Revolution’s Class 59 breaks cover
Revolution Trains’ (RT) ‘N' gauge projects continue to make good progress with first shots of the all-new Class 59 bodyshells arriving in early October, together with first engineering prototype samples of the newly-tooled BR Borail and YQA ‘Parr’ wagons and decorated samples of the company's new Mk 5 Caledonian Sleeper cars.
Two Class 59 bodyshells have arrived for assessment with the development team. These represent the Class 59/0 and 59/2s with and without centre covers fitted, showing the ease of access for installing DCC decoders.
RT’s extensive tooling suite will allow for variations between class members to be represented including original Class 59/0 style without roof pods, Class 59/1 with slightly different roof pods to the 59/2s and examples of 59003 with top centre light and 59005 with Class 59/0 lights, but Class 59/1 style roof.
Twenty different standard production and retailer exclusive models are planned initially (HM172) covering the class’ career through the years in a kaleidoscope of colour schemes including Foster Yeoman, ARC, Hanson, EWS, DB, National Power and GB Railfreight liveries.
Pre-order prices for standard production models are set at £124.95 DCC ready, £219.95 DCC sound-fitted. A release date has yet to be confirmed.
RT’s new ‘N’ gauge BR Borail bogie wagons (HM171) have also progressed to the EP stage of the production process, with examples of original and later ‘YQA’ Parr wagons arriving for evaluation.
These newly-tooled ‘N’ gauge wagons will be available in five different variations covering Borail BVR, Borail BRA, YLA ‘Mullet’, YQA ‘Parr’ and ‘YQA’ Super Tench vehicles, with a mix of liveries and individual running numbers.
Supplied in twin wagon packs, prices are set at £70 per pack. A delivery date has yet to be set.
Revolution Trains has also advised that the ‘OO’ gauge Borail wagons and derivatives are now currently in tooling.
Finally, RT has also recently received decorated samples of its forthcoming ‘N’ gauge Mk 5 Caledonian Sleeper coaches. Four vehicles have been tooled covering the seated, standard sleeper, accessible sleeper and club cars. They will be available across a series of four-car and six-car booksets, enabling portions of the full Highlander and Lowlander formations to be recreated, as well as the complete sets.
Priced at £180 for the four-car carriage packs and £270 for the six-car Aberdeen portion, release is expected during the first half of 2022.
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