Category: News

Custom Model Decals closes

Unfortunately the provider of Custom Model Decals ( has had to retire and cease trading due to Ill Health. Andrew Jeffcock (aged 70) suffered from a small stroke last year and has now been diagnosed with a significant brain tumour. The combined effects from these conditions now make it impossible for him to continue to […]

1:87 model ‘Chey’ station by Bob Dawson A.C.O.M.B Architectural Models, York

1/87 model 'Chey' station

I have been extremely fortunate to have employed Bob Dawson of A.C.O.M.B Architectural Models, York to make me a 1/87 model French NG station based on ‘Chey’. Bob has done a excellent job in making a model that captures the essense of the small stations used on the French narrow gauge lines. The original plans […]

Die Keinnamebahn at Mount Tabor Models Show, Cromford 5/6 March 2022

Die Keinnamebahn at Mount Tabor Models Show, Cromford 5/6 March 2022

I was fortunate to be invited to take Die Keinnamebahn to the Mount Tabor Models Nurnberg Spring Models Show at Cromford in Derbyshire on Saturday/Sunday 5/6th March. A small show but very satisfying to attend after more than 2 years of Covid restrictions. We were able to try out our new overhead LED lighting system […]

New Indian coach decals from Custom Model Decals

Indian Railway Mainline decals 4mm/ft

Custom Model Decals ( have announced a new set of decals for the Indian Railway mainline coaches. These accurate Hindi-English decals could easily be used on an Indian narrow-gauge layout. The decals were developed with the invaluable help of Jeremiah Bunyan in India, his mother undertaking the Hindi translations and checking that the Hindi was […]

Custom Model Decals Darjeeling Himalayan Light Railway 4mm & 3.5mm scale decals

Custom Model Decals Darjeeling Himalayan Light Railway 4mm decals

The innovative decal design business Custom Model Decals ( ( have announced that they have developed waterslide decals for the Darjeeling Himalayan Light Railway NDM 6 diesels and their accompanying coach sets in both 009 4mm/ft 1:76 and H0e 3.5mm/ft 1:87 scales. The decals use their innovative ‘film-free’ decal technology where accurate cutting out is […]

009 Society Members’ Only Shop Now Viewable by The Public

The 009 Society have always had a sales service for its members. They have had a private, viewable by members-only on-line shop since October 2020 which enabled its members to but second hand narrow gauge rolling stock, engines and the Society’ exclusive kits and regalia. The Society’ Committee have taken the decision to now allow […]

Custom Model Decals show readable 0.6mm high text on waterslide decals

Custom Model Decals decals on an H0e hopper

Custom Model Decals displayed recently their latest decals which have readable text at only 0.6mm high. The use of their high-tech printer enables them to produce high-definition custom decals in as little as 7 days for clients in many scales.  Currently Custom Model Decals are offering a 5% discount to members of several model societies […]

New H0e 10 tonne hopper wagon (schotterwagen) for Die Keinnamebahn

Scratch-built 10 tonne H0e hopper by Leigh Hulatt

I have recently commissioned a set of three freelance  10 tonne hopper wagons (schotterwagen) for Die Keinnamebahn. They are being scratch built by Leigh Hulatt and are nearly ready for delivery. This is one during its construction. I am proposing having the side panels selected from these test images. I will be trying to produce […]

A potentially dangerous mains powered soldering iron

Dangerous 60w mains powered soldering iron

I recently ordered a 60w mains-powered soldering iron with automatic solder feed via eBay from a U.K. supplier. I received the following message and a full refund. “Hi dear customer, Thank you for your purchasing. We are so sorry to tell you that because of some accident, we found that our product have some quality problem. Please […]

The 009 Society place their archive of the 009 News online

The 009 News

The 009 Society ( have now placed their archive of 009 News, the Society’s journal on narrow gauge modelling, online for access by its members. With nearly 20 years issues currently available this archive in PDF digital form is a history of narrow gauge railway modelling. The public can search the archive article titles but […]

Vandals destroy years of work and thousands of pounds of models at model railway exhibition.

Vandals attack model railway show

I could not believe the venality and sheer evil of the ‘youths’ who broke into the school at Welland Academy in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on Saturday 18th May 2019, where the Market Deeping Model Railway Club were holding their annual model railway exhibition. In a matter of minutes four ‘feral’ teenagers, who at 3am were away […]

ESU Loksound DCC sound decoder programming/mapping service in UK

ESU Loksound DCC sound decoders

I can offer a ESU Loksound sound programming/mapping service to customers in the U.K.  at an economical rate. I am able to program ESU decoders from V2 to V5 (but not the Loksound Select Direct decoders as these are not reprogrammable with a new soundscape). I can program any of the locomotive sound profiles available for download […]