Revolution Trains, the crowdfunding-based model railway brand run by Ben Ando and Mike Hale. have concluded the expressions of interest phase of their two most recent projects. The good news is that the class 321 EMU will almost certainly be going ahead.
Class 320/321/456 project: the levels of interest in this project are very promising and we are 99% certain that the project can begin design. The only area that we are still finalising is the cost for the units – until we have a confirmed price we will not open orders. As soon as we have a price we will open orders for the 320/321 with a deposit option and with incentives for people who back us early.
The level of interest shown rather contradicts the conventional wisdom thar nobody is interested in electric mutiple units. Sadly there was not the same level of enthusiasm for their other proposal
Unfortunately the results of the 21/29 project were not so promising with neither the class 21 or class 29 getting sufficient support to justify production as things stand. To be frank both locos were significantly below production minimums. Even in the situation where we only produced one of the classes (and customers had agreed to swap their interest to that class (it would have been a class 29 as it was approximately 50% more popular than a 21) we would still have been significantly below the minimum production run.
That’s something of a surprise, since the prototype’s stamping ground, the Scottish Highlands, with its spectacular scenery and relatively short trains is a popular subject for modellers, and there are plenty of complementary models are already available.