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Parcels arriving – Class 128s and the remaining Pendolinos

Updated 18 October 2023.

Our N gauge Class 128s have just arrived and we’ve checked them over in the final part of our normal QC process before shipping them to customers.

Paid in full: if you paid in full you don’t need to do anything, your model should have shipped (and your order status updated).

Paid a deposit: all balance invoices have been sent out. Please note when you pay a balance invoice the website automatically updates the deposit part of your order to “Complete” and sends you an email saying your order has been despatched – this is an automatic software bug that we can’t change. Your order is actually despatched when we mark the balance part of the order as “Complete” ie despatched.

If you need to change your delivery address please update the shipping address in your account but also please send us an email if you changed it since 9 October (otherwise your order might not get updated in time). Thanks!

If you missed out on our pre-orders some of our retailers still have models available to order (they should receive their allocations late this week).

Pendolino remaining batch: we’ve received the remaining Pendolinos (ie the Pride Pendolino and the 11-car full Avanti Pendolino) and will start to send them out on 19/10/23 (as well as generate any balance invoices).

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Pendolino order processing and lightbar issue

The first batch of Pendolinos have arrived and we have started to despatch orders to customers – if you have a balance to pay you should have a balance invoice in your email or if not in your account on our website.

Please note when you pay a balance invoice the website automatically updates the deposit part of your order to “Complete” and sends you an email saying your order has been despatched – this is an automatic software bug that we can’t change. Your order is actually despatched when we mark the balance part of the order as “Complete” ie despatched.

The first batch covers most liveries except Avanti (11-car only) and the Virgin Pride sets (which still need a bit more work and will come in a second batch). Please note that we won’t send out balance invoices for those two sets at this time.

If you need to change your delivery address please update the shipping address in your account but also please send us an email if you changed it since 22 June (otherwise your order might not get updated in time). Thanks!

If you missed out on our pre-orders some of our retailers still have sets available to pre-order (they should receive their allocations next week).  We might have a few spare sets but these won’t become available until all our pre-orders are sent out.

Pendolino lightbars unsprung!

Unfortunately, during final QC checks it has become clear that the factory inadvertently omitted to fit lighting pick-up connector springs to the trailer cars in some sets. The springs carry power from the bogie pick-ups to the light-bars, which will not work without them. The images below show the location of the springs – they are missing in this car.

This is how they should look with the springs in place.

We apologise for this problem and we will be in contact with all customers that we have already sent lightbars to. This issue only affects customers wishing to fit light bars, however if you have received your model or models with lightbars and discover the springs are missing Rapido Trains UK will provide them free of charge here:

New lightbar sets have been ordered and will include springs to ensure missing springs are not an issue.

Please note these springs are only required if fitting lightbars and do not impact the operation of the Pendolino in any other way.  Customers not requiring lightbars do not need to worry.

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Pendolini Avanti!

Revolution has received production samples of the second run of its award-winning N gauge Class 390 Pendolino models from Rapido Trains.

Pendoline-up: Back to front: Original Virgin, Virgin flowing silk, DfT ‘ghost’ grey, Virgin Pride, Avanti.

Eight different versions are being produced in both 9-car and 11-car formats. They are 9-car and 11-car in original Virgin livery; 9-car and 11-car in Virgin flowing silk livery, 9-car in DfT ‘ghost’ unbranded livery, 9-car and 11-car in Avanti livery (though the 9-car set has the partial version of the Avanti livery) and additionally the 9-car Virgin Pride livery.

Once given approval we expect to begin shipping the models to customers in the next 4-6 weeks.

Pre-order customers will receive their models direct from Revolution; anyone interested in acquiring one of these models who did not pre-order will find limited numbers available from selected retailers in due course, with an MSRP of £450 for complete 9-car train sets and £499 for complete 11-car train sets.

Shorter 5-car sets have not been produced on this occasion as sales in the first run were relatively low and far outstripped by sales of the full 9-car and 11-car trains.

The Revolution Trains Class 390 Pendolino was voted N Gauge model of the decade by the readers of Model Rail magazine.

All models feature working directional headlights, marker lights and tail lights and operating table lamps in First Class, however Revolution will also have stocks of Pendolino lighting bars for those that wish to upgrade their models with full interior lighting.

In addition, all models are factory-fitted with speakers so adding sound is a snap. We recommend the sound project recorded for this model by Legomanbiffo at Longsight depot in Manchester.

Recording sound at Longsight depot for the original Pendolino models.

DCC on the new models has been upgraded to Next-18, but customers should note that some decoders, whether silent or sound, may require CV changes to ensure correct operation of directional motors and lighting. These are explained in the documentation with the models. Users of the Legomanbiffo sound files or decoders will not need to make these changes.

These models, like the original Class 390 Pendolinos, are being produced by Rapido Trains UK and Revolution would like to thank them for their hard work and enthusiasm for this project.

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Read All About it! Projects updated!!

Now that the Chinese New Year holiday is over and we are well into the Year of the Ox, Revolution Trains has received latest information on the development of its new projects and production of existing ones such as the Sonic Models 56xx 0-6-2T locomotive and our Class 320/321 electric multiple units, both in N. Due to Covid and other factors some models are a little delayed, we understand that this is always disappointing to customers but we would rather the factories made sure that the models were as good as possible rather than rushed out.

We have also agreed a slight delay to the start of the production of the second run of Pendolinos as many of our customers asked us for more time to be able to place an order.

The latest information is on our Projects Page – before contacting us asking for an update on any projects please check the Projects Page – we do our best to keep it updated and it always has the latest information.

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Order deadline updates – OO Ecofrets, N Pendolinos and IWA holdall vans / timber carriers

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.

N gauge:

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.

Pendolino livery diagrams taking shape. With five 9-car and three 11-car options on offer, that’s a total of 78 drawings!

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.

00 IWA vans and timber carriers shown – deco samples of the N gauge versions are expected soon.

OO gauge:

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.

00 FWA ‘Ecofret’ deco samples – three wagons in one pack!

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!).

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Pendo Amendo….

Revolution Trains is altering one of the selections on its second run of Pendolinos. The 11-car version in Flowing Silk livery will be supplied as 390107, not 390130 as first advertised.

390107 in Virgin flowing silk livery with black window stripes
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390107 at Bodsbury in September 2019 – photo linked from Simon Beeston/Flickr

390107 is understood to be the first 11-car Pendolino to receive flowing silk livery, and also features black window surrounds enabling us to offer all variants of the flowing silk livery.

Please note that the Earlybird low price deadline for these models is 31st December 2020, though the order book will remain open, at a higher price, until early February 2021. Delivery is expected Q2-3 2021.

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Deadline alert – December 31st!

December 31st marks a keys order or earlybird deadline for several Revolution models, so we have put them all here as a reminder so no one needs to miss out on our low pre-production prices.

Final order deadline: 00 IWA Sfins2 van in Norsk Hydro, Cargowaggon and unbranded liveries

Final order deadline: 00 IWA Rfnoos timber carrier in Touax livery

Final Order deadline: N FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flat in Green twin and Red or Blue triples as operated by Freightliner, DB and GBRf

Earlybird price deadline: N Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ in Avanti, Virgin flowing silk, Virgin Pride and Virgin original liveries

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Pendo is go!

Following our recent expressions of interest exercise, Revolution Trains is opening the order book for a second run of the award-winning Class 390 Pendolino model in N by Rapido Trains.

390045 “Virgin Pride” in Flowing Silk rainbow livery. Photo courtesy Lewis Hurley

We are offering only those models that came close enough to justify production; if orders are healthy we will look to increase the variety available. The options we are offering are:

390049 “Virgin Express” – Virgin original livery (striped doors), 9-car.

390152 “Virgin Knight” – Virgin original livery (grey doors), 11-car.

390010 “Cumbrian Spirit” – Virgin Flowing Silk livery, 9-car.

390130 “City of Edinburgh”Virgin Flowing Silk livery, 11-car.

390045 “Virgin Pride”Virgin Flowing Silk Rainbow livery, 9-car.

390156 “Pride and Prosperity” – Avanti livery, 11-car

390047 – Avanti part-branded livery, 9-car

390001 “Bee Together” – DfT Ghost livery, 9-car.

If orders for a particular version exceed expectations then we may add additional number sets. Delivery of the models is expected in Q3-4 2021, though this may change due to circumstances beyond Revolution and Rapido’s control. Early bird prices are available until 31 December 2020 with the order book likely to close end January – mid-February 2021 with production starting immediately after Chinese New Year 2021.

The Revolution Trains/Rapido Trains Class 390 Pendolino was the first fully crowdfunded complete model train to reach the UK Marketplace. It features power cars at both ends, pin-point pick ups on every wheel with power transfer throughout the train via electrically conductive couplings, and working table lamps in first as standard.

The new versions will be updated with Next-18 DCC interface and as before all power cars will have factory fitted speakers, to make converting to DCC or DCC Sound a snap.

In a poll carried out by Model Rail magazine the Revolution/Rapido Class 390 Pendolino was voted N gauge Model of the Decade.

390119 “Unknown Soldier” in DfT ‘ghost’ livery at Lune Gorge. Photo courtesy Cameron Walker.
390104 “Alstom Pendolino” in Avanti part-branded livery at Beattock. Photo courtesy Arran Aird.
390005 passes Dordon with 1A3 Manchester Piccadilly – London Euston in 2018.
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Tilt to another Pendolino…

Revolution Trains and Rapido Trains are seeking expressions of interest in another run of Class 390 Pendolino models.

390005 in Virgin ‘Flowing Silk’ livery. Photo courtesy John Whiting.

Since the launch of the original model – which became the UK’s first fully crowdfunded model train and won ‘Model of the Decade’ in the recent poll by Model Rail magazine – the fleet has undergone several livery changes.

When the fleet came up for repainting in 2018 the DfT – in case of franchise change – required that the trains received the now-standard predominantly pale grey livery.

To comply, but add their own flourish, Virgin created the ‘flowing silk’ livery, and one Pendolino, 390045, was given a rainbow version of the livery and named Virgin Pride.

390045 Virgin Pride. Photo courtesy Lewis Hurley.

When Virgin lost the franchise, the vinyls were removed, leaving the entire fleet in the DfT plain pale grey ‘ghost’ livery.

390119 “Unknown Soldier” in the Lune Gorge. Photo courtesy Cameron Walker.

The new franchisee, Avanti West Coast, unveiled two Pendolinos in its own stylish colours in December 2019, however since the advent of lockdown, and ongoing uncertainty about the future of the franchising system, full reprints have been deferred and only power cars are being revinyled, with intermediate cars unchanged.

390154 in part-Avanti livery at Rugely Trent Valley. Photo courtesy curly42.

Revolution and Rapido are both very keen to produce another run of Pendolino models, and Rapido have already test-printed the difficult flowing silk design, but because it is difficult to assess demand for the various different options we are beginning the process by seeking expressions of interest.

Test print of flowing silk markings. Please note the rest of the model is not fully painted.

If the models go into production the pre-order price is expected to be £330 for 9-car sets and £370 for 11-car sets, with the later MSRP significantly higher.

The deadline is September 30th 2020 but as we are not asking for any deposit or financial commitment please do not delay if you are interested.

The possible options are (liveries will only be produced if there is sufficient interest – if there is sufficient interest in particular liveries we will look at producing multiple numbers):

9-car 390010 ‘Cumbrian Spirit” flowing silk livery, no window stripe.
9-car 390013 “Blackpool Belle” flowing silk livery, window stripe.
11-car 390130 “City of Edinburgh” flowing silk livery, window stripe.
9-car 390045 “Virgin Pride” rainbow silk livery.
9-car 390001 “Bee Together” DfT ghost livery.
9-car 390050 “Virgin Invader” original Virgin livery with sriped doors.
11-car 390119 “Unknown Soldier” DfT ghost livery.
11-car 390156 “Pride and Prosperity” early Avanti livery*.
11-car 390153 revised Avanti livery*.
11-car 390152 “Virgin Knight” original Virgin livery with grey doors.

As ever the models will only reach production if there is adequate interest, and all versions will be packaged in attractive book sets of complete trains, with power couplers and working table lights in First Class as standard.

For those requiring them, aftermarket drop-in light bars will also be available to purchase.

We are not proposing any 5-car sets at this time, as there was very low demand for these in the first production run, possibly because the price differential between a shortened 5-car set and the full and accurate 9-car set is relatively small.

*Avanti livery subject to agreement.

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Revolution Round-up 2018

Four models delivered, three new manufacturers identified and two new powered models offered has made for one amazing year!

As ever we should acknowledge that we could not do any of this without those who have supported us – with time, with expertise, with generosity but most of all with orders.  It is only because modellers are prepared to pre-order on trust that we can make all this happen.

And we’d like to say thanks to Rapido Trains for their amazing work, our new manufacturing partner Sonic Models, two other factories we have been using and those traders who’ve supported us including C&M, Cheltenham Model Centre, Collett’s Models, Kernow Model Rail Centre, Plus Daughters, Rails of Sheffield, Osborn’s and Trains4U.

In February our first model aimed at transition era enthusiasts – the Class B tanker – arrived.  The wagon had struggled to generate enough interest and came close to being cancelled, but when we saw the quality the factory had achieved we were delighted it had made it – and judging from the comments from so were those who’d supported the project!

Recently we were sent a photo by Ian at Mercig studios of a superb Esso class B he’d weathered. In the accompanying note he wrote:  “..this is the best N Gauge wagon I’ve ever worked on!”

Esso Class B weathered by Mercig Studio

Then, in March, the main event – the arrival of the Pendolinos.

This was the culmination of the dream that we and our supporters had bought into back in 2015 when we began the project – and boy did Rapido Trains deliver.  Everything about these models was stunning – from the trains themselves to the manual and the book-case packaging.

Pallets full of Pendos…

But we had little time to admire the models when there were hundreds of fellow modellers waiting for them – and we’d like to thank our friends Paul Churchill and Gareth Atkinson who came up that first weekend and helped pick, pack and post the first hundred and fifty or so.  We also owe a large debt of gratitude to Allen Pearson – inventor of the amazing Nelevation vertical fiddle yard – for kindly allowing us to use his storage unit to keep the Pendos safe.

At the York show some customers were able to collect their Pendolinos (thanks Abbie) but the majority were posted.  This was a massive task, especially as the majority of the work was done just by the two of us in our spare time.  They were dispatched as best we could in chronological order of purchase and we would like to thank all our supporters for their patience waiting for their models.

However, seeing an 11-car set tackling the graceful, sweeping curves of Heworth Sidings, by the Yorkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society, made it all worthwhile!

Poppy Pendo on Heworth Sidings at the York show

Even as we celebrated the success of the Pendolinos the IZA Cargowaggon twins were en route and they arrived just in time for The International N Gauge Show at Leamington – arguably the premier show of the N Gauge year.

Revolution IZA Cargowaggons in single and triple packs


At just over a year from announcement to delivery these were our fastest model yet.  With the innovative factory-fitted flashing tail lamp option they have proved hugely popular and prompted Kernow to join us in offering a 4mm version which is currently under development.


It did mean that our planned TINGS display was slightly obscured by the piles of wagons being collected by customers, but we were able to show painted samples of another new model; the VEA munitions van, which is our first non-crowdfunded model and is being produced in association with Sonic models.

Sonic/Revolution VEA vans – painted samples.

The man behind Sonic is a former Kader engineer who designed some of Graham Farish’s best N gauge models, and this is the first time a Chinese manufacturer has sought to market their own brand British outline models directly in the UK.

We also offered three new models including a second powered model – the Class 128 Parcels diesel railcar in N.  The other two were both wagons: the IPA car carrying twin flats – in plain, side-staked and covered versions, and the Cemflo cement wagon in association with Accurascale, the Dublin based manufacturer making a big splash in 00.  Both of these are now at the CAD stage, but we have not yet opened the order books.

M55990 at Manchester Victoria. Photo courtesy Mark Carter.


IPA CAD image – this is the flat version with stakes.


Cemflo CAD courtesy Accurascale.

By the middle of November we were preparing for the arrival of our first 00 models, the TEA tankers by Rapido Trains, and once again we prevailed on our friend Allen as five large pallets were airfreighted in.

Their arrival just in time for the Warley National Model Railway show at the NEC meant that as well as supplying those ordered by Kernow models and Trains4U once again we had to enlist help once again from our friends Paul, Gareth and Abbie to hand out those that customers had arranged to collect.

Kernow Model Rail Centre’s Chris Trerise with a small fraction of his TEAs!

The remainder are being sent out by us but twice the scale means eight times the volume, and the sheer size of the 00 models in comparison to the N gauge products we are used to has meant new packaging solutions and dispatching all the models has taken much longer.

Those who visited us at Warley may remember that we were right next to a double decker bus brought in by our friends at Rapido Trains to publicise their latest new model – this gave us an excellent location for a meeting where we were able to examine the final version of the Class 92 locomotive ahead of production and confirm production of another run of Class 390 Pendolinos in Virgin’s latest “flowing silk” livery, as we as more TEAs in N.  These will be available to pre-order early in the new year.


Class 92 final test sample by Rapido Trains.

At Warley were were also able to unveil our first steam locomotive – the GWR 56XX in N produced with Sonic models – along with the latest CADs for the HOA hopper and an all-new 4mm model – the MMA/JNA box wagon.  These are again not crowdfunded but being produced after we were approached by an investor.  We are offering three variants in DB red and Ermewa and Tarmac grey liveries, while models in VTG/Mendip Rail silver and GBRf blue will be available exclusively from Kernow.

Handpainted sample of MMA wagon in DB red.

First CAD of 56XX steam locomotive.

We also took delivery of the 20′ Tank Containers in N that we produced in conjunction with C-Rail.  These, along with the 40′ hi-cube containers last year, have been very well received and we will be producing another new RTR container next year.  This came, coincidentally, shortly before we closed the order book for the KFA container flats accompanying them which are in production now.

Revolution/C-Rail tank containers in Stolt, Nichicon, Bulkhaul and Hoyer liveries

To conclude, here is a quick reference progress chart summarising 2018.  We anticipate that the next models to be delivered will be the 00 MMA/JNA, N KFA and N 92.

Amazingly, 2019 will mark Revolution’s 5th anniversary (we can’t believe it either!) and we are looking forward to next year being our biggest and best year yet!  But as ever, we couldn’t do any of this without our fellow enthusiasts, so once again we’d like to thank you for your support.


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Pendolinos in white (and red) satin!

Revolution Trains is teaming up with Rapido Trains of Canada to offer another run of their highly-regarded Class 390 Pendolino model – in Virgin’s new livery of white with red “Satin drape” across the nose ends.

We’re also offering the model as 390045 in the eye-catching “Virgin Pride livery with rainbow power car at one end.

Photo courtesy Lewis Hurley

Other options will include 9-car set 390010 “Cumbrian Spirit”, the first Pendolino to receive the new livery, and 390107, the first 11-car set to be re-livered, and in a very slightly revised form with a black stripe along the windows.

Photo courtesy Jon Whiting

We are also planning to offer two 11-car sets in the revised original livery with grey doors as 390130 “City of Edinburgh” and 390152 “Virgin Knight”, and to complete the set we are also planning a 9-car set in the original livery but in post-2006 condition with stripes on the doors and coach identification letters.

None of these livery variations has previously been offered.

These new sets will be provided with plain yellow end panels, to allow modellers to replicate those original sets fitted with new nose doors, as shown in this view at London Euston.

Of course, these models will only be produced if there are adequate pre-orders.

We anticipate production to begin early in the New Year with delivery of the models in Q2 or Q3 2019.


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Pendolino postings…and the tale of the missing screws!

We’ve now processed approximately 98%+ of the orders (as of July 2018) – over 1000 Pendolinos sent out!

We’ve been working through missing payments/order queries and we’ve now sent at least one email to everyone in the order book. If you have not received your Pendolino order or seen an email from us please check your emails / spam box!  If still nothing then please drop us an email.

Next steps

Missing/incomplete/incorrect orders: if you have already contacted us about a missing/incomplete/incorrect order then we’re working through them and will resolve them as quickly as possible – no need to contact us again.

Spares and repairs: we’re working through any problems with Rapido’s repairs agent. If you’ve already been in touch with us and have not heard from either us or Simon please contact us.

P&P refunds for collections: we still have a refunds for P&P to process.

DC controllers: the manual says that if you have an old DC controller please check with us first.  The best advice we can give is check the voltage output of the track supply – if it is less than 15V you should be fine! We haven’t tested the Pendolino with every possible controller out there but we have noticed that some controllers sold as suitable for N output more than 15V at maximum speed so please check!

DCC sound decoders: the DCC sound fitted sets should have stickers on warning you not to run your DCC sound decoder-fitted Pendolinos on controllers outputting more than 15V, if you do you may well blow the sound decoder!

Finally as the post title alludes to – we noticed that the light bars are missing the required screws to fit them.  Rapido’s factory realised that they still had a big bag of screws sat on the workbench, so they sent them over to us.  We included screws with all orders except the very first batch sent out in late March – we have sent out all the missing light bar screws now.  We have had some customers ask about the light bar screws – they are packed in a small clear plastic bag (the screws are very small and black).  The clear plastic bag was either packed loose or taped to one of the light bar packs – please check carefully as it is easy to miss!

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In praise of the Pendolino!

Thanks to everyone who has contacted Revolution Trains to tell us how thrilled they are with their Pendolinos.

Rapido have done a truly amazing job with this model and we are incredibly grateful for the commitment, hard work, attention to detail and skill they have brought to this amazing project.

390104 Alstom Pendolino on Law Junction by the East Neuk MRC.

These are just some of the comments we have received since we started sending models out:

Just picked up my Pendolino from the Royal Mail. A surprisingly emotional moment – … the first crowd funded train and what a train at that. You chaps should be utterly proud of your vision, your bravery and of what you have built and achieved – Bob B.

I received my Pendolinos today and they are fantastic. Thank you and the Rapido team so much for your passion, commitment to detail for making this a reality – Rowland L.

Many thanks for sending the Pendolino – it was worth the wait. All credit for working this project through to completion – Mark K.

My Pendo arrived today, and wow, what an incredible model – Matt C.

This weekend we are at the York Model Railway show at York Racecourse.  Come and find us on stand 104 on the second mezzanine level.

We have brought some Pendolinos to the York show for our customers to collect but to avoid disappointment please note that for reasons of space (or lack of it!) we were only able to bring models requested before the midnight cut off point last Sunday March 25th.

If you emailed us after that, I am sorry but we don’t have your Pendolino.

If you are collecting you’ll see we’ve created space at the right of our stand so you can get your model without stopping others seeing our new Class 92 locomotive, Cargowaggon twin vans and KFA flats.

Revolution Trains Stand 104, second mezzanine level.

So far we have managed to post out around a quarter of the models ordered.  We are trying to do it in order, with those who paid in full receiving their models first as administratively that is easier for us.

If you haven’t yet received your model we’re sorry!

We do understand the waiting is almost unbearable but we promise are doing our best to get through the orders as quickly as possible!


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Pendolino plus!

The response to our surprise announcement of the additional Pendolino sets – 390132 City of Birmingham – has been fantastic (it was a surprise to us as well when Rapido told us!). Over half have sold since I sent out the email early this morning.

390132 City of Birmingham driving car
390132 City of Birmingham driving car

Apologies to anyone struggling to place an order – we know that there is an issue with the Bad Gateway error, but ultimately it requires us to rebuild the site on a better host – the server has been struggling to cope with the traffic.

As noted elsewhere and on our website – we expect to have a very limited number of spare sets of the “normal” ie previously announced names/numbers/liveries though they won’t go on sale until we have sent out all the existing orders and we know exactly what we have left. It is highly unlikely that we will have many or any 5 car sets (or 2 car extension sets) as these were the least popular by far.

If you didn’t see our newsletter it is reproduced below:

With the Pendolinos having shipped from the factory* we would like to let you in on a secret – Rapido have produced a small number of spare sets. We know that some of you already know that there will be some spare standard releases, but what you don’t know is that Rapido have also produced a small number as the 11-car 390132 “City of Birmingham” in the revised Virgin livery with plain grey doors.  This particular prototype received the plain doors towards the end of 2016.

This model will be available in either DC (£365) or DCC-sound (£460) and is being offered first via newsletter to existing Revolution customers.

Anyone who has also ordered a Revolution Trains Class 92, Pendolino or Class 320/321 will receive an £10 discount, and this discount will be applied to any customer ordering a Class 390 as well as a 92 or 320/321 at the same time.  Please mention in the order notes if you have already purchased a Class 92, Class 320/321 or Pendolino – the discount will take the form of a £10 refund once we’ve checked your previous order.

Pendolino packaging
Pendolino packaging – just before they left the factory

* we will post the tracking details as soon as we have them on our website!

If anyone would like the link here it is:

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Pendolino deliveries and the latest news from Rapido

Standard and Alstom Pendolinos pass on Wyre Forest MRC’s “Kinlet Wharf” at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition. Photo courtesy Rapido Trains.

The first update of 2018 sees the arrival of the latest Rapido Trains newsletter.  It has plenty of updates on projects we are working on together – if you scroll past the CAD images of the 00 bus model…!

Rapido Newsletter

Headline news is that the Class 390 Pendolino models will be leaving the factory on January 17th, meaning they should be here by the end of February.  This is a little later than hoped but it’s good to have a firm schedule.

At this time we cannot be sure that customers will be able to collect their Pendolinos at Model Rail Scotland – but here’s hoping!

The newsletter also contains information about the other projects we have in development with our friends in Canada including the 00 TEA tankers, N KFA and N Class 92 electric.

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Doubleplus Pendo

We have received a large number of emails from people who are hoping to buy a Pendolino, but who did not order before the deadline.

9-car Pendolino on Kinlet Wharf at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC.

Rapido have informed us that they have manufactured some additonal models, and we will have these for sale, but our priority is delivering the models already ordered.

Once this is done we will catalogue the spare/extra models on our website and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We can not take reservations so please do not email us asking to reserve a set – we will only have to disappoint you!

Since we anticipate demand for these models to be high we will send out an email alert to our subscribers when this happens.  If you are interested we suggest you register for our newsletter without obligation to ensure you receive this email alert, and give yourself the best chance of obtaining a model.

Pendolino deliveries

The packaging of the Pendolino is heavy and that means that the packaging needs to be sufficient – all of which makes P&P expensive.  We have yet to finalise which courier or Royal Mail will be used, but all deliveries will require a signature.

All delivery addresses for the Pendolinos will be checked against the current shipping/delivery address on your account – please ensure that it is up-to-date by the end of the year! If you need to change it then click on Shop > My Account. It will not automatically update your order but at least we know to manually change your address.

If you prefer to collect your Pendolino at Model Rail Scotland in Glasgow then please let us know before the Pendolinos arrive (exact date to be confirmed) and we will make the arrangements (and refund your post & packing charges).

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Revolution Warley Washdown Part 1: Pendolinos and Polo Mints

It was great to see so many of our friends and supporters at the Warley National Model Railway exhibtion at the NEC last weekend.

This was our stand on Friday – before the show opened – and the only time it was quiet until the show ended on Sunday evening!

Revolution Pendolino

The big news is that our stunning Class 390 Pendolino model – made by our friends (and show neighbours) Rapido Trains of Canada – should be leaving the factory within the next 7-10 days.  Allowing 4-6 weeks for shipping, and some extra time for customs clearance, the models should be here by Jan/Feb.

Rapido did bring three models to the show – airfreighted to Canada a few days beforehand – and two were loaned to the layouts Kinlet Wharf and Horseley Fields.

Pendolino gliding through Kinlet Wharf…


…and hurrying through Horseley Fields. Apologies for shaky camera!

The third – in Alstom livery – spent the weekend on our display layout and can be seen whizzing behind the packaging which was also on  show and follows the style we created with the TEA tankers last year.

The 9- and 11-car versions will be in book-case style packs with two trays with opening lids surrounded by a card sheath.  The top tray contains shaped apertures for the two power cars, the two pantograph cars and the named car, with the remaining four or six cars in the lower tray.

The 5-car pack will simply comprise the top tray in a thinner card sheath.

For those who missed out Rapido have advised us that a small number of surplus models are available and these will be put up for sale via our website once we have an indication of liveries and numbers.

Class B tankers

The Class B tankers are now in production with our alternate factory and are sheduled to be  leaving the factory before Chinese New Year in February, with delivery to customers likely in March/April depending on shipping and customs times.

For those who missed out several retailers have taken an allocation – the list can be found elsewhere on our website.

00 tankers

These are also in production by Rapido now, and timings are likely to be similar as the Class B tankers. As with the Class B tankers, some of our partner retailers have pre-ordered an allocation so those who missed the deadline can still obtain models.

Class 92 locomotive

This model is also being produced by Rapido and we are expecting the next sample with finalised motor/drivetrain, PCB and lighting.  Once this is approved we will be ready to check liveries and close the order book ready for production.  It’s likely this will be in late Spring 2018.

For the show we  assembled one of the earlier samples Rapido had sent, and this was put on Kinlet Wharf with their superb – and appropriate – Caledonian Sleeper rake.

92018 carries slumbering passengers south as a narrow boat passes below the line on Kinlet Wharf

Please note this model was handpainted and is not factory-finished.  It also lacks some of the metal parts such as the cab door handrails and photo-etched pantograph heads.

In our next post we will update the latest news on our other projects, including first samples of our exciting new IZA Cargowaggon twin vans, the KFA container flat, HOA hopper wagons and Class 321 EMU.

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Pendolino alternatives…

We’ve already shown plenty of images of the “standard” Pendolinos in production, but Rapido have sent some shots from the factory of the “specials” we also offered.


390104 “Alstom Pendolino”



Business is Great Britain.

390151 “Virgin Ambassador”


And the Poppylino:

390103 “Virgin Hero”

Now these specials are complete, we are optimistic that the models are close to being ready to ship.  Also, to answer queries from some customers, the light clusters are painted black on production models:


We don’t know when the full production run of Pendolinos will be ready for delivery to our patient customers.  This photo may give an idea of the scale of the operation:

The panel in the centre had a caption in Chinese. I have no idea what it said so I thought I better redact it!!

Visitors to last weekend’s National Festival of Railway Modelling in Peterborough may have spotted our two test Pendolinos being put through their paces on the Nelevation stand.

Pendolino in the Nelevator. Various lengths are available to cope with 9 or 11 car Pendolinos.


Pendolinos passing.

More information about this remarkable vertical fiddle yard can be found here:

Allen, the founder of the business, also has a rather lovely home layout under construction based on the railway and canal bridges at Chirk, over the River Ceiriog:

Revolution/Rapido Pendolino being “dragged” over Chirk viaduct by a Farish Class 57. Photo courtesy Allen Pearson.

Allen says that at the show the Pendolinos ran solidly for 6 hours at a time, and since then he has run the DC model extensively on his layout (not usually being dragged!) and describes the model as “quieter and more smooth-running” than anything else on the layout.

We’ve extensively tested the Pendos ourselves, but it’s good to have positive independent feedback!

Thanks again to all who’ve supported this amazing project; there have been some ups and downs along the way but we are very close now to delivering what we are confident will prove to be a sensational model.


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Revolution ready to paint TINGS red… and silver… and black

Revolution Trains will be at The International N Gauge Show again this year with an exciting display showing latest developments in various new models.

Come and see us on Stand 16.

Rapido have airfreighted to us a pair of factory-finished and complete 9-car “Virgin Pioneer” Pendolinos to show.  Here’s a preview…



First Class centre car with nameplate

Some of the other versions are still in production and the entire shipment will be sent once all versions are ready.  We are expecting this to be sometime next month, though as previously explained a dust problem at the factory added to the delay.   We are glad to report that the paint finished on these models is superb!

For transition era modellers we also have the first livery samples of our forthcoming Class B tankers.  These are still available to order but once all the painted samples have been approved we will be closing the order book and getting the models produced.   We strongly recommend anyone who is still deliberating to come and look at the models and, if they like them, to order quickly to avoid missing the deadline.

Revolution Class B tankers. Shown in B/W for authentic early 60s atmosphere!

Samples of our eagerly awaiting Class 92 will also be on show, and as this model is progressing through the artwork stages we will be happy for supporters to come and have a good look at the model and the many parts that go into it…

Revolution/Rapido Class 92 first sample


Exploded photo showing the sophistication of the tooling

We will have news of our Class 320/321 EMU project and will be trying to turn expressions of interest – which were very encouraging – into hard orders so we can get this model into tooling.

It’s being produced by Rapido, like the Pendolino and Class 92, so quality is assured.

We now have complete CADs of both types and are very keen to commence tooling.


We will have updates on our other projects including the KFA container flats (nearly ready for production) and the forthcoming HOA and IZA wagons – CADs approved for both models.



We will also have stocks of Project Railway Honour Class 66 locomotives available to buy, but they are selling fast… so don’t miss out!

66418 “Patriot” – supporting the ABF and the only N gauge model currently available with the latest Freightiner – Genessee and Wyoming branding.

We will also have exciting news of the first of our proposed projects for 2018 – come and see us on Stand 16.

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Pendo stupendous!

Our friends at Rapido Trains have sent us a short video showing a production Pendolino being put through its paces having arrived in Canada this week.

Rapido put the model to work on their gradient test layout – a ruthless rollercoaster of Kato Unitrack with a sharp 4% (1 in 25) slope on the far side of the loop.

The V-transition between the two gradients is the equivalent of hitting an 8% (1 in 12.5) gradient from the flat, as this image shows.

The model under test is not quite the correct configuration, for some reason it has two standard trailers deputising for the pantograph cars at the #3 and #9 positions; we put this down to over-excitement when getting the models out of the box…

You can see the complete video here: IMG_6068

It’s also not quite a fully finished model – the cars were plucked from the assembly line before some of the final tampo printed numbers and lettering were added so it could be rushed to Rapido HQ for testing.

Customer models are now having those details added and should be ready for shipping toward the end of August.

Allowing for a 6-week voyage we are hoping to have them with our customers by mid October.