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VEA makes an explosive entrance!

Revolution Trains is offering the VEA airbraked van in N gauge as its first non-crowdfunded model.

Instead, this model will be available to buy through retailers in the usual way.

The models have already been tooled and painted samples were unveiled at The International N Gauge Show. Images will appear here in due course.

First EP sample

These vans feature NEM couplers in kinematic sockets, high levels of detailing on the underframe and separate brass buffers and metal door handles.

The model offers our usual high levels of underframe detailing.

The VEA vans were converted from BR Vanwides from 1978-1983 and designed to offer an airbraked wagon for MoD munitions and supplies that could negotiate the tight curves at some Army bases.

As well as running in short block trains on their own, they also operated in short cuts with a wide mix of other wagons in BR Speedlink mixed freight trains.

They were in widespread use until the mid 1990s and after that still saw service in MoD sidings or depots – in this scenario making them the ideal accompaniment to the N Gauge Society’s forthcoming Hunslet industrial shunter.

The models are being produced in the following liveries:

BR Railfreight maroon as applied to the first 50:


BR Railfreight red/grey as applied to most of the rest:


RfD dark grey/yellow:


For each variant several different numbers will be offered, with correct variations in the style and location of BR symbols, warning patches etc.


by Sonic Models, a new Chinese manufacturer looking to increase their profile in the British market.


Weathered models are also set to join the range.  We will be giving more information about where to obtain these models shortly.