28 Nov VTG TEA tanker (OO)

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N Gauge VTG TEA 102.6-tonne Tank Wagon

VTG TEA at Elford on its way to Kingsbury Oil Terminal near Birmingham

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In March 2015 Revolution Trains revealed its first wagon model in N gauge, the modern VTG Rail UK TEA 102.6-tonne bogie tanker. Designed and manufacturered by Rapido Trains Inc., painted samples of the N VTG TEA were unveiled at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition over the weekend of November 28th & 29th, 2015.

The popularity of this model – which already has pre-orders totalling 2500 – and repeated requests via its website and social media persuaded Revolution Trains to seek expressions of interest for a 4mm scale/OO gauge version too. The model quickly reached its target for expressions of interest by the end of January and now moves into the pre-ordering phase.

The first sample arrived in September 2016 and is illustrated below. This sample is not even a proper first EP and still requires a number of modifications. The etched walkways look a little wavy in this hand-assembled sample but this will be fixed for the production models.

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60010 at Kingsbury during the same trip, kindly organised by VTG. Photo by Tom Smith

The de facto ‘standard’ 100-tonner of the modern railway system, the TE014 series was developed from a Powell-Duffryn design from the 1990s. The first examples were built by Marcroft Engineering in Stoke-on-Trent in 2001 although the actual type chosen by Revolution were constructed in Poland by Greenbrier Europe since 2006.

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DB Schenker (ex-EWS) TEA at Kingsbury during a Revolution Trains research trip. Photo by Tom Smith

They have mostly usurped older designs and can now be seen over much of the country, with the Midlands, North Lincolnshire and South Wales being particular hot spots. The refineries and terminals at Humber, Lindsey, Milford Haven and Port Clarence all see regular services. Ineos at Grangemouth is also due to see a further batch of dedicated wagons delivered this year, hopefully introducing another new livery!

The model is being produced with the full co-operation of the prototype owners VTG Rail UK Ltd. The company has kindly allowed us exclusive access to their drawings archive, which is usually strictly off limits, to create the artwork for this project, as well as arranging a day out for the Revolution team and photographer Tom Smith to do some first-hand research.

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TEA Drawings courtesy of VTG Rail UK Ltd.

VTG rosters three different colour schemes on its fleet of TEAs (red, blue and grey), along with operators Greenergy (two liveries) and DB Schenker. Revolution will also be offering the attractive Freightliner Heavy Haul ‘British Racing green,’ although these wagons have since been rebranded VTG. This gives eight paint jobs in the first run, which will be produced in a combination of single wagons and three-packs, with different numbers.

The model will include NEM coupler pockets/couplers, etched-metal roofwalks and prototypical detail variations. We have also been tasked with investigating factory weathered versions.

A single wagon is priced at £37.00, while a triple-pack will be £111.00. Because of licencing fees the EWS-liveried wagon will be a little more expensive, at £38.50 and £115.50 respectively.

You can order the OO VTG TEA by clicking here.

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TEA Route Map, courtesy Revolution Trains

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