Revolution Trains has received painted samples of its forthcoming twin pack of MoD KUA quad-bogie nuclear flask carriers.
These giant wagons are used to transport spent nuclear submarine fuel from HM dockyards at Rosyth, on the Firth of Forth in Scotland, and Devonport in south west England.
They are also used, on occasion, to transport material from the nuclear research facility at Dounreay on the far north coast of Scotland, via an interchange at Georgemas Junction.
Often used in pairs, they are, if loaded, invariably accompanied by escort coaches carrying security personnel.
Revolution is offering both wagons in a twin pack enabling modellers and collectors to own the “complete fleet” and comprising virtually a complete train in a box.
Revolution would like to thank DRS for all their assistance with these models. Allowing us to properly research these secretive wagons enables us hopefully to do them justice.
Although both wagons in service are virtually physically each has noticeably different markings and Revolution has been at great pains to accurately represent this. Note the different anchor icons, TOPS markings and data panels.
And to make these models extra-special, Revolution is even incorporating the axle numbers and wheel profile markings on the bogies – the first time we’ve been crazy enough to try this!
These photographs are cruelly enlarged – the wheelbase lettering, though legible, is barely 0.2mm tall!
Another key difference is that 95771 has a clearly visible ripped label patch at one end of the hood – as can be seen in the photographs above by Paul Berry – and this too is being represented.
Once these decorated samples have been approved we will be ready to close the order book. It is unlikely these models will be repeated so we’d urge anyone interested to order now to avoid missing out.