Some of the coach mouldings are now being produced in "Natural" High Impact Polystyrene, a milky white colour. This has exactly the same properties as before but without the colouring.  The compounders who produce the coloured pellets are now looking for orders for larger quantities and at my age I am not looking to buy plastic by the tonne.

Having reached "a certain age" I decided not to retire or sell the business but to "semi-retire" . Do less shows etc myself, allow some others to sell these at shows and concentrate on mail order. This means the kits will still be available to those who want them but I will be working for a lot fewer hours.  Changes in how they are produced will mean a slight increase in prices, probably in the new year. With some types I am working out of a finite stock of mouldings.  Up till now I have been happy to sell individual mouldings but as stocks run down I would rather keep these for complete kits. There are a lot of unbuilt but opened kits coming onto the second hand market. Should you consider buying these take care to make sure they really are complete as I might not be able to supply any missing parts

These parts were originally developed to enable me to batch build coaches in O gauge which could be sold at a reasonable price. After spending more than twenty years running a business which mass produced model railway kits I felt that I was due for a change and although I intended to use some of the mass production techniques and skills I had built up over the years I intended to sit back and enjoy building a few finished models each week, ready to run.  However I have been worked on by keen O gauge modellers and persuaded to sell the parts. I still do not intend to produce simply assembled kits for the mass market- The ready to run versions are relatively inexpensive after all- but offer these parts to modellers who prefer to build their own. I anticipate that these modellers would otherwise scratch build and are using the parts to save time – the level of modelling skill required is not dissimilar.

The coach side parts are modular, each panel or door is based on a standard part of the prototype. The joints between these parts provide the lines between the doors as per prototype. By combining them in different ways a variety of different coach sides can be built up. This has enabled me to produce a wide variety of types without incurring huge tool-making costs. Floor, solebar and bogie parts are also produced by injection moulding in high impact styrene. The roofs are vacuum formed in a heavy gauge styrene sheet.