About Derails Models

It all started way back in 2010 when our local model shop closed. In the Forest of Dean area, there were many thriving model railway clubs, now with nowhere to go to get their model railway products. We saw the gap in the market and closed it.

Our aim, is to bring competitively priced products to the many modellers in the Forest of Dean, as well as getting customer satisfaction.

In mid 2010 when we started this venture, we began stocking Hornby, Airfix, Corgi & Humbrol. We gained Peco in late 2010 with Ratio, Wills, Metcalfe & Modelscene coming too, and after a gap of three years, early 2013 saw us become dealers for the G scale locomotive manufacturer Roundhouse, selling their British made live steam engines. 2014 saw us take on Javis, a wholesaler of various modelling equipment and tools, and Dapol, another well known model railway manufacturer. Then, in early 2015 we took on Oxford Diecast for their range of superb diecast model vehicles, and then in September of the same year we became retailers for Bachmann, who also supply Graham Farish & Woodland Scenics.

In April 2015 our new shop opened in Coleford, Forest of Dean. This stocks all of the above brands plus more! The shops opening hours can be found on our homepage, and our contact us details on our 'contact us' page.

We, as modellers ourselves, always hope and want quick delivery, and here at Derails that is one of our highest aims. If we haven't got what you want in stock, contact us and we are always happy to order it. We hope to get it to you within a week.


Timeline

Mid 2010: We start selling Hornby and Corgi items through eBay as an approved Hornby Hobbies Dealer. This takes off dramatically!

December 2010: Our website is launched, and we start selling Peco, who are distrubutiors for Metcalfe, Ratio, Wills, Harburn Hamlet and more. Alongside this, our first 'shop' is launched. A concession inside another shop, this now serves the Forest Modellers.

February 2013: After nothing new for three years we begin retailing Roundhouse. These are specialist live steam Garden Railway locomotives all designed and built in Doncaster.

February 2014: We begin stocking Javis Manufacturing.

August 2014: We start stocking leading model railway manufacturer Dapol. Also, plans for a new shop are submitted in Coleford.

April 2015: Our shop in Coleford, Forest of Dean is opened on the 5th April, situated in Market Place. The shop stocks everything we feature on this site plus more, and means the concession in Cinderford is closed.

May 2015: Oxford Diecast is now stocked.

September 2015: We become retailers for Bachmann - they encompass Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish and Woodlands scenics to name a few. Their items are listed online and stocked in our shop and instantly become a hit.

December 2015: Our first exclusive commission, an N gauge 7 plank in the livery of the 'Dean Forest Coal Co.' is released.

The future: Who knows!

 

 Little Dan, Big Dan

Derails Team


 

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