This website was last updated on
05 July 2015
The Dingham Autocoupler is probably the least obtrusive commercially available
automatic coupler for
model railway vehicles in 7mm scale (O gauge) and 4mm scale (00, EM and P4/S4). It also has the advantage of a delayed uncoupling
action without the need to move the shunting loco back and forth to operate the
The website is meant to be informative. You should be able to find all the technical information you
are likely to want about Dingham products. You can find prices and information
on how to order. However, it is not possible to place orders through the website
because I do not have credit/debit card payment
A Brief History of Dingham
All Dingham products
originate from my own modelling needs. If I need something that's not already
available, I try to develop it. For this reason, new products are few and far
between because I've no ambition to duplicate what's already out there.
In 1999, Skipton
& District Railway Society my local club was in need of an
improved automatic coupler for its Gauge 0 exhibition layout, Lofthouse in
Nidderdale. That resulted in the development of the Dingham Autocoupler
for Gauge 0, which first went on sale in February 2000. The coupler is now used on many Gauge 0
home and exhibition layouts. Later in 2000, in response to requests from
for remote actuation of the couplers were introduced, followed by Springs for
fitting the Gauge 0 couplers by the spring and split-pin method.
The 4mm Autocouplerwas introduced July 2002.
It has been adopted not
only by 00 and EM modellers, but also by those who aspire to the more exact
The CAD-based Dingham etches are
designed to minimise preparation time. Holes are etched accurately so that
hardly any opening out with drills or broaches is required. Tabs holding components to the etch
are as small as possible, so they can
easily be cut without fear of damaging
delicate components. Tabs are also carefully placed so that the
"pips" can easily be removed with a file.
Instructions are carefully thought out and well illustrated. They are tested by
"typical" modellers making up the test etches. Even the packing
has been given some thought and masking tape rather than cellulose tape is
used, to eliminate the tiresome job of cleaning adhesive
residues from metal parts after unpacking.
Ordering and Payment
I cannot accept direct payment by credit or debit card but I do accept
payment via PayPal (click for more information). This
allows anyone, in UK or overseas to transfer funds via credit or debit cards.
Please note, there is a 5% surcharge for payment via PayPal. This reflects my
costs for using PayPal. The email address I have registered with PayPal is
Note: the above email address is an image and cannot be used as a link.
UK customers may order products by:
sending a cheque or postal order (made out to T
Shaw, please) through the post;
UK orders are normally despatched by First Class
post on the day received.
Overseas customers should request their requirements via email, which will be
answered by return with a price for cost of product, minus UK P&P (included
in UK price) plus overseas P&P at cost.
Overseas customers may pay:
by cheque drawn on a UK bank, payable to T Shaw;
by banker's draft in pounds sterling (GBP);
Overseas orders will be sent
via Airmail Small Packet or equivalent service (3 - 7 days delivery almost
anywhere in the world).
Especially for overseas orders, payment via PayPal is greatly to be preferred
because it is the least expensive and most convenient method.
More details on the Payments page
- +044 (0)1943 831935
- Postal address
- 24 Nursery Lane, Addingham, Ilkley, LS29 0TN, England
- E-mail address for enquiries and correspondence
- E-mail address for PayPal payments
Note: the above email addresses are images and cannot be used as
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