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Shops in central London ?
« 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 

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 06:34:36 PM »
WoS haven't closed - they moved upstairs I believe.

Mike

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #2 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....

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #3 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.



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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #4 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
« Last Edit: March 04, 2012, 08:07:48 PM by sotarn »

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 08:07:08 PM »
Jerry Howlett - There will be time for a local beer, or two  ;)

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #6 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 !)

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #7 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/

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #10 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

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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #12 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



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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: Shops in central London ?
« Reply #14 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.

 

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