What is Light Railway Stores?
Our aim is to support specialist model railway producers by creating a well-designed online store that offers a channel to sell and promote their wares without the cost and hassle of setting up their own website.
You only need to glance over our current homepage to see how many lines are now stocked, with many customers buying from several complementary ranges in the same transaction.
Like-minded producers interested in joining the marketplace on trade sales or commission terms are invited to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our postal contact details at the bottom of this page.
What happened to Narrow Planet?
Nothing! Read on for a bit of history...
NP was formed in 2010 by three 009 modellers, Stephen Fulljames, Tom Dauben and Robert Kaczmarczyk, who realised there was a market for suitably sized customised nameplates for narrow gauge locos. Over time we started to launch kits and began to work with other modellers and designers including James Hilton and Mark A. Greenwood.
In 2015 we were proud to be able to take on the plastic injection moulded rolling stock kits formerly in the Meridian Models range after Pete Wilson decided to retire. The etched and whitemetal loco kits also in this range are being continued by our friends at Small Run Batch and Mosskito NG and are available here too.
As things developed, we began to feel it was getting harder to distinguish between “Narrow Planet”, the range of kits in 009 narrow gauge, the “Narrow Planet” custom etch service, and the “Narrow Planet” the online marketplace.
It was time to seize the moment, and at the end of the turbulent year that was 2020 we decided to move forward by creating a refreshed website that stands alone - ensuring that the Narrow Planet range and all of our partners are given equal billing.
Can I pre-order kits and models?
Generally we do not offer reservation or pre-order on kits made by us, or by producers in our network, as we cannot guarantee future availability or give firm dates for reintroduction of out of stock products. For out of stock products listed on our website, an email notification service is available on each product page where you can subscribe to notifications of new stock.
For higher value ready to run models that are scheduled for future release, we offer a deposit reservation system (typically £30) with the balance payable when the items are in production or due to arrive. Please note that reservation deposits are non-refundable.