Drax Power IIA-D Biomass Hoppers

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The N Gauge Revolution Trains Drax Power IIA-D Biomass Hopper Twin Packs are in stock now! These hoppers are EXCLUSIVE to Rails of Sheffield.

Order today to secure yours


The models feature NEM couplers, highly detailed bodies with a host of separately fitted details including hopper roof door opening rams, control gear and brake equipment, and will be available in a range of numbers and liveries.
They are being sold in twin packs exclusively by Rails of Sheffield priced at £79.95 per pair.

 Revolution Trains have produced hoppers in each of the liveries carried to date with 16 individually numbered models across eight twin-wagon packs, covering original Drax Power, Northern Powerhouse Drax and variants of the Drax Renewable Pioneers blue colour schemes.


These giant wagons – volumetrically the largest on the network until recently – were introduced in 2013 and a fleet of 225 are now in service ferrying imported biomass to the UK’s largest power station, Drax in North Yorkshire.

Using biomass has allowed Drax, which generates 6% of the UK’s electricity, to reduce emissions by more than 80%.
Unlike coal, biomass has to be kept dry. It’s also much lighter, so far more can be carried per wagon. To maximise efficiency and reduce the risk of wastage Drax ordered specially designed wagons from builders WH Davis of Nottinghamshire.

The revolutionary design has four hoppers – two in the centre and two outside each bogie – and a body profile designed to make maximum use of the British loading gauge. The wagons were originally outshopped with eye-catching Drax power vinyls in two versions (‘A’ and ‘B’) and some have since received ‘Northern Powerhouse’ versions of the scheme.

In use they operate between bulk terminals at the ports of Liverpool, Immingham, Tyne, Redcar and Hull with Class 60 and 66 locomotives in EWS/DB, GBRf and Colas liveries.



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