About DJM


Hello and welcome to my website.

Some of you will know me by my past endeavours with a well known model railway company, but really I should use this space to tell you about myself.

I’ve been a modeller since I was a very young lad with an OO gauge Hornby loco on an oval of track stuck on a door for a Christmas present.ย Subsequently nurtured by my dad, my skills became better, to such an extent that when I switched to N gauge around 1975 I started, as a 10 year old, exhibiting my layouts up and down the country.ย In 1982 I won the inaugural โ€˜Prime Ministers Cupโ€™ as the best under 18 modeller in the country.

Subsequently I made architectural and loco models as a small business until around 2005 when I was asked my opinion on a new N gauge class 73, and the rest as they say, is history.

So why do this now? Well for some time I have felt that there can be a large step change again in quality, reliability, detail and features on current N, OO and O gauge locomotives and rolling stock.

Unlike some critics on web forums, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, literally, and go it alone with this venture.

It will not ever be a huge range, but what I will say is that whatever I produce, it will have all my hallmarks on every model, with, where possible the internet discussion on RMweb that many of you come to expect from me.

I expect to be able to give better communications, sales service, after sales service and back up than any of the current manufacturers today.

I will either be posting on RMweb or on this website any up to date details, and then obviously to magazines etc.

If you want to get in touch please do so and I will do my best to answer personally. But please bear with me if I take a while to get back to you as I am bound to get busy at times.

Thank you.


25 thoughts on “About DJM

  1. Gerard van Damme

    WOW! I could not have dreamed of something like this, good plan,like the way you go about it and your choice of models!
    I have been on the lookout for one of these little steamers for some time; one of them still trundles around in the Netherlands near Middelburg somewhere (1:1 scale) and I love to have a model of it…
    Power to your elbow Sir!
    Best of luck
    greetings from Amsterdam,

  2. martin wood

    definitely interested in the austerity, not the 23 sorry,in 0 guage. any idea of time scale to release to the trade? if all goes well how about an ivatt 2-6-0 or 2-6-2t, both smallish and widespread and would use common parts

  3. Andy Parr

    Splendid. I like the “unlike some critics on web forums, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, literally, and go it alone with this venture.” You’re not kidding. Well done ! I suppose that whilst we live in a world of subcontracting and with your contacts and knowledge in China, you don’t need to be a “big company” to be a player in the market.

    I’ve just found out about this today – please reconsider facebook. I don’t like RMWeb because of the attitude of the founder and a lot of otheres fell out with him when he got in with Warners. RMWeb is just one player….

    Now, I’ll be honest and say that the first models aren’t for me, but will wish you well and will keep an eye out for future releases.

  4. Mike Le Marie

    I wish you well with your new venture and very much hope it is the success you deserve. I shall certainly be ordering a Clayton.

  5. Mark Damien

    WOW – New Toys!
    I have a OO Sentinel with tungsten chassis & it is brilliant. Although I have a handful of 00 J94’s, if yours is heavier & not as noisy as the others on the market, I’ll get a couple LNER versions. It’s good to see two numbers immediately available – I assume you’ve split the run – clever; nothing left on your shelf.
    I’m really happy someone with your prowess in the hobby; is going into business, as you know what we want first hand. In ‘going it alone’, you’re a rare person, who I have the highest regard.
    I wish you, all the best & will support your venture by enjoying the fruits of your success.
    Now stop reading & start making.
    Yours Impatiently
    Mark Damien

  6. Mike Robertson-Cook

    Hello Dave
    Really looking forward to seeing you progress with this…..a very brave move in these austere times, however I have always believed that a quality product, competitively priced will sell, I really don’t need a J94 but with these spec……..guess what!!, one will be pre-ordered on the 16th.. Oh and for the future anything small and ex-LMS would be very welcome.

    Good Luck with this venture.

  7. Andrew Elshaw

    Hi Dave,

    This all looks very interesting. I think your initial choice of loco’s is good and I look forward to seeing your plans for rolling stock. There are certainly plenty of gaps still to be filled and it would appear that your range could do this successfully.

    I would also like to applaud your stance on NOT using Facebook or Twitter to communicate your company & products. I am not a technophobe, but I agree that these platforms are unsuitable for such use.

    I wish you every success in your new venture.
    Regards, AE

    1. Dave Jones

      Hi Andrew,

      Many thanks for the kind words. I truly believe no good will come of Facebook and Twitter, besides there are enough information forum sect out there already. ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Chris Day

    Dave good luck with your venture = brave move and I would wish you the very best of fortune for the future. Keep in touch

  9. Graham Eason

    Hi Dave

    Just to wish you luck in the new venture (we know each other through a certain museum named after the first locomotive to be used on a public railway in Shildon) Its nice to see too that you have chosen to do one of your Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0’s, to give them their correct name, with the High Sided or “Darlington” Bunker Fitted by Darlington Works to give the locos in this area increased coal carrying capacity. Incidently can I suggest you contact Mike Thompson at the Stainmore Railway Co (mikekse@hotmail.co.uk) as Mike has 8009 one of the standard bunker types and is also responsible for 65033 the sole surviving J21


    Graham Eason

    Vintage Transport in Miniature
    and Ex Locomotion Volunteer

  10. Barry Matthews

    Having just checked Kernow models for any update on my 2 ordered O2’s, I thought I’d check your site out for any news.
    I assume as they are Kernow tooling thats the reason they are not listed.
    But I’m sure some of your followers might be interested in O2’s even if they have to purchase them through Kernow, (I’m sure they will be the same quality as all the other items you are producing).

    Cornish GWR and the LSWR Withered Arm is my interest.

    1. Dave Jones

      Hi Barry,
      thanks for the mail.

      Unfortunately I cannot for contractual reasons comment on clients models, but I can tell you that Kernow have shown a picture of the O2 1st EP sample on their facebook page this last 24 hours.

      Hope this helps?

  11. Roy Sage

    I look forward to the 14xx in OO gauge as it’s been a long time since the first was introduced and the Margate version was little updated from the original.
    I also look forward to the King class loco as again the Margate model has the horrible solid front bogie that I wanted to exchange for something finer but there is no replacement. Even the Comet Models etched chassis says to use the solid metal bogie so no improvement there.
    I like others wish you every success with this new venture.

    All the best Roy.


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