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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 -
Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Ordered new release Adams Radial loco on Friday morning and it was delivered 24 hours later by Royal Mail. How good a service is that?! Thankyou Hattons - you are the best!
Michael, Llandudno, N. Wales -
15 Jul 2017 -
Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Brilliant service with excellent communication - cannot be bettered! - thankyou. I was amazed at the speed and low cost of next day delivery - well packed.
David, Tetney, Lincolnshire -
15 Jul 2017 -
Cornwall Model Boats
Used them for lots of model boat projects and have had excellent service across the board. Good site layout easy to order and very quick deliver service. I all the years using them I have had only received damage goods once and this was rectified by return post free of charge, you cant ask for better.
Simon, Fife -
15 Jul 2017 -
The Tram Junction
Nice secondhandshop with a lot of tramwayitems and books surprising shop
I bought a lot of nice tramway magazines, the shop has too a lot of corgi tramway modells F Nice prices
Niels, The Netherlands NL -
15 Jul 2017 -
Problems with the fabric of the main station building mean this shop has temporarily moved to a small corner of the Heritage Centre on platform 1. However, a warm welcome is still received, and the proprietor seems to have managed to display a bit of something for everyone. Will definitely visit again , and look forward to proper shop reopening to see his whole range.
Edward, Keighley -
10 Jul 2017 -
Have been there twice now and on both visits Jim has made me a brew and gone out of his way to be helpful. The place is a real Aladdin's Cave - stacked to the roof with bits and bobs and I'll guarantee you'll spend quite some time looking round. I can't see anything to stop you going to this shop - recommended - !
Gary, United Kingdom -
08 Jul 2017 -
Frome Model Centre
I visited on 5th July as someone who was on holiday nearby. The shop really is crammed full of stock for all sorts of things including model trains, dolls' houses, loads of plastic kits of planes, etc.
I nearly purchased an Oxford Rail Adams Radial for 30% off but self control prevailed for the moment. There is always mail order!
Jeffrey, Horley -
07 Jul 2017 -
Olivia's Trains & Models
Ordered Olivia's sound fitted Dapol class 68 in 00. Weekend order (Friday) but was despatched very promptly on Monday. Well packaged and sound is great. Model lived up to the reviews but came with one of the directional lights not working. Contacted Olivia's by email and they (Neil) came back very quickly with a solution and alternatively said they would fix it if it was sent back. Solution worked so happy. All round great quality and excellent service. Second time I've bought from Olivia's and no complaints at all. Would buy sound fitted from them again.
Stephen, Bangor, Co Down -
04 Jul 2017 -
Have been going to this shop a number of years on and off. The staff are exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. The shop has a very good range of new and secondhand trains at very reasonable prices. Its definitely worth a trip to Tooting.
Darren, Sutton -
04 Jul 2017 -
Invicta Model Rail Ltd
Website good, have seen and spoken to them at shows before but yet another shop only catering for boring and expensive British models, European models are of a much higher quality and better price
Antony, Southend-On-Sea -
01 Jul 2017 -
Victoria Court Models
A neat and tidy shop with a good range of basics. The owner has built a layout which well demonstrates a number of key principles, including the wiring of reverse loops using a pair of PL-13s and a lifting flap, and is very knowledgeable about the process of building a layout. This would be a good shop to visit for anyone thinking of building a layout but uncertain how to start. Definitely worth a visit if in the town.
Keith, Chesham -
01 Jul 2017 -
A Oakes Ltd
super shop, lovely and very helpful people. Not the cheapest out there, but you can save a bunch by buying clothing in the same shop. Wonderful feel to the place and good old fashioned service
David, Walsall -
30 Jun 2017 -
Great Eastern Railway Models
Very good family run shop good product knowledge friendly and helpful staff always ready to listen and advise on all aspects of the hobby well stocked range of products
Bill, Norwich -
29 Jun 2017 -
The Signal Box
Since retiring 12 months ago and getting back into model railways and having to relearn the hobby, THE SIGNAL BOX and its staff have been a massive help to me with advice and suggestions. Highly recommended .
Malc, Thurmaston Leicestershire -
25 Jun 2017 -
Small quaint shop that's rarely open with no parking.
It is rare for the woman behind the counter to even know what day it is not alone help with your query.
Most items are 10-30% more expensive than anywhere else.
With all that said it is a handy local shop that at a pinch might just be able to help you if you're desperate that is of course if it's open.
James, Macclesfield -
22 Jun 2017 -
[Response: "Reply to James from Macclesfield. I am the woman behind the counter and have been for 29+ yrs but not in the last 6 months as i have been having and still are having cancer treatment. If you had read the notice on the door you would have seen the opening times and they are also on facebook. So sorry my cancer has interefed with your modelling . Iris."]
Model Railways Direct
I have been an on line purchaser from this retailer I was in Bristol while on holiday and decided to pay a visit in person. Great shop with pleasent helpful staff and a tremendous collection of model railway stock for the size of shop well displayed and easy to access. All the major brands stocked but didn't see any second hand stock. Would strongly recommend a visit as you would be pleasantly surprised.
John, Clackmannan -
20 Jun 2017 -
I've known Bill for a long time. Always helpful. Always test runs locos. Not the biggest of model shops but stocks a good variety of model railways (mainly British outline in 00 and N) and is happy to order anything more exotic if he possibly can. Please support him.
Steve, Milton Keynes -
16 Jun 2017 -
Buoys Toys & Models
I was so sad to leave Cromer not long after the model shop opened. A great variety of stock, well presented, and Dave was always very helpful. I started buying N gauge vehicles before leaving, and had purchased many bits and pieces for my N gauge project, and model boat project. I can only wish him well for the future.
David, Burwell, Cambridge -
15 Jun 2017 -
American Railroad Centre
What can I say that hasn't already been said -Stuart goes the extra mile for his customers. Only dealt by mail order -but is always spot on -even had some things special ordered in this time-no worries-no problems -your kept up to date by email. Prices are very good too. Well worth trying him out.
Neil, Southport -
03 Jun 2017 -
Barby Model Rail (Incorporating Tony's Trains)
A gem of a shop. Great selection of new and used stock at reasonable prices plus friendly and knowledgeable staff. Tony never fails to make you feel welcome. Highly recommended.
Bob, Preston, Lancs -
02 Jun 2017 -
I have spent many a Happy hour in this wonderful shop! The range is fantastic if you are after something a bit different! I've always liked the fact that Robin will leave you to browse as sometimes I've just popped in to have a look around whilst my car has been serviced. But you can always strike up a conversation with Robin and his staff and always worth asking if there are any special offers!!
Richard, Bristol -
31 May 2017 -
Very much for the RC enthusiast with pretty much everything you could need for this hobby. Also a fine selection of balsa wood, limited choice of paints, and hardly any plastic kits. Nice roomy shop and well laid out. Short walk from train station.
Jonathan, Ware (Herts) -
29 May 2017 -
Dropped in here 26th May 17. Good range of new stock from major makes, well displayed. Some continental HO available too. Second hand OO also available. Also has a good range of Airfix kits and Scalextric. Plus diecast vehicles. Pleasent staff with knowledge of the hobby. Will be back when passing that way.
Paul, Grays , Essex -
27 May 2017 -
M W M Warbirds
Great shop with Friendly Staff, Mike has a great knowledge of scale Aircraft and has built a loads of them.
Stock seems to be growing every time I visit.
Yes they will spend time with each customer.
Yes they will open Boxes and show/explain the contents.
What they wont do is sell you something just because they have it on the shelf i.e. they wont sell a scale spitfire to a novice but will try and guide them into Joining a club and purchasing a more forgiving Aircraft.
I did take a micro Helicopter back for a refund which was given almost before I explained the problem, after looking at it for a while Mike then fixed the problem so I gave him my money back and went away happy.
Interesting Location on an active Airfield and with a Cafe next door what more could you ask for.
Parking is in the Airfield Visitors car park and there are signs directing you across the apron to the shop.
Dave, Snodland -
12 May 2017 -
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