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IMPORTANT NOTICE - Code 125 high-Ni Bullhead Rail

Following the discontinuing of their product by another company, a number of customers have expressed concern about the long-term availability of our Code 125 high-Ni Bullhead rail. We have also been asked about the brand compatibility of our chairs, fishplates and flexitrack. The following questions and answers will hopefully put your minds at rest.

Q/ Will PermaWay Code 125 high-Ni bullhead rail continue to be available?
A/ A resounding YES. There is no question of non-availability. As the UK's only supplier of this rail, we maintain high stock levels, and will continue to do so. Our agents Phoenix Precision Paints Ltd are proud of their record for prompt despatch and fast delivery.

Q/ Are PermaWay chairs and fishplates compatible with the 'Code 131' rail available from another supplier?
A/ Yes. Code 131 rail (it is actually Code 133!) will fit our chairs. Our fishplates, both plastic and brass, can also be used with this rail.

Q/ Can PermaWay rail and flexitrack be mixed with similar items from other suppliers?
A/ Yes. However, if there is any difference in the overall height (underside of sleeper to top of rail) between brands, it may be necessary to use some packing such as paper or thin card under the sleepers at a rail joint in order to avoid any step in the rail top running surface.


 31st August 2021


It is with great sadness that I report the death of Len Newman, my old friend and sometime work colleague. Len was a man of many interests and talents, but is probably best known for the invention and development of his remarkable Gibson/K&L (latterly C&L) track system, which is how I met him. Len walked into the shop, introduced himself, and asked if I would like to stock his new product. So began a friendship and working relationship which, despite frequent disagreements, lasted for nearly 40 years.

After selling C&L, Len put in a lot of hours and road miles working in the rapidly growing field of Computer Aided Design (CAD). His railway designs continued to evolve and he was instrumental in helping the late Bernard Weller expand his Exactoscale range. With Bernard's passing, Len became a partner in developing and improving the product range to an even greater extent and I had the pleasure of working with him again.

In due course this business was also sold on, after which Len struggled for a while. Fortunately things improved once we got into the habit of having a weekly pub lunch and a good natter, often about absolutely nothing to do with railways, whilst consuming vast quantities of tea in the process. There was some more product development too, resulting in the beginnings of the PermaWay range. Our mutual friend David joined our little sessions and for quite some time, Len was as enthusiastic and full of ideas as ever. Sadly, Len's health and eyesight began to let him down, and with pandemic lockdown our meetings had to stop. The resulting somewhat solitary existence led to Len becoming rather withdrawn but nevertheless, it came as a shock when he passed away at home quite unexpectedly.

His lasting legacy is the quantum leap forward his designs and products brought to the world of finescale model railways. He is survived by his two sons, who will miss him as a father; for myself, and many others, he will always be remembered as a friend.


 September 2020

 MORE NEW 7mm scale products due this month...

 Plain line 32mm gauge Flexitrack - now available.

 For more details, visit our sole agents:
Phoenix Precision Paints Ltd.

 11th August 2020

 NEW 7mm scale products due this month...

 Plain line sleepers. 
 Turnout timbers.
 Fishplates for Code 125 Bullhead and Flatbottom rail
, in both plastic and brass.

 For more details and availability, visit our sole agents: Phoenix Precision Paints Ltd.

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9th November 2019

Chairs for Bullhead Rail in 7mm scale

Ever since the introduction of our high-Ni nickel silver Code 125 Bullhead rail it has been our intention to produce rail chairs to suit. We are delighted to announce that these are now available. Injection moulded in high-grade ABS, from all-new English-made tooling, they are accurately detailed and easy to use.

Initially, we have chosen to produce the three most common chair types used on the prototype: the standard S1 3-screw plain line chair, the 4-screw L1 bridge chair and the 4-screw P slide chair. For simplicity and economy, all three types are included on a single sprue.

Every pack contains 400 S1 and 50 L1 chairs, both with left and right hand keys, plus 50 of the P type. This means there are enough chairs in a single pack to enable the modeller to construct a complete turnout, with sufficient spares to allow for the cutting and shutting of chairs in order to represent the numerous other special chairs used on the real railway.

Part number 7PW3CH, in stock now at a special introductory price of just £25.00 per pack plus postage, from our sole agents Phoenix Precision Paints Ltd.

They are also available direct from PermaWay/Karlgarin Models.

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3rd November 2018

Bullhead Rail in 4mm and 7mm scales

Much requested by customers, and introducing Karlgarin Models' new PermaWay range.
Both sizes are available now from our sole agents, Phoenix Precision Paints Ltd:
4mm scale Code   75 Bullhead rail in high-Ni nickel silver, packed in 10 x 1 metre lengths. PW75/4BH - £14.00
7mm scale Code 125 Bullhead rail in high-Ni nickel silver, packed in 10 x 1 metre lengths. PW125/7BH - £30.00

Mail orders from Phoenix are sent in a thick-wall protective tube.
Carriage is by next day courier @ £10.00 for any quantity
(most UK Mainland addresses only - see Phoenix website for full details).

Also available direct from Karlgarin Models (please note - 7mm only, in shorter lengths, at a lower price):
7mm scale Code 125 Bullhead rail in high-Ni nickel silver, in packs of 25ft containing 10 x 30" (762mm) lengths. C125/7BH - £23.00

Mail orders from Karlgarin are sent packed in a specially made thick-wall protective tube. Please note that when sending rail by post there is a separately applied postage and packing charge: a minimum of £7.00 in the UK, and subject to weight thereafter. This is normally sufficient to cover the cost of sending at least three packs of rail - if ordering a greater quantity, or from overseas, please ask for a postage quote.

All our rail is made from top quality high-Ni nickel silver. Although a little more expensive than traditional ordinary 'yellow' nickel silver, our high-Ni provides a far more realistic, steel-like appearance whilst retaining the rustproof and easy-to-solder properties of nickel silver.

© PermaWay & Karlgarin Models 2022