Whilst we’ve been busy sending out SR inspection saloons (975025/Caroline) and FNA-D nuclear flask carriers, we’ve also been delighted to support the fabulous Making Tracks 3 on show at Chester Cathedral – our IPA car carriers look the part depicting the Dagenham-Garston car train that passes through Milton Keynes regularly.
Chris Clenton, the project manager behind the Making Tracks layout, sent us this video and some great photos:
The train running on Making Tracks 3 comprises pairs of 00 gauge flat twins, flat twins with stakes and covered and sheeted quad wagons, all in STVA’s red livery. The models are also available in N gauge.
Making Tracks 3 incorporates remarkable levels of detail to enjoy even when trains aren’t passing, and has been designed to be fully interactive; young visitors can drive trains through the scenic section controlling trains via tablets; stopping them at the station or speeding through.
Chris estimates that so far more than 40,000 visitors have seen the layout, and ticket sales have raised many thousands for Chester Cathedral.
We’ve got a relatively small number of OO/4mm IPA carriers from the Shop section of our website (please don’t mix orders for stock items with pre-orders for future models!):
(If the version you want isn’t available from us some of our retailers might still have some stock).
IPAs in 00
Once the stock is sold out that is going to be it for the IPA car carriers for a while until we do a second run but don’t worry car carrier fans we’ve got plenty in the works announced (see our Cartic-4s available to pre-order in the Shop section) and unannounced!
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.
IPA car carriers in STVA red
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.
Ecofret FWAs (L to R): VTG green, DB red and GBRf blue with Ecofret branding
Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its upcoming IPA twin and quad car carriers in 00 gauge 4mm scale.
4-car covered IPA units are available to pre-order in original STVA pale grey, STVA red and the latest Groupe CAT blue.
These wagons were originally built in the 1950s and 60s as double deck units for the Societe Nationalé des chemins de fer Francais (SNCF) in France.
In the 1990s, in anticipation of an increase in international car traffic via the Channel Tunnel, automotive logistics specialist STVA converted large numbers for use in Britain by removing the top deck to fit the British loading gauge, creating low deck flat twins. They were given STVA’s pale grey livery, subsequently repainted red. Both these variants are available from Revolution Trains
Revolution Pack 00-IPA-101A
Revolution Pack 00-IPA-111A/B
Soon after introduction, in an experiment to counter damage to vehicles caused by stones either thrown up from the ballast or by lineside miscreants, stakes were added to the sides of some wagons to allow canvas sheeting to be stretched across them. Though the experiment was not widely adopted the stakes remain on the converted wagons, even when they were repainted into the updated red STVA livery.
Revolution Pack 00-IPA-121A
Revolution Pack 00-IPA-131A/B
In the early 2000s, to permit the wagons to be used for larger SUVs and high value cars, side panels and roofs were permanently fitted, and while a small number remained in use as twins the majority were remarshalled into quad sets. These wagons were initially in pale grey, then red, and earlier this year the first set emerged from Arlington Works in new Groupe CAT blue livery. Again, all variations are available from Revolution.
Left to right: 00-IPA-471A Groupe CAT blue, 00-IPA-461A/B STVA red, 00-IPA-451A STVA pale grey.
66172 with mixed rake of flats, flats with stakes and covered IPAs on a Dagenham-Mossend train. Photo courtesy Colin Brooks.
The wagons feature diecast metal decks, for weight, and numerous separately applied plastic and metal detailing parts.
Wire locking bars, handrails and photo etched metal footsteps.
Photo-etched linking plate with representation of checker plate finish.
Vehicle-specific plastic and metal brake details, kinematic couplers, realistic inter-car couplers and underfloor labelling to simplify assembly on the track.
Both the open and covered versions are ideal for use with 1:76 vehicles such as the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Evoque by Oxford Diecast, seen on the show layout at Trains4U in Peterborough.
The wagons are still available to pre-order now for£60 (twin sets) and £120 (quad sets) however the order book will close at midnight on July 31st 2021 and then the models will go into production, with shipping expected in the Autumn.
Looking for a present for a loved one or something for yourself? Our stock system doesn’t easily allow people to see what we have physically available for immediate despatch versus projects that are open for pre-orders as both use the “In Stock” status to allow orders to be placed (NB we indicate in the product descriptions if something is a pre-order for a model awaiting production), so we thought it might be useful to give a quick summary of models we have in stock for immediate dispatch.
We realise that it has been an unusual and tough year for many and we’d like to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, so in the spirit of Christmas we’re offering a 5% discount for orders over £100 between now and 17 December on in stock items (please note that this discount is only applicable for in stock items and won’t work for orders for future products). To get the discount place your order as normal and in the discount code box use the code: 5XMAS2020. The code will only apply to in stock items listed below and we reserve the right to refund any orders mixing in stock and future orders – all orders for models in development should continue to be placed as separate orders per product range.
The last date we can guarantee delivery before Christmas is if we receive your order by 17 December 2020 (for UK orders only, for international orders some of the last guaranteed posting dates have already passed so we can’t guarantee that non-UK orders will be delivered before Christmas but we will do our best).
In stock items (available for immediate dispatch):
40′ ‘reefer’ refrigerated containers
Ideal stocking fillers! We have reasonable stocks of the containers and the VEA vans available in all liveries except for the Railfreight red/grey VEAs which are low in stock.
HOA, HOA, HOA stone hoppers!
IZA cargowaggon twins
HOA stone hoppers: Ermewa/Tarmac and Mendip Rail versions reasonable stocks, all other versions low stock or sold out. IZA cargowaggon twins: very low stock of triple packs (5 or less).
KFA with GPS bogies (and reefer)
KFA with VNH1 bogies (and bulktainers)
KFA container flats: triple packs of VNH1 bogied versions reasonable stocks, all other versions low stocks.
35t Class B tanks
Sturgeon engineers wagons: low stock of all remaining versions (some versions sold out). 35T Class B tanks: very limited stock (discovered in recent stock count!) NB the discount code won’t work for the Class B tanks but we will refund the equivalent amount on your order.IPA car carriers: limited remaining stock now on sale!
JNA/MMA EALNOS aggregate box wagons: 5 or less of any remaining versions
Please remember the discount code only applies to the items listed on this page and please don’t mix with orders for future projects – thanks!
Like London buses our models are never just one arrival at once – both our N gauge IPA car carriers and KUA nuclear flask carriers are on their way to us and should clear customs for delivery to us in the next 7-10 days.
As a result we’ve started to send out balance invoices for the IPA car carriers and we will shortly be starting to send out balance invoices for KUAs. As ever our deposit software can only generate separate balance invoices for each line of your original order(s), and unfortunately it isn’t possible to combine the invoices (trust us it creates a lot more work for us).
If you haven’t received any (or all) of your expected balance invoices please login to your account and check if there are any new invoices available for payment – sometimes the email system doesn’t send off all the notifications.
If you need to change your address, as usual, please update the shipping address in your account – it won’t feed through to your existing orders but we check the account address when we generate the shipping labels.
Revolution Trains has received decorated samples of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in N.
Produced with kind permission of operator STVA, we are offering flat, staked and covered twin sets in original and revised liveries covering their service from the early 1990s to the present day.
N-IPA-101A IPA flat twin in original livery
N-IPA-111A flat twin in revised livery
N-IPA-121A twin with stakes in original livery
N-IPA-131A twin with stakes in revised livery. (Model shown with Oxford Diecast Ford Transit vans available separately.)
N-IPA-141A covered twin in revised livery
As th image above shows these wagons can be loaded with appropriate models from Oxford Diecast or other manufacturers.
We are also offering the models in prototypical covered quad sets in both original and revised liveries.
N-IPA-251A covered quad set in original livery
The models are still available to order here in all versions.
Each type is available in two different numbers. As can be seen from this massively enlarged image virtually all the numbers and letters are legible.
The models feature our usual high levels of detail with NEM couplers, photo-etched footsteps, wire handrails, lots of separately fitted underframe details and a diecast deck to ensure the models are heavy enough to run well.
In what is becoming a tradition, Revolution will be attending the International N Gauge show at the Warwickshire Exhibition centre on September 14th and 15th and these samples will be on display.
On first inspection we are very happy with the look of these models, but of course we will check them carefully against the livery diagrams and photographs and notify the factory of any corrections.
These wagons can be seen running together in mixed formations, though the covered versions also operate on their own in block trains typically carrying high-value vehicles from car plants to ports.
66172 with a mixed rake featuring flats, flats with stakes and covered variants on a Dagenham-Mossend service. Photo Colin Brooks.
92010 on Garston-Dagenham train at Northampton. Photo: Trevor Plackett.
66118 on Halewood-Southampton train in 2012. Photo: Shaunnie0.
Immediately after the show we will be closing the order book for the HOA hoppers which are ready for production; we anticipate the car carriers will follow them around 6-8 weeks later in an effort to give our valued customers a little breathing space!
Revolution Trains has received EP1 samples of two of the three variants of its forthcoming IPA car carriers in N.
These models represent the IPA-A single-deck wagons (known by the operator as TD452) which operate in permanently coupled pairs.
Originally built in the 1950s and 60s for the SNCF in France as double-deck units, the wagons were heavily modified for use by BR in the 1990s, with the top deck removed to fit in the restrictive British loading gauge.
As an experiment 20 pairs were fitted with vertical stakes to enable protective canvas sheets to be draped along the sides to protect the vehicles from debris. The modified wagons retain their stakes, but the side sheets are no longer used.
The models have finely detailed diecast metal decks for weight, and feature photoetched centre tread plates which allow vehicles to be driven along the length of the train for loading.
Although at first glance these wagons seem plain, there are visible end handrails and footsteps; these are represented using wire and etched metal, not moulded plastic.
The underframes feature plenty of separately fitted details, and the wagons are equipped with NEM couplers in kinematic sockets.
We have learned from the experience of the IZA Cargowaggon twins and on these wagons the coupler retaining plate is screwed in place.
While there is something of a shortage of modern cars in N, these vehicles are also associated with carrying Transit vans – for which the existing Oxford Diecast model is ideal!
We are still awaiting the third version of these wagons – with the side screens and roof. These have taken a little longer than the others as the tool shop is still refining the moulds for the side screens to represent taughtly stretched canvas.
Revolution Trains is unveiling plans to offer their IPA car carriers in 00 gauge, 4mm scale at this weekend’s DEMU Showcase in Swadlincote.
Photo courtesy Jonathan Lewis
It follows repeated requests from 00 modellers asking us to upscale our forthcoming N-gauge model of these vehicles which is now in tooling.
Revolution is offering all three variants of these versatile wagons – flat twins, flat twins with side stakes and covered quads.
The prototype wagons were originally constructed as twin deck single wagons in the 1950s and 1960s, however when a need was identified in the 1990s for suitable vehicles for Channel Tunnel auto traffic, hundreds were converted into twin sets and rebodied to suit the British loading gauge.
They’re still widely used across the UK linking the sea ports with car factories and terminals for both import and export traffic.
The models will be to our usual high standards and feature high levels of added detail, NEM coupler sockets and be weighted to as close to NMRA standards as possible.
Once we have finalised pricing we will open the order book; the sooner we receive orders the sooner we can complete the CAD and get these models into tooling and then production. As ever, we will only produce models if enough orders are received by the deadline.
Revolution’s IPA car carriers are selling well (thanks to those who’ve ordered) and are now in tooling, but we have had some requests for more information about when, where and how these vehicles are used.
66172 approaches Didcot with 6X44 Dagenham-Mossend in 2014. This train is comprised entirely of IPA flat wagons, with and without stakes, with a single Quad set in the middle. Photo: Colin Brooks.
With the generous assistance of STVA we have prepared drawing illustrating some of the sample consists for these vehicles for the last decade. We’ve also added a few “legacy flows” from before this period.
66002 on 6X52 Portbury-Mossend at Llandevenny. IPA covered quad sets are immediately behind the locomotive; the vans are on IPA-As with and without stakes. Photo: Alan Williams.
With dozens of car trains running on the network every day, this is just the tiniest fraction, but offers an indication of the sheer variety of consists and shows that when it comes to automotive traffic, literally anything goes.
The diagram also indicates how Revolution’s IPAs can work with other models such as the N Gauge Society Cartic-4 kit and the Etched Pixels/Ultima WIA Arbel 5-unit. The FIA-twins fitted with ISO car carrying panels could be a possible modelling project using the Farish intermodal twins as a starting point. The biggest gap is the IPA-X twin and quad sets. The twin has been produced by Bachmann in 4mm scale, and it would be excellent should they seek to reduce this model to 2mm.
92010 in Caledonian Sleeper livery at Northampton. There is a red Quad set immediately behind the locomotive, and behind it an FIA twin with car carrying ISO decks fitted. Photo: Trevor Plackett.
If you fancy doing some of your own research to decide what models to order, we recommend using photo sites such as www.flickr.com and www.smugmug.com. One tip is use the train headcode or the origin and destination in the search box.
Current services include 6M66 (Southampton-Garston, Jaguar/Landrover), 6X77 (Dagenham-Didcot-Mossend, Ford) and 6X52 (Portbury-Mossend)
“Cartics, IPAs, TDTs – what are they called again?”
The nomenclature around the car carriers can be confusing. Their owners STVA describe them as TDT-452 or TDT-852. This code reflects the number of axles (either four, on a twin, or eight on a quad-set) and the year of first introduction – 1952.
Under TOPS they are coded IPA-A (uncovered versions) and IPA-B (covered) while to many enthusiasts all car carriers are simply referred to as “Cartics”, after the original articulated 4-unit sets (“Car-Articulated”) introduced in the 1960s.
90028 on Mossend-Southampton empties at Beattock. A mix of Quads, flats and flats with stakes, all in red. Photo: Jonathan Lewis.
When built in the 1950s and 1960s the wagons were used in France and had two decks.
The opening of the Channel Tunnel created demand for car carriers that could operate in Britain and Europe. The TDT-452s had UIC-approved running gear and brakes, but were out of gauge for the UK. And while a fleet of 5-unit WIA Arbel fully covered car carriers had been ordered there was a growing requirement to carry cars and the newly emerging people carriers and SUVs which were too big for these twin-decks.
The answer was to remove the double-deck body and add new sides, with Channel-compliant ferry attachments, while retaining the original chassis and running gear of the TDT-452s.
Introduced into service in the UK by RfD, and subsequently taken on by STVA UK on its formation in 1996, the TDT-452s – coded IPA-A under TOPS and in the UIC 43 87 4333 series – were an immediate success.
However, particularly for high value vehicles such as Jaguars, Landrovers or Range Rovers, a need was identified for more protection. Some of the TDT-452s were fitted with side-stakes to allow canvas to be stretched across the sides, and while this was partly successful a more drastic solution was identified, and some of the wagons were remarshalled into 4 unit quad-sets and given roofs as well as side canvas panels.
These were coded TDT0852, or IPA-B under TOPSs, and given UIC 43 87 4384-prefixed numbers. 42 quad sets were completed, and during the conversion there were some alterations to brake gear. Also, the very last three were not fitted with ferry hooks as it was realised these were redundant.
On introduction the wagons were given a livery of very pale grey/white with red STVA lettering, however from the early 2000s a new STVA corporate colour (known as “Tomato Red”) was applied across the fleet, with the STVA branding reversed out in white. There are now very few wagons carrying the original livery.
It’s been a tiring but rewarding weekend at The International N Gauge Show at Leamington.
As many will know our IZA Cargowaggon twin vans arrived with seconds to spare on Friday evening, meaning that our normally tidy stand became a scene of model mayhem – at least for the first few hours – with a combination of those keen to see our new offerings and those who’d come to collect their wagons.
Fortunately on both Saturday and Sunday things calmed down a little after lunch and we were able to see something of the show.
Cargowaggon vans waiting to be unloaded in the yard on Annston, a wonderfully atmospheric layout depicting a secondary line in the Midlands.
Most rewarding was seeing our Pendolinos, TEA tankers, Class B tankers and now Cargowaggon vans giving pleasure on so many of the layouts.
Back on the Revolution stand many came to see the factory painted samples of the new VEA vans. Once we have received and checked painted samples of all the variations in BR Maroon, BR Railfreight Red/Grey and RfD dark grey and yellow these models will go into production, and are expected by Q1 2019.
VEA van in the colour officially known as BR Maroon that really looks like brown.
The door handles are stamped metal to make them the correct profile, rather than the usual wire.
Many visitors commented on the exquisite underframe detail – such a distinctive feature of the prototype.
Those who were not admiring the VEAs or collecting Cargowaggons came to pick up our first “catalogue” – or rather, 4-page leaflet – showing all our plans for the next few months.
Below are all four pages so those who did not attend the show can see what we are offering:
In terms of timings, we are expecting to close the order book for the KFA container flats at the end of this month, and the Class 92s probably 4-6 weeks later.
We’ll most likely open the order book for the Sturgeon and HOA in a couple of weeks or so, followed by the Class 128, Cemflo and IPA toward the end of the year.
As well as offering what we hope our fellow enthusiasts will want, we are also trying to stagger our products to give supporters a chance to budget!
The Class 320/321 is expected to go to tooling very soon. Unfortunately Rapido trains are no longer able to produce this model for us, so we have decided to switch production to another manufacturer. Although we are sad Rapido will no longer be involved we would like to publicly thank them for their superb work so far which will help to ensure the finished model is of high quality.
Revolution Trains is offering the family of STVA twin- and quad- wagon single deck car carriers as its next modern wagon in N.
92010 with Garston-Dagenham car train comprising various IPA wagons at Northampton. Courtesy Trevor Plackett.
These wagons are in use with STVA and are used for new vehicle transportation between factories, car terminals and sea ports.
CAD work is already underway on the first variant, with others due for completion soon.
Revolution is offering three distinct variants – the open twin-wagons, the open twins fitted with side stakes, and twin and quad sets with canvas side covers and roofs.
IPA-A flat twin. STVA red livery.
IPA-A loaded with vans. We believe our model will go well with vehicle models from manufacturers such as Oxford Diecast. Photo courtesy Martyn Read.
STVA flat twin with stakes. STVA livery.
These vehicles often run in mixed rakes, with all three types present in the same train.
IPA-B covered twin with side panels. STVA livery.
IPA-B covered quad set with side panels. The majority of the covered wagons run in sets of four, which comprise pairs of twins permanently coupled.
IPA-B quad set. Photo courtesy Martyn Read.
In July Revolution Trains was invited to Eastleigh to photograph and measure these wagons, and we would like to extend our gratitude to both STVA and Arlington Fleet Services.
Amazingly, these wagons were built in the 1950s and 1960s for use in France as single units; however during the 1990s they were reconfigured as twins, cut down to suit the British loading gauge and brought to the UK for service where they remain.
Builder’s plate showing wagon dates from 1960.
STVA have also provided numerous drawings and technical data to ensure our model is up to our usual standards of finesse and detail.
The deck will largely be metal to ensure good track-holding and performance.
We are expecting to open the order book for these models soon, with delivery Q3/4 2019.
As ever, we can only proceed beyond the CAD stages if enough people pre-order, but with a dearth of car transporter models available to those depicting present day operation, and yet automotive traffic being such an important traffic, we hope these models will be popular.