All steel ‘K-type’ Pullmans from Revolution


By Phil Parker

11 September 2021

Revolution has revealed its next range of N gauge coaches will be the all-steel 'K-type' Pullman coaches.

Metropolitan Cammell built 29 Pullman cars of 5 different body types: Kitchen 1sts and 3rds, Parlour 1sts and 3rds and Parlour Brake 3rds - all 5 body types will be offered in train packs to allow prototypical formations to be assembled.

A further 4 cars (81-84) were built in 1931 for the Bournemouth Belle and the feasibility of producing these from the tooling is being investigated.

Some of the K-types were used by the GWR on Ocean-Liner and Torquay Pullman services from 1929, but perhaps the more famous use was by the LNER and then BR in services such as the Queen of Scots, Tees-Tyne Pullman, Yorkshire Pullman and Master Cutler. By the mid-late 1960s some of the K-types were being used with other Pullman types (particularly the brakes) but unfortunately, some were disposed of for scrap.  A few of the K-types continue to see service in the Venice Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) and a number survive to this day in preservation.

Parlour First "Zena" in the VSOE set at Bristol Temple Meads in April 2012. Photo courtesy of Hugh Llewelyn, Creative Commons CC BY-SA2.0 licence

Parlour First "Zena" in the VSOE set at Bristol Temple Meads in April 2012. Photo courtesy of Hugh Llewelyn, Creative Commons CC BY-SA2.0 licence

Revolution's model will feature the same level of detail as the companies Mark 5 coaches, and include interior lighting and working table lamps.

The K-type Pullmans are in the final stages of research before we start CAD.  We expect the order book for the K-type Pullmans to open late Q4 2021 – Q1 2022.

 

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