Revolution and Rails donate to Drax charity

09 March 2023
Cheque presented by Revolution Trains and Rails of Sheffield to Martin House Children’s Hospice, following successful model release.

In early March, Revolution Trains and Rails of Sheffield travelled to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to make a donation to Drax’s chosen charity, the Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The money was raised through sales of N gauge models of Drax’s IIA-D biomass hoppers produced by Revolution and retailed exclusively by Rails. A cheque for £2000 was handed over in a small ceremony and the team at Drax explained the workings of the power station works and why biomass is an integral part of its operations.

Drax Biomass hopper wagon

Bruce Heppenstall (Plant Director, Drax Power), Ben Ando, Mike Hale (Directors, Revolution Trains), Michelle Ford (Regional Fundraiser, Martin House Hospice), Mark Gibbens (Head of Logistics, Drax Power), Oliver Davies, Adam Davies, John Barbour (Directors of Rails of Sheffield), Jane Breach (Drax Power.) IAN BROADHEAD

Mark Gibbens, Head of Logistics for Drax Power, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the work we’ve done to reduce emissions at Drax, which is the UK’s largest single generator of renewable power, and our fleet of innovative wagons have played a significant part in this.

“We think it’s great that the highly detailed Revolution Trains models, in their attractive box-set, give railway modellers a chance to depict these operations on their layouts.”

Drax Biomass hopper wagon

Head of Logistics Mark Gibbens demonstrates unloading of the huge IIA-D biomass hoppers.

Michelle Ford, North and East Yorkshire regional fundraiser for Martin House Children’s Hospice, said: “We very much value our relationship with Drax and appreciate all the support they’ve given us. This donation will help us continue to provide free care and support for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. In addition to the funds, we’d like to thank Revolution Trains and Rails of Sheffield for the model wagon pack which will be auctioned to raise even more.”

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Ben Ando, co-director of Revolution Trains, said: “As an N gauge enthusiast myself I am thrilled that we have been able to do justice to these impressive and fascinating wagons, and being able to watch the unloading operations was a real privilege.”

Oliver Davies, Director of Rails of Sheffield, said: “These models have been very popular with N gauge enthusiasts and are selling fast. Rails believes strongly in supporting the community and we were delighted to be able to join in making a donation to such a good cause.”

Drax Biomass hopper wagon

Every train passes through the unloading facility at 0.5mph, hauled by a mainline locomotive.


The Revolution Trains IIA-D Drax biomass hoppers in N gauge are fully licenced and available in twin packs depicting the original, original ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and new Drax ‘Renewable Pioneers’ versions. Limited stocks remain at Rails and can be purchased for £79.95 per pair.


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