Update December 2022 in view of continued postal strikes
Due to the continued disruption caused by the ongoing postal strikes we have had no choice but to switch to using UPS as our carrier.
This means that we have to charge a flat fee of £9 for delivery on all orders
What factors influence the cost of postage?
- How valuable are the items being sent
- How heavy are the items being sent
- The dimensions of the package
- How quickly does the customer require the goods
- Royal mail restrictions
The Parcel Dimensions
The fastest guaranteed delivery used to be Royal mail Special Delivery, and for items ordered after 12pm it is still the only option as the couriers need to know before 12pm to collect the same day.
The cheapest RM Special delivery for small items is £7, with the average package costing us £12. Live steam locomotives can cost £24 to send special delivery.
The cost of a 24 hour courier service that offers insured carriage costs between £14 and £18 in the UK.
48 hour deliveries save a few pounds.
Royal Mail Restrictions
- We cannot send items over 1m or greater in length
- Liquids are not allowed
- Paints are not allowed
- Batteries are not allowed
- Combustible items such as fuel tablets or gas cylinders are not allowed
Where can I see the shipping costs on your website?
To try and be as fair as possible we try to calculate your shipping charges when you click 'Buy it now' or complete the checkout process
Each product page tells you the cost of shipping that individual item as shown below
When viewing your basket this is where you can see the combined delivery costs