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LEAMINGTON AND WARWICK MRS SHOW 2017
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Leamington and Warwick MRS Show 2017 Exhibition
on Sat 4th March - Sun 5th March 2017.

at Leamington Spa College, Warwick New Road, 
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5JE.

Second year at out new venue. Brand new venue, same quality show. Following a £12m development and refurbishment of the Leamington Spa College site we moved our 2016 exhibition to this new state of the art facility. The new venue is centrally located, on bus routes giving access from a wide area and within walking distance of the railway station. A minibus shuttle service will operate. There is a large free car park for over 400 vehicles on site.

Competition ends Fri 24th February.

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Annual Model Railway Exhibition 2017

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39-526Z Bachmann OO Gauge PMV Cycle Van BR Crimson.

In 1951 14 standard Passenger Luggage Van’s were converted primarily for the conveyance of cycles between London and the Channel Ports. They were used on trains to Dover, Folkstone and Newhaven. They were tted internally with between 24 and 60 hooks to carry bicycles and could be readily distinguished from standard vans by a white stencilled bicycle symbol.

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Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Excellent help and service from Christine and Kelly. Very prompt response to questions and a lot of help finding the exact product I wanted. They both had very good knowledge of your entire product line. I will continue to use Hatton's for my future train needs.
Brian, Usa - 19 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Derails Models
Great new enterprise run by a keen young man.Good prices and stuff is tested before being sent out.Limited stock but will get stuff PDQ.A refreshing change.
Bill, Bristol - 17 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Olivia's Trains & Models
I have dealt with Olivia's many times and have always found them to be helpful, very quick in providing information to suit my needs. They are quick to provide any further information I may need and on one occasion I mentioned about stay alive for a particular loco and was advised that it wasn't necessary as the loco had pick ups on all wheels. Their service is quick and emails with questions are answered in a very short time. Olivia's is always the first web site I go to as I trust them to be honest and very reliable.
Colin, Cornwall - 16 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Caistor Loco
A little gem hidden away good prices, very helpful, couldn't see what I wanted just asked and wow there it was will certainly be going again.
Martin, Cleethorpes - 14 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Rhuddlan Models
This shop is like the Tardis, with nooks, crannies and rooms leading off in all directions. The shop carries the full range of model railways, cars and kits as well as all the accessories needed by the modeller. There is also an excellent and comprehensive selection of 2nd hand stock and books which are keenly priced. Situated on the main High Street with plenty of free parking. Online and Ebay trading as well as the shop.
Mike, Buckley, Flintshire - 12 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Geoffrey Allison Railways
This shop contains a huge selection of items - mostly OO, but some N too. If you're after something and they haven't got it on show, don't be afraid to ask. I wanted a pretty obscure item yesterday, and the gentleman scuttled off upstairs and found one - at a good price too. If you're travelling through Nottinghamshire on either the A1 or the M1 it's worth diverting by a few minutes to visit this shop. Also they have a car park at the back accessed from Lincoln Street.
Robin, Southwell, Notts. - 12 Feb 2017 - Four Stars

The Goods Yard
A well stocked and well laid out shop just three or four minutes off the A1 in Nottinghamshire. When I called in (Saturday afternoon) the barrier to the yard was down, but the security man just lets you through - no hassle whatsoever. The people in the shop are really friendly and very welcoming with no pressure to buy. Lots of stock - locos, carriages, wagons and accessories. I would thoroughly recommend stopping off here if you're passing through the area ... or making a special journey if you aren't! I'll certainly be going back.
Robin, Southwell, Notts. - 12 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Mikes Models (Lan Danaire Models Ltd)
a great shop for the "hobbyist" bigger than your average model shop and a quite extensive range of railway stuff- had everything in n gauge that I required and more - a bit of a trek for me but well worth it - helpful chap behind the counter too - prices seemed competitive - give them a try you will like it
Wayne, Solihull - 12 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Salisbury Model Centre 2010 Ltd
Excellent service. I called them & even though they did not have what I wanted, they called me back having done a search of suppliers and offered to order it in. Great result
David, Christchurch Dorset - 11 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Plus Daughters
One of those shops that had just what I was looking for plus more, keep up the good work.
Philip, Walthamstow - 10 Feb 2017 - Four Stars

Hereford Model Centre
Always worth a check online as some great bargains. Prompt delivery. Shop open 6 days a week (9.00 am to 5.30 pm) but closed Sundays (when I visited Hereford late 2016)
David, Cm23 5nt - 08 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

The Locoshed
First class service and quick well packaged delivery. I would have no hesitation using the locoshed again for future purchases. Many thanks
Mick, Suffolk - 06 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

B & H Models
Under new friendlier management and much improved from when it was located on Corporation Street. The new shop is much brighter than the old cave, more stock and better laid out. Although beware it still has steep stairs, including steps at entrance - the perils of an old City.
Nigel, Lincoln, Lincs - 01 Feb 2017 - Four Stars

High Lane Model Railways
excellent little shop/stall in stockport market hall,always a bargain to be had, cheerful friendly owner
John, Eccles - 31 Jan 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Northfields Model Shop
Returning to the hobby after many years, I popped into Northfields Model Shop last week and was welcomed by the owner. With so much having changed in the hobby since I was last involved he spent a lot of time with me explaining and giving me advice. I took up over an hour of his time yet *he* was grateful to *me* for my time! He even waived the opportunity to sell me a piece of maintenance kit and suggested an alternative I may have in the garage already! This is great unbiased advice and I will *certainly* be going back for my future purchases. This shop is a treasure for any rail hobbyist: friendly, un-rushed and unbiased advice. Here do you get this nowadays? And this is in London! Owner sells new and second-hand, and said he will do his best to match the big on-line shops too if there is any particular loco I'm looking for (even told me the name of the shops, this is great honesty). Northfield Model Shop will be getting my custom as much as possible, this type of shop deserves more customers.
Damian, West London - 23 Jan 2017 - Five Stars

Paignton Model Shop
Called in whilst visiting Paignton this morning.Very welcoming and helpful, found some scenics I had not seen elsewhere. Liked the clear price labelling and enjoyed the wide range of stock too. Definitely a worthwhile visit.
David, Sidmouth - 20 Jan 2017 - Four Stars

Masons Models
It's nice to find a traditional model shop. I only wanted something simple. I needed to fault-find the wiring on my layout and called in on the off-chance. The man behind the counter (Mr Mason?) thought he had something more suitable than the 'grain of wheat' bulb I'd asked for After an exhaustive search it appeared that it had been sold. In the end I settled for the 'grain of wheat bulb' which will do the job though probably less easily than item that was out of stock. I was there for around 10 minutes for which the sale value was just 87p. That's what I call being helpful. He could easily have not bothered but he persevered, which you don't get in many places these days. Thank you!
Ken, NR Boston - 19 Jan 2017 - Three & a half Stars

Connoisseur Wrenn
Visited this retailer by appointment! Very friendly and accommodating! Vast range of both locomotives and rolling stock! Many rare and unusual items. Pleasantly surprised on quality which I was unable to fault! Bought a number of items very pleased indeed!! Will definitely visit and buy again from this retailer!
Chris, London London - 19 Jan 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Harburn Hobbies
Visited on Saturday and came out with a few bargain buys......staff very nice and helpful and are happy for you to browse.....First class 5 star plus....
Tommy, Waterfoot , Eaglesham , Glasgow - 15 Jan 2017 - Five Stars

Dunstable Model Centre
I know Alan owner many years, his father pass away 7 years ago so I went his shop today and his time open 9am to 2pm (sometimes 3pm) Thursday and Sunday closed. because I know he was not very well but today he look better than last year. I Bought some peco track and couple bit model. He were very Helpful and great kind to me. Honest went inside shop, broken stuff, ceiling come lose, back room and next room so full stuff like box. I would go there again, will see him couple months and hope he will getting better. (His father and Alan run this business over 25 years)
Dom, Houghton Regis - 11 Jan 2017 - Three Stars

Mad About Trains of Gainsborough
I have visited this shop several times but rarely purchased as I have found an indifferent level of service offered. I think the owners have the knowledge and ability to help answer questions but it sometimes does not present very well. They have a good range of stock although some surprising gaps: e.g code 75 track - What's that? I was asked surprisingly. (I think they sometimes have someone in the shop who is not familiar with the hobby).
Don, Lincoln - 06 Jan 2017 - Two & a half Stars

The Hobby Shop
Since my last rating in 2015 this shop has gone from strength to strength and really is an "oasis" in a barren area for a truly personal run model shop. The range of products has expanded even further with war gamming materials in stock, often useful for the model railway enthusiast. Lego is also now in the range. As I have said before the "10" is only held back by the need of big shop. A happy customer of many years.
John, Chatham, Kent - 30 Dec 2016 - Four & a half Stars

The Train Shop
A treasure in the heart of Yorkshire. Loads of locks,rolling stock and accessories. Go there regularly for additions to my layout. Very friendly owner
Peter, Scarborough - 29 Dec 2016 - Five Stars

Topslots N Trains
Open to public on a Saturday only or by appointment -it's well worth a visit. Plenty of stock in excellent surroundings -nothings to much trouble. Plenty of slot cars ,airfix (Inc paints) and railways.Excellent stock of kato n gauge at vgood prices. Good stock of the larger scales too.
Neil, Southport - 28 Dec 2016 - Four & a half Stars

M I B Models
just found out that MIB now do 3D printing have just had some 0 gauge brake hangers printed the quality was excellent he is also doing a range of clip together bridges and even a range of tanks looks like he can design and print in all the major scales great stuff highly recommended!
Mervyn, Pencoed - 23 Dec 2016 - Five Stars

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