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Hi everyone,

Here are a couple of details about recent developments that I want to share with you.

A problem was brought to my attention on the morning of Frdiay 14th March in that the Google Captcha system that is used to protect email addresses in the Directory was not working. After much head scratching the problem has now been found and corrected.
Please accept my apologies that this had stopped as I was not aware there was a problem.

On the positive side another visitor advised that the Swapmeets and Toyfairs page was getting rather large and slow to load. Clearly I have been receiveing more and more of this type of submission as a result of the success of the website.
Anyway, the suggestion was to make this page operate in the same way as the Exhibitions Calendar, and this has now been done.

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Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Order given over the phone on weds lunchtime,arrived Thurs lunchtime?,secure and complete. What more can i say!
John, Storrington West Sussex - 25 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

The Model Railway Shop
Martyn will try his best to supply both good economical advice and wanted items. I had heard that he had ceased trading but this is obviously not the case and his shop remains full of stock, including some second hand. Will be calling in again.
Alex, Aughton, Sheffield - 24 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

The Train Shop
Brilliant shop! An absolute gem of a shop that has everything for your railway modelling needs no matter what scale you model in and at great prices too. I've been popping into this shop for over 30 years and it never disappoints. A welcoming atmosphere and a friendly chat guaranteed every visit. Very highly recommended indeed!
Andy, Oakham - 24 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Olivia's Trains & Models
I have had a very satisfactory relationship with this shop. For one living in the USA, this is one of my preferred dealers.
William, Odenton, Maryland, Usa - 24 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Olivia's Trains & Models
I wanted sound decoder and speaker recommendations, together with fitting advice for a Heljan Class 35 and a Heljan Class 17 which are both tight for space and access for a newcomer to DCC such as myself. I emailed my query mid-afternoon and got a detailed response from Neil less than an hour later with all I needed to know. I placed my order the next morning. 48 hours later, despite a delay caused by me not sending my payment details in very quickly, I received exactly what I needed, safe and sound by recorded delivery. An excellent response with friendly help as well! This was my first dealing with Olivia's Trains and most certainly will be the first of many.
Richard, Kidderminster, Worcs. Uk - 24 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Train Times
Stopped off in Eastbourne to see this shop as I had read other reviews. Pleased we did. Owner both friendly and extremely helpful. Good stock both second hand and new. Will do mail order.We need to support businesses like these.
Ian, London - 21 Mar 2017 - Four Stars

Rails of Sheffield
I went to take some second hand railway for exchange. I had traveled a distance and the staff offered me a seat aand a fantastic cup of tea. The appraisal was not lengthy and I came away with everything I had initially wanted... the staff are extremely helpful, understanding and offered me a very understanding explanation to all my questions.i would go out of my way again to visit this friendly well stocked and very well run shop again thank you rails of Sheffield for making a very long trip so very worth while
Paul, Wemyss Bay, Inverclyde, Scotland - 21 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Buoys Toys & Models
Very nice shop, has lots ot kits and difficult to find items. Plus as a bonus its at the sea side. Spent all my pocket money...
Colin, Melton Mowbray - 18 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Mad About Trains of Gainsborough
We were able to park outside the shop (30 mins only). Good range of new and secondhand rolling stock plus interesting selection of accesories to aid layout building. We received a warm welcome and the assistant was friendly and knowledgeable, definitely worth a second visit.
Martin, Rotherham - 17 Mar 2017 - Four Stars

Joto Hobbies
Great selection of 00 gauge model railway items mainly hornby and pecos a smaller selection of N gauge but no ) gauge a very good selection of plastic models from the cheap kits for young starters to the more advanced ones for "grownups" there is an upstairs where i have not visited i think they do warhammer and such like plus craft sets
Nigel, London - 17 Mar 2017 - Four Stars

Derails Models
A great new enterprise. Orders promptly dealt with , communication is fantastic. Definitely my supplier of choice
Robert, Swindon - 12 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Digitrains Ltd
Having purchased a number of sound cards (Zimo mainly) I recently made the journey from Heathrow to Lincoln to meet with the friendly team I have only talked with on the phone. Well worth the time (and cost). Helpful and friendly, and a lot of in-depth knowledge I am sure that all my future purchases of DCC equipment will be through Digitrains.
Philip, Ashford Common Middlesex Tw15 - 11 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

The Locoshed
Today, I popped into The Locoshed to grab a few bits for the layout. I was greeted by Jim, with a smile and a hand shake. I have met him before but he wouldn't have remembered me. He made nice conversation before offering me a cup of tea. What other shop on this planet in this day and age, would you get that?! He gave me all the attention I needed even though he was busy with other customers (I think they were "live in" customers ????), and I walked away with a beautiful new Loco to play with instead of the bits and bobs I wanted. What an salesman! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for a nice experience and obviously, I will be back. Yours sincerly, Lester (Man from Kent)
Lester, Manchester - 08 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Monk Bar Model Shop
Great service provided by some very friendly staff who are always happy to talk trains with you. A great range of products and the only let down is the website which can be a little hard to find items on but never the less it provides a very much needed service to many modellers around the York area. Prices are decent and they always have some special offer. Every uk gauge is catered for (n,oo,o,g,009,large diorama scale).
Luke, North Yorkshire - 06 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Upstairs Downstairs
This the go to place for me, it has been built up to carry an extensive range of goods and exclusive products for modellers who are modelling the Isle of Wight railways. Product knowledge, problem solving, decoder fitting, if fact they will sort it.
Haydn, Brading Isleofwight - 04 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

After over 40 years of having track and trains stuck up in my loft I decided to regenerate my old childhood hobby. I visited this shop whilst visiting the area and was overwhelmed by the amount of stock. After a 10 minute chat with the very helpful lady I was hooked purely due to her knowledge. I wish there were more model shops just like this.
Leslie, Canvey Island Essex - 26 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Good comprehensive stock with helpful knowledgeable owner. Always a pleasure to call in even if just for a chat
Roger, Llanelli - 26 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Great Eastern Railway Models
I live in Cyprus but always shop at Great Eastern when I visit my holiday home in Norfolk, UK. They are the friendliest group of people you could hope to meet. Always happy to stop for a chat and when I can't find what I am looking for they go straight to it. I never spend a fortune in there but I always try to buy something in order to support what I see as my local model shop. Often an item that I enquired about on one visit will appear in stock on my next visit, so they listen to their customers and take action. Great people at Great Eastern, great model shop.
Rob, Limassol, Cyprus And Dereham, Norfolk - 26 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

B & H Models
Having been to the Train and Toy fair at the Showground I went into Lincoln and came upon this model shop. It's up the hill going up to the Castle and Cathedral. There is certainly a lot of stock but it can be quite congested inside and is on several levels so need to watch the steps. I agree it needs the lighting sorting out. I bought a couple of items and the owner was friendly and helpful
Peter, Sheffield - 20 Feb 2017 - Three Stars

Croppers Models
Whenever I'm in Bridlington I always pop in. There is a good range/ selection of model railway and other items. Sometimes there has been a discount when buying two items. Easy shop to look around the merchandise; owner friendly and helpful. Some free parking nearby. Worth a visit if in Bridlington for the day on longer holiday.
Peter, Sheffield - 20 Feb 2017 - Three 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

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

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

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

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

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