Unfortunately, postal rates continue to increase each year.
Orders containing decal and/or small detail parts are shipped in a padded envelope for protection. The minimum shipping charges for these shipments are as follows:
CANADA: $2.00 USA: $3.25 OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA: $6.25
NOTE: For many years, we were able to ship some items in padded envelopes at the above rates - such as Kadee bulk pack of couplers, Kadee trucks, O scale Kadees and Athearn O scale trucks, among other items. Recently, Canada Post has started returning these shipments saying they are too thick for the letter rate and therefore must be shipped as a parcel - even though they can still be shipped in the same padded envelope ! What does this mean - depending on your location - the rate can now be up to ten times higher. If you order one of the affected items that in the past had a low shipping rate, but now has a much larger rate - this is the reason. I'm not happy about it. Some items - such as the bulk pack of Kadees or O scale Kadees could be removed from their original plastic packaging and placed in a small bag and shipped using the cheaper rates. If you place an order for either O scale Kadees or bulk packs of Kadees and wish to have them removed from their package and shipped in a bag instead to reduce the shipping - please checkout as usual and put a note indicating " IF POSSIBLE - PLEASE REMOVE ITEM FROM PACKAGING TO SAVE ON POSTAGE " If I am able to do so - I will and adjust the postage rate down and refund any Paypal over payment. Credit Cards will be charged the new lower total.
We use both new and used boxes for shipments containing larger items. We ship the next business day after order is processed with payment. Shipments requiring a box to ship ( kits, models, etc. ) usually fall in the following price ranges for most shipments containing a locomotive or a few freight cars:
CANADA: $8-$20+ USA: $10-$30+ OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA: $15-$100+. Larger shipments may cost more.
All box shipments within Canada are shipped expedited mail and includes insurance and will include a tracking number.
All box shipments to the USA are shipped small packet Airmail for packages up to 1kg. Tracking IS available for an additional fee for both box shipments AND padded envelope shipments containing only decals or small parts. Shipments above 1kg are shipped Expedited which includes insurance and will include a tracking number.
Shipments outside North America are shipped via small packet Air Mail for packages under 2kg. If you prefer surface mail - please contact us for details. Tracking IS also available for an extra fee. You can add this by selecting this item and adding it to your shopping cart:
Shipping charges created by the website are estimates based on a number of factors with the items you have ordered and may not reflect the actual shipping cost. Most of the time - the actual postage charges are slightly higher than the amount we have charged. In the event the actual postage is significantly lower than the amount the website charged you - we may refund the difference at our discretion.
If you have special requirements or want more information on specific shipping for items you are interested in - please contact us as we are flexible in options and can give you a better idea on the actual cost . This website can only do basic calculations based solely on the weight of the items and since there can be many variables ( box size, type of service, your location, etc. ), it would be difficult to provide 100% accurate rates online for any shipment that contains more than one item.
Please note that shipping outside of Canada - particularly to some parts of the USA, may take 5 to 30 days. Average time to the US is 1 to 2 weeks - depending on where in the USA the package is going, but it's not uncommon for shipments to take 2-4 weeks to Southern and Western parts of the US . Most shipments outside North America take about a week via airmail, though this does vary depending on the country and items can be held up in customs for days and even weeks.