Warley is back! The UK’s largest model railway show returns to the NEC after a forced three-year hiatus and Revolution will be there on stand C15 – come and see us!
We will have two new brochures free to collect – one dedicated to our offerings in 00 gauge, and one to N gauge.
We will have all the latest samples to view including the first decorated sample of our OO/4mm FNA-D nuclear flask carriers (we will publish more images on our website next week) and the first EP sample of the N gauge version as well as many other samples.
If you would like to collect an order for OO/4mm IPA car carriers or Ecofret container flats (or any other in stock items) please send us an email by 7pm Thursday 24 November – we will confirm if it is possible or not.
When we announced the FNA-Ds in February we never anticipated that it would take this long to get the first samples, but we’re pleased to announce that the factory has finished the EP samples of the OO version and that we’ve opened our order book – you can order direct from us or from any of our retailers all at the same excellent price of £32.95 per wagon (sold in singles). Our model has been produced under licence from DRS/NTS and we’re very grateful for all their help on this model (along with that of WH Davis who built the wagons).
The FNA-D nuclear flask carriers were built by WH Davis from 2014 to replace older nuclear flask wagons. The FNA-D nuclear flask carriers are used across the network to transport spent fuel from nuclear power stations to Sellafield. The FNA-D nuclear flask wagons typically run in rakes of 1-4 wagons mostly with two locos either double-headed or top-and-tailed.
The models feature a wealth of accurately-applied detail to replicate the real thing! Check out the under frame detailing below including the prototypical see-through area where the flask sits!
The models feature our usual high levels of detail and features:
Produced under licence from DRS
Highly accurate OO gauge model, 1:76.2 scale on 16.5mm track
All models share the same livery with 8 different running numbers available
Accurate underframe detailing
Minimum Radius 438mm (2nd Radius)
Bogies include separate brake shoes in line with wheels
RP25-110 profile OO gauge wheels on 26mm length, 2mm diameter axles (to make conversion to EM/P4 easy)
Kinetic NEM coupler sockets mounted on the body with mini-tension-lock couplers
We’ve also been working on which models to offer and we’re pleased to offer 8 different running numbers, all in the attractive teal livery.
The N gauge version is in tooling at the moment and we will have some news of this over the next few weeks.
You can place your pre-orders now either direct with us (using our deposit system if you prefer) or with any of our retailers – all at the same excellent value price of £32.95 per wagon!
Since we announced the class 128 liveries there has been a glaring gap in the versions offered – that of the attractive two-tone blue Express Parcels units. We are pleased to announce that 55994 in Express Parcels livery will be available exclusively from any of our retailers.
Our retailers would appreciate early expressions/pre-orders for this version so that they can order sufficient stock – so if you are interested in one please get in contact with your preferred retailer to reserve your model as soon as possible!
You can see a list of our retailers on our website here. Please note that this version is exclusive to retailers and is not available to order from Revolution Trains.
For those of you who missed our newsletter announcement – our N gauge EALNOS JNA/MMA aggregate box wagons arrived at Revolution HQ this week and have been checked over.
Shipments and balance invoices will begin to be sent out early next week, but if you would like to collect your order(s) at TINGS this weekend please let us know by 9am tomorrow morning (Friday 9 September) – to let us know please complete the short form here. You will be able to pay any balance due at the show.
The factory recently sent us decorated samples of our forthcoming HOA aggregate hoppers. 4 of the 5 liveries are shown below (editor: not sure what has happened to photos of the Ermewa Tarmac version!). We will have them on display at the Great Electric Trains Show in October and at Warley in November.
We have a few tweaks to make to improve the decoration but we’re largely very happy with them.
The twin packs are priced at £71.95 eachto pre-order from our website – just click on Shop – and the order book will close at the end of November (30 November) to allow production to begin with delivery scheduled for late Q1 2023 – early Q2 2023.
Our OO/4mm IPA car carriers and Ecofret/FWAs are both in transit from China to the UK and we expect them to land at Southampton over the next few days. Once the models have cleared customs and been delivered to us, we will check the models and start to send them out to customers whose orders are fully paid.
IPA car carriers
The IPAs will be sent out first so we’ve been generating balance invoices for IPA customers – all the balance invoices have now been generated. If you haven’t received your balance invoice(s) please check your spam box of your email or login to your account on our website where you should see any available balance invoices.
If you pay all your balance invoices then your deposit order will automatically mark itself as “Complete” and send you an email – please note the explanation at the bottom of these emails ie your order is not despatched until both halves of the order are marked as “Complete” – in this case this means that only when the balance orders are also marked as complete.
Secondly, if you have moved address please update your shipping address in your account. If you have updated your shipping address since 21 August 2022 please let us know (otherwise we can’t guarantee that we will have picked up the change!).
The Ecofret FWAs will follow shortly after the IPAs have been sent out and we will update this page with details of when balance invoices have been generated and Ecofrets are being sent out.
Our “Sweet Caroline” rail tour is on track for Wednesday 11 May 2022 following inevitable delays due to COVID-19 over the past couple of years.
We are delighted to be able to offer one seat on the never to be repeated rail tour to raise funds for charity. Those of you familiar with the story behind the naming of inspection saloon 975025 as “Caroline” will know that the saloon was named after a member of NR staff who sadly lost their life to cancer – in recognition of that we will be donating all funds raised from the auction to Cancer Research UK.
975205 “Caroline” is unique in being equipped with a control desk for a pushing locomotive. This permits guests to ride in a comfortable saloon environment while looking out of the large front-facing windows alongside the driver. No other vehicle on the network offers this, and the experience of seeing the rail network from such a vantage point is unrivalled for the enthusiast.
Furthermore the saloon is equipped with its own catering facilities – full catering will be provided onboard.
The winner will also receive an exclusive goody bag with a selection of mementoes of the day!
Route and traction
The route and traction have now been approved and we can exclusively reveal that “Caroline” will be propelled by 37418 “An Comunn Gaidhealach”.
The route will see “Caroline” taken through Burton-on-Trent onto the WCML at Lichfield to Crewe before heading along the freight only route through Middlewich to Northwich. The tour will then head through Hale and Altrincham before heading East towards the Peak District. We will head across to Edale and the Hope Valley line before coming off down towards Chesterfield. From Chesterfield we will head south passing Toton before arriving back at Derby.
To cap the day off LORAM have very kindly agreed to show guests around their facility at the former Railway Technical Centre in Derby which is the home of “Caroline”.
Timing of the day
The tour will leave Derby station around 0900 and we expect the tour of the RTC to be complete by approx. 1600.
How to enter
We are asking for sealed bids by email by midday (12pm BST) on Wednesday 4 May 2022. Just send us an email with your bid and the highest bid will be selected after the deadline for entries. To enter please send an email with your bid to: firstname.lastname@example.org (you should receive an automatic reply as confirmation that your bid has been received).
Minimum bid £100 and the amount to be transferred to Revolution Trains by 5 May 2022.
Many thanks to Network Rail and LORAM for all their help in arranging this special day.
The factory shipped the 320/321s in two batches both of which are now with us – batch 1 contained: London Midland 321, Scotrail 320, Strathclyde Carmine & Cream 320 (exclusive to AMRSS/Model Rail Scotland) and undecorated 320s and 321s; batch 2 contained: NSE 321, Silverlink 321 and Strathclyde orange 320s. A large number of batch 1 and 2 models have been sent out to customers (but not all – see below).
Batch 1 – London Midland 321, Scotrail 320 and undecorated white (320 and 321):
All balance invoices sent out – if you haven’t received your balance invoice then please login to your account on our website and check your orders (any unpaid balance invoice should have a status of “Pending deposit payment”) and make any balance payment(s) as necessary. If you have checked your account and are expecting an invoice for a London Midland 321, Scotrail 320 or undecorated white 320 or 321 then please drop us an email with your order details.
Deliveries of orders – 90% of fully-paid orders have been sent out except for a few large orders and international orders that are too large for our regular carrier and a few orders that have queries to resolve.
All balance invoices have been sent out or we have sent you an email to clarify something with your order. If you haven’t heard from us please get in contact with us.
Deliveries – orders started to be posted on Monday 25 April – all fully paid orders (as of 23/4/22) were sent out on 25/4 (though not all marked as despatched yet) with a second batch sent out on 5/5/22. The majority of the remaining orders are either orders we’re waiting for balance payments or orders that have second choice or changes.
Deliveries: 90% of all orders sent out.
Important if you paid a deposit: when you pay your balance then your deposit order *may* automatically change status to “Complete” and generate an email saying that your order is despatched – as per the note at the bottom of the email, balance orders are only despatched once both halves of the order (ie balance as well as deposit) are marked as despatched.
As ever we will send out orders in the order that we received full payment ie paid in full orders will go out first followed by deposit/balance orders in the order that we receive the payments.
Last updated: 21/06/2022 (we will keep this page updated)
With the majority of our OO gauge IWA holdall vans and timber carriers sent out to customers we thought it would be helpful to provide a quick update of what we’ve got coming up.
OO gauge: we’d hoped that our OO/4mm Ecofret FWA freightliner 40′ flats and IPA car carriers would be on the high seas unfortunately it looks as one of both of these models won’t quite be complete before Chinese New Year (CNY) with the result that they will both be delayed by a couple of months. We’re waiting for final confirmation from the factory producing these models in case we can get one of the models out before the CNY holidays.
Our OO/4mm IWAs have been sent out over the last 2 weeks to approx 95% of our customers – there’s a small batch of UK and international orders to send out (plus a few orders that we’re waiting for balance payments on).
N gauge: following swiftly on the heels of our OO IWA models are the N gauge models which should be with us over the next week. We’re starting to send out balance invoices and we will keep our Projects overview page up to date with progress on sending out balance invoices and then the models.
Then to cap off the 3-2-1 of arrivals in the UK will be the long-awaited class 320s and 321s. To get the models to customers as quickly as possible they are being airfreighted in two batches. The first batch should arrive in the next week or so (subject to customs clearance) and will contain:
Class 320s: ScotRail Saltire; undecorated white with yellow ends; Strathclyde Carmine & Cream (exclusive for AMRSS and on sale at Model Rail Scotland)
Class 321s: London Midland; undecorated white with yellow ends
The second batch will leave around the end of January and will contain:
Class 320s: Strathclyde Orange
Class 321s: NSE; Silverlink
Balance invoices for 320s and 321s will also start to be generated over the next week and again you will be able to follow progress on our Projects page.
If you have a balance to pay on IWAs or 320s/321s we’d be grateful if you could pay your balance as quickly as possible so that we can get the models to you! As usual we will combine orders where it makes sense to (we won’t be able to combine IWA and 320/321 orders) and orders will be sent out in order of when the orders were placed. As usual the deposit software generates a new balance invoice for each order line and we can’t combine orders, however if you prefer to pay by BACS/bank transfer then please feel free to total up your balance invoices and make a single payment.
If you have updated your delivery address after today (19 January 2022) please drop us a note to let us know that we will need to check/update your shipping address as we may have generated address labels from this date.
We completely understand that everyone wants their models as quickly as possible but we’d be really grateful if customers didn’t email or message us until we’ve said that all orders have been despatched (or you’ve had tracking details for your order and it hasn’t arrived within 7-14 days (please allow longer for international orders!)). We always do our best to send out models as quickly as possible and having to reply to queries about orders that haven’t been despatched yet only slows things down for everyone. Thanks for the understanding!
We’ve said for a long time that we didn’t want to put a further EMU on sale until we’d delivered our Class 320s and 321s (much delayed due to a change of factory and then Covid). With the first batch of 320s/321s due to leave China at any point now and the first EP sample of our 313/314 sneaking into the UK recently we thought now was a good time to open the order book for the 313s and 314s.
The EP sample doesn’t show all the tooling differences in terms of lights and with or without NRN roof pods but gives a good flavour of the units!
The model features: working, directional lights (with different appropriate styles for each version – original or revised) with some user switchable lighting functions; a low profile drive unit (in centre car); kinematic close coupling with electrical connections between cars; detailed interior; realistic pantograph and a DCC decoder socket (Next 18).
The 313s and 314s are all on sale from the N gauge pre-order section of our Shop in a variety of liveries as previously announced (313s: blue/grey; NSE; Silverlink/London Overground; First Capital Connect/Great Northern; Southern. 314s: Strathclyde orange; ScotRail Saltire).
If you want to take advantage of our early-bird discount please place your order by 13 March 2022!
If the version that you want isn’t available yet then we hope to announce some retailer exclusives shortly – you’ve probably spotted that the Network Rail yellow, “modern” Southern Blue/Grey and T7 translator vehicle sets are not in this announcement!
We are delighted to announce that Rainbow Railways have commissioned our 4mm/OO model of Caroline 975025 in “viridian” green. Caroline 975025 is the former SR General Manager’s inspection saloon.
Network Rail acquired 975025 “Caroline” from FM Rail in 2008 and refurbished parts of the interior along with changes to the cab ends with the removal of the SR 27-way jumper cables and headcode boxes plus the addition of new “WIPAC”- style head and tail lights. The saloon was repainted at the same time into “viridian” green – the rumour is that a Derby apprentice was sent to the local paint shop to match as closely as possible to SR Green with the result that the saloon ended up in this lighter green. Caroline 975025 stayed in this lighter green until 2015 when it was repainted into SR green.
This exclusive version of Caroline will feature all the tooling changes to reflect the changes made to the real coach as well as the standard features for our other 3 versions of Caroline 975025. Among the features are a highly detailed interior, working footstep lights as well as directional and switchable front and rear lighting, interior saloon, kitchen and corridor lighting with DCC socket for lighting control, sprung buffers, kinematic couplers, era-specific driver’s desk and separately fitted chairs.
The “viridian” green model of Caroline is exclusive to Rainbow Railways and all orders should be placed directly with Rainbow Railways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We plan to offer sets in original LT red, Network SouthEast and Island liveries.
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.
Revolution Trains would like to thank South Western Railway and TfL for their assistance and support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Revolution Trains has confirmed the liveries and unit numbers it is offering of the Class 128 diesel parcels unit.
Midland Region versions (55987-990)
M55987 green with single whiskers and centre head code boxes and M55990 BR blue with full yellow ends, centre domino head code boxes
Western Region versions (55991-996)
W55994 green with single speed whiskers and split head code boxes and W55991 Blue FYE with marker lights and corridor
55992 RM red with corridor and 55993 RM red no corridor.
The factory is currently making the final CAD changes and once complete we will open the order book. Obviously CAD has taken longer than we anticipated – for which we apologise – we wanted to be sure that the CAD covered all the many variants of 128s (a surprising number for a class of 10!).
We’ve got a number of order deadlines coming up that we thought it would be helpful to summarise our latest thinking. We’re conscious that many customers have been going through difficult times with the impact of COVID-19 and/or just the proximity to Christmas just passed so we try to give as much time and notice as possible, plus we offer the choice to pay a deposit rather than the full amount.
Pendolino (second run) – we had indicated that the order deadline was likely to be end-January to mid-February but in response to customer feedback we will give people more time to place orders. We’re just confirming the production schedule with the factory but we anticipate that the order deadline will be extended to either the end of February or end of March 2021. We don’t want to delay production too much so it is a balance between being fair to those who have already ordered and those who would like a bit more time. We will confirm the order deadline within the next 7-10 days.
IWA holdall vans and timber carriers – we are ready to start production of the N gauge models of these wagons and had previously set a deadline of 31 January 2021, with Chinese New Year (12 February) coming up we will delay the deadline accordingly to Sunday 14 February 2021.
Ecofret FWA twin and triple containers sets – the deadline for the Ecofrets was due to be 31 January but due to production schedules we have had to delay production slightly so we will announce a new order deadline after Chinese New Year.
For those of you looking for delivery updates on particular models we update the Projects summary with the latest information that we have as soon as we can – if there is no estimated delivery date on there it is because we don’t have one yet. Please note that until models physically arrive with us they are estimates (as delays can and do happen at various stages even during shipping!).
The order book for our forthcoming N gauge model of the modern JNA/MMA EALNOS bogie box aggregate wagon is now open. Our early bird price offers a discount of £2.50 per wagon and is available until 31 March 2021.
Tooling on this model is now complete and we have just received first samples. We will be showing these off in greater detail once they have been checked for accuracy.
We are offering a lot of different versions so hopefully there is a livery for everyone! (Please note that we are offering different variations of each livery/variant according to predicted sales – not all versions have the same number of number variations or light-fitted versions).
Each version has the correct prototypical variations in: number of ribs (9 or 11); with or without side access doors; accurate underframe and brake details.
In a relatively short period of time the EALNOS wagons have spread far and wide across the network. You can read more about the prototype wagons here. We’ve put together some sample consists and route maps to help customers looking to replicate particular flows – though there are many more than we had space for!
Production of our Cemflo PCVs cement tanks is complete and the models are due to leave the factory early next week. We’re just waiting for quotes on air and sea shipping before deciding how they will be shipped, but it is likely that they will come by air so we would expect delivery to the UK within the next couple of weeks.
The Cemflo tanks are being produced for us by our friends at Accurascale who’ve done a great job on these distinctive looking tanks and sent us these pictures from the production line. We’ve put some ideas for train inspiration below.
If you would like to guarantee your Cemflo wagons at the pre-order price then please place your order now! The price will rise to our MSRP of £29.95/wagon (£89.85 per triple pack) when the models arrive.
Suitable for the early-1960s modellers to the late-1980s modellers, the Cemflo tanks were built between 1961 and 1965 for Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers (APCM) and are probably best known for their use on trains of Blue Circle cement from Cliffe, in Kent, to Uddingston on the outskirts of Glasgow. Later in their working lives, they also supplied a number of other locations, including Aberdeen, Dewsbury, Dundee, Grangemouth, Sunderland, and Widnes. The last Cemflo/PCV wagons were withdrawn from service in mid-1988.
Several types of locomotives were observed hauling Cemflo wagons during their time in service, including class 25s, class 26s, class 27s, class 31s, class 33s, class 37s, class 40s, class 45s, class 47s… even Black 5s, Jubilees,V2s, 9Fs and A4s!
Here are a few links to some interesting flows for inspiration: