If you have any questions about the project please have a look through the FAQs below, or feel free to get in touch with us using the “Contact Us” link in the menu.
There are still some commercial and specification details that we have yet to finalise so if there is any information missing from the FAQs it is because we have not yet finalised the details. We will continuously update the FAQs as we get more information.
Model / train (8)
Introduced in 2002, the Class 390 Pendolino trains have drastically speeded upservices on the West Coast main line on Anglo Scottish expresses.
They’re the first tilting electric trains in Britain since the ill fated APT-P of the mid 1980s, though the technology inside is directly descended from it.
The Pendolino is the modern day equivalent of the Princess Coronations or Duchesses.
Certainly not in the case of the Pendolino! Virgin’s Pendolinos are an iconic streamlined design with a livery design which complements the body shape.
The £255 gets you a complete train! This compares favourably with putting together a loco hauled Mark 3 set or a complete HST rake. Furthermore backers of the project will benefit greatly in this reduced price of £255 as the RRP of a full set is expected to be £320+.
There is no catch – you are being rewarded for helping to make the project happen! The exciting thing about crowdfunded projects is that all pledgers have an involvement in the project.
You can! In a first for British N gauge you can pledge for a set factory fitted with appropriate DCC sounds.
There will also be provision for a DCC socket to allow purchasers to install the DCC decoder of their choice.
Our manufacturer will offer a 1 year warranty and full spares will be available from the outset.
If the project is successfully funded the units will be produced and delivered to the backers of the project. The tooling be owned by Rapido Trains Inc. Rapido will then be free to use the tooling for future runs, though not for at least 2 years after the initial run. The initial run set numbers will not be repeated and the RRP is likely to increase from £255 by at least 25%.
Absolutely not! The funding model for the project relies on crowdfunding – essentially anyone who wants the project to go ahead is able to invest in the project and in return receive rewards. The funding model is all or nothing – if we do not meet the funding target the project will fail. If you wait for other people to commit then the chances of success are greatly reduced.
Finance / Kickstarter (7)
The Kickstarter pledges are for what we think will be the most popular options. Kickstarter’s website will not let you select multiple rewards, however if you would like to pledge for more than one set then you can either:
– pick one of the pre-configured bundles eg 2 x 9-car sets; or
– click on the “Back this project” button on Kickstarter’s site, then add together the combined cost of all the rewards you would like and finally add the P&P for the most expensive item you pick. Enter the total as your pledge amount.
- 2 sets P&P to the UK is £15 (not £20) or the EU £25
- 3 sets P&P to the UK is £20 or the EU £30
- 4 sets P&P to the UK is £25 or to the EU £35
If you send us a message once you have pledged to confirm which rewards you want it will save us emailing you later to ask!
If you are not sure what the total amount will be then please get in contact with us and we will let you know.
We hope that you will understand that we have agreed with Rapido that Rapido will be handling sales outside Europe directly – please go to Rapido’s website at http://www.rapidotrains.com/pendolino2.html to place an order. Whether you pledge through Kickstarter (EU) or pre-order through Rapido (Rest of the World) everyone will pay the same price (apart from variations in P&P) and be eligible to vote for set numbers.
Kickstarter is a form of crowdfunding and is a new way to fund creative products. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea.
You can find more details on Kickstarter’s website.
The Kickstarter campaign will start at 10pm on 19 November 2014 and will close at 10pm on Sunday 18 January 2015.
We have finalised the specifications and have we have been trying to publicise the project as widely as possible in advance as the Kickstarter campaing will only have a limited timespan. Please sign up to our newsletter to make sure we can keep you informed of all the latest developments.
You will only be charged if the project meets its funding target. Typically this means 7-14 days after the end of fundraising campaign (assuming it is successful).
If the campaign is successful then the funds will be transferred to a dedicated bank account for the project. The project team (Ben and Mike) will then authorise payments to the manufacturer at pre-agreed activity-based milestones eg CAD design completion, tooling, production etc.
We are still working out the commercial arrangements and will confirm the situation when we have more details. Please bear with us as we finalise the details of the project!