43 PCA (PC020A) powder tanks were built by Powell Duffryn in 1988 for alumina traffic between North Blyth and Fort William on the West Highland line. The Alcan PCAs have always been painted in a plain grey livery originally with blue ‘Alcan’ branding, by the mid 2000s the Alcan logos had faded and resembled dusty grey triangles, and the end ladders were removed. Alcan was amalgamated into Rio Tinto Alcan in 2008, and while the basic livery remained the same new red RioTintoAlcan branding was introduced. In 2016 the operations were taken over by GFG Alliance and the wagons were progressively relabelled in Lochaber Power/Liberty and more recently with Alvance branding. Revolution is offering multiple versions of all the branding variations.
The wagons feature four top loading hatches, a full length catwalk and access ladders on each side. The ladders were removed around 2005-2007 and versions with and without ladders, with appropriate liveries, will be offered. In addition some wagons have had the plate on the discharge chute removed, and this will be supplied as a customer fit part to allow both options.
The models feature:
- NEM coupling pockets
- RP25 wheel sets designed for straightforward conversion to EM or P4 (26mm pinpoints on 2mm diameter axles)
- optional ladders (fitted for appropriate versions – Alcan and debranded Alcan liveries have ladders fitted)
- optional discharge chute plate
- high levels of detailing with numerous separately fitted plastic and photo-etched parts
All the models will be supplied in packs of 4 wagons to enable modellers to recreate prototypical rakes of 12 – 20+ wagons. Each wagon in each pack will be individually numbered.
Due to low expected production numbers of these wagons, these models are only available direct from Revolution. The discounted pre-order price will be available until production begins (watch out in our News or Project overview pages for when this is).
Please note that you are ordering a model which is in development for delivery in Q4 2023 – Q1 2024.