Mainline Model Railways
This Site is dedicated
to the Mainline Railways System of the late 1970's and early 1980's. The Mainline,
run, Model Railway range was launched at the Harrogate and Brighton toy fairs in
the UK in January
1976. It was much later in the year before the models actually became available.
In the mid 1970’s the ready to run market in the UK was rather stagnant
and much of the existing rolling stock, some of which had been around
for many years, was lacking the detailing and scale accuracy that the
modeller was demanding. Both Airfix and Palitoy saw this gap in the
market and decided to introduce a ‘ready to run’ range taking advantage
of the modern moulding technology that was available with the reduced
costs of Far East manufacturing.
Their 'Ready to Run' ranges were both launched at the Harrogate and Brighton
Toy Fair in January 1976.
Palitoy was a division of the General Mills Corporation of America and
were probably best known in the UK for the Action Man range of toys. The
Palitoy range was called Mainline Railways. Unlike Airfix, Palitoy took
the decision not to own the moulding tools for the models. They ordered
the models from Kader in the Far East. Kader paid for and kept ownership
of the moulding tools.
In 1981 Palitoy took over the Airfix, Ready to Run, Railway System when
the Airfix Parent Company went into Receivership. Airfix owned the tools
for their Model Railway Range and Palitoy placed them with Todco again
based in the Far East.
General Mills decided to re-organise its European operation and
announced it was ceasing production of the Mainline Railways Range. This had
nothing to do with the lack of success of the Company, in fact it was
performing well, but a Corporate decision and rationalisation made in
America. In 1985 the remaining stock and Airfix Moulds were sold off to
This Site, at the moment,
is mainly built from information and images from the Mainline Catalogues. It will be
added to as time goes on. It was originally designed as an extension of my
Airfix Model Railway Site.
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