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Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
In my opinion, the Hatton's team give first class service from a very well established company with a great variety of stock at fantastic competitive prices.
Ian, Stockport - 08 Dec 2018 - Five Stars

A2b Model Railways
I called in yesterday, well signed adjacent to the A6. Small shop but well stocked with a variety of model railway items. Unknowingly I had met the owner previously at exhibitions and as a new trader I hope the business succeeds.
Paul, Belper - 23 Nov 2018 - Four Stars

Carnforth Models
Visited yesterday for the first time in about 5 years and what a transformation! Clearly under new ownership and the stock has gone from minimal to an abundance. Loads of 2nd hand stuff too and great for a rummage around. Will definitely return next time I'm up that way.
John, Leyland, Lancashire - 22 Nov 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Doug's Model Trains & Tools
I saw Doug's stand at a model railway exhibition in 2018, and as I wanted to buy some tools I started talking to him. Doug was friendly, knowledgeable and patient, giving me his full attention despite his stand being very busy, and he had exactly the tools I wanted at very competitive prices (I also came away with a few kits, which I hadn't intended to buy, but the price was too tempting...!). He is the sort of trader who is the backbone of our hobby and I recommend him.
David, Rochester, Kent - 19 Nov 2018 - Four & a half Stars

The Locoshed Manchester
We brought probably the grumpiest grandad in the world here, with stressed parents and kids in tow - Recipe for disaster. As it was, the shop catered for each of us and the service was great. The shop owner is as busy as the shelves, but nothing could be faulted and we got invaluable advice as well as the experience, with the train set cheaper than a main retailer advertised it at. Hoping to come back many times - This shop is a gem.
Alwin, Salford, Greater Manchester - 18 Nov 2018 - Five Stars

Morris Models
What a shop,I drove over from Eastbourne and wasn't disappointed. I went over there with the intention of getting a 1/76 British Gas Transit van and came out with am armful of goodies as there is so much variety of different stock. The owner was very quick to offer assistance and left me to my browse and my leisure, I would recommend this shop as they stock a lot of different manufactures products so you have a good chance of getting what you need.
Colin, Eastbourne - 16 Nov 2018 - Four & a half Stars

The Signal Box
I have been looking for a proper train model shop for quite awhile in Leicestershire and came across a signal box in Anstey excellent shop and good prices and friendly staff
Michael, Leicester - 15 Nov 2018 - Four Stars

Trident Trains
An excellent model railway shop - Richard the owner is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I live not very far away, and his prices are very competitive, so no need to order off the internet for a lot of stuff - A 15 minute drive and I'm there. If he hasn't got the item you want, he will order it; if he doesn't stock an item (E.g. He doesn't do Zimo decoders), he will not try to flannel you. A real gem!
Neil, Crewe - 12 Nov 2018 - Four & a half Stars

A G R Model Railway Store
I visited the shop on my way back from a Trix (TTRCA) event last month. It is still well stocked with various makes of model railway items (Hornby, Heljan, Oxford, Bachmann, Peco, etc) and the owner is friendly. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Make sure you know the address though as it is tucked down the end off a short pedestrian dead end. I knew it was there from when I last visited in about 2012.
Jeffrey, Horley - 09 Nov 2018 - Four Stars

Model Railways Direct
One of the best model railway specialists for online purchases. The website is exemplary - Very easy to navigate, check stock levels and place an order. Comprehensive range of products, keen prices and they regularly have some good special offers. Dispatch is always quick and orders are carefully packed to ensure that items arrive in perfect condition. A very professional dealer offering high levels of service to the online customer.
Paul, Pudsey, West Yorkshire - 06 Nov 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Scalerail Model Centre
With the availability of model railway locos and stock from Hornby and Bachmann becoming less available and also more expensive (And thus more risky for shops to stock in bulk), Scalerail have branched out into selling ready to display model aircraft; both new and secondhand. Price competition from the likes of Hattons and Rails of Sheffield can be a problem for all small retailers but they do their best to be reasonably comparable for new model railway items once the postage is taken into account. More stock than is apparent goes through the shop: it is just that much of it is pre-Ordered by customers (Such as me!) in advance. The shop is still useful for the smaller items such as those from Peco and Oxford Rail.
Jeffrey, Horley - 04 Nov 2018 - Three Stars

Pennine Models
This is quite simply an amazing model shop - Have called in every time I visit Haworth. My love is WWII Bomber Command aircraft kits - Always plenty to tempt me. Thank you for your outstanding service over so many years.
David, Pudsey - 02 Nov 2018 - Five Stars

Coastal DCC Ltd
Great service via post with very delivery next day. Very helpful advice regarding frog juicers also saved me money. Can’t fault the service from this shop.
Richard, East Grinstead, West Sussex - 02 Nov 2018 - Five Stars

A C Models
Me and my son payed them a visit and found them very helpful and willing to listen and help him with enquires as well as myself. Very friendly staff and a wide range of second hand a new things for trains and more I would highly recommend them thank you
Gareth, Havant - 28 Oct 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Invicta Model Rail Ltd
I've been buying lots of rolling stock and scenic items from Invicta since I began updating my model railway about a year ago. I only live about 10 minutes away so they really are my 'local' model shop and there is handy free parking behind the shop too. They have an excellent website and can order items on request. I've mainly been buying American-Outline locos and rolling stock of which they carry a huge amount and they also have a very wide selection of scenic materials which have been ideal for my needs. They also carry a lot of British outline stock from the usual manufactures as well so in a nutshell I would strongly recommend Invicta Model Rail. In conclusion and just as important for the customer is that Kerry and Vernon are very knowledgable and happen to be nice people to deal with too.
Tim, Welling - 26 Oct 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Salisbury Model Centre 2010 Ltd
Chance visit because I spotted the shop on driving into Salisbury. Friendly proprieter who was actively engaged in getting a customer's loco working when I arrived, and proved very happy to take time over a product enquiry. Offered use of a continuous run test track for testing ahead of purchase, slways a useful facility. Fair stock of RTR model railway product, and turned up a little item I have been looking for at a reasonable price.
Paul, Welwyn Garden City, Herts - 18 Oct 2018 - Four Stars

Scograil Model Railways
I recently ordered a model locomotive from Scograil's website which unfortunately (No fault of the shop's) was not working on arrival. I contacted the shop and was advised on how to return the item; which I did that afternoon. I was amazed to find that they sent a replacement model to me that same day (This model works perfectly); before the original could possibly have reached them. Such service turned my initial disappointment to great joy. Words cannot express how delighted I am with this shop, would that there were more like them, highly recommended!!!
Kevin, New Milton - 16 Oct 2018 - Five Stars

Period Houses in Miniature & Think Tank
A small unit in an arcade, but it has a comprehensive stock of modelling supplies such as styrene as well as aircraft and armour kits. A helpful owner, who was happy to open a kit box for inspection (And subsequent purchase). Now on the list of places to visit in Shrewsbury.
Alf, Northwich, Cheshire - 01 Oct 2018 - Four Stars

Model Railway Solutions Limited
Have visited three of the shops in Poole/Bournemouth area and have found this to be the best for costumer service with a well layout to theshop and it also has a good stock of bits and pieces.
Keith, Windsor Berkshire - 30 Sep 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Malcs Models
Malc is now operating out of a well-Stocked shop across the county boundary in Ilkeston, Derbyshire rather than in Nottinghamshire. His wide range of model railway items in the popular scales and gauges is well laid out, and I have managed to street-Park right outside the shop each time I have visited. It's only a short drive off the M1 motorway (Junction 26), so it's handy both for locals and those passing through the area.
Robin, Southwell - 23 Sep 2018 - Four Stars

The Model Shop - Exeter
Very helpful and knowledgeable,and nothing was to much trouble, and the prices are good I will definitely be back, there are lots of stock I didn't get to see.
Alec, Paignton - 19 Sep 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Kytes Lights
Great service and advice, excellent prices, fantastic products too, highly recommended for all your lighting needs. The web page is easy to use, with great descriptions of products, and clearly lays out the cost of the items.
Justin, Newport, Isle Of Wight - 13 Sep 2018 - Five Stars

Gee Dee Models
I used to visit this shop regularly when I went into Nottingham. Nowadays I rarely do either. Others might be interested to know that, after two or three years of uncertainty, Mr Grain the owner has announced that it will close by Christmas. Malcolm the manager is now 67, but postponed his retirement whilst a new owner was sought. See the Nottingham Post article at https://www.nottinghampost.Com/news/business/popular-Hockley-Model-Shop-Set-1972621 . Note to Adrian: This is as much for your information as for a conventional review. Best regards. Robin.
Robin, Southwell, Nottinghamshire - 07 Sep 2018 - Four Stars

Orderred product online, item subsequently picked up at plymouth store. Always found staff friendly and helpful. Often has a selection of airfix at heavily discounted prices. Pick up a bargain. Support your local retailer
Michael, Plympton Devon - 05 Sep 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Bure Valley Models
Well stocked shop. Wide range. Excellent prices. Handy for cafe and rest of Bure Valley Railway attraction. Friendly service. Visited when on holiday and bought several items based on competitive pricing.
Peter, Rugby - 02 Sep 2018 - Four Stars

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