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Class 59/1, 59/2 order deliveries

10/06/2024: all the balance invoices have been generated for the 59s (if you haven’t received an expected balance invoice please check in your account on our website – if you still can’t see a balance invoice please drop us an email). There’s around 75-100 orders to be picked, packed and posted – the vast majority should go out over the next few days.

Simon, our Customer Service Manager will continue to address any problems with received models. If you are unfortunate enough to have an issue please contact him using the email address in your instructions.

We realise many customers are eagerly awaiting their models – especially given the very favourable reviews in the press and online!

Of course if you missed out on ordering direct you should be able to place an order with one of our retailers, most of whom have received their stocks now.

Rainbow Railways

In addition our limited edition ‘First and Last’ twin packs of Class 59/2s 59201 and 59206 in attractive National Power livery are now in stock with Rainbow Railways and available to purchase.

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The final 59s…

Like the prototype, Revolution’s Class 59/1 and Class 59/2 locomotives are arriving a little after the pioneer Class 59/0 versions blazed a trail…

Time travellers… original ARC Southern 59/1, reliveried Hanson 59/1 and latest Heidelberg materials 59/1…
59/2s assemble! Right to left – original National Power livery, EWS, DB and most recent Freightliner

We expect to receive these models very shortly, and, as with the Class 59/0 models, will send them to fully pre-paid customers first. We will process balance payment requests as quickly as we can for other pre-order customers but rationalising these orders and processing them takes more time and we are always grateful for our customers’ patience as we work through them.

59/1 and 59/2 – what’s the difference?

The Class 59/1 locomotives were built for ARC Southern (then Hanson and now Heidelberg Materials) in 1990, while the Class 59/2 locomotives were ordered in the mid-90s by National Power and then sold to EWS, which became DB, and then Freightliner.

Superficially the locomotives do look similar, differing from the Class 59/0s by having the then-new BMAC standard light clusters. However the design evolved over time, and the main differences were in the roof and the underframe. The 59/2s, designed to carry coal into power stations, had frame mounted fire suppression cylinders and updated cooling tubes which are plainly visible on most images. Five of the six Class 59/2s also had two handles on each cab door.

Less obvious – but equally important to us! – are the roof differences in positioning of the radio pods and arrangement of catches on the access panels.

Class 59/1 – radio pods at outer ends of recesses and original panel catches.
Class 59/2 – radio pods in the centre of the recesses and additional roof catches. Note additional cab door handle.

As with the Class 59/0, we also have a limited supply of ESU E24 Lokpilot nano decoders pre-configured for this model to enable customers who do not wish to have sound to enjoy the full lighting functionality.

Kernow will also be receiving their exclusive models of 59101 in ARC revised livery, and Rainbow Railways will also be getting their ‘First and Last’ National Power twin packs featuring 59201 and 59206.

Rainbow Railways

Kernow have already received stocks of their exclusive model of 59002 in Mendip Rail livery, while Rails also have both original Europorte and current GB railfreight branded versions of 59003.

We’ve also received some more decorated samples of our upcoming Class 66, and these will form the subject of a post over the weekend as a reminder that the Class 66 pre-order deadline is looming, though we won’t close it fully until everyone has had a chance to select their Revolution Bespoke choices.

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Revolution has it large with Ecofrets

Revolution Trains is upscaling its proposed Ecofret intermodal wagon to 00 gauge, 1:76 scale.

Revolution 3-car Ecofret

These wagons are in service with GBRf, DB and Freightliner and can be seen in blue, red and green. There are also sets running around in VTGs own, darker blue livery.

3-unit Ecofret in service with GBRf at Huntingdon on the ECML

The vehicles are widely seen in intermodal trains across the network. In a break from tradition, each deck is only 40′ long. In a market dominated by 40′ sea containers, this maximises the load that any given train can carry as there is not the wasted 20′ that can be found on trains comprising older 60′ wagons.

Route map showing use of Ecofret intermodal wagons

For flexibility in use, the centre vehicle has rotating spigots in the centre allowing the wagons to carry 20′ containers if needed. The Revolution model will replicate this.

Rotating centre spigots on centre car

Revolution would like to thank VTG, GBRf, Freightliner and DB for their assistance in producing this model.

We expect the order book to open in late 2019 or early 2020.