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Title: Transport models Preston
Post by: outofgauge on August 06, 2018, 09:08:32 PM
For what it's worth -as I was traversing the streets of Preston yesterday -i noticed a sign on the gates of Transport Models shop  in the old mill -big letters -relocation sale now on !!!!  Noticed it's all up for sale -altho all the buildings around it have been flattened -i assume that will go the same way -although I think it's owned by the Oyston family ( of Blackpool f.c )
Havn't heard where there going yet -but ive known Mark and Liz for years - in fact they started a shop by the police station and I was no 4 customer !!!
Not the cheapest and I know people rant too keen on soon of the staff there - but if it goes -that's another railway shop gone !!!!
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Newportnobby on August 06, 2018, 09:14:58 PM
It would be a shame if it does fail. Liz always helped out with raffle prizes when they were needed.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: stevewalker on August 06, 2018, 10:23:56 PM
"Relocation sale" does imply that they are not closing, just moving and if it is because the site is being redeveloped rather than the owners moving away, maybe they'll not be too far away.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Intercity on August 06, 2018, 10:38:32 PM
I used to visit a model shop in Preston back in the late 90s, canít remember the name of it though, I believe it was on Corporation Street? I assume it closed as I canít find any references to it anymore.

Hope the relocation for this shop is successful, glad to see itís not another brick and mortar closing down.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: outofgauge on August 07, 2018, 06:50:09 AM
Your right intercity -there was a shop up a side street off corperation street -the owner retired -Mark and Liz bought his stock when they started up by the police station in town. It was similar to Hattons original shop in Liverpool -there was stuff everywhere -up/down left /right if there was more than 3 in the shop you couldn't look round!  Might call this weekend and find out what's what -will update if I do! Have to say I stopped going because it was expensive -in terms of internet buys /Hattons prices (10mins from where I work)  so I'm guilty of not supporting them too  :-[
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Newportnobby on August 07, 2018, 09:46:41 AM
They have a very active ebay store. They seem to be doing things right. Their feedback is only 5 negative out of 10k+ and one of the negative was actually positive feedback.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/transportmodelsofpreston (https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/transportmodelsofpreston)

I believe they are extremely well known in wargaming circles and that is where their main income lies. Once your face becomes known then you can get 10% off rolling stock and other items but never locos.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Delboy on August 07, 2018, 11:03:54 AM
I used to call in quite regularly when I was travelling from one site to another whilst gainfully employed. I have bought loads from there and always been happy with the service. As I am now retired, have not had chance to get up to that "neck of the woods".
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: outofgauge on August 11, 2018, 04:56:12 PM
UPDATE -- Called into Transport models this morning -A for a snoop in the second hand cabinet as always and B . Find out what's what . First thing the relocation sale is in full swing with 25% of paints, plastic kits ( all of them ) n gauge coaches and wagons . 10% off locomotives . Secondly and the important bit -nobody knows were there going at the minute or what's happening ! The building is called Oystons Mill and is owned  by the Oyston family of Blackpool f.c infamy -now as they have had ALL of their assets siezed by the courts over non payment of several millions to A.N other person involved with Blackpool f.c -everything is in limbo -the building is up for sale /lease - but if a buyer is found -he may wish to redevelop it (without the model shop) he may flatten it (again no model shop ) or leave the model shop ge and do something with the rest of it ?????? As it stands there just selling stuff cheaper and  reducing stock !!! Staff said it's a bit up the wall !!!
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Newportnobby on August 11, 2018, 08:18:14 PM
Ta for the update, Neil.
Doesn't sound good but let's hope they can survive there or somewhere near.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Yet_Another on August 11, 2018, 11:04:27 PM
I meant to say, I was in there maybe three or four weeks ago, and everything seemed perfectly normal.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Lankyman on August 29, 2018, 09:40:56 PM
I have just read in the Lancashire Post tonight that nPower have advised Transport Models and other businesses occupying Oyston Mill that the power will be switched off in nine days time because Owen Oyston hasn't paid the electricity bill. Mr Oyston is quoted as saying that it is all a big mistake because the bank account he uses to pay this bill has bee frozen by the Courts in his dispute with Valery Belokon but he will pay the bill and everything will be all right. Apparently all the businesses in the mill are on rolling monthly leases so they could be shut down at with only a months notice.

Ron
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Skyline2uk on August 30, 2018, 08:27:02 AM
 :worried:

That doesnít sound very good. I do hope the model shop owners can find another location (a big ask I know).

I firmly believe model shops are vital for the hobby, both for modellers to inspect products first hand and for newcomers to be enticed.

I dislike how in situations like the one described above, itís normally the small business owners (no disrespect to Transport Models, I use the term ďsmall businessĒ in an economics context) who end up suffering.

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Newportnobby on August 30, 2018, 09:51:48 AM
A fellow N gauger from our gym went to Transport Models end of last week and tells me they have 25% off everything. Now to me, that doesn't sound like a business intending to set up elsewhere as why would you do that? Sorry, but I think this could be the end for them :(
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Lankyman on September 13, 2018, 09:27:14 PM
An article in the Lancashire Post today says that the power is still on in Oyston Mill, Preston. Apparently Mr Oyston paid the bill a couple of days after the last report. The newspaper carries an interview with the owner of Transport Models but apparently none of the businesses have any idea what Mr Oyston is planning so the future is still uncertain.

Ropn
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: outofgauge on September 23, 2018, 06:14:17 PM
Quick update -was in Transport Models in Preston yesterday -they still don't know what's happening -they can't find anywhere big enough with parking in Preston-and a move into the center would be  prohibitively expensive (they said double their prices ( and their already top whack on things !)) So it's all as was ! The 25% off sale finishes next Saturday-and there are gaps appearing in the store -so if you want to spend - then do so -by next Saturday please !
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Merrylee on September 23, 2018, 10:28:09 PM
Is it far from the station.

I sometimes change trains here if I'm going to Liverpool.

If wasn't to far could wangle a visit.

Ron
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: squit13 on September 23, 2018, 11:02:14 PM
Is it far from the station.

Just over a miles walk I think. A touch far for walking if just changing trains. Busses arent hugely convenient either if memory serves.


I try to visit when I holiday in the lakes. Always enjoy my visit. I hope they stay in business!

I love the architecture in the area. Somehow its functional but also interesting!
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Newportnobby on September 25, 2018, 01:12:50 PM
Popped down this morning and snaffled Ĺ a dozen small code 55 electrofrogs as insurance against Peco producing only Unifrog, along with a Hillman Imp (Oxford Diecast) as my uncle had one for years. Shame it's green as I only ever remember the sky blue model.
Anyway, I got talking to one of the sons of the owner and he said the debt owed by Oyston was in the many millions hence his assets being frozen, but they may not have to move. When I queried why discount all stock if you may not have to move, his reply was they cannot find large enough premises and, if they do have to move, they have too much stock and the move will be very quick!
As has been said before, locos are 10% off and pretty much everything else 25% off but this ends this Saturday 29th September.
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Newportnobby on February 26, 2019, 01:52:02 PM
 :bump:
Visited Transport Models again today as I needed some paints and other bits for my diesel brake tender project. Still in the same place. 20% off all marked prices but this ends 2nd March. Not attending the Preston show owing to the costs involved - 4 people at the show and 4 attending the shop in their absence. When I queried 'Why 4?' the reply, sadly, was the light fingered brigade are often out in force at shows and they can't have any less eyes on the stock. A sad reflection of the times. ::)
Title: Re: Transport models Preston
Post by: Skyline2uk on February 26, 2019, 02:06:18 PM
Glad this shop is hanging on.

But

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When I queried 'Why 4?' the reply, sadly, was the light fingered brigade are often out in force at shows and they can't have any less eyes on the stock. A sad reflection of the times. ::)

I have to agree, I know of at least one other major retailer that has declined further show (not Preston) attendance due to pilfering.

Very sad indeed  :(

Skyline2uk