Revolution Trains, working with our friends from Accurascale, have almost completed the research work on their forthcoming N-gauge models of the exciting new Mk5 coaching stock in operation with Caledonian Sleepers.
Caledonian Sleeper, Serco and CAF kindly allowed us access to Polmadie depot in Glasgow to enable us to carefully record the details and other aspects of the vehicles.
These models are being produced with kind permission and under licence from the Scottish Ministers.
While we were there two 8-unit sets, which had just completed Lowlander runs from London overnight to Glasgow and Edinburgh, were being serviced while a third set (nearest the camera) was being checked over.
There are a number of detail differences between the sleepers as delivered and in service, and we’d like to thank the engineering exam at CS/Serco for talking us through them.
Since their introduction the new sleepers have attracted high levels of praise from passengers. There are four different vehicles: Standard Sleeper, Accessible Sleeper (with larger berths at each end) Club Car with bar and Seated car.
“Classic” berths with bunks and a sink are now joined by twin and double cabins with en-suite toilet facilities.
All have , stylish, contemporary interiors. Our models will feature these and interior lighting to show it off!
The Caledonian Sleeper logo on the ceiling light in each vestibule is a delightful touch!
Externally the vehicles are sleek and exceptionally smooth-sided as this image shows.
We expect to open the order book on these models very soon, and anticipate selling them in packs of four enabling a full 4, 8 or 16-vehicle train to be assembled.
The stylish livery features three antlers at one end representing Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness, the three destinations served by the Highlander Service. Two antlers at the opposite end represent Glasgow and Edinburgh, served by the Lowlander trains.
The next stage is to complete the CAD work on these models, and once that is done we can open the order book. As ever, the sooner we receive orders the sooner we can reach production.
If you are interested in 4mm scale 00 gauge models you can order from Accurascale here.
We’d very much like to thank Caledonian Sleepers, Serco, CAF and the team at Polmadie for accommodating us.