About usCompany background
RAIL EXCLUSIVE has a fine pedigree in railway models, being focussed on the premium end of the market. Launched as a stand alone business in 2010, the brand encompasses the retailing division of Foursight Publications Limited and was established following the sale of the company's highly-rated monthly magazine, Rail Express. The magazine's successful limited edition model business was not included in that sale and was therefore re-organised and promoted as a separate concern. RAIL EXCLUSIVE has continued to grow in the intervening years, and having earned an exemplary reputation for customer service, now provides sales support for its own manufacturing division (SLW), UK distribution of the premium ZIMO digital command control product range, and the management of other specialist model railway projects, specifically high quality limited edition and special commissions of locomotives and rolling stock.
Philip Sutton (Director) and Jamie Walsh (General Manager), have an impressive track record, having worked with all the major 4mm scale manufacturers, including some that are no longer with us. Philip is a well known face on the railway scene, having started in railway publishing during the 1980s at EMAP – on Rail Magazine and as the editor of ModelRail – before launching, editing and managing Rail Express and Rail Express Modeller for 15 years. Jamie has an exceptional level of product knowledge and takes pride in running an efficient operation, with a background in logistics and customer service. The business of model commissions began way back in 1990 with Lima before growing to include Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol, as well as overseas firms like Heljan and ViTrains. A full list of previous RAIL EXCLUSIVE-promoted items is given in our 'Past Models' section.
Model manufacturers we have worked with include:
The RAIL EXCLUSIVE staff have been responsible for more than 40 limited edition models and made-to-order specials that have included not just locomotives but freight stock as well. During this time, the company has built up close personal relationships with train operators – including Direct Rail Services, DB Cargo, First Great Western, Freightliner, GB Railfreight & Virgin Trains to name a few – in order to ensure models are correctly licenced and accurately reproduced.
RAIL EXCLUSIVE staff have been responsible for numerous
limited edition models plus a host of made-to-order specials
Several projects have seen charity organisations benefit, like the Teenge Cancer Trust, and we are keen to re-invest in the hobby and railway preservation by working with groups like Didcor Railway Centre and North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Our typical strategy is to push for constant improvement. This was apparent in our ground-breaking arrangement with Bachmann that saw the introduction of new tooling to represent the former split-headcode Class 37/5 & Class 37/7 locos. Similarly, we worked with Vi-Trains to upgrade its Class 47 allowing us to represent the modified locos used by Direct Rail Services, including the Northern Belle liveried machines. Bespoke DCC sound has also become one of our specialisms. Increasing costs and quality control issues associated with commissions led to the setting up of RAIL EXCLUSIVE's own manufacturing division in 2015 - Sutton's Locomotive Workshop launching with the highly successful premium-level Class 24.
There’s plenty of exciting plans in the pipeline, so be sure to pop back from time to time to check on the latest developments.