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Market Deeping Vandalism Update

I have received the following update from Peter Davies the Chairman of the Market Deeping Model Railway Club.

"We are slowly rebuilding. 'Woodcroft', extensively damaged in the disaster will be complete and on display at Warley, in Peterborough and our own show in Stamford in May next year. Knowl End (a layout for youngsters to operate) was totally beyond repair sadly. It has had to be junked. Mitchell Junction will rise in its place. It is at the planning stage and baseboard materials are on order. We anticipate tracklaying will commence in about a month. First, we have to experiment with a new form of baseboard clip held together with super magnets to avoid us 'old men' having to crawl underneath to insert bolts to hold it all together!
Mitchell Junction is intended to be a perspective layout in which both N and OO gauges will be used. With an outer analogue OO track simply for trains to go round, an inner digital OO track with sound-fitted locos and an analogue N gauge set up too, three people will be able to control trains at once (One more than Knowl End had capacity for).
Sadly, other layouts for the exhibition could not be saved and members of St Neots club with them on display are absolutely distraught at the devastation. We are all trying to move on and plan for the future but it takes so much time.
As a club, we are managing to meet all commitments to which we previously agreed, taking layouts to others' exhibitions though, sadly, not with layouts that were initially booked because of the damage to them. Very prompt insurance payouts (via and thanks to Magnet, Quadra Claims and Ansvar insurance) have ensured that all damage has been paid for though, of course, nothing can replace the time, love and skill which has gone into crafting and building the models themselves. The loss of those will and for always be with us all.
As a result of the amazingly generous donations we received, we are establishing a charitable trust to support those directly impacted by the disaster, to support a variety of youth projects and to develop education projects related to the heritage, history, development and skills of railway modelling. The trust will manage both the money and stock we have so generously been donated. It is taking incredible amounts of time but, with so much money and so many donations of stock, we have to ensure we handle it all at the best professional level we can.
I'm sure you will have seen the result of the court case earlier this week. The youngsters involved will carry those convictions for the rest of their lives and it could well blight future prospects for them. I find it so sad that wrong choices, taken while influenced by others, can have such a devastating effect on us, our layouts and their lives. Nothing can turn the clock back but I'm sure they (and I know we) wish that were possible.
We have suffered the worst devastation of a model railway exhibition ever. It was a first. We all hope that it will be the last. Next year (still at Stamford Welland Academy and with overnight security provided by a highly reputable security company that provides security for the "real railway" system) our show will be over two days instead of one (16-17 May). It will also be twice the size it was planned to be this year. We will have many more layouts on display and traders present than ever before. I hope you can join us."

Let's all show our support and see if we can attend their show next year.

Best Regards,
Adrian Hall
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Mantua Model UK Ltd
Although I am a railway modeller this shop has a good range of materials and is convenient for my material needs, and have a good customer service.
Keith, Windsor - 23 Aug 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Addlestone Model Centre
An actual, real, bricks and mortar establishment! I'm a regular visitor and supporter of this shop. Covering model kits, remote control cars and planes along with railways and slot cars - breathe in to get down the aisle! They're keen to talk and provide guidance and advice to modellers old and new. If it is not in stock with them, they'll order it in for collection. Park over the road in the Tesco car park.
Trevor, Woking - 23 Aug 2019 - Three & a half Stars

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Have dealt with Hatton's for years, and this week received my first ever damaged item ( due to mishandling by a courier company ) 1 call to Hatton's and the issue was resolved swiftly and a replacement order on it's way in less than 24 hours. Thoroughly recommend Hattons, great prices and super staff.
Pete, Login, Carmarthenshire - 22 Aug 2019 - Five Stars

Redcar Models & Hobbies
I always enjoy a visit to this well stocked shop when in the area. Good selection of railway and plastic kits. tremendous etc.selection of paints glues.friendly attention from Andrew the owner.
Richard, Lancaster - 19 Aug 2019 - Four Stars

The Signal Box
Always helpful, great little shop, so much in such a well managed small space. We should use the few remaining model shops we still have or we we will lose them.That would be a tragdy
Ron, Coalville - 15 Aug 2019 - Five Stars

Chester Model Centre
Went to chester so visited this shop in de center of the city,The trains are upstaires,I was welcomed by the friendly owner, This shop has a lot of OO but also a selection of 0,Was happy to find out they have a great collection of modelling books too,Well worth visiting when your in the area
Raymond, Dordrecht - 14 Aug 2019 - Four Stars

Tower Models
The owner was great and gave me all the time I needed to browse the collection,They have a great selection in 0 and have some OO too,If you collect 0 gauge this is the place to go to.
Raymond, Dordrecht - 10 Aug 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Pennine Models
Had a lovely time at this shop the owner was great,He was very friendly and helpfull.this shop is a must go imho prices are great too and lots of stuff everywhere in all scales and specialy in 0 gauge lots of stock.
Raymond, Dordrecht - 08 Aug 2019 - Five Stars
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The Model Railway Shop
A very pleasant and helpful man. He was very willing to give us a honest valuation on the items we took to show him, and purchased what he thought he could use. We had made a special journey and were not disappointed.
Janet, Penistone South Yorkshire - 08 Aug 2019 - Five Stars

Compass Miniature Railways & Models
A small shop run by a very friendly and helpful husband and wife team catering for a wide variety of gauges, new and secondhand. I noticed Bachmann, Hornby, Peco, Humbrol, Railmatch and what looks like the full range of Woodland Scenics this morning, plus some interesting-looking stuff for garden railways!
Dan, Crowborough - 07 Aug 2019 - Four & a half Stars

KS Models
Keith and his team are always ready to help and very knowledgeable. The extra cost compared to mail order suppliers is worth it for the customer experience.
John, London - 20 Jul 2019 - Four & a half Stars

KDC Hobbies
Bought my 1st N gauge bits from here whilst on holiday July 2019 A++++ nothing was too much trouble, going to use kdc again and again well worth visiting thankyou for helping me on my N gauge journey Trev and Wendy
Trevor, Swindon Wiltshire - 19 Jul 2019 - Five Stars

In Perspective Arts, Crafts & Models
I telephoned to ask if the shop stocked anything relating to model railways, especially N-Gauge. I was hoping for track, buildings, etc. They do not, apart from one or two dioramas.
Michael, Bexhill-On-Sea - 12 Jul 2019 - Two & a half Stars

Tutbury Models
A well stocked shop with reasonable prices. Very friendly and helpful owner, who will order items that he does not have in stock. Easy access from A50 and Burton on Trent, free street parking and car park near bye. Well worth visiting, this shop is open 7 days a week. Cash only ( no cards taken ), but cash machine is only a few hundred yards away.
Chris, Burton-On-Trent - 09 Jul 2019 - Four & a half Stars

B & H Models
Still active at the same address, small shop but with a good stock of railway stuff - OO/N locos, and rolling stock and kits and scenic materials by Ratio, Wills, Metcalfe, Dapol, Javis etc. Some boxes of second hand stuff to rummage through. Friendly, helpful proprietor asked if I was looking for something in particular, which I was. They didn't have it in stock and offered to order it for me, but as I was only visiting the area from Lancashire I declined. Worth a visit.
Paul, Burnley Lancashire - 07 Jul 2019 - Four Stars

While on holiday in Herefordshire last week (July 2019), I visited Knighton on one of the days this shop is open. It is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area but it is essential that you check when the shop is open first! Both shops are up the steep high street while the main road passes lower down through the town. You may find that the owner's wife / partner may have the key while she manages her shop next door. She was extremely helpful during my visit. Stock-wise, there was a fair selection of recent Hornby, Heljan, Bachmann, Peco, Oxford and even some rarer models. As an example, there were some early livery Heljan Class 23 diesels. There was also a good selection of Bachmann and Hornby buildings, some of which I do not recall having seen before. The shop does have a web-site although I had trouble using it while on holiday. The shop must be a really useful bonus to modellers in the area who like to see things before they buy them.
Jeffrey, Horley - 06 Jul 2019 - Three & a half Stars

Porthmadog Models
Stayed in barmouth and visited porthmadog for the day.came across porthmadog models by could of stayed in there all day.if you are staying in the area,a visit to this shop is a must.
David, Winsford Cheshire - 06 Jul 2019 - Five Stars

Hereford Model Centre
I used to visit Hereford a lot for work until late 2013. In early July 2019 I was on holiday in the area and so made a point of popping in again. In fact I did so on 3 days during my week's holiday! It is still a fantastic source of all sorts of models and, while not as cheap as Hattons and Rails of Sheffield can sometimes be, they are reasonably competitive. I bought a couple of models I already knew they held but which are generally no longer available brand new plus some new and second-hand trucks I could not resist. If in doubt, contact them to see if they do have a particular model because their stock is very extensive.
Jeffrey, Horley - 06 Jul 2019 - Four Stars

Western Valley Models
When I and was welcomed by a very pleasant and professional assistant. Was asked what I was looking for and directed to the railway models here I found a good selection of item and got what I had gone for
Tom, Dukinfield Cheshire - 04 Jul 2019 - Five Stars

D K G Hobbies
This is an excellent shop. As an elderly beginner I needed advice and I got it! Small but perfectly formed! Definitely going back to see what else I can get. Very keen prices too!
Victor, Southport - 04 Jul 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Setchfields Models
This shop doesn't advertise in the railway press, so I found it by chance. It's well worth a visit. The range of stock was comprehensive and the prices were competitive. They have all the ready to run stuff from the big manufacturers plus the hard to find tools, materials, kits and accessories that I expect from a proper model shop. Convenient, town centre location. Highly recommended.
Stephen, Hythe, Kent - 03 Jul 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Granary Models
I live in the village very nice staff and very copetative compared to others, great range of stock definatly worth a visit, good sized shop bigger inside than you think
Brian, Swineshead - 30 Jun 2019 - Four Stars

Leigh Models and Hobbies
I wanted a fairly rare and unusual road vehicle in British outline H0 scale and Chris was happy to source it for me and was very reasonable with his pricing, thanks very much indeed, really appreciated. I'm happy to recommend Chris & Hayley for any further needs in any of the major scales, they give great service.
John, Warrington, Cheshire - 28 Jun 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Railway Model Store
Very nice Online store! Friendly stuff and good prices. As a starting collector I am looking to expand my Hornby collection and hope Railway Model Store can keep up the work.
Anthony, London - 19 Jun 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Kernow Model Rail Centre
Whilst in Guildford on Sat 18 June I made a first visit to this very new shop. Upon entering I was very impressed as this a very good railway modelling shop and well stock with not only ready to run but also all the accessory items such scenic materials; paints; adhesives etc. Staff very welcoming, friendly and pleased to have a chat. I did find it a little difficult to locate and would suggest to any potential visitor to have a good map. Once found no problem to return to town centre. Well worth the visit.
John, Chatham - 16 Jun 2019 - Four Stars

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