30 Mar Tiphook PFA/KFA container flat

N-Gauge-LogoTiphook PFA/KFA container flat


Top and bottom views of the wonderfully detailed KFA container flats.


Repainted Tiphook KFA in Freightliner service. Note the VNH1 bogies.


Revolution Trains next model will portray the single unit PFA/KFA container flats built for Tiphook from 1987-8.

240 of these wagons were built by Rautaruukki of Finland: the first 40 numbered TIPH93242-81 and delivered with Gloucester GPS bogies, the remainder numbered TIPH93290-489 and fitted with Sambre & Meuse VNH-1 bogies. (The VNH-1 bogies look very similar to cast-frame Y25 bogies but have some structural differences.)

Originally they were all coded PFA under TOPS, however this was changed to KFA in 1990 (although the PFA code lingered on the wagons themselves for many years before being altered).


This GPS bogie fitted KFA (with Tiphook Rail placard) is carrying MoD containers.

The first wagons were used to carry contaminated spoil from Chatham Dockyard to Stewartby in Bedfordshire; over the years they have been used for domestic refuse, containerised paper from Fort William, gypsum, MOD traffic and intermodal services.

The map shows primary flows since 2010. Currently they are in use with Freightliner on intermodal services, DB Cargo on intermodal and MOD traffic, GBRf for containerised gypsum and Network Rail for RHTT and other engineering modules. As the map shows they travel widely, and there are often other short term flows for specific contracts; and the map does not show Network Rail trains as these can travel widely – a pair of KFAs were recently recorded at Victoria station!


Because they have buffers at both ends the wagons are more flexible than other container units that are often in fixed rakes, hence their longevity.

The model is being designed and manufactured by Rapido Trains Inc.


To ensure adequate weight the two longitudinal ribs, bogie bosses and lower end sections will be die cast in metal, while there will be detailed plastic deck and separately fitted brake parts and pipe runs.

Illustrated below are the very first samples showing both types with VNH1 bogies and Gloucester GPS bogies. There are several other differences between the two versions! .


Although this CAD does not yet show them, the model will feature body-mounted NEM close couplers.

We are proposing six liveries, and as with the tankers each version will also be available in multi-packs of three, each with different numbers if there is adequate demand.

Version 1: PFA as delivered with blue body and pale blue GPS bogies.


Version 2: KFA with yellow GPS bogies and Tiphook placard.


Version 3: KFA refurbished for Network Rail with black body and yellow GPS bogies.


Version 4: PFA as delivered with blue VNH-1 bogies and TIPHOOK RAIL branding.


Version 5: KFA with TIPHOOK RAIL branding.


Version 6: KFA with small Freightliner branding.


To keep prices down, Revolution Trains is not supplying the wagons with containers and they will be designed to be compatible with those of other manufacturers.

Price: £25 single wagon, £75 for pack of three.



Network Rail KFA with GPS bogies.


Tiphook Rail KFA with VNH1 bogies.


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