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Title: Shops in central London ?
Post by: sotarn on March 04, 2012, 06:24:43 PM
Hi.

I'm visiting London (just a quickstop, 4-5 hours max) in April and I was hoping to have a couple of hours for some trainshopping. I will, as always, visit Ian Allan and ModelZone, and I was also planning on visiting Wheels of Steel but recently I have heard rumours that that shop has shut down for good - do anyone know if that's true ??  (very sad if it is, done some very nice purchases there in the past)

And, do anyone know about any other modelrailshops in the central of London ?


Cheers  // sotarn 
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: MikeDunn on March 04, 2012, 06:34:36 PM
WoS haven't closed - they moved upstairs I believe.

Mike
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 04, 2012, 06:47:45 PM
Sorry Sotarn but I think you would be better off sampling the local beers than trying to find a model shop in central london. If you are landing at Heathrow I do think Richardsons of Feltham is only minutes away BUT Feltham is not high on tourist attractions....

Good Luck
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: red_death on March 04, 2012, 07:23:38 PM
Wheels of Steel is still open, just moved within the same market.

If you have a bit of time then the Engine Shed out in Leytonstone is well worth a visit.
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: sotarn on March 04, 2012, 08:04:56 PM
Oh !!  :)  :)  :) Great to hear that Whells of Steel still exist - love that shop. Sometimes there's absolutely nothing of interest there, and sometimes I wanna grab the whole store and run... (more often the last)
I have to see if there is any time for me to get out to Engine Shed or Richardsons.

Thank you for your answers.

//  sotarn
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: sotarn on March 04, 2012, 08:07:08 PM
Jerry Howlett - There will be time for a local beer, or two  ;)
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: MikeDunn on March 04, 2012, 08:14:24 PM
How about Jane's Trains ?  Over Tooting way somewhere (beats me where from there though - I know it from the Colliers Wood end !)

Mike
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Tank on March 04, 2012, 10:50:04 PM
Janes Trains....I last went there in about 1995 with my father.  Handed in a big box of Fleischmannn track for a secondhand Class 159, and paid 20 on top.  What a fool I was.  There was another one there for 60, so I had to buy it and save up my school dinner money for weeks to pay my dad back!!!  :D

Anyway,  it was a great shop back then, with loads of N Gauge.  Obviously I haven't got a clue now (although their website states that they sell N Gauge and have secondhand N Gauge items in the shop).  Send them an email and ask.....

http://www.janestrains.co.uk/ (http://www.janestrains.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: sotarn on March 04, 2012, 11:57:17 PM
I think I will visit those shops "a bit out" next time I visit London on a holiday with my little lady. I can always drop her off at Albert & Victoria one day (she loves that museum and can without problem spend a whole day there)  ;)

Thanks for all your tips.

//  sotarn
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 05, 2012, 07:16:25 AM
Wheels of Steel is still open, just moved within the same market.

If you have a bit of time then the Engine Shed out in Leytonstone is well worth a visit.

Went to the Engine Shed last week on my trip to the UK. I was not impressed very poor range of n gauge stuff.
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: londonboi1985 on March 05, 2012, 11:37:05 PM
Engine shed is rubbish how on earyh it is still open I never know

Janes trains is good loads n gauge stuff in stock absoloutly fantastic. I used stay 1 minute away from it ropund the corner

Directions:

Exit northern line at tooting broadway. Jump on a no 44,77,264,270,280 bus on other side of the road the side where the primark is  get off at the 4th bus stop which is tooting station. From tooting station exit station turn left walk for about a minute and shop is there its bright yellow. Just few doors down from the ladbrook bookies which is on the corner
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 06, 2012, 09:13:15 AM
Engine shed is rubbish how on earyh it is still open I never know

Janes trains is good loads n gauge stuff in stock absoloutly fantastic. I used stay 1 minute away from it ropund the corner

Directions:

Exit northern line at tooting broadway. Jump on a no 44,77,264,270,280 bus on other side of the road the side where the primark is  get off at the 4th bus stop which is tooting station. From tooting station exit station turn left walk for about a minute and shop is there its bright yellow. Just few doors down from the ladbrook bookies which is on the corner

Agree Janes Trains is well stocked and usually has a great stock of 2nd hand stuff. Plus she sends me great email Jokes.
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: red_death on March 06, 2012, 11:21:56 AM
Are you sure you guys went to the same Engine Shed as me??? I haven't been in for the best part of 12 months, but it was always a mecca for hard to find bits and pieces.

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 06, 2012, 11:28:43 AM
Are you sure you guys went to the same Engine Shed as me??? I haven't been in for the best part of 12 months, but it was always a mecca for hard to find bits and pieces.

Cheers, Mike

Sorry RD but I was there last Monday and my main requirement was insulated rail joiners . None, also could only see one small box of n bits and pieces even the paint stocks were run down. Shame as my son has moved near to there, previously he was 10 minutes from Janes Trains.
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Cape Town Trev on March 21, 2012, 12:27:17 PM
Glad (!!) to hear about the Engine Shed as I've just returned from a UK trip.  I had planned a trip to Leytonstone but wife and daughter requests meant I had to stop at Stratford (Westfield shopping Mall).
The Engine Shed years ago was very good but since changes of ownership seems to have lost out to others.  The couple who had it many years ago were very good and helpful.
Mention of London and beer - I did find time for a brewery tour in Chiswick.  Get to sample many beers after the tour hic.

If you can venture out of London there is the Signal Box at Rochester.  Nice trip on the High Speed Line and then a short walk to the model rail shop.  Last visited there April 2011.
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Jerry Howlett on March 21, 2012, 12:59:05 PM
Glad (!!) to hear about the Engine Shed as I've just returned from a UK trip.  I had planned a trip to Leytonstone but wife and daughter requests meant I had to stop at Stratford (Westfield shopping Mall).


My sympathy with you as I had to visit Westfield last month on our UK visit. Hell on earth, luckily there was a / is ONLY ONE pub on the edge that served a variety of fine Ales.
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: sotarn on June 05, 2012, 04:46:27 AM
Back home again - it was a great trip and I did get some things with me back to Sweden.
I did find Wheels of Steel, it was in the same building as before but on the upper floor (just as red_death wrote). Sadly he only had 12 - 15 wagons in N-scale the day I was there (no locomotives or anything else), well well, better luck next time I visit your island. (I did buy one of the wagons  ;) )
Also got one "3-wagon-set" and some cardbuildings from ModelZone. So I'm quite happy anyway  :)

Maybe next time I have some more time to visit the other shops you all proposed.

Thanks for your help  //  Sotarn
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: tgv_obsessed on June 05, 2012, 05:07:39 PM
+1 vote for the signal box
Title: Re: Shops in central London ?
Post by: Richey1977 on March 06, 2013, 03:21:29 PM
Another one for the Signal Box.

I made my first visit there on Saturday morning, and regretfully only had 10 minutes in there before I had to be somewhere else.  As I live in Dartford, it shouldn't be too difficult to visit the place on a regular basis - it would certainly beat trying to beat the clock and get to Modelzone in Holborn on a Friday afternoon (a poor model shop, and getting worse) before they pull the shutters down at 6pm.

As it happens, the missus and I dined at the Thai restaurant opposite TSB a short while ago.  I can probably drag her along with me.
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