Revolution Trains is to produce the all-new Class 93 tri-mode locomotive being built for Rail Operations Group by Stadler as its first powered model in 00.
Rail Operations Group has ordered ten of the new Class 93 locomotives, with options on a further 20, with the first expected to be delivered in early 2023.
The Class 93 will be Revolution’s first locomotive model aimed at 00 gauge market. The model follows the development of six 00 wagons: TEA tankers, MMA/JNA ‘Ealnos’ box wagons, IZA Cargowaggon twins (a Kernow exclusive), IWA ‘Sfins2’ vans, IWA ‘Rfnoos’ timber carriers and FWA ‘Ecofret’ container flats.
Planned specifications for the model include;
- Heavy diecast chassis with smooth electric motor and flywheels and provision for DCC and Sound
- Provision for simple conversion to EM/P4
- Separately applied etched metal or fine plastic details
- NEM coupler sockets with fully detailed, factory-fitted bufferbeam at one end (second coupler in accessory pack)
- DCC provision: 21 pin decoder socket
- Prototypical lighting arrangements, switchable for DC users where necessary
- Twin speakers on sound-fitted models
- RP25 (110) wheels with provision for simple conversion to EM/P4
- Potential option for a DCC operated pantograph mechanism, though the pantograph itself will be cosmetic
The full specification is subject to revision during the design phase, and will be confirmed at a later stage. The initial liveries for the model will be ROG’s stylish green and black launch livery. Its also understood the class will bare the names of Roman Gods.
The terms of the licence – which covers both 00 and N gauge models – mean that ROG and Stadler will work closely with Revolution, sharing important technical specifications, including 3D data and design drawings, to ensure the models are as accurate as possible and that any changes made during construction are incorporated, with the intention for the models to be delivered as soon as possible after the prototypes enter service.
For more details is our full new piece in the forthcoming April 2021 issue of Railway Modeller, as well as our review of the Revolution Models N gauge British Rail Class 92.