Shop News

Updated by Adrian Cotterill, NGS Shop Manager, shop@ngaugesociety.com

09-Jul-2020: Kit deliveries

Just received new stocks of

  • NGSK00123 Kit 12c. BR BDV/BDW Bogie Bolster D (Plateback bogies)
  • NGSK0390 Kit 39 BR Mullet/Parr Sleeper Wagon
  • NGST0180 decals for kit 18 LMS van

Kit Production is now just about at a stand waiting for deliveries of chassis kits from Peco which has been closed down for a while.

We should however expect to see the re-emergence of the ex-Parkwood Kit 74 BR China Clay Wagon and variants of kit 35 Autoballaster to follow.

09-Jul-2020: Flaming June

The June weather may not have been the sunniest, but it has been warm work int the NGS shop during June. Orders placed by NGS members were over twice the value of last June’s takings and higher than the preceding three ‘Covid’ months. Kit sales has been a major driver as reported below, but also there has been a large jump in the number of the Thompson BG Full Brake. This no doubt has been triggered by the recent release of Thompson coaches by Bachmann/Farish. The has also been a marked increase in kit 37, TTA Chemical tank, usually a slow selling kit.

29-Jun-2020: Kits back in stock

Small batches of out of stock kits are rolling in including:

  • Kit 22 (NGSK0220) Shark Plough Brake – always snapped up quickly.
  • Kit 8. (NGSK0080) LMS/BR Bogie Bolster D
  • Kit 76. (NGSK0760) BR VDA Van (body only)

New to the fold:

  • Kit 77b. (NGSK0772) LNER-BR Boplate – Plateback bogies
  • Kit 77c. (NGSK0773) LNER-BR Boplate – Y25 bogies
  • Kit 28. (NGSK0280) RMS JGA Bogie Hopper

28-Jun-2020: NGS Shop ‘back’ in business

I am pleased to report that that my back-trouble has eased, and I am mobile again. The NGS online shop has re-opened to take orders and one batch of orders was posted out last week. I intend to clear the backlog of orders today, posting tomorrow.

I have received 4-5 boxes of kits in the interim and I will get these on sale just as soon as I have opened/counted/stored them – but look out for announcement of some ‘new’ kits and return of some old favourites in the next couple of days.

Finally, thank you for your patience and the kind messages of support I received during the down-time.

22-Jun-2020: NGS Shop Temporary Closure

It is with regret that I have to close the NGS Shop from Monday 22nd June for a few days due to illness (not Covid related).

All being well we will be back up and running by the end of the week.

Orders currently in place will be fulfilled as soon as possible.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience caused.

19-Jun-2020: Kit 28 Hoppers bounce back

News from our Kit Production Officer, Richard, is that he has enough components in stock to produce another batch of kit 28 RMC bogie hoppers. As the first batch sold out so quickly, keep an eye on this news page for when these return.

18-Jun-2020: The wheN GuesS Shop.

A month ago I completed my third year as NGS Shop manager and so am over halfway through my intended tour of duty, but the last week have been the most hectic that I recall. Certainly as previously remarked the volume of orders coming into the shop have been higher than usual during the lock-down. However the recent feeding frenzy of kit 11 Seacows and then kit 28 RMS hoppers has been staggering. However kit demand has been up across the board and members are asking “When” will the stocks be replenished. Members are also asking “when” their orders will be delivered. Unfortunately, I do not have definitive answers in either case.

When kit stock has diminished and even been exhausted it is not currently possible to re-stock. This is not only down to volunteer kit packers who are isolating or shielding being unable to operate. It is also down to the inability to obtain fresh stocks of components from the various suppliers who have reduced or suspended their production.

To head off the inevitable questions of “when?” – the best advice I can offer at the moment is not to expect any refreshment of stock until at least one month after lock-down restrictions have been lifted for where we already have the components in stock. For those components where we are waiting for manufacturers to resume production (for example Peco wagon chasses) then that could be a three month wait.

Likewise, in terms of postal delivery, I am shovelling orders out the door as fast as I can, but the delays are in the postal systems. Although things appear to be picking up in some areas with 3 days from posting to delivery, I have recently had a report from the Liverpool area where it has taken three weeks for an order to be delivered. If you have an order pending, please check the order status update on the website and look out for a confirmation email from the NGS shop which may contain a Royal Mail Track and Trace reference number.

17-Jun-2020: Just hopped in:

I have just received the first batch of NGSK0280 Kit 28 RMS JGA Bogie Hopper now available at the LOWER price of £12.70. It is the first time these have been available in over three years so likely to sell well.

14-Jun 2020: Seacows wiped out!

So it took NGS members just six hours to fish out the best part of 90 kit 11 Seacows yesterday. There were more orders in the day than we normally have in a busy week. The good news is that we will be getting some more. The bad news is we cannot say when. This is because we have run out of sprues. These are manufactured by Peco (now) and they have closed their production facilities during the Coronavirus crisis. There will inevitably be a backlog when production resumes.

On better news the dozen kit 77a – BR Boplate – unfitted version are now on sale at £11 each. On yesterdays performance they should last about an hour.

13-Jun 2020: Its boxing day!

Six boxes of kits arrived this morning at the NGS Shop which included a large consignment of the much sought-after Kit 11 Seacow. Also top-ups of kit 68 POA Ballast wagon and kit 72 Iron Ore Tippler 5-packs. The above are all now available from the NGS Shop.

In addition, a small consignment of new Kit77a – BR Boplate wagon to be available once we can establish the pricing.

08-Jun-2020: Time for body building.

We have received a small initial batch of the reprieved Kit 75 British Rail VCA Van (NGSK0750) and Kit 76 British Rail VDA Van (NGSK0760). These former TPM kits acquired by the NGS are body-only kits and require a donor Farish VBA wagon to supply the chassis.

08-Jun-2020: Seacow migration underway.

The eagerly awaited Kit 11. BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hopper (NGSK0110) is about to be dispatched to the shop and should arrive in a few days.

08-Jun-2020: Shark owners get snapping.

Just arrived today a batch of brand new NGST0220 Transfers for the popular kit 22 Shark Brake kit.

08-Jun-2020: More decals slide into place.

Also recently arrived are NGST0610 Transfers for kit 61 Van-wide and the first outing of new NGST0721 Transfers for kit 72 Iron Ore Tippler (Brit Steel S. Wales). The latter are the first batch of a number of different varieties under development for the Kit72 Iron Ore Tippler. The others in development are British Steel, Original Livery; Procor/CAIB ARC Livery; Procor YEOMAN Livery; CAIB YEOMAN Livery and VTG Livery.

22-May-2020: Modern Warflat kit 58 and military vehicle update.

Having struggled through the twin perils of lock-down and a house move, I have heard from Ben Ando that he has successfully tested and approved the test etchings for the new Kit 58 post 1976 Warflats (NGSK0580).  Ben has also completed the kit building instruction sheet. The etch artwork is now with the etch producer. The etch sheets also provide the etches for the proposed  NGSV0004 BV206 amphibious vehicle kit and so will allow these kits to go into production.

The military vehicle kits are produced for the NGS by P.G. Models, run by Paul Gandy – also an enthusiastic NGS member. Paul’s main business is producing N-scale military vehicles in pewter for military enthusiasts but recognised these are too heavy to be carried on trains. He developed his designs to be cast in (lighter) resin, as a side-line for the benefit of the NGS. Paul does not cast in resin himself and so outsources the casting to other suppliers upon whom he is dependent. I wish to point out therefore that any delays in development or production times of these kits are not caused by P.G.Models but are due to problems in the supply chain of small, independent and very busy craft suppliers who provide components and materials. If you wish to know more of the intricate and intensive process of bringing these kits into existence, Paul has a fascinating description available at https://pgmodels.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-models-for-the-n-gauge-society/ .

01-May-2020: No stopping for NGS shopping

A new month and a time to say thanks to all those members supporting your NGS shop by placing orders for NGS products. The last two months have been particularly busy with 113 orders in March and 103 in April – against a typical level of about 75. There has been 150 orders since the start of lock-down and I regret that some of these may have taken longer to reach members than usual. The current situation means I cannot access the post office as frequently as I would like and the Royal Mail is suffering with bigger-than-Christmas volumes and reduced staff.

The NGS Shop will keep running where possible but members should be aware that at present we are not in a position where we can refresh stocks and so some lines, especially kits, may run out of stock until after the lock-down has been lifted.

17-Apr-2020: Kit Production news

A little light on the horizon, news from Kit Production about the lines they will be working on next:

Kit 74 BR China Clay Wagon (NGSK0740)

Former Parkwoods kit for the 9ft wheelbase planked china clay open.

Kit 75 British Rail VCA Van (NGSK0750)

Former TPM kit to convert a Farish VBA long wheelbase van into a VCA van (note this kit is sprues only and requires a donor Farish VBA wagon)

Kit 76 British Rail VDA Van (NGSK0760)

Former TPM kit to convert a Farish VBA long wheelbase van into a VDA van (note this kit is sprues only and requires a donor Farish VBA wagon)

Kit 77 LNER-BR Boplate

  • NGSK0771 – LNER/BR Boplate with diamond frame bogies
  • NGSK0772 – BR Boplate with 5ft 6in plateback bogies
  • NGSK0773 – British Rail Boplate with Y25 bogies

Former Parkwoods kit for the bogie steel plate carrier.

09-Apr-2020: Hoping for hoppers?

Some good news in these dark days from the Kit Production Officer is that we will be releasing a new run of kit28 RMC Hopper wagons (NGSK0280).

We appear to have enough components to make over 200 of these kits, so enough for a few train-loads.

As you are bound to ask “when?” the answer is about a month after the lock-down ends as my best guestimate.

N.B. Because the original tooling costs, which had to be taken into account when calculating the original price for this kit, have now been written off, the price per kit for the new run is considerably cheaper!  So you can have an even bigger rake!!

09-Apr-2020: Locked and loaded.

As the government imposed lock-down continues, our members continue to turn to their modelling as a past-time. The number of orders to the NGS Shop continues to run at 50% over normal levels. The constraints mean I can’t get to the post-office as frequently as I would like, and that the load of parcels is greater on each trip. Added to this is the fact that there are delays in the Royal Mail generally. Parcels will therefore take longer to arrive than usual, but rest assured that the NGS Shop is still operating. If you need to know what is happening to your order, please check out the Status update here: Status of recent shop orders

01-Apr-2020: I know what you’ve been doing…

It’s probably not surprising that in March the shop has been at its busiest in terms of orders received  than for the last twelve months.

In particular, kit and decal sales have been up over a half on the usual levels. Looks like NGS members under lock-down are turning to building kits rather than endure the horrors of day-time television.

I do have a slight back-log at the moment as the local Post Office was closed earlier this week due to a system failure locking out their tills. All being well the backlog should be cleared by the end of the week.

27-Mar-2020: Kit arrival and departure

I received a top up of Kit 48. LMS/GWR Open Wagon – twin pack (NGSK0480) today. Sadly, this may be the last stock arrival for some time now.

The last few weeks have been very busy for the shop with orders up by over a half the usual level. Looks like plenty of kits being built during the lock-down.

25-Mar-2020: Kit 72 Iron Ore Tippler in stock

Kit 72. PTA/JTA/JUA Iron Ore Tippler (NGSK0720) ar now in stock selling as a 5-pack for £94 per pack.

24-Mar-2020: Coronavirus impact on the NGS Shop

Following yesterday’s announcement by the UK and national governments, the following changes will be introduced by the NGS shop until further announcements:

  • The kit production volunteers are to be stood down for now for the avoidance of health risk. That means there will not be any refill of Shop stocks (excepting any already within the postal system).
  • In order to comply with government instructions and the four permissible reasons to leave the home, I will no longer be making the regular Monday and Friday trip to the post office to dispatch members’ orders. Instead, I will call at the post office with parcels when I am on my way to the local store to purchase food. I literally walk into the PO, deposit a box of parcels on the counter (no queuing) and then walk out again and so there is less risk there than waiting at the checkout at Morrisons. This means that dispatches may become irregular and delayed but should be at least once per week. There has been a marked increase in the number of orders currently so I ask that members please bear with me with this.
  • If I become ill, challenged by the police or further restrictions are put in place, then deliveries will cease and the online shop will close. This will prevent a large backlog of orders – particularly as the lifting of restrictions may also coincide with the Hunslet distribution effort and a depletion of stock.

Please keep checking for further announcements and keep well.

23-Mar-2020: Grain flows to Scotland

No its not emergency food relief – it is Kit 9a. BR Polybulk Grainflow Hopper (NGSK0090) arrived this morning. No panic buying now!

22-Mar-2020: Kits on the way

I am informed by our volunteers that a batch of Kit 72. PTA/JTA/JUA Iron Ore Tippler (NGSK0720) and a batch of Kit 9a. BR Polybulk Grainflow Hopper (NGSK0090) are on their way.

Also, for those of you interested in Kit 11. BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hopper (NGSK0110), the new etches are done, we are now just waiting for a new batch of bogies and then these can go into production.

Kit 39: BR Mullet/Parr Sleeper Wagon (NGK0390) are back in stock.

21-Mar-2020: Virus news from the Post-Office

I had the following email from the CEO of the Post Office today – didn’t know we are on first name terms – but its business as usual for now:

Hello Adrian
We know how important Post Office branches are to our customers. And we, alongside our postmasters and branch colleagues are doing all that we can to keep our branches open, so that we can continue to provide our products and services to you and your communities.

At the moment, the majority of our branches are open as usual and our supply chain is running as normal. Our priority is to keep our customers, postmasters and colleagues safe and healthy. We have advised everyone working in our branches to practice good hand hygiene and we ask that our customers do the same, as well as maintaining a sensible distance between other customers and our colleagues.

We will keep you updated as the situation evolves. But please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to support our customers, communities, postmasters and colleagues through this challenging time.

Nick Read, Group Chief Executive Officer

19-Mar-2020: Coronavirus too hot for Stoves

Due to current uncertainties caused by the coronavirus outbreak, we have agreed to Dapol’s request to withhold our order for a rerun of the Stove ‘R’ and Snowplough ranges. We will review the situation on a monthly basis as things develop.

One real concern for Dapol is their ability to quote costs given the hugely variation in dollar:pound rates at the moment. They prefer to wait until there is more stability and certainty before being able to commit to the order.

I realise that this may be a disappointment to some members but it is not the worst thing to happen in these astonishing times we are going through.

I don’t have any more information at the present and will keep in touch with Dapol, however if there are any questions please send to shop@ngaugesociety.com.

Regards

Adrian

NGS Shop Manager

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