Revolution Trains selects all-steel K-type Pullmans for ‘N’

Revolution Trains selects all-steel K-type Pullmans for ‘N’
DB Class 67 67018 heads a Folkestone West to London Victoria Belmond Pullman formation on June 16 2016. Credit: Train Photos, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence​​​​​​​​​​​

Revolution Trains is to produce all-steel K-type Pullman coaches for ‘N’ gauge.

Metropolitan-Cammell built 29 Pullman cars in five different body types – Kitchen Firsts and Thirds, Parlour Firsts and Thirds and Parlour Brake Thirds. Revolution Trains will initially offer these along with a further four cars for the ‘Bournemouth Belle’, if the tooling makes it feasible.

The K-types were used by the Great Western Railway (GWR) on ‘Ocean-Liner Express’ and ‘Torquay Pullman’ services from 1929, but were more famously used on London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and British Railways (BR) services such as the ‘Queen of Scots’, ‘Tees-Tyne Pullman’ and the ‘Yorkshire Pullman’. The K-types continue to see service today in the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and in preservation.

Parlour First Zena in the VSOE set at Bristol Temple Meads in April 2012. Credit: Hugh Llewelyn, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence​​​​​

Revolution Trains’ new ‘N’ gauge Pullman cars will feature the same level of detail as its Mk 5 coaches and will include interior lighting with working table lamps. They will be offered in train packs to allow prototypical formations to be assembled.

Revolution expects its order book to open towards the end of this year or early next. Prices and a release schedule have yet to be confirmed.

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