Here we find
out about Off The Rails Signs, where proprietor Phil can
supply authentic-looking upvc versions of those classic
railway signs featuring any 'message' or wording you care to
talked to Phil about these signs and the other railway-related
items he offers, including DVDs and books.
Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and
the background to Off The Rails Signs?
Railway sign collecting has always been popular
amongst railway enthusiasts; The original enamel station
totems signs were produced in such small numbers they now
attract very high prices at auction houses, Off the rails have
been manufacturing customised replicas of these sort after
iconic signs since 1997. Faithfully reproduced in upvc from
the original styles and designs.
Please tell us more about the various Rail-related products on
We also print a small range of colour railway
carriage prints to enhance any railway room or layout.
The totem signs can be customised to individual requirements
can’t they? Please tell us about these options.
Our signs are customised with wording of your
choice and produced in any of the six regional colours.
These obviously appeal to fans and enthusiasts of Railways but
I suppose they can also be a great novelty sign for anyone’s
bars, sheds, dens, gardens and so on?
Yes that's right. Because we have various sizes
available to choose from this makes them very attractive to a
variety of different applications.
The signs do look amazing. I suppose the fact that they are
UPVC means you can get that authentic look while not worrying
about staining or weathering?
That's correct. We have had customers say that
longer the sign stays outside exposed to the weather the more
authentic they become.
Why do you think retro and vintage are such a big thing for so
many people these days?
Everyone has some fascination with the past.
Many of the DVDs and books you sell are unique to your
website, aren’t they?
Yes! We have 4
titles in our "Lost and Found " DVD and book series that are
only available from us.
What do you most enjoy about running Off The Rails Signs?
Re creating a
little piece of our railway heritage and hearing the positive
feedback from our many customers and receiving the odd
photograph of our signs in-situ.
Who are your customers, where are they coming from and what
sort of feedback and comments are you getting from clients?
We have many customers, from preserved railways
to model railways. Some just have them customised as retirement/birthday/anniversary gifts. Recently we produced a set of
signs for a theatre set in New York. Everyone who sees our
signs for the first time say "WOW!"
What are your own particular retro and vintage passions
Where do you see the future for Off The Rails Signs?
"Staying on track maintaining our reputation
for supplying a little bit of railway history"
Off the Rails
offer the railway enthusiast a unique opportunity
to recreate the Golden Age of British Steam with
our range of customised railway totems and signs.
Off the Rails
have been manufacturing replica railway signs
since 1997 for customers throughout the British
Isles and also export to Australia, New Zealand,
Canada and the USA.
All of our signs
are fully customised to your requirements and
manufactured from heavy duty 6mm uPVC, making them
suitable for both internal and external display.
Our signs are
seen on preserved railways, garden railways, model
layouts, film sets and as house names.
Off The Rails Totems And Signs.
Unit 1-4 The Triangle
One Commerce Way