I have only included those manufacturers with which I've had personal dealings. I would have added: and from whom I've had good service. But that generally seems to go without saying in our hobby; more than you can say most of the time.
My intention here is not to try to include any and every manufacturer that I've ever come across. There are plenty of other places to look.
I must at this point add usual disclaimer stuff about commercial involvement etc. My only declaration of conflict of interest is with PPS Steam Models, whose Web site I created and maintain. (Now you know who to blame if you don't like it!) But I can equally testify to being a typically satisfied customer.
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Accucraft, a North American company (manufacturing in China!), has recently started producing British outline steam engines in association with Ian Pearse of Accucraft UK Ltd, their European importers. Good quality and good value for money, though not without a few problems.
The Gaunless is an Accucraft 'Caradoc', and generally I'm well pleased. But the original Chinese gas filler valve was not up to much, and at the time, the service was far too slow. However Mike Ousby put everything to rights, and The Gaunless is now a really useful engine. (Did I say that?!). Now that Mike's the official repair agent for Accucraft, service should be a lot better in future.
Accucraft UK Ltd was formed by Ian and Sandy Pearse to incorporates their former business Marches Models, and is the UK importer and trade distributor for the complete range of products manufactured by Accucraft Trains of the USA, including The Gaunless, an Accucraft 'Caradoc'.
Address: Woodview, Brockhurst, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6QY, UK
Telephone: (01694) 723806
Web site: www.accucraft.uk.com
Suppliers of those ubiquitous skip wagons, amongst other things. And excellent value for money, so no railway should be without at least a few skips. To say they're made of plastic does not do them justice. No polystyrene here; its all glass fibre reinforced nylon for the working parts, A.B.S. for wagon bodies. I remember coming across Colin Binnie squirting his evil black stuff as long ago as the early seventies at the National Model Railway Exhibition, the annual event at Central Hall, Westminster. He's still at it - or rather, it's his son, Peter, these days, I believe.
Address: 22 Hooper Avenue, Wells, Somerset, BA5 3NA, UK
Telephone: (01749) 676581
Web site: -
Major supplier for 16mm.
Also a good place for subscriptions to various specialist magazines including GardenRail (but not, unfortunately, Narrow Gauge World) which, when I started to get it, was rather more reliable than going directly to the publisher. Though these days, I think things are rather different.
Address: The Old School, Cromer Road, Bodham, Norfolk, NR25 6QG, UK
Telephone: (01263) 588755
Web site: www.brandbright.co.uk
Manufacture plastic components for 16mm narrow gauge, as well as wagon kits in 4mm scale. And supplier of a very thin driver for Tin-Tacks, as well as various other bits and pieces.
Address: 10 Long Road, Tydd Gote, Wisbech, PE13 5RB, UK
Telephone: (01945) 420511
Web site: www.cambrianmodels.co.uk
Manufacturers of plastic kits in 16mm scale, amongst others. Rolling stock kits are only suitable for 32mm gauge.
Address: 17A Barclay Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3DQ, UK
Telephone: 020 8539 3067 (afternoon only)
Web site: www.cooper-craft.co.uk
Comprehensive garden railway supplier. Although there is a good range of 16mm scale, 32mm gauge stock, the ethos seems to be mostly directed toward G scale (large stock of LGB!), but with a growing range of Gauge 3 (1.22.5 scale, 63.5mm gauge) standard gauge equipment. There is obviously a wide range of accessories common to all, and I have made good use of a number of these from time to time.
Address: Station Studio, 6 Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 9DT, UK
Telephone: (01844) 345158
Web site: www.grsuk.com
Manufacturer of reasonably priced 16mm scale battery powered locos, stock, parts, etc., including some designed specifically for the younger modeller (of which our Tim has availed himself). A lot of the HLR's rolling stock is from the I.P. stable, including two of the locos; Dill ('Punch') and Edward Pease ('Jane'). Tim's new loco uses one of their deluxe chassis.
I.P. no longer produce their famous 'Jane' steam loco, but a rather superior replacement is now available from PPS.
Address: Winterdyne, Spilsby Road, Eastville, Lincs, PE22 8JR, UK
Telephone: (01205) 270373
Web site: www.ipengineering.co.uk
This entry is not included here because I have built one of Keith's famous Kerr-Stuart's Brazil class 16mm locos (though maybe I can dream...), but simply because he supplied me with a very nice safety valve cover for The Gaunless, which finishes it perfectly.
Address: 308 Birmingham Rd, Lickey End, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0HJ, UK
Telephone: (01527) 875996
Web site: -
The HLR crests on some of the carriges were made using 'inkjet decal paper' supplied by Lazertran. I now understand why professionally produced transfers are not cheap! The problem isn't so much the artwork - I can cope with that - but getting it on to the side of a carriage. What fun and games!
Address: 8 Alban Square, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 OAD, UK
Telephone: (01545) 571149
Web site: www.lazertran.com
Lining and lettering for 16mm & G scale locomotives. One supplier in this list that I have never dealt with. But I know the reputation, and have seen the results of Geoff Munday's ministrations! One day, my locos might get the LightLine treatment.
Address: 28 Marten Drive, Netherton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD4 7JX, UK
Telephone: (01484) 316007
Web site: www.lightline16mm.co.uk
The Lineside Delights Web site is not complete yet, but a call or e-mail (see the Web site) will bring you a catalogue full of ‘lineside delights’ and other useful bits and pieces, including various loco accessories and detailing parts.
See Accucraft UK.
"Official repair agents and authorised Radio Control conversions for Accucraft."
Manufacturer and supplier of the famous, "Mann Improved Gas Valve". br> Repairs to all kinds of locomotives, live steam and electrically powered. br> Manufacturers and suppliers of add on parts for Accucraft and other brands. br> If we don't list it, please ask, we'll make it for you. br> ...and saviour of my new 'Caradoc'!
Telephone: 01254 664433
Web site: www.acme-eng.homecall.co.uk
Not quite complete, but getting there!
In my opinion, James Hutchins makes some of the best buildings there are for 16mm scale. Full of character and really worth spending time painting them well. (If you're in a hurry, he also supplies them fully painted for a little extra.) A number of them are gradually appearing on the HLR. (See the Buildings page.)
Along with the buildings, there is a small but growing range of figures. Although not with incredibly fine detail, they are again full of character. And relatively cheap, what's more! Being made of resin, they're not too difficult to adapt to suit, for example Dill's driver started life as one of these figures.
Address: Tredarvah Farm, Alverton, Penzance, TR18 4TB, UK
Telephone: (01736) 360119
Web site: -
John Besley manufactures detail components for large scales, specialising in 16mm.
The complete range is available from PPS.
Address: PO Box 312, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 2ZX, UK
Telephone: (01803) 556701
Web site: ngrail.co.uk/p&jmodels
Needs little introduction! In terms of 16mm scale, Peco are primarily the supplier of fine quality track, which is what I, and I suspect many others, use by preference.
Address: Beer, Nr. Seaton, Devon EX12 3NA, UK
Telephone: (01297) 20580
Web site: www.peco-uk.com
One of these days I will treat myself to some of Perfect World's superb rolling stock kits. In the meantime, I will have to content myself with bits and pieces from their large range of scenic items and platform accessories.
Address: Pine Cottage, Gribthorpe, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7NT, UK
Web site: www.perfworld.freeserve.co.uk
PPS, as the blurb says, "has a large 'Aladdin's Cave' showroom with a track layout for live steam demonstrations". Which is another way of saying that PPS specialise in live steam and stock a pretty good cross section of what is available, as well as their own range of very competitively priced locos. PPS is also the place to go if you're looking for second-hand, or if you want some spare part for your engine, or just some sensible advice. Just about all my track, locos and rolling stock have come from Alan in Frome. (And most of the money I spend on the railway seems to have gone in the opposite direction!)
Address: Coach House, The Cooperage, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1JX, UK
Telephone: (01373) 300599
Web site: www.pps-steam-models.co.uk
(Check out this Web site; it's undoubtedly the best in the business, but then I would say that!)
The maker's plate on Tin-Tacks says 'Doncaster', the home of the steam engine! (At least in 16mm scale.) Roundhouse are perhaps the supreme manufacturers of 16mm scale, 32 and 45mm gauge live steam locos. Tin-Tacks has run like a dream since new, and the folk from Yorkshire are always willing to help. Roundhouse is a pretty safe bet if you're looking to buy your first live steam loco.
Address: Units 6-7, Churchill Business Park, Churchill Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN1 2TF, UK
Telephone: (01302) 328035
Web site: www.roundhouse-eng.com
Not exactly a specialist 16mm supplier, but essential none the less! Squires catalogue and their excellent mail order service are all that you need for all sorts of materials and every immaginable tool.
Address: 100 London Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1DD, UK
Telephone: (01243) 842424
Web site: www.squirestools.com
(not yet working properly - in fact, it never has - but does include an e-mail address)
Track for 32mm and 45mm gauge, rolling stock kits, wheels, and wagon and coach parts.
My first track came from Tenmille. The plain track is still fine, but you'll find that their points sometimes need a deal of fettling to get them to work properly. I confess that all new trackwork laid recently has been Peco; a little more expensive, but well worth it.
Address: Ash Cottage, Offton Road, Ringshall, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 2QA, UK
Telephone: (01473) 657957
Web site: www.tenmille.co.uk