About Electra Rail
Electra came into being as I was disappointed with the lack of modern multiple units and coaches in N Gauge. After some early attempts at cardboard sides, the product evolved through waterslide transfers and home produced vinyl sides to the top-quality vinyls that I am proud offer today.
All Electra livery packs are printed in-house and to order and are pre-cut and self-adhesive. The vinyls are either printed on white vinyl with precision cut windows or on clear backed vinyl, allowing flush glazing. Both media types have incredible colour resolution and detail.
I have invested heavily in a new Roland VS-300 Printer / Cutter, which allows me to print in-house and greatly speeds up delivery times and developing new items.
The Electra Clear Printing Process
The process for getting an existing artwork can be quite involved, due to the Roland needing some changes to the format. I will take the existing Freehand file, make any changes that may be required and then export as an EPS file.
This is then loaded into Adobe Illustrator, where a new white mask layer is generated. This sits behind the colour image. An outline cut-line layer is also generated to sit in front of the image. When the combined image is loaded into the Roland print program, it knows what to place where.
The actual printing is very time-consuming. Firstly, the white ink is laid down with two passes, enabling a good solid backing. After this has dried (30 mins), the colour layer is printed. This is given an hour to dry and then the cutting begins.
I have to be present for the cutting, as this only takes a few minutes. If the vinyls are left on the printer they have a tendency to curl up at the edges and can sometimes close up on themselves, making the vinyl useless. The only answer is to be around the vinyls while they cool off and gently press down any "curlies".
The vinyls are then left for at least 24 hours to fully dry and get ready for packing.
I try to print the vinyls in batches to minimise waste and these need at least 24 hours to properly dry before bagging and sending out.
I am an N Gauge modeller and work primarily in this scale but now also produce a large range of OO vinyls in response to customer demand. I am first to admit that I am a modeller first and a businessman second, so if you have any issues with delays or I have not replied to your mail within a few days, please don't hesitate to give me a nudge!
Electra Classics is a new like in OO, offering vinyls for older ready to run vehicles, such as the Lima Mark 1 and 2 coaches and Hornby Mark 2s. The vinyls not only refresh the livery to the highest standard but also give instant flush-glazing.
With the cost of a new coach approaching £50.00, Electra Classics offers an economical alternative to get great looking rolling stock.
With this new website, comes a new name and logo - Electra Rail, which will be applied to all new products and prints. It is way too much of a pain in the bum to go back to change this to the hundreds of existing artworks, so Electra Railway Graphics will be around for a good while yet. I am refreshing and reviewing artwork all the time.
This is a new website and does not yet reflect the full range but is being updated all the time. If you can't find it, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Return Information: Money back or a free reprint if not satisfied - returns are accepted with 28 days.