!!

Not Registered?

Welcome!  Please register to view all of the new posts and forum boards - some of which are hidden to guests.  After registering and gaining 10 posts you will be able to sell and buy items on our N'porium.

If you have any problems registering, then please check your spam filter before emailing us.  Hotmail users seem to find their emails in the Junk folder.


Thanks for reading,
The NGF Staff.

Author Topic: Local model shop distance.  (Read 10095 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Richey1977

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 71
  • Country: gb
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #45 on: February 24, 2014, 09:46:09 PM »
I've got three model shops in my town (Dartford), but only one with any railway stuff - and then it's a handful of Hornby OO gauge.  Im sorted for paints, Airfix and scenery stuff though.

My nearest N Gauge dealer is Invicta in Sidcup.  I quite like a 15-minute train journey over there on a Saturday.  Normally have lunch or something when I'm getting new railway stuff, so it's a decent couple of hours.

Offline ozzie Bill.

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 451
  • Country: au
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #46 on: February 25, 2014, 02:48:07 AM »
  :thankyousign:
Thank you Bill,
I don't shop in Australia much but I will take a peek at them as by your report they may be quite O K.   :thumbsup: Cheers, Denis.
Hi Denis, they are pretty good, have a reasonable website but can be pricey for some things. Good range of US stuff. cheers, Bill.

Offline Cutter

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 96
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2014, 12:52:32 PM »
I try not to go to model shops as I appear to be the kiss of death to them--as soon as I find one it closes. I live near Boston, Massachusetts and just lost an n gauge shop 30 minutes away in Sudbury and a hobby shop in West Concord that sold a few trainy things. My best bet now is Northeast Trains in Salem, 30 minutes away and entirely HO and O. Since most of the stuff I want is not available in the USA I buy online from the UK, favoring small businesses when I can.

Online Bealman

  • Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 23151
  • Posts: 18401
  • Country: au
  • Gender: Male
  • Promotion remains in the future
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #48 on: February 25, 2014, 10:28:56 PM »
If you favour small businesses, have you checked out the Buffers website? The business is owned by two lovely ladies who are an absolute crack-up!
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

Offline Cutter

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 96
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #49 on: February 25, 2014, 11:24:07 PM »
I will definitely check out the website--thanks!

Offline ajc

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 2361
  • Posts: 45
  • Country: gb
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #50 on: February 26, 2014, 10:10:02 AM »
Living in Southend-on-Sea in Essex my nearest model shop is 'Plus Daughters' in Basildon who are N Gauge Model Railway Specialists having an excellent selection of British, European, American and Japanese N Gauge and who regularly attend model railway shows all over the country. My next nearest model railway shop is Flair Rail in Burnham-on-Crouch who stock some N Gauge and John Dutfield in Chelmsford who also stock N Gauge and both attend local model railway exhibitions.
My daughter lives in Manchester so I can visit Arcadia in Shaw which is an Aladin's cave of model railways including N gauge.
ajc

Offline MattJ

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 156
  • Country: gb
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #51 on: February 28, 2014, 09:38:17 PM »
ModelMania in Clouds Hill Road, Bristol is nearest, Richard's Railways in Yatton is not too hard to get to.  Is it usual these days that model railway shops are in somewhat out-of-the-way locations, never near town or city centres?  Not handy if you don't have a car!  When I got my Zephyr from DCC Supplies I just missed the bus, it was actually quicker to walk all the way back to Worcester than to wait for the next one!

Otherwise there's Antics... if only someone could un-invent radio controlled cars! ;)
« Last Edit: February 28, 2014, 09:39:43 PM by MattJ »
They're there for their tea.

Offline Cooper

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 22643
  • 2mm Association Number: 5048
  • Posts: 891
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #52 on: February 28, 2014, 11:42:01 PM »
Nearest model shop is 8.5 miles away, Junction 20 Models in Kings Langley which is frankly a bit sparse. I made the 18 mile journey to K&S Models in Stevenage Old Town today for the first time in quite a while. (In fact, for the first time since I started modelling in N). I was really impressed with the amount of N Gauge stuff, lots of accessories, a decent selection of stock and all the modelling basics and more. Helpful assistance in choosing soldering iron bits as well.

Came away with the 'bits', solder paint, a Knightwing bridge, a ratio signal box interior kit, two HAA wagons currently unavailable from Hattons and a container for my pocket wagon. Got a discount for being a member of Stevenage and District MRC too!

It's a fair old round trip but not much more than my weekly trip to the club room. I'll be back!

Offline portland-docks

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 22291
  • Posts: 1724
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
  • give me a black 5 anyday!
    • Facebook
    • YouTube
    • Moorside Valley Railway
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #53 on: March 01, 2014, 08:28:20 AM »
for me, its 14 mile to Pooleys Puffers which have a good stock of N Gauge in, but because he isnt stocked by bachmann, i have to travel 25 mile to get a whiff of bachmann stock at Rolling Stock in North Shields, even then its not the best range, mostly diesels and very few range of coaches or wagons.

which basically leaves me with TMC in beck hole, a whole 70+ miles which have a huge range of bachmann and dapol, its also more expensive but worth it for the jobs they do to the locos with weathering etc.

Visit my heritage Railway "moorside Valley Railway"

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9280.0

see first post for exhibition dates

Offline silverfox

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 220
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #54 on: March 19, 2014, 08:24:23 PM »
A quick plug for one of my local model shops Wicor Models.

They have now started stocking a very decent range of N gauge in their Bognor Regis branch at very competitive prices so if any of you are in my area of West Sussex they're well worth a look. They also have a branch in Portchester, Hants

Though they don't stock Kato unitrack they ordered what I wanted in at a great price, so I now have all the last bits I need for the next layout :D

Regards

Jason

Offline Dorsetmike

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 2365
  • Posts: 3730
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
  • Grumpy old fart
    • Skype
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #55 on: March 19, 2014, 08:41:16 PM »
Dodgy Derek's was the nearest at about 3 miles, but now Platform models have opened about a mile away

Back in the 70s and 80s I used to be able to spemd the best part of a day touring the shops in Poole and Bournemouth, including numerous excellent second hand model shops.

Until Platform opened I used to get a lot of my supplies from a shop in Westbourne that only did planes and ships and a few cars, mostly radio control stuff but they did carry a wide range of  balsa, metal and plastic by  Evergreen, & Plastruct, also tools, glues and paints.
Cheers MIKE
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)


How many roads must a man walk down ... ... ... ... ... before he knows he's lost!

Online Newportnobby

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+98)
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • N Gauge Society Number: 21962
  • Posts: 33762
  • Country: england
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #56 on: March 19, 2014, 09:21:24 PM »
for me, its 14 mile to Pooleys Puffers which have a good stock of N Gauge in

Every time I see him at shows he tells me he has an enormous stock of N gauge but hasn't the time to catalogue it all. Instead, he appears at shows with naff all N gauge, although I did get some bargains at the Perth Show last year.

Offline johnlambert

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 23717
  • Posts: 1350
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #57 on: March 20, 2014, 07:19:07 AM »
I was in Worcester yesterday and, out of curiosity, I thought I'd see if there were any Graham Farish stockists in the WR postcode area.  According to Bachman's web site there aren't any!  I thought there was a model shop in Worcester city centre but I suppose it must have closed down.

Offline simong

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 20842
  • Posts: 73
  • Country: england
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #58 on: March 20, 2014, 08:14:31 AM »
Antics had a branch in Worcester but that closed several years ago. 

Whilst there are two model shops in my nearest town neither have much N gauge or scenic material.  I either go to A C Models in Eastleigh (30 miles away) or use MRD and Hattons.  It is a shame as browsing in a good model shop is a great way to past time.

Offline lionwing

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 413
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
  • If you have nothing nice to say then keep quiet!
    • Ebay
    • Facebook
    • Google+
    • MySpace
    • PhotoBucket
    • Twitter
    • YouTube
    • Skype
    • Awards
Re: Local model shop distance.
« Reply #59 on: March 20, 2014, 08:37:59 AM »
My local model shops are The loco shed, where Jim his very freindly and help-full and also Arcadia in Shaw, Oldham, where they are also friendly and have good stocks of n-gauge.

Arcadia in Shaw are great.

Lots of N Gauge to browse, very helpful and always offered a tea or coffee whenever you visit!
Richard - Stop before the buffers!

 

Please Support Us!
April Goal: £60.00
Due Date: Apr 30
Total Receipts: £30.00
Below Goal: £30.00
Site Currency: GBP
50% 
April Donations

anything
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal