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Hello all,

 

Revolution Trains is offering the Class 59 as its next locomotive in N gauge.  The model has been under development for some time and samples are expected in the next few weeks, possibly in time for The International N Gauge Show where we will have a stand.

 

The Class 59 is arguably the most significant locomotive of the last quarter of the twentieth century; being the first US-built and first privately-owned mainline locomotive on the BR system.  It brought in previously undreamt of levels of reliability and was the antecedent for the enormously successful Class 66.  Intended for heavy Mendip stone trains the Class 59 is significantly more powerful than the 66, which was designed as more of a general purpose locomotive, and only the Class 60 can match it in terms of sheer pulling power.

 

Class 59/0

The CAD image above represents the Class 59/0 as delivered to Foster Yeoman in 1986, with outer bogie dampers and left facing exhaust.  The 59/0 (with correct detail combinations) is offered in orginal Foster Yeoman, revised Foster Yeoman and Aggregate Industries liveries.

 

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Building on the success of our highly regarded Class 92, the CADs show the Revolution Class 59 features our usual extreme levels of detail with photo etched side, roof and horn grilles, separate underframe supports with lots of additional detail parts to recreate the busy appearance of the prototype, and factory fitted air pipe and couper details at one end (standard coupler and slotted air dam included in the box for those who prefer them) among other things.

 

Class 59/1

 

The Class 59/1 as shown above is being offered in both original ARC and Hanson colours.

 

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The tooling has been designed to allow all sub-classes to be offered with the modifications carried out during the service lives of these locomotives accounted for too.  These include differences in the bogie dampers, exhaust position, NRN roof pods, underframe equipment, air pipe and lashing loop positioning and door handle recesses.

 

The model will feature a heavy metal chassis block, factory fitted speakers, Next 18 DCC interface and switchable lights.  We have used lessons learned from our Class 390 Pendolino and Class 92 chassis to improve the performance of this model still  with reduction gearing and pin-point power pick-ups.  As a nod to the prototype, the DCC socket and light switches are reached via a removable centre panel - just like the real thing.

 

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The image above shows the CAD for 59003 as operated by GBRf with appropriate detailing including a marker light above the windscreens, rectangular buffers and removed NRN pods.  This model is being offered as a retailer exclusive by Rails of Sheffield.

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The Class 59/2 represents the final iteration and has several differences to the first two types.  Rainbow Railways is offering the original National Power locomotives in a twin-pack comprising 59201 (with correct doors and end bell) and 59206 - as the first and last of the fleet.  Revolution is offering 59/2s in EWS, DB and Freightliner liveries as general release models.

 

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The model has been under development for many months after we identified it as the main 'missing link' in modern traction for N gauge enthusiasts, and we'd like to thank GBRf, Freightliner, Arlington Fleet Services, Progress Rail (EMD) and Mendip Rail for their help and assistance so far.

 

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The models can be pre-ordered now at an EarlyBird price of £114.95, including postage, though this will be going  up fairly soon.  We are aiming to have the models delivered in mid 2022, however recent experience tells us that schedules are almost impossible to predict at this time, so this is just our best estimate.

 

For more information, images and a short history of the class outlining the various detail variations please see the Revolution website.

 

cheers

 

 

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7 minutes ago, scottystitch said:

@Revolution Ben, @Revolution Mike.  Thank you for posting this.  I was sure I had seen this on facebook this morning but then couldn't find it again and thought I was imagining things/dreamt it.

 

Panic over.

 

Best


Scott.

 

Ha - slight finger trouble at this end!  Thanks for not blabbing!

 

cheers

 

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Interesting departure from previous releases in going up against an existing competitor with this model. I wonder if this will mean future models that would have previously been considered models for the "main players"* to do rather than niche models.

 

*not saying that revolution are not main players now.

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3 minutes ago, Kris said:

Interesting departure from previous releases in going up against an existing competitor with this model. I wonder if this will mean future models that would have previously been considered models for the "main players"* to do rather than niche models.

 

*not saying that revolution are not main players now.

 

What!! like an upgraded Peak or 90 :P:P

 

Would be nice.....

 

Regards

 

Neal.

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10 minutes ago, Kris said:

Interesting departure from previous releases in going up against an existing competitor with this model.

 

Hi there,

 

We offered our Class 92 in N after DJM had announced his ill-fated project so it's not unknown.  

 

cheers

 

Ben A.

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14 minutes ago, Kris said:

Interesting departure from previous releases in going up against an existing competitor with this model. I wonder if this will mean future models that would have previously been considered models for the "main players"* to do rather than niche models.

 

*not saying that revolution are not main players now.

 

Perhaps Revolution just presumed that Dapol had abandoned their 59 model and didn't want to scrap the work that had gone into their version when Dapol dusted off their model.

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17 minutes ago, Revolution Ben said:

 

Ha - slight finger trouble at this end!  Thanks for not blabbing!

 

cheers

 


Whilst I might have been on the verge of quizzing you privately, I certainly wouldn’t have publicly. 

Good luck with the model.

 

best

 

scott. 

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Fascinating. And cheaper than Dapol’s, so that’s me switching for a start. Disappointing in one way that it’s a duplication, but a) Dapol sat it on the shelf for so long it’s their own fault, and b) I trust Revolution to get this right more than I do Dapol.


I just need to work out the best livery to get as not many 59s are seen on the WCML.

 

If Revolution are feeling bolder with their release schedule then I do hope a class 90 is next…

 

David 

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Hi Ben - pricing error on 59206 (Freightliner Orange / analogue version)?

 

I think there must be a price typo on the 59206 'John F Yeoman' DC/DCC Ready version on the Revolution Website - showing the same as the sound fitted version:  Freightliner Orange - 59

 

I'm so glad you announced the 59 as it's one of my favourite locos.  When the other manufacturer's model in N was temporarily suspended (understandably, I might say), I felt disappointed.  However, I was really hoping for 59001 in FY Silver... so I am sure a decent order will be coming you way very soon.  My only other hope is for 59002 'Alan J Day' in the special livery :) 

 

Thanks,

Ixion.

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23 minutes ago, bmthtrains - David said:

Fascinating. And cheaper than Dapol’s, so that’s me switching for a start. Disappointing in one way that it’s a duplication, but a) Dapol sat it on the shelf for so long it’s their own fault, and b) I trust Revolution to get this right more than I do Dapol.


I just need to work out the best livery to get as not many 59s are seen on the WCML.

 

If Revolution are feeling bolder with their release schedule then I do hope a class 90 is next…

 

David 

Think I maybe tempted by an ARC or original FY livery.

59104 did make it up the WCML on a loaded trial working very early 90s.

 

59104 Wandelmill

 

So this would have passed Dallam, perfect excuse for me lol.

 

Cheers

 

Simon

 

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5 minutes ago, LaGrange said:

 

Would not be left waiting many years for starters... 

 

The problem though is as badly as Dapol have mishandled the OO Class 59, they do have tooling already (as they have showed painted samples in the now distant past), so they could easily beat any potential competitor to market in OO (and the Class 59 isn't likely to be popular enough to allow 2 new tooled versions to make money)

 

The N version is a different story - with Dapol having apparently abandoned it and with their lukewarm interest in bringing the OO version to market it clearly was fair game.

 

It does beg the question if Dapol's sudden interest and showing of CAD in July was because they heard about the Revolution version, and were attempting to block Revolution not realizing how far along the Revolution model was.

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1 hour ago, Revolution Mike said:

Yes although it appears like duplication, the reality is that we started work on this months ago. 


Can attest to this.

 

Well done both for announcing this today! The CAD looks miles better than the competition and within a realistic timescale too.

 

Might even tempt me to the dark side…

 

Guy

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I’m very interested to see how this model plays out, of course I’ll be rooting for Revolution, especially with a much cheaper pre-order price and superior features. If you can go head to head with Dapol and win, Revolution will become a force to be reckoned with (More so than it already is)

 

I may well place an order for one, and wish Revolution all the best.

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