New Flippem Automatic coupling system in both 4mm and 7mm scales

As some will already know I have been working on updated “Dingham” style coupling system that is capable of dealing with any curve down to the PECO Set track radius of 3ft4, in 7mm scale. It will also solve the issues of height of rolling stock, depth of buffers, depth of buffer beams and general robustness of the original “Dingham” system. The system will be available in both 4 and 7 mm to start with. If there is a demand I may develop it into other scales. The new system will be fully compatible with 4 and 7mm “Dinghams” and the new design of loop will be available to be back fitted to the old hooks if desired.

I’m pleased to announce that I’m hoping to be in a position to take advanced orders in mid January for a potential delivery date of early to mid February. Initially we will be manufacturing to order so any stock will just be that left over from orders. This may change as we see shows going ahead later in the year.

I will be adding a new page dedicated to the couplings to the webpage once I’m in a position to take orders. I will be posting a video on our YouTube channel of the system being assembled and at work on the layout that they were developed for W.C. Boggs shorty.

Happy new Year


Price changes

Due to the increased cost of materials we are unfortunately going to have to put our prices up from January the 1st. However this increase will allow us to offer free UK postage on all kits from the same date. Overseas customers please contact us for a postage quote. This will be the difference in the cost of UK postage against overseas shipping

Marc Dobson

More new stuff

Following on from from the M&GN wagon launched on Saturday, we are pleased to announce that our Maryport and Carlisle 3 plank open is also ready in both 4 and 7mm scales.

Also our Midland railway small gunpowder van and our Port Talbot/GWR 2 plank are back in production.

Our new YouTube channel is now live

Our new YouTube Channel is now live. The first 3 videos are those that were featured in the Gauge 0 Guilds virtual show and they cover :-

1) Building one of our Tal-y-llyn iron body open wagon kits

2) Basic wagon compensation

3) Applying transfers to wagons

I hope people find them useful. I’m hoping to do one video, showing a different technique, every month from now on.

New Wagon Kit

Today we are pleased to announce that we have produced a new wagon kit. Its a Midland and Great Northern Joint Rly 3 plank drop-side. These wagons were used for general goods traffic and were also used by the Engineer’s Dept. as ballast wagons. They will be initially available as a kit or ready to run in 7mm and as a wagon body in 4mm. They will also be available in due course as a G1 1/32 kit and ready to run when our G1 range is launched in a few weeks time.

M&GNJR 3 plank open

The cost for a 4mm wagon body will be £20, For a 7mm Kit £50 and for a 7MM RTR £150. G1 1/32 prices TBC

The product will go live on the website to order from 1500GMT today


New South Wales Government Railways Wagons

I thought I would update everyone on progress on my new range of Australian wagons.

The 3D printer is here and it have been tested. The results have been very positive and the print quality is very high. So, with this in mind, I have changed how I’m going to do the kits. As you all, probably know I was going to print the bodies and have the strapping as a separate etch as I have done with most of our other 7mm kit. Now they are all going to be printed as complete blocks, including buffer guides and strapping. The plan to etch the axle guards and brakes stays the same as before. This means that I will not need to have extra tooling for other NSWGR wagons going forward. And this also gives an option to scale up (G1 1/32) or down (S or HO) the wagon bodies with little effort, if their is a demand.

So to start with these will be the kits.
NSWGR01 2 plank (D) drop side 8ft6 Wheel base (fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR02 2 plank (D) centre door 8ft6 Wheel base (fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR03 3 plank (D) drop side 8ft6 Wheel base (fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR04 3 plank (D) centre door 8ft6 Wheel base (fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR05 3 plank (D) centre door with extended raves for coke/shale/chip wood 8ft6 Wheel base (fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR06 3 plank (D) drop side 9ft Wheel base(fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR07 3 plank (D) centre door 9ft Wheel base(fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR08 3 plank (D) centre door with extended raves for coke/shale/chip wood 9ft Wheel base(fitted or unfitted)
NSWGR09 1 plank (A) fixed side 8ft6 Wheel base (unfitted)

NSWGR 2 plank Drop-side ballast wagon (NSWGR01)
NSWGR D 2 Plank Centre Door (NSWGR02)
NSWGR D 3 plank Drop-side (NSWGR03/06)
NSWGR D 3 planks (NSWGR04/07)
NSWGR D Shale/Wood chip (NSWGR05/08)

I’m hoping to have the first batches of kits ready for shipping at the end of November/start of December so they can be with people by Christmas. If you do want any of the above for Christmas The last day for ordering will be Oct 31st as I need of order etches.

Other kits will be added to the range over time if there is a demand.


First of the new range of 4mm scale wagon bodies Available NOW!

We were asked if we could produce some of our 7mm wagons in 4mm. So as of today where ever possible we will be scaling down our 7mm wagon and van bodies to 4mm.

The first 2 are a Furness/North Staffs 1 plank open and a LNWR/Furness/Cambrian/Mid-Wales 6ton single bolster.

If you have any requests for 4 mm wagons or vans that are currently in our 7mm range please contact us.

Marc Dobson

Furness Railway Wagon Co.