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The Model Railway Shop
Not just a shopping trip but a full experience! Like I suspect is the case for many customers, I was there to renew stock after a couple of decades away from the hobby, and I received good advice and a good deal at the end. I live abroad but I now plan a visit for every return trip!
John, Lucerne, Switzerland - 14 Aug 2017 - Five Stars

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Always professional and efficient, Hatton's have sorted the occasional problem with manufacturing products. Deliveries are always packed well and arrive on time. Their range and knowledge are exemplary. Highly recommended.
Edwin, Australia - 13 Aug 2017 - Five Stars

The Locoshed
What a brilliant shop. A very extensive stock, lots of secondhand, and above all really friendly and helpful service from Jim. I think you could find nearly anything here, and Jim always makes the time to see that your needs are met!
Dave, North Wales, Near Ruthin - 11 Aug 2017 - Five Stars

K J B Models
Superb service, good prices swift post at a reasonable price. can't ask for more but they are nice people too always a pleasure to deal with. Recommended to anybody buy from or sell to safely.
Stuart, Goole East Yorkshire - 11 Aug 2017 - Five Stars

Northfields Model Shop
I don’t think that I’ve ever been to a shop like this before. As someone else says here, a visit to the Northfields Model Shop is a surreal experience. The place is something of an anachronism for this day and age (not a bad thing), and not just because you cannot pay by debit or credit card. Think “Aladdin’s Cave for model railway enthusiasts which you’ll never find your own way around”, and you’re getting there. It is literally packed from floor to ceiling with model railway items dating from (at least) the 1950s to the present day. In fact there’s so much stock that there’s not much room for customers! Having said that, if you’re looking for a particular hard-to-find item, I reckon that there’s as much chance it being here as in any shop I’ve ever been to. However, the chances of you finding what you want for yourself are slim to non-existent. Thankfully the proprietor (a self-confessed collector) is a very approachable chap who was keen to rummage through his copious stock to find items about which I enquired until he found some for me. Slick and well-presented it’s not - incredibly well-stocked it most definitely is. In conclusion the expression “seek and ye shall find” doesn’t really apply at Northfields Model Shop, but “ask the man and he’ll most likely find it for you” most definitely does!
Robin, Southwell, Notts. - 10 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

Harburn Hobbies
Not been to the shop but have bought from them several times, they are very helpful and they send your orders out promptly I ordered Thursday items delivered Friday what more could you ask for.
Alan, Mansfield - 08 Aug 2017 - Five Stars

Olivia's Trains & Models
Extremely pleased with sound locos collected on my first visit to Olivia's Trains. Particularly impressed with helpful and knowledgeable staff plus huge range of well presented stock. Will certainly visit again.
David, Buckingham,bucks - 08 Aug 2017 - Five Stars

Janes Trains
All too often I get negative reactions when I ask in model shops if they have a particular item. Today I called in at Jane’s Trains in Tooting, and was delighted to discover that (1) there really is a Jane at Jane’s Trains and (2) the shop is really well stocked. Right from the moment I entered the shop the folk there were really very pleasant too. I only bought one item (well, it would have been rude to spend nothing), but I shall definitely return when next I venture into that part of the world. So go there now, but try to use the train like I did because parking isn't easy.
Robin, Southwell, Notts. - 08 Aug 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Millennium Models
Very friendly little shop with a good range of stock. Also offer a loyalty card that is cheap to buy but has decent discounts. Worth a visit. On street parking free for an hour round the corner.
Ian, Leeds - 07 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

Cutty Blacks
Very good selection of new and some used locos and scenery in N, H0, 00 and 0 British and American. Only few minutes walk from the city centre out towards the Hull road and well worth it. Prices are fair and always offers to order in anything out of stock for you if you want.
Ian, Leeds - 07 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

Going Loco
What appears to be a small shop is actually incredibly large. Several rooms full of all scales, gauges and eras. Lots of new and used items to choose from, including a vintage area with Dublo and Dinky items. Worth a visit for sure.
Ian, Leeds - 07 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

Contikits
I only tend to see this trader at shows, so it's a matter of buying what they have with them at the time, but their stock is always massive and varied. Priced fairly, and definitely worth a look. Great service, can't fault them. :)
Dan, Private - 06 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

B J Model Railways
Great model shop, massive stocks of new model railways with the odd bit of S/H. Shop is brightly lit so easy to see stock but has a clinical look to it. It used to have a full length counter at the bottom of the shop which was much nicer. Prices are around full retail so those seeking box shifting model warehouse prices will be disappointed. Shop is understaffed and can get very busy at times as it has a DIY shop at the front so be prepared for a long wait at times. Well worth a vist for those hard to find bits.
Paul, Wisbech - 06 Aug 2017 - Three Stars

City Cycle Centre
A superb long established model, hobby, cycle and toy traditional shop, lots of stock from a wide variety of makers. Prices are full retail with the odd discount so won't suit those wanting big box shifter prices. The business has a second very famous shop in Wisbech called Prams and Toys which has been going since the year dot. Ely is the head office shop and supplies the Wisbech store with stock so it's always best to visit the Ely store first for that must have item. Needs more display space for their Hornby stock. Staff are lovely people, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
Paul, Wisbech - 06 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

Train Times
Shop is close to the town centre and not far from the pier. On entrance we was warmfilly greeted by two gentlemen. We looked round the shop and found to have a ok selection of rolling stock, more steam than anything more modern. Had a vast amount of scenic materials and electrics. Through out our visit we was made to feel welcome and was offered a discount card after 10 purchases. Worth a visit for the customer service alone however rolling stock selection could be better.
Simon, Reading - 05 Aug 2017 - Four Stars

A C Models
The railway side of this shop is quite large and the first two-thirds of it well stocked and tidy. The counter is large and there always seem to be plenty of staff available. So if you are OO gauge you are very well catered for. My gripe is the same as it was when I first visited over 3 years ago and every visit since. If you want n gauge you will find the (few) locos at the far end of the shop behind piles of boxes and packaging obstructing access to the sparsely stocked cabinet. If you want rolling stock it is on shelves behind a small untidy counter/desk work area that effectively prevents access, where they are not displayed, merely stacked in their boxes so all you can see is the item number and/or description. N gauge buildings and accessories are easier to get to, but often mixed with their OO counterparts. Surely I can't be the only one to have walked out without a purchase because I refuse to be treated as unimportant enough to be presented with a decent, easily reached and examinable range because I happen to be n gauge.
Philip, Southampton - 05 Aug 2017 - Three Stars

G R A's Models
An untidy shop but well worth delving into the corners and baskets to find that much desired model. I visited this morning to purchase some Oxford Diecast WW2 models. I parked in the pay and display car park opposite the shop. I spent twenty minutes in the shop searching for the items I required. I found exactly what I wanted and was surprised at very reasonable prices charged. This was an excellent shopping experience and I will certainly return at a later date. The shop is closed on Wednesday and Sunday and opening times are between 10am and 5pm
Paul, Coalville, Leicestershire. - 04 Aug 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Lord & Butler Model Railways
excellant range of models and all the rest you need from trees to to building kits etc.take your loco for either sound fitting or the dirty boy weathering service
Chris, Llanharry - 29 Jul 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Kent Garden Railways
A real alladins cave,The shop is full off stock new and second hand the owner and helping friend are very polite and helpfull,A must see shop
Raymond, Dordrecht,the Netherlands - 28 Jul 2017 - Four & a half Stars

S M T F Model Shop
It is all change at Brookside Garden Centre following big flood last winter they are now part of Strikes Group and being rebuilt. The Model shop is still there unchanged and the miniature railway is operational at weekends with new tunnel under the entrance road. Unfortunately they are closed Monday and Tuesday each week which is a pain as I regularly go to Poynton on a Tuesday.
Nigel, Chapel En Le Frith - 25 Jul 2017 - Three & a half Stars

Morris Models
An excellent long-established and well-stocked shop with friendly staff only too willing to help even when the shop is busy with many customers vying for assistance. It covers an excellent range of railway products including road vehicles (which aren't always so well covered these days) and have been able to obtain short-supply items that others could not. The shop also makes for a good browsing experience - you are almost guaranteed to find something to buy! Furthermore the shop runs a loyal-card scheme which is most welcome. It is easy to access just off the A27 (from the east turn right onto Manor Road at the first roundabout after the Adur Bridge /Old Shoreham Road traffic lights); I've always found space to park. Lancing station is within walking distance. What more can one say apart from go, visit and enjoy!
Colin, Cooden Beach - 23 Jul 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Sawyer Models
Sawyer Models has only moved to its current address quite recently, so it doesn't yet show on Google streetview (it's where Daisy used to be - almost opposite Iceland). An e-mail enquiry to confirm the shop's location brought a speedy, friendly and helpful reply. This attitude continued when I called in to the shop a week ago. The proprietor was very pleasant and not at all pushy. He explained that he is still trying to build up the stock, which to be truthful isn't yet the most comprehensive. However, many of the basics are stocked, and I did manage to find an item of N gauge pointwork that I needed. I appreciate that small local model shops like this can struggle to compete with the "big boys", but they do provide an important service to long time modellers and beginners alike. Their survival depends on our patronage; so, if you are in this part of the world or passing through the area, do call in. Parking over the road is free and easy (I had to walk 19 yards). I do wish this shop every success for the future - it deserves it.
Robin, Southwell, Nottinghamshire - 21 Jul 2017 - Four Stars

A G R Model Railway Store
Great customer service when you phone in to ask about an item and place an order, Recommend this shop for the very friendly staff and helpful service if ordering over the phone.
Neil, Luton North - 21 Jul 2017 - Five Stars

Colletts Models of Exmouth
Leigh always goes above and beyond for his customers. His service is second to none. He always answers his phone or mail. If he hasn't got it in stock he'll get. Any issues he sorts it and bends over backwards for you to make you happy. I am returning customer and I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Simon, Reading, Berkshire - 20 Jul 2017 - Five Stars

The Albatross
I spent a few days in Aberystwyth last week and visited this shop which is still very much going and just as described by other, earlier posters. Lots of stock - particularly Hornby & Bachmann. Model railways only part of the business.
Richard, Plymouth - 16 Jul 2017 - Three Stars

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