Welcome to Britannia Models, your British model trains destination!
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Our business, established in 1994 and online since 1998, serves a customer base of British railway modellers across North America. Given our niche market, in a very large geographic area, we have made recent changes to our business which will allow us to respond to all of our customers in a timely manner. Mail or phone orders, are available Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm pacific time while our online order system and our fax and voicemail facilities, are of course available 24/7.
Should we not be able to answer your call directly, our customer service targets are to answer email and voicemail, as well as to confirm stock situations for online orders, within a 24 hour window.
We carry a large selection of products including Hornby, Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish, Dapol, Bassett-Lowke and Ace Trains, locomotives, rolling stock, track and accessories. Other model railway accessories include Peco, Ratio, Wills, Metcalfe, Woodland Scenics, Superquick, Kestrel. Diecast road vehicles in OO scale from Corgi, Oxford, Base Toys, EFE, Cararama and Classix.
A word (and two pictures) on the Great Gathering
2013 marked the 75th anniversary of Mallard's world speed record for a steam locomotive and to mark the occasion, preserved Class A4 No. 4489/60010 'Dominion of Canada' is in residence at the National Railway Museum in York, England, together with Mallard and the other four preserved A4's. The boss was lucky enough to visit the NRM in October and below are two pictures taken on that visit. The pictures are shown with the kind permission of photographer Derek Altoft.
Yes, this is the same locomotive that was sitting, somewhat neglected and overlooked by many, deep in the Canadian Railway Museum (Exporail) in Montreal. At York it has received cosmetic restoration to its original LNER Garter Blue livery, complete with valances, double chimney, and bell. We will post more pictures from this event on a separate gallery page, in the near future.
If you want a reminder of the Great Gathering but found the Hornby OO scale models of the six A4's a girder bridge too far, consider the 1:120 (TT) scale models from Corgi's Rail Legends range. These non-motorised models come on a section of rail and with a perspex case. All six of the Great Gathering A4's are available now by pre-order at a price of $50 each. Regular price when in stock will be $56.95
97501ST LNER Garter Blue No. 4468 'Mallard'
97502ST BR Blue No. 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley
97504ST LNER Garter Blue No. 4464 'Bittern'
97505ST BR Green No. 60008 'Dwight D. Eisenhower'
97506ST LNER Garter Blue No. 4489 'Dominion of Canada'
97507ST BR Green No. 60009 'Union of South Africa'
Train shows in 2014
We expect to be attending the following shows in British Columbia during 2014. Hope to see you there!
WESTERN RAILS 2014: 32nd Annual Railroadiana Show. Sunday, March 16th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Cameron Rec Centre, Cameron St, Burnaby, B.C. (Across from Lougheed Town Centre). Due to a conflicting activity, we will not be at Western Rails this year. We recommend the show for anyone in the Lower Mainland with an interest in model railways, even without our participation!
30th Annual VANCOUVER ISLAND SPRING MODEL RAILROAD SHOW 2014: Sunday, April 27th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Beban Park Recreation Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, B.C.
VICTORIA MODEL RAILWAY SHOW 2014: Sunday, September 7th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Hwy, Colwood, B.C.
TRAINS 2014: Saturday & Sunday, November 8th/9th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Cameron Rec Centre, Cameron St, Burnaby, B.C. (Across from Lougheed Town Centre). More information here: http://www.bctrains.org
Thank you for stopping by!
February 18th, 2014 - Please note that we do carry a good selection of diecast models of British motor cars, vans, lorries, buses and other service vehicles from the 1930's to present day, in OO scale (1:76) and to a lesser extent N scale (1:148) and O scale (1:43). It is our intention to extend the range of diecast we carry so keep checking back for more listings and information.
February 18th, 2014 - The DVD set History of British Trains is now in stock. There are over 7 hours of video documenting the history of trains in Britain including; special programs from the original BBC Series 'Railway Roundabout'; archive film of trains from the 1930's; topics on Flying Scotsman, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, Midland Pullman, Railways in Scotland, The Cambrian, Super D's, The Southern Belle and more. Priced at $27.50 this DVD collection is available today.
September 11th, 2013 - Did you catch the announcement this week of a new manufacturer of British outline model trains? We are pleased to be associated with DJ Models who will be marketing models in N, OO and O scales with a good range of features and realistic pricing. For now, you can view some initial information on the proposed range here and we will have details of the DJM range on this site shortly.