Caroline gains colour

Caroline gains colour


Revolution Trains has received the first decorated samples of the eagerly-awaited ‘OO’ gauge BR Southern Region General Manager’s inspection saloon for assessment.


Converted in the late 1960s from a Class 203 6B Hastings gauge buffet car, TDB975025 was utilised for meetings, inspections, line testing and transporting the occasional VIP. It was fitted with driver's controls, so could be hauled or propelled by locomotives and was also compatible with many of the Southern Region's Electric Multiple Units in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. Latterly named Caroline, the inspection saloon is still in regular use with Network Rail and can be seen across the rail network.


The first two ‘OO’ gauge models to arrive for inspection include TDB975025 in original BR blue and grey condition, together with the later modified version as Caroline in Network Rail Brunswick green with revised light arrangements at each end. A third version is also set to be produced in Network SouthEast livery, while Rainbow Railways has commissioned an exclusive version of the modified inspection saloon in pre-2015 'Viridian' green.


Each model will feature era-specific detailing, together with detailed interiors, third rail shoegear, accurate headcode details, solebar step lighting, flicker-free interior illumination, directional lighting and 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket.


Following a few amendments to the appearance and finish (including addition of curtains to both models, brown underframe for blue/grey model and etched nameplates for green example), production is expected to get underway soon.


Priced at £149 each, pre-orders are being accepted for a limited time.

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