Revolution Trains has revealed the first engineering prototypes of its forthcoming SR General Manager’s Saloon 975025 Caroline in OO - plans for which were first announced in our July 2020 issue.
The saloon was converted in 1969 from a former Hastings unit buffet car. Due to its unique ability to act as a Driving Trailer for a variety of existing locomotive types still forms an integral part of the Network Rail infrastructure inspection fleet.
Two samples have been recieved; original 1969 form, with headcode box and SR jumper cables, and in its current form with modern light clusters, plated over headcode box and underfloor toilet retention tank.
The models will also feature a whole host of lighting options which include; switchable end lighting - with headcode, headlight, tail light and search light options where appropriate - interior lighting and solebar footstep lighting with stay alive capacitor for flicker-free operation.
Three version are to be produced for the initial release; BR blue and grey (c.1969 - 1984), BR Network South East (c.1991 - 2003) and Network Rail SR mid-green (c,2015 - present.
Pre-ordered can be placed via the manufacturers website; priced at £149.00 each.