Revolution Trains OO Gauge Caroline 975025 Inspection Saloon
Pre Order 3 Versions with Rails!
Revolution Trains have opened up another forthcoming range of products to allow Rails Of Sheffield to take pre-orders. Today it's the OO Gauge Caroline 975025 Inspection Saloons.
Inspection Saloon Blue/Grey HERE
Inspection Saloon Network South East HERE
Inspection Saloon Current Network Rail Green HERE
975025 was converted from the buffet car of a former Hastings unit in the late 1960s, as a saloon for the General Manager of the Southern Region of BR to entertain VIP guests, but was also used by the engineers for line inspections and assessments. Originally numbered TDB975025 and with a kitchen and catering on board made the saloon a very versatile and unique coach. Being derived from Hastings line stock – which was built to a tighter loading gauge than most BR vehicles due to clearance issues on that line – it can travel on virtually any part of the network, and with driving controls can be both loco hauled and propelled and – almost uniquely – allows invited guests to see the railway from a driver’s point of view.
After the introduction of Network SouthEast, 975025 was repainted into the attractive “toothpaste” NSE livery, but the privatisation of BR saw a temporary reduction in the use of the coach under the ownership of Belmond Pullman. It was eventually purchased from its owners and refurbished and given the name “Caroline”. The inspection saloon now resides at Derby with LORAM/Network Rail and is widely used for track inspections, line repair assessments and still, occasionally, to entertain VIPs. Caroline has also been earmarked for the national collection once her service life is over.
These highly-detailed model incorporates all the tooling changes to reflect the changes made to the real coach including changes to the front end headcode boxes, lighting arrangements and multiple working equipment as well as interior changes.
The model features:
• a highly detailed interior
• working footstep lights as well as directional and switchable front and rear lighting
• interior saloon, kitchen and corridor lighting
• era-specific driver's desk and separately fitted chairs
• all wheel pickup on NMRA RP25 code 110 wheels
• kinematic coupling system with NEM coupler pockets