revolution says: come to the party!

There are just days to go until the first major exhibition Revolution has been able to attend since February 2020.

The International N Gauge Show (TINGS) is ON this coming weekend September 11th and 12th – and Revolution is doing its bit to welcome everyone back with a new FREE mini-catalogue, lots of new samples on show, some show-only discounted special offers and the unveiling of two all-new models.

Grab a Revolution mini-catalogue – one of the two all-new models is on the front so we’ve had to hide it!

The two models being unveiled at TINGS are both N gauge, not surprisingly, and for one the CAD is complete and the order book will be opening very soon, while the other is a project that will begin in earnest in Q4 2021. If you can’t attend the show the new models will be unveiled on our website here shortly after 10am on Saturday.

It will be the first time we have attended TINGS with the new, larger stand that was first unveiled at Model Rail Scotland last year (if we can remember how to put it up!) and we will be happy to talk about our new announcements and answer any questions on existing projects. While we have been delighted and surprised with the numbers joining us for our Facebook Lives, we also know nothing quite beats face-to-face interaction to get the latest news and answers to your questions!

We expect to have a variety of samples on show (though some are still en route as I write this!) including Mk5 coaches, Class 128 parcels units, IIA-D biomass hoppers, PFA container flats, IWA vans and timber carriers, MMA/JNA box wagons and possibly some preliminary mouldings for the all-new Class 59.

Show-only Bundle Deals

In order to do our bit to support the return of live exhibitions Revolution is offering some great ‘show special’ bundles with discounted prices on several model combinations, all based on prototypical formations.

There are small numbers of Class 92 locomotives availalble in RfD, EWS, DB and GBRf liveries and any of these can be combined with either two IPA car carrier twins or one IPA covered car carrier quad or a KFA container flat triple for a 5% discount on the total price.

While stocks remain you can combine any 92 with any wagon liveries. The drawings below are suggestions based on observations of the real thing, but any combination that meets the requirements qualifies for the discount. And if you wish to buy additional wagons we will include them in the discounted total too!

91001 + IPA twin with stakes STVA grey + IPA twin flat STVA grey
92032 + IPA twin flat STVA red + IPA twin with stakes STVA red
92003 + IPA covered quad STVA grey
92032 + covered quad STVA red
92036 + KFA triple pack (each wagon has different numbers)
92009 + KFA triple pack + 20′, 30′ and 40′ containers – see below for our great offer on containers!

In addition to the 92 bundles we will be offering discounts on PCV ‘Cemflo’ wagons and containers.

Purchases of three or more Cemflo triple packs (ie 9 or more wagons) will qualify for a 5% discount. This offer applies to both Blue Circle and TOPS versions, while stocks last, and in each triple pack all the wagons are differently numbered, making a total of 21 differently numbered wagons across the seven available packs.

PCV ‘Cemflo’ TOPS livery (left) and Blue Circle livery.

For our containers, produced in association with C-Rail, we are offering a 5% discount on purchases of 5-9 models, and a 10% discount on purchases of 10 or more. This covers all containers still in stock, from the extremely limited number of tank containers, to the 30′ bulk containers, 40′ hi-cube reefers and most recent 40′ dry box containers in Tex and Hyundai colours.

You’ll find Revolution Trains on the right as you enter the hall, on the first aisle between Cheltenham Model Centre and Rails of Sheffield.

But if you can’t make it to TINGS don’t despair: with Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC cancelled this year Revolution Trains has taken the decision to attend the Great Electric Train Show at Milton Keynes on October 2nd and 3rd – we will post more details about this show nearer the time.

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Rainbow caustic soda tanks dazzle…

Revolution Trains has received EP1 samples of the 00 gauge, 1:76 scale TUA caustic soda tanks it’s producing for Rainbow Railways.

The models feature sprung buffers, NEM couplers, photo-etched catwalks and numerous separately fitted detail parts.

Catwalks are photo etched and two variants of the manlid are being produced

The samples have been checked for running and fit of parts and some very minor amendments are being made. In additionl fine details (such as rivets) will now be added to the moulds.

28 of these wagons were built by Standard Wagon in 1977 for Tiger Rail Leasing (TRL) and used for caustic soda traffic from ICI’s Mond Division works in Cheshire.

The wagons were used largely in Speedlink services to customers across Britain, with destinations including Corkickle, Haverton Hill, Dalry, Grangemouth, Purfleet, Seal Sands and Wigton.

TRL 70726 at Stoke. Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.

Later they were debranded, and some were transferred to ATO, receiving their red letter logo.

TRL 70717 at Immingham. Photo courtesy Paul Bartlett.

In 1988 Tiger Rail repurposed 12 wagons for carrying china clay slurry for ECC and repainted into their mid blue livery.

TRL 70711. Photo courtesy Huw Millington.

The next step is for decorated samples to be prepared, and once these are approved the models will go into production.

The models are priced at £35 each and only available from Rainbow Railways. Reserve yours here.

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International Revolution!

Revolution Trains is delighted to confirm it will be attending the 2021 International N Gauge Show at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 11th and 12th September 2021.

This will be our first show since Model Rail Scotland in 2020, as the Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace, DEMU Showcase, TINGS and Warley in 2020 and Model Rail Scotland and DEMU Showcase this year were all cancelled due to Covid, and we are very much looking forward to meeting and chatting to our friends and supporters.

Class 128 EP sample

We are expecting to have plenty of new items on display including EP1 samples of our forthcoming Class 128 unit, decorated samples of our Mk5 coaches in Caledonian Sleeper and TPE liveries and Drax Power IIA-D biomass hoppers and possibly EP samples of our Class 59 locomotive. Tooling is complete, but it’s a race against time to see if the PCBs to control the lights can be sourced in time.

The images show the various ends, roof sections and some of the hundreds of copper electrodes used to erode the cavities in the tool steel that comprise each moulded part, illustrating why the mould tools can cost many thousands per model.

Revolution will also have a small number of models for sale – these primarily comprise cancellations and the small amout of excess stock we always order to cover replacements etc – and we will be offering some items in ‘train packs’ based on authentic consists seen on the mainline – see posters on our stand for details!

For more information about the show, and to pre-book tickets, see here.

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That Friday Fifty-Nine Feeling…

During one of our recent Class 59 research trips Ben and Mike from Revolution Trains recorded a short video discussing details of the locomotives and discussion of why it’s been selected a Revolution’s next locomotive.

If you’ve a spare five minutes, enjoy!

The video features a tutorial on the differences between the subclasses and even individual locomotives, showing how the model will fathfully replicate these, lots more information about the details and features and plenty of heavyweight action involving the real thing.

We’d like to thank the hundreds (yes!!) who’ve already pre-ordered at our amazing EarlyBird price of £114.95, with free postage. We have decided to end the EarlyBird offer period at the end of September, to give everyone a chance to enjoy this offer, after which price goes up to the standard pre-order £124.95.

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Revolutionary EMD from Revolution!

Revolution Trains is offering the iconic Class 59 diesel as its next locomotive model in N gauge.

On their introduction in 1986 they heralded a revolution in traction on Britain’s railways. They were the first privately owned and American-built diesels to operate in Britain and set unprecedented levels of reliability; their success led directly to the now ubiquitous Class 66 – arguably the most successful design of the modern era.

59005 at Hothfield in 2014. Photo used under Creative Commons.

CAD is complete and the model is ready for tooling to begin. We anticipate that first moulded samples will be here in 6-8 weeks, and the model will be available to pre-order for a low EarlyBird price of £114.95 with Free Postage for a short period, before moving up to the standard pre-order price of £124.95, with a subsequent MSRP after production of £150.

Revolution’s tooling allows for all sub-classes to be correctly depicted, with numerous differences in lighting, roof and bogie details, and unique locomotives 59003 and 59005 are also being offered.

59/0 in updated condition with yaw dampers, revised bogies, NRN pods and altered exhaust.
59/1 with revised lighting, underframe, bogies and roof details.
59-2 with drop-head buckeye coupler, sub-class specific roof details and external fire extinguishers.

The Class 59 is Revolution’s second N gauge locomotive, and follows on from our highly regarded Class 92 described in one review as …the best ‘N’ gauge model yet? We think so: nothing can match the fidelity of detail which Revolution Trains has achieved…

With the Class 59 we plan to go even better – with all grilles photo-etched, including the distinctive front air horn grille, with numerous separately fitted detail parts and supports on the distinctive solebar area, separate windscreen wipers, full interiors, photo etched lashing loops and front footsteps.

We are also building on our experience of the Class 92 chassis. The Class 59 will have a heavy diecast mainframe, internal lighting connections via tabs to minimise wiring, low gearing for smooth and powerful running, factory-fitted speakers in a fuel tank designed to act as the baffle and Next 18 DCC socket and lighting switches accessed by a simple lift-off centre panel – which replicates the engine access panel on the real thing.

NEM coupler sockets in kinematic mounts will be fitted, with a Rapido type N gauge coupler fitted at one end and the other supplied super-detailed. A spare Rapido will be included in the accessory bag for those who wish to have operational couplers at both ends.

The model has been in development since last year, and we are expecting first samples in the next few weeks. We’d like to thank GBRf, Freightliner, Arlington Fleet Services, Progress Rail (EMD) and Mendip Rail for their help and assistance so far.

The order book will be opening very soon, with our EarlyBird price available for a short period.

The Class 59s – a short history

59003 at Merehead in 1986. Photo used under Creative Commons.

The Class 59 represented a revolution when it made history on its entry to service in 1986 as the first privately owned mainline locomotive to operate on the British network.

Foster Yeoman, which operated heavy stone trains from quarries in the Mendips, had decided to buy its own locomotives as there was nothing in British Rail’s traction fleet that could meet its needs for power and reliability.

Built by Electro-Motive Diesel at its plant at La Grange, Illinois, the first four Class 59/0s – in their striking silver and blue livery – were an immediate success offering exceptional haulage and previously undreamt of availability and a fifth was duly ordered. In use some changes were made to the bogies to improve ride quality and NRN roof pods were added.

Amey Roadstone Corporation (ARC) decided to follow suit and in 1990 took delivery of four locomotives designated 59/1 in the ARC house colours of grey and mustard.

59101 at Hallam in 1991. Photo used under Creative Commons.

The ARC locomotives saw the exhaust port moved away from the driver’s door and alterations to lighting arrangements and roof hatch catches.

The final batch of six locomotives were built for National Power and arrived in Britain in 1994-5. In a striking blue and pale grey livery, with red and white detailing, the Class 59/2 fleet was used to supply power stations in the Aire valley at Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge with limestone from Tunstead and coal from collieries including Maltby, Gascoigne Wood and Kellingley.

59204 at Burton Salmon. Photo used under Creative Commons.

In all fifteen Class 59s were built and all remain in service with a variety of operators and in liveries including Hanson, Freightliner G&W, GBRf and DB.

59202 at Dundas in 2010. Photo courtesy Graham Roose.

They are primarily used on heavy stone trains from the Mendip quarries to destinations in the south of England, however GBRf’s 59003 is used more widely, and the class is also often seen on engineer’s trains. In the past the Class 59/2s – under National Power, EWS and later DB – were seen widely across the north of England.

The 59s are often seen hauling the JNA box wagons and HOA hoppers previously produced by Revolution, making it an ideal addition to our range.

The PTA box wagons and KPA hoppers used in the 1980s and 1990s are available from the NGS as kits.

59001 at Southcote Junction in 2017. Photo courtesy Steve Poole.
59101 at Farnborough in 2020. Photo courtesy NathTrains.

In 1997 Foster Yeoman agreed for 59003 to be sent to Germany. To work abroad it was fitted with a top marker light and UIC buffers. The locomotive was acquired by GBRf in 2014 and repatriated and repainted. With the assistance of GBRf Revolution Trains has tooled the correct detail variations for this version too.

CAD for 59003 in present-day condition following its return from Germany. Note top marker light and rectangular buffers.
59003 at Eastleigh in 2020. Photo used under Creative Commons.
59202 Avonmouth-Whatley.
59206 and 59005 at Langley Burrell. Both above photos courtesy Jo Alder.

The Class 59 will become Revolution’s second N gauge locomotive, moving ahead of the previously announced Class 93 which will go into CAD design alongside the real things toward the end of this year.

Although relatively small in number, our extensive research has revealed large numbers of detail differencies and idiosyncracies within the class which we will be replicating where possible.

The CADs are the result of many hours of work and the analysis of dozens of precise measurements to accompany works drawings.
59206 at Bedworth in 2020. Photo courtesy Steve King.

What’s on offer

For a small class, the Class 59s have carried numerous liveries. Revolution has secured licences including the very latest Aggregate Industries, GBRf and Freightliner G&W schemes and these will be among the models offered.

Please note these graphics are for illustrative purposes only; some small markings are omitted, colours are representative and some details may be altered for production models. To see which models are available to order now please follow the link above to our shop. Please note that dates given do not apply to every locomotive, but cover the period the livery was in use on at least one of the class.

Class 59/0

Foster Yeoman originalperiod 1986-2000
Foster Yeoman revisedperiod 1998-2015
Aggregate Industriesperiod 2008-present

Class 59/1

ARC originalperiod 1990-2000
Hansonperiod 1999-present

Class 59/2

EWSperiod 1998-2012
DB Schenkerperiod 2009-2020
Freightliner G&Wfrom 2020

Retailer Exclusives

Revolution is also delighted to be offering these retailer exclusives.

59003 with Rails of Sheffield.

Revolution is teaming up with Rails of Sheffield to offer GBRf’s 59003 featuring all the detail amendments mentioned above. When it entered service with GBRf it featured red/blue roundels at each end, however in 2020 the locomotive was repainted and given a more standard GBRf with a rectangular centre blue panel. Both versions are being offered.

59201/59206 twin pack with Rainbow Railways.

In addition, Revolution is joining with Rainbow Railways to offer the Class 59/2’s stylish original ‘National Power’ livery in an exclusive ‘First & Last’ twin pack comprising both 59201 ‘Vale of York’ and 59206 ‘Pride of Ferrybridge’. Both locomotives feature prototypical variations; 59201 features the bell at the No1 end and single handled cab doors, while 59206 has twin handled cab doors and revised end air pipe positions. These models will also include cosmetic buck-eye couplers; these were removed when the locomotives were taken on by EWS.

It is anticipated that samples will be ready for testing in the next 6-8 weeks with production expected in Q2 2022.

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Sonic Models 56xx – DCC decoder compatibility update

Sonic Models have just advised us that the 6 pin socket on PCB may be offset a little bit on some models. It may cause a difficulty to re-assemble the body shell after fitting the suggested decoder (Bachmann right-angle decoder 36-556RA) because the inner space is very tight on such a small loco.  

After further checks of current 6 pin decoders, there are 3 version with a very small size, they are:

ZIMO 6 pin decoder direct MX616N

ESU 6 pin decoder direct 59827

One customer has reported that an alternative is to remove a small amount of plastic from the decoder socket so that the body can sit flat and enables the original suggested decoder to fit correctly.

Sonic Models apologises for any inconvenience that this may cause customers.

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Sonic 56xx arrives and next model unveiled

Revolution Trains has received stocks of the Sonic Models 56xx 0-6-2T locomotives. Customers who ordered from Revolution will see their orders fulfilled by us.

All versions are being sent out

There are lots to work through, and we are dispatching orders in the sequence they were received, so please allow 14 days before contacting us if your model has not arrived.

Please note there is a small correction to the parts list on the back page of the instructions. The models were designed with a small cover to clip over the gear tower, however during production it was noted that this fouled the bodyshell. As it was not essential to the operation of the mechanism it was deleted, however the instruction sheets had already been printed.

Corrected instruction sheet

If you missed out on pre-ordering these models then some remain in stock at Rails of Sheffield here.

Sonic’s next model is the LNER 0-6-0 J50 tank locomotive.

Engineering Prototype samples are already being tested and the model is being retailed exclusively by Rails of Sheffield. For more information, and to order, see here.

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Revolution at the NGF Virtual Exhibition

Revolution would like to thank all who organised the N Gauge Forum’s virtual exhibition over the weekend July 16th-19th. The show is now over, but for those who missed Revolutions contribution of three short films they can be viewed below. Each is roughly ten minutes long.

In the first film, Mike Hale (R) and Ben Ando discuss how Revolution grew out of a scheme to crowdfund a Class 390 Pendolino train in N gauge. Despite some stumbles along the way, the company has now delivered many thousands of models.

In the second film, Ben and Mike run through the production of the models; how they’re selected, how the price is determined, and what other stages have to be managed before they finally arrive in the UK and are dispatched to customers.

In the third and final video we run through nearly every project we have under development at the moment, with some samples not previously shown, and hint at some future possibities. We also confirm our announcement on Friday of another run of the award-winning Class B tankers in N gauge, via retailers only.

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Any more for any more…Class B tanks?

We’re delighted to announce as part of the NGF Virtual Exhibition 2021 that we will be re-running our award-winning Class B 35t tanks. These popular Class B 35t tanks were introduced in the mid-1950s and lasted until the early 1990s.

35t Class B tanks

In a change to our normal practice we will not be accepting direct pre-orders and all orders to go through a normal retail channel.  We will still only produce according to pre-orders so if you want to guarantee your order please place it before the order deadline (to be confirmed in due course but likely to be September/October 2021) with your preferred retailer. Our MSRP is kept the same as the first run at £26.95.

We are offering the same livery selection as the first run but all versions will have different numbers to the original run. NB there are 4 number versions of the Esso livery to reflect the popularity of that livery in the first run. All other versions we are offering 2 number versions with prototypical livery and labelling variations. 

For the second run we will offer the following versions:

Esso livery: 3300, 3305, 3546 and 3705 (Era 5-7)

Mobil Charringtons: 202 (with black Charringtons label as shown) and 249 (with white Charringtons label) (Era 5-6)

Unbranded black with ZRW TOPS code for depot waste fuel oil: ADB999065 and ADB999073 (Era 7-8)

Regent: 375 and 404 (Era 5-6)

Texaco: TEX47878 and TEX47859 (Era 6-7)

United Molasses: UM204 (with brown barrel ends) and UM258 (with blue barrel ends) (Era 6-8)

The models will go into production alongside our forthcoming Class A tanks and MTV/ZKV Zander wagons and we estimate delivery will be Q1 2022.

The following retailers have already agreed to start taking pre-orders: C&M Models, Derails, East Somerset Models, Hattons, Kernow MRC, KMS Railtech, Rails of Sheffield, Rainbow Railways, TMC. If your preferred retailer is not on the list please ask them to send us an email to ask about stocking the Class B tanks.

Please remember to place your pre-order with your retailer if you would like to guarantee your order!

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Revolution back to exhibitions, virtually…

Revolution Trains is delighted to be taking part in the NGF Virtual Exhibition this weekend, July 16th, 17th and 18th.

The show runs from 1900 on Friday, and will feature 30 layouts, demonstrations, interviews and features including three short films contributed by Revolution Trains.

Each film has a theme; the first explains how Revolution Trains was started as a crowdfunding venture to produce an N gauge Pendolino model and grew from there; the second discusses how we select, research and develop models and in the third we give a comprehensive rundown of all our ongoing projects with some exclusive updates, teasers as to our future plans and a new announcement.

Revolution Trains is delighted to be supporting the NGF show and hopes all N gauge enthusiasts will find something to interest them. The link will take you to the show itself once it’s started, until it does it’ll take you to the preview page shown above where you can watch trailers and find out other information: NGF Virtual Exhibition

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New containers come floating into stock!

Following on from our range of N gauge containers developed with C Rail Intermodal our latest collaborations have just landed in stock and are now available to order from our shop. Two new liveries of our very popular 20ft tank containers: Eurotainer and Bertschi liveries; and two more liveries on our 40ft hicube containers: Hyundai and TEX.

Whilst updating the stock of the new versions we’ve also found a very small number of some previous liveries of tank container (Nichicon) and hicube (Hanjin, UASC and MSC) but only a very limited stock! We’ve still got reasonable stocks of our most recent containers the 30′ bulk containers and 40′ refrigerated “reefer” containers.

All the containers can be ordered now from our Shop – just click on Shop then follow the navigation: 2mm/N gauge In Stock to see the containers available.

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Big 37 meets even bigger 37….

Revolution Trains and Heljan presented Nuclear Transport Solutions/Direct Rail Services with display models of their 0 gauge Class 37 model 37405 in Compass livery, in a ceremony in front of the real locomotive at Crewe Gresty Bridge depot on June 30th 2021.

Left to right: Ben (Revolution Trains), Andy Grundy (NTS/DRS), Ben Jones (Heljan)

NTS/DRS’s stylish dark blue compass livery has long been a favourite of model railway enthusiasts and Revolution was delighted to be able to produce these models with Heljan and would like to thank NTS/DRS for their assistance.

Revolution Trains/Heljan Class 37/4 37405 in DRS Compass livery

Andy Grundy, Head of Engineering (fleet and technical) accepted the models on behalf of NTS/DRS from Revolution’s Ben Ando and Heljan’s Ben Jones and said: “These impressive models will go on display in a case in our reception area, so everyone at NTS/DRS can enjoy them.”

37405 undoubtedly oblivious to her 1:43 scale counterpart

Ben Jones of Heljan added: “We were delighted to work with our friends at Revolution Trains and NTS/DRS to produce these superb models and it’s great that some have found a good home in Crewe and Carlisle alongside their big sisters.” 

A limited number of DRS 0 gauge class 37 37405 models are still available.