The Island Railway Shop continues its journey – to Swindon

Hornby R1230 GWR High Speed Train Set

The Island Railway Shop, the model railway retailer, is delighted to announce it has moved to the railway town of Swindon.

Following massive expansion over the last year the company has moved from its birthplace on the Isle of Portland, to continue its journey with new ranges of slot cars, model aircraft and collectable cars.

That means we’ll be launching our new Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi ranges soon and will soon launch competitor brands too.

All its operations are based in a new warehouse located in Royal Wootton Bassett and the new ranges are now being added to their online shop and eBay.

The new team have also expanded their interest-free payment options from Klarna too, giving you the things you need right now and paying for them over the next few months.

Plans in the near future also include a physical shop and further enhancements to our online ordering and tracked delivery services.

You can find out more about our current range, help and support for your purchases and more on our web site at www.islandrailways.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call us on 01305 818418.

Service announcement: Last Christmas posting dates for 2019

With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve been given the recommended last posting dates for orders to arrive on time!  As we sell all over the world, we’ve put dates to help all of our customers…

We have a daily same-day process cut-off time of 1pm, however this is subject to stock.  Order early to avoid disappointment, particularly on popular model railway products.

 


 

UK customer last posting dates

We have three postage options for our UK customers.  You may find as we get closer to Christmas that your order may be shipped, in part or whole, using a different courier, subject to their demands and workloads, to keep orders arriving on time.

 

Royal Mail Standard

If you select Royal Mail Standard as your shipping option, the recommended order date is Wednesday 18 December 2019.

 

Royal Mail Tracked

When ordering using the Tracked option, you can extend this until Saturday 21 December 2019.

 

ParcelForce

Subject to stock, orders can be placed until Sunday 22 December 2019.  We cannot guarantee any orders from this point onwards.

 


 

International last posting dates

Please ensure you know the recommended last posting dates before placing your order.  They cannot be guaranteed and are only provided as a guide, but we will do everything we can to get your order to you on time.

This year, we have been able to accommodate later ordering times due to improved delivery services from us.

Region Date
Africa & the Middle East Monday 9 December 2019
Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic,
Poland and Slovakia), Malta
Monday 9 December 2019
Caribbean, Central and South America Monday 9 December 2019
Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey Monday 10 December 2019
Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA Wednesday 11 December 2019
Finland, Sweden Saturday 14 December 2019
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway,
Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Monday 16 December 2019
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Wednesday 18 December 2019

 


 

Where can I get more help?

If you have any questions or concerns about your existing order, please contact us.  Remember that you can track your existing order by logging into your account.

New knowledgebase is now available

We’ve launched our new knowledgebase answering a whole host of frequently asked questions, and providing product datasheets!

You can now find everything from advice on wiring and retro-fitting locomotives with DCC decoders; information on Hornby guarantees; datasheets for a range of products and a link to answers to commonly asked questions.

Some of the answers come directly from Hornby, while others come from customers and our own in-house experience.  We’ll try and update it as often as we receive a relevant enquiry, but from September 2019 everything will be posted there instead of here.  This includes any attachments such as PDF manuals and drawings too…

Click on to it now at https://www.islandrailways.co.uk/knowledgebase/ and see for yourself.  If you have a question you would like answered on the new section, please contact us.

Hornby R8206 vs R8241 power straight – What’s the difference?

Hornby R8241 power straight piece

We are quite frequently asked what’s the difference between a Hornby R8206 and R8241 power straight.  In a nutshell, the first is for analogue, the latter is for digital layouts.  But why?

 


Hornby R8206 power straight

The Hornby R8206 standard power straight is designed for analogue layouts and replaced the old power clip (R602) and wire system.  While providing a better and more reliable connection, it also features a component to reduce interference.  With older layouts you could generate interference and that is reduced using this power straight.

In a similar way, the original R602 power connecting clip and digital power clip from Hornby have the same type of components…

 

Hornby R8241 power straight

Now the R8241 digital power straight does not feature these interference reducing components.  This is because the digital DCC system can be impacted by them.

While we have had customers use the analogue power straight when the digital is unavailable, it isn’t recommended for DCC layouts.  All Hornby digital train sets come with the digital track piece as standard, and replacements are usually always available.

As we said earlier, you can use the Hornby R8242 digital power clip, particularly if you are looking to fit your power connection on curved track.  It is also common that people prefer the appearance of just the clip as they can hide the cable on permanent model railway layouts.

 

Model railway track design

We offer a track design service, and at your request can produce versions with or without the power straight track piece or clip.  This can be done to your taste, and can almost prove the theory of the layout you are trying to build without wasting track parts.

If you need any further help or advice, please get in touch with us by phone on 01305 820048 or email us at sales@islandrailways.co.uk…

Last Christmas posting dates for 2018

Hornby Santa's Express Christmas Train Set

With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve been given the recommended last posting dates for orders to arrive on time!  As we sell all over the world, we’ve put dates to help all of our customers…

We have a daily same-day process cut-off time of 1pm, however this is subject to stock.  Order early to avoid disappointment, particularly on popular model railway products.

 


 

UK customer last posting dates

We have two postage options for our UK customers.  You may find as we get closer to Christmas that your order may be shipped using a different courier, subject to their demands and workloads, to keep orders arriving on time.

 

Royal Mail Standard

If you select Royal Mail Standard as your shipping option, the recommended order date is Tuesday 18 December.

 

Royal Mail Tracked

When ordering using the Tracked option, you can extend this until Friday 21 December.

 


 

International last posting dates

Please ensure you know the recommended last posting dates before placing your order.  They cannot be guaranteed and are only provided as a guide, but we will do everything we can to get your order to you on time.

Region Date
Africa & the Middle East Tuesday 4 December
Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic,
Poland and Slovakia), Malta
Friday 7 December
Caribbean, Central and South America Saturday 8 December
Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey Monday 10 December
Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, USA Friday 14 December
Finland, Sweden Saturday 15 December
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway,
Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Monday 17 December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg Tuesday 18 December

 


 

Where can I get more help?

If you have any questions or concerns about your existing order, please contact us.  Remember that you can track your existing order by logging into your account.