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Revolution goes nuclear – again!

 

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Revolution Trains is following up its award-winning KUA four-bogie nuclear fuel carriers with another nuclear vehicle – the new-build FNA-D ‘standard’ flask carrier now in use across the network.

 

These wagons were built by WH Davis from 2014 and have now fully displaced the older style wagons built in the 1970s.

 

They are used to convey spent nuclear fuel in hardened flasks from power stations in England, Scotland and, until recently, Wales to Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria.

 

The wagons are operated by DRS and usually run singly, or in small numbers, with haulage by DRS class 66, 68 or 88 locomotives in pairs, either double-headed or top and tail, as insurance against failure.

 

The Revolution Trains model will feature our usual high specification including highly detailed plastic moulded parts produced from original works drawings, kinematic couplers in NEM sockets and separately fitted detail parts in wire, plastic and photo-etched metal where appropriate.

 

CAD work is complete and the models in both 00 and N are expected to go into tooling very shortly.

 

“Having worked with DRS on the huge flasks used for submarine fuel, modelling their smaller brothers seemed an obvious step,” explains Revolution Trains’ Mike Hale.  “While the fleet is not especially large – just over three dozen wagons – they are widely used and operate across the network.”

 

“Although there are just 40 wagons in the fleet, because DRS usually runs these trains in rakes of fewer than five wagons and almost always with two locomotives, we think they are a great ‘train-set’ train and can be used by those with layouts large or small,” added Revolution Trains co-director Ben Ando.

 

All the wagons have a green body and white flask cover, and Revolution will be offering several different numbers to enable modellers to assembly realistic rakes.

 

CAD on the N gauge version is almost complete, with the 00 model following soon after.  The order book is expected to open shortly with delivery anticipated for early 2023, although schedules are subject to change due to unforeseen Covid-related delays.

 

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7 minutes ago, norfolkchinaclay said:

Apologies to Andy. Did not see the item below posted 23 hours ago when I checked this morning…

 

How did we all miss it?! 

It was hidden until Revolution made the announcement.

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Wow, Revolution really hitting my shopping list today!

 

In addition to the routes on the map, they do get down to Doncaster from Carlisle via Tyne Valley and the ECML for wheels turning IIRC.

 

88003 6D88 Burn 22.04.2020

 

88001 6Z62 Colton 30.04.2021

 

Flasks south

 

11 70 9229 028-9 FNA Bogie Nuclear Flask Wagon - York 29.09.21

 

 

Also Crewe to/from Doncaster

 

37716 6Z72 Clay Cross 27.07.2021

 

37425

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, TomScrut said:

Wow, Revolution really hitting my shopping list today!

 

In addition to the routes on the map, they do get down to Doncaster from Carlisle via Tyne Valley and the ECML for wheels turning IIRC.

 

88003 6D88 Burn 22.04.2020

 

88001 6Z62 Colton 30.04.2021

 

Flasks south

 

11 70 9229 028-9 FNA Bogie Nuclear Flask Wagon - York 29.09.21

 

 

Also Crewe to/from Doncaster

 

37716 6Z72 Clay Cross 27.07.2021

 

37425

 

 

 

 

Smashing pics thanks Tom

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Hi everyone,

 

Im delighted to see the FNA-D announced from Revolution. I’ll be able to run one on Morecambe but with my larger Cumbrian Coast layout planned several will join the fleet. 
 

Thanks 

Mark

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I'm going to have to build a model nuclear power station aren't I?

 

My dad worked on building the first full size one in Scotland when I was about 7, though it's now decommissioned
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h0OFZVRWQU

He tried to save the northern end of the line to the Solway bridge so that the spent fuel go to Sellafield by coastal shipping, but BR weren't interested and lifted it.

 

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On 25/02/2022 at 20:53, jpendle said:

There's an awful lot of printing needing to be done on these :o

 

John P

Isn't it typical - you get to a certain stage, convinced that nobody will make an RTR version, then this happens! Having said that, I was kind of stuck when it comes to the sheer volume of printed notices, etc. all over these new FNA's.

 

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Jon

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