Why have your Loco Lined?
Because its YOUR loco,
working on YOUR Railway. Its an expensive item that youve been looking
forward to owning and running for quite some time. Youve either saved up for it,
received as a very special gift, or perhaps spent long hours in the workshop making it. No
matter which it is, lining is the best way to give it the individuality and authenticity
it deserves. Its also the easiest way to spoil an otherwise lovely engine if the job
isnt done professionally.
Using this Site
The number of locos and Liveries
available to the 16mm and G scale modeller continues to grow, so the prices
contained in this list should still be taken only as a guide, rather than as firm. That
said, a number of the more popular loco/livery combinations are listed separately. These
prices may be taken as firm unless your loco has unique or unusual features, in which case
Ill give you a bespoke quotation.
If you see exactly the lining style you want
anywhere on this site, hovering the pointer over most images will reveal the unique
Lightline job number. This will give me an exact reference to work to. There is a space
for this on my enquiry form.
The pricing structure is based on a model rather than a prototype and my datum point
remains the Roundhouse Lady
Anne, which has been in production long enough to be familiar to most modellers,
is typical of narrow gauge tank engines and is of average size and complexity from a
lining point of view. The ability to detach the body from the chassis and remove the
handrails etc. greatly influences the time spent on a loco and therefore the overall cost
of the job.
I regret that I can only tackle rolling stock if the surface finish is to the same
standard as commercially available locos.
Whens the best time to have your loco lined-out ?
Technically, it makes little
difference, since even brand new locos have to be thoroughly cleaned and degreased before
I can begin lining work. That said, it's usually far more convenient for the work to be
done when the loco is new. Since the last thing most owners want to do with their
newly-acquired engine is part with it for 2 or 3 weeks, Ive made arrangements with
two manufacturers, Roundhouse and Pearse, to take delivery of the completed locos on
behalf of the customers, line them out and return them for dispatch in the normal
way. If youve ordered, or are thinking of ordering a loco from either of these
manufacturers, Ill be pleased to let you have further details. I have made similar
arrangements with some of the Retailers who place regular orders with these manufacturers.
Call me for details.
Having trouble choosing a livery ?
If you cant decide on a livery from this site or a telephone discussion, I can send
you photographs of most of the commonly available 16mm locos lined in a variety of styles.
I can also produce a computer-generated image of the finished job if your loco is an
Where Lettering and Crests are part of a prototypical scheme eg. the
Pearse L & B LEW,
transfers will be applied and are included in the price. Railway and engine names applied
to other locos, eg. the Roundhouse
Katie, will be charged at cost, using either waterslide or dry print as
appropriate. I am unable to supply etched Brass nameplates or Works plates, although I
will attach them if supplied.
Postage & packing
The cost of postage and packaging is
not included in the guide prices. Complete locos or loco bodies will be dispatched by Post
Office Special Delivery unless otherwise agreed. The contents will be fully insured
against loss or damage. It is always safer to arrange to hand over and collect the loco
from me personally, either in Huddersfield or at a Show.
I do not like to keep locos longer than is absolutely necessary and therefore do not
normally accept them without giving a firm indication of how long I will be keeping them.
Normal turnaround time is 2 - 3 weeks, but may be a lot longer if you hand over a loco
you've just bought at a Show. Jobs are started in strict order number, so the sooner you
book it in, the sooner it's started.
My philosophy towards the work remains unchanged. I will not consider a job as finished
until it is in the condition in which I would wish to receive it. No payment is required
until you have seen the finished job and are completely satisfied.
If you have any specific queries, contact me any time except Thursday evening (GMT).
I'll be pleased to help if I can.