26 Nov HOA Aggregate Hopper
Rapido Trains Inc. is pleased to announce its involvement in Revolution Trains fifth all-new wagon in N gauge. This follows the well-received N VTG TEA bogie tanker, the N KFA container flat and the OO version of the VTG TEA tanker.
These wagons have been a staple of the British railway scene since the early 2000s and are now in use with DB Cargo (previously EWS Construction/DB Schenker), Ermewa/Lafarge Tarmac and VTG/Mendip Rail and can be seen working across the UK, primarily from Peak Forest in Derbyshire, Mountsorrel in Leicestershire and from Mendip Rail’s Merehead and Whatley quarries in Somerset. They have also seen use on short term sand workings from Middleton Towers, near King’s Lynn, to Ince & Elton in the North East, and Scotland.
Two versions will be produced, the original EWS design which was later adopted by CRH/Tarmac and the Mendip Rail version. The latter has the brake handwheel repositioned to the bogies.
All five liveries that these wagons have worn will be made available. Blanking decal patches will be produced for the unbranded Cemex wagons. Like the N VTG TEA tanker the HOA will be produced in single and 3-packs with different numbers allowing modellers to build up an accurate train quickly.
The N gauge model is well advanced and is currently about to move to the 3D design stage. It will be available to pre-order from the Revolution Trains website shortly. A OO gauge version is being considered and expressions of interest are also being taken for this model. A final decision on this will be made when the OO VTG TEA tanker has been released.
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