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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2022, 04:48:21 PM »
Hi All

Addlestone Models is only a 15 minute drive for me, it is a very well stocked shop for N gauge, prices are actually OK (usual 15% off Farish). As the box shifters are no longer cheap anymore,  I don't see them being an option unless they are dumping hard to move stock. I have all the stock I need, so generally just buy paint and bits from Addlestone.

https://addlestone-models.co.uk/



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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2022, 09:42:49 AM »
I remember in the early 70's "chuffs" at Marylebone.  That was one WEIRD shop.

Today on my rare trips to the UK I still try and visit JANES at Tooting.  The shop is just outside TOOTING Overground station.
Some days its just not worth gnawing through the straps.

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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2022, 10:40:28 AM »
Please be advised that Janes Trains at Tooting is closed on weekdays from 01 August to 14 August, but will be open on Saturdays between those dates.

Normal opening hours will apply again after 14 August - see http://www.janestrains.co.uk/index.html

Best wishes, Tfc49
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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2022, 01:14:57 AM »
I remember in the early 70's "chuffs" at Marylebone.  That was one WEIRD shop.

Today on my rare trips to the UK I still try and visit JANES at Tooting.  The shop is just outside TOOTING Overground station.

Thameslink not Overground
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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2022, 11:40:25 AM »
I remember in the early 70's "chuffs" at Marylebone.  That was one WEIRD shop.

Today on my rare trips to the UK I still try and visit JANES at Tooting.  The shop is just outside TOOTING Overground station.

Thameslink not Overground
I have given up trying to track the name of Train operating companies.  Its Tooting overground as opposed to the Underground Station at Tooting Broadway.  I even "worked there" back in the days of the original Thameslink.
Some days its just not worth gnawing through the straps.

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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2022, 12:15:57 PM »
I remember in the early 70's "chuffs" at Marylebone.  That was one WEIRD shop.

Today on my rare trips to the UK I still try and visit JANES at Tooting.  The shop is just outside TOOTING Overground station.

Thameslink not Overground
I have given up trying to track the name of Train operating companies.  Its Tooting overground as opposed to the Underground Station at Tooting Broadway.  I even "worked there" back in the days of the original Thameslink.

Yes, I think perfectly clear what you meant, and probably a clearer distinction than saying Thameslink, but some wonderful pedantry there!

I've never been to Jane's I must say. I cycle within 200m of it on the way home from work, must stop in some time!

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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #36 on: August 03, 2022, 01:03:23 AM »
Please be advised that Janes Trains at Tooting is closed on weekdays from 01 August to 14 August, but will be open on Saturdays between those dates.

Normal opening hours will apply again after 14 August - see http://www.janestrains.co.uk/index.html

Best wishes, Tfc49


And you wonder why the so called traditional model shop is disappearing, effectively closes for 2 weeks and even in normal trading they are open just 4 days a week and only in the afternoon. No way to run a retail business. I tried to visit Janes Trains a while back when I was in the area, and guess what, they were closed. The aforementioned Addlestone Models is open 7 days a week and always has customers when I visit.



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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #37 on: August 03, 2022, 08:13:22 AM »
Itís a bit of a vicious cycle I guess. I presume itís family owned/run. Presumably they want some time off, but donít have staff to cover midweek. To take on staff would increase overheads substantially. Having never set foot in the place I wouldnít be surprised if some weekdays they donít sell anything of note, so taking on staff becomes a significant overhead. One presumes itíll go when the owners retire, much like Morris Models down on the south coast.

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Re: Model Shops in Central London
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2022, 02:19:18 PM »
Just to update this as the OP.    I ended up going to the Northfield shop, an easy tube ride, and found the owner very helpful, although the shop itself reminded me of the Discworld Library (GNU Pterry....) and it wasn't really possible to get more than one customer inside at a time!

I got a (presumably) scratchbuilt LMS breakdown train, which is sadly missing on my layout and was pleasantly surprised by the suggestion to offer a fair price - 75 squid seemed very fair!

Cash only, but fortunately there was a money machine a few yards away.

 

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