Revolution Trains, the new company that uses crowd funding principles to produce niche train models, has listened to modellers on the N Gauge Forum clamouring for 1950s and 60s era products by offering the much-requested Class B fuel tanker.
Hundreds of these tankers were built from the mid 1950s and they remained in service until the 1990s.
The Class B tank was designed for carrying heavier oils and had a shorter barrel than the Class A which was built to carry the same weight of lighter petrol fuel. If the Class B model is successful and reaches its minimum order threshold then we will also produce the Class A tanker.
The wagons were developed by wagon builder Charles Roberts Ltd in co-operation with Esso, but were also used by Regent/Texaco, Mobil/Charrington, the CEGB and in plain colours for many other fuel flows.
They were in widespread use from the mid 1950s and are equally at home behind 9F or a Black 5 steam locomotives as behind a Brush Type 4 or pairs of BRCW Type 3s.
At this year's International N Gauge Show at Leamington visitors were able to inspect the first CADs of the model, which is already under development.
The model is being designed by former Farish engineer Colin Allbright, who also created the Ultima brand before joining Bachmann following its take over of Graham Farish in 2000 and will be manufactured in China and feature numerous separate detail parts, body-mounted NEM kinematic close-couplers and photo-etched catwalk details.
The prototype wagons featured two different suspension types and both are being offered. The models will be available singly at £19.50 each or in triple packs (£58.50 each) with different running numbers.
The liveries available will be:
These models represent a first for the NGF - being a direct result of the campaign led by Scott Stitchell and Bob Gregory who made a compelling case for them and Mike and I at Revolution are hoping that this will be the first example of a successful crowd funded pet-project inspired directly by supporters.
1) Black with Esso branding on original suspension.
2) Red with Mobil/Charrington branding on original suspension
3) Plain black on original suspension
4) Black with Regent branding on revised suspension
5) Black with Texaco branding on revised suspension
6) United Molasses brown/blue on revised suspension
(Note: The triple pack will feature one vehicle on original suspension and in prototypically accurate all-brown livery.)
We had planned to focus on the modern day scene, after the failure of our class 21/9 locomotive this time last year, but we were persuaded to look again at the traditionally dominant steam/diesel transition era and offer its supporters a chance to step forward.
Our crowd-funding methodology is still in its early years, and we are still learning, but in less than two years we have gone from raising interest in a Class 390 Pendolino to have an approval-ready working sample, and in less than 18 months from announcing TEA tanker models to having them en route to the UK ready for delivery to our customers.
We anticipate more new product announcements over the coming weeks, and while we are waiting until we have actually started delivering models before announcing more, we will be happy to chat to visitors about our plans, and listen to any suggestions, going forward.