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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2014, 11:45:52 AM »
As Mickeyflinn has alluded to, Transport Models in Preston is only about 4-5 miles away from me and is the only model shop I visit. They have a good range of N gauge stuff along with a cabinet at the rear of the shop with 2nd hand N for sale.
Price wise they are a conundrum as they can be expensive and will not offer discount for bulk purchase, yet they are selling the new Farish Jinty for 59 :confused2:
Basically I look at their prices then add on postage rates and, if they are in the ballpark, I'll buy from them as (a) I like to support the local shop (for local people :D) and (b) it's easy to return a lemon.
They also carry a good range of scenics, paints etc.
However, they are not known locally with some irony as 'The Chuckle Brothers' for nothing ::)

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2014, 11:46:18 AM »
I'm lucky, I have Richards Railways in Yatton and Model Railways Direct in Portishead, both about 10mins drive me from.

Model Railways Direct isn't more than 2 miles from me. Not been to Richards Railways for years, but at some point I'll go there again. I don't know where the best place to park would be, having not been to Yatton for so long.
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2014, 12:23:00 PM »
12 miles .
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2014, 12:51:26 PM »
20 min by bus to Waddel's who have a reasonable supply of new n gauge and same to Pastimes who carry a large stock of second hand  in both UK  and US n gauge as well as new

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2014, 12:56:33 PM »
We're 40 miles from the nearest I have actually visited and 25 miles from one I have not been to yet. I wonder if I should go visit this weekend.
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2014, 02:34:00 PM »
Hi,

Addlestone Models in Addlestone (der) Surrey. Has a nice cabinet of n gauge British stuff which is no good to me as a continentaller but do have a nose when I go there. Not sure what's Graham Farish or Dapol but they look good to me.

Answer- 2 miles away which is great for the little things, ballast, foliage, paint etc. but more importantly things like small bits of stripwood or other little bits.

They seem to be more of a radio controlled car/plane place but think the owner's into trains so I'm very lucky they're there.

Also they are open on Sunday lunchtimes which is great if you've forgotten something and there's a pub next door!

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2014, 04:01:02 PM »
Living near Lymington I have one about  miles away that I visit about once a week for general items, otherwise I have one in Southamapton (15 miles) or two in Poole/Bournemouth (15-20 miles), not including the one we dont mention on this forum. At least twice a year I drive to Gaugemaster (65 miles) or more often if its something expensive and they are giving a good discount.

Postal or internet only if its essential.

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2014, 05:41:25 PM »
I'm very lucky, you guys are making me feel guilty, Gaugemaster is only 8 minutes away for me  :-[ ..................4 if I'm riding the Triumph..............18 if I'm riding the BSA (plus 20 getting it to start)

I've bought some long lengths of flexitrack home on the bike which was interesting!!!

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+1 Having Gaugemaster just up the road...don't know of anymore in this area with lots of N gauge stock
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2014, 05:42:00 PM »
Fun thread!

West Texas isn't Australia, but it's 180+/- miles to the shops in and around Dallas. So, I shop mostly online and take my chances.
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2014, 06:03:07 PM »
My nearest model shop used to be Kent Garden Railways, 8.5 miles away. However, a shop opened in Sidcup recently, and that is 7.5 miles away (but still takes about half an hour to get to!)
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2014, 06:20:43 PM »
Nearest model railway shops to me:

Going Loco (Lofthouse)
Millennium Models (Morley)

If I only want basic modelling materials, there's a planes, boats, helicopters and cars place called Model Shop Leeds, or MB Models, which are both the nearest.
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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2014, 07:41:13 PM »
Quite lucky in the Mansfield Notts area, although lost Totally N Gauge last year. Small shop in Sutton in Ashfield,  one in Edwinstowe, three in Nottingham, Malc's Models in Ilkeston (best one for N), and then Sheffield. Continental only shop in Cromford, near Matlock.

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2014, 08:21:20 PM »
Kernow Model Centre in Camborne is probably the nearest to me. Only 3351 miles from Philadelphia according to Google :-[

Thankfully I have a model shop about 15 miles away which is good for Peco track and electrics, all scenic items etc. But for rolling stock and UK image buildings it is mail order for me!

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2014, 08:50:39 PM »
Harburn Hobbies is 8 miles from me. Unfortunately the middle of Edinburgh is in the way, so about half an hour.
For quite a lot of scenery and the like it's nice to be able to see it as for things that aren't rolling stock it can be hard to find a decent picture online and it's easier to 'visualise' if you have it in front of you.
And sometimes it's just nice to sidle your way round a model shop...

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Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2014, 08:59:38 PM »
I am very lucky, 53a Models is a five minute walk from my house! They have a decent stock of N Gauge and the couple who run it are very knowledgeable and helpful.
There used to be four model railway shops in Hull, now just the one.
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