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Postal Rates & Methods of Despatch

UK Orders

These are usually despatched within 24 hours of order being processed (card being debited or cheque clearing) subject to stock availability as shown on each individual product.

Standard Method

  • Orders weighing under 2Kg.  Normally despatched by Royal Mail 1st Class Post.
    • £4 per order if the total order value before postage is under £150.
    • FREE if the total order value is over £150.
  • Orders weighing over 2Kg.  Normally despatched by our couriers Interlink Express
    • £4 per order if the total order value before postage is under £150.
    • FREE if the total order value is over £150.


Priority Delivery - consignments collected by couriers Monday - Friday.

Use when delivery on a particular day is essential or the order is very urgent. Not available to whole of UK but we can advise at the time of your order.  Must be booked before 14:30 each day.  Normally despatched by our couriers DPD Local.

  • £7.99 per order if the total order value before postage is under £175.
  • FREE if the total order value is over £175.

Please rememember that next working day does not include Saturday. If the item you are ordering is shown as out of stock we cannot delivery it next day!


Overseas Orders

These are usually despatched within 24 hours of order being processed (card being debited or cheque clearing) subject to stock availability as shown on each individual product.  We use Royal Mail for smaller parcels.   Larger, heavy orders are sent by Parcelforce and we often split these to save on your postal costs. 


Within most of Europe we have a flat rate and these orders will be sent by Parcelforce.  This flat rate is the maximum that we will charge and if we can send the items cheaper by International Signed For we will do this and reduce your postage charge accordingly.


Orders sent via Airmail are usually delivered about a week after despatch but can take longer.  We have recently negotiated much cheaper rates and this means there is no cost reduction for surface mail.


Customers not living in European Union countries can deduct 1/6th VAT (Value Added Tax) from the total price of the goods (excluding printed material which are exempt from VAT e.g. books or catalogues).  If you have already logged-in the prices shown will be with VAT deducted.  Sometimes the VAT deduction may not be shown until you reach the checkout stage of your order. 


There is a minimum postage charge of £5 on all international orders.

  • BFPO - £5 flat postage rate
  • Republic of Ireland - £22 flat rate maximum
  • Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg - £19 flat rate maximum
  • France, Germany, Denmark - £22 flat rate maximum

Our website will automatically add these flat rates and we will then reduce it if applicable once the order is packed, weighed and measured. We have to do this as the method of calculating the exact cost is very complicated and depends on a combination of weight and size. There is no simple formula for this! As a rough guide a single locomotive to Europe would cost £8.

  • Rest of the World charged at cost plus a small allowance for packaging. 

Generally the cost of Airmail is slightly greater than the VAT deduction. Please remember that books and catalogues are expensive to post as they are heavy and there is no VAT to deduct on them. Skaledale / Scenecraft and Lyddle End Resin buildings are also very heavy, as is ballast. If your order contains large quantities of any of these products the VAT will probably not cover the postage. Flexible track also adds to the cost due to the length.  It is not feasible to supply exact costings of how much delivery will be in advance of taking orders but we have many worldwide customers who use us time and again and can vouch that we only charge what it actually costs us to send the order. As a rough guide a single locomotive to the rest of the world would cost £9.


We do not normally check postage rates before we send an order as this slows the entire process down. However if you would prefer that we confirm the total cost before processing your order please ensure that you mention this in the customer message field when submitting your web order.

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