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THE LONDON FESTIVAL OF RAILWAY MODELLING 2018
TICKETS COMPETITION NOW OPEN

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In conjunction with
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Here is your chance to win one of four Adult tickets to the
The London Festival of Railway Modelling 2018 Exhibition
on Sat 24th - Sun 25th March 2018

at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, 
London, Greater London N22 7AY.

Visitors can enjoy over 40 hand-picked layouts from around the globe and in excess of 100 exhibitors to browse and purchase from. The vast selection of trade covers those ‘must-have’ items to ‘specialist’ items in rarer scales and gauges. Don't miss the expert demonstrations and meet the BRM magazine team. Sponsored and supported by Bachmann Europe, Graham Farish and the Model Railway Club

Competition ends Sat 10th March.

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London Festival of Railway Modelling 2018

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LEAMINGTON AND WARWICK MRS 2018
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In conjunction with
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Leamington and Warwick MRS 2018 Exhibition
on Sat 3rd March - Sun 4th March 2018

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

The third year at our new venue and we are learning and improving the way we layout the exhibition to improve the visitor experience. The college is centrally located, on bus routes giving access from a wide area and within walking distance of the railway station or you can use the free minibus shuttle service that will operate. There is a large free car park onsite and overflow parking available. The college catering staff operate the refectory restuarant at affordable prices.

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Annual Model Railway Exhibition 2018

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European General Data Protection Regulations 2018 - Retailers suspended.

The following retailer entries have now been suspended as they failed to respond to any of my numerous emails to them including one in January about the new regulations. It seems to me that some Businesses just do not want to promote themselves, even for FREE.
Mr Models, Brickyard Models, Peebles Trucks, P & S Model Trucks, Foxbox Diecast Models, the Diesel Works, Shamrock Trains Ltd, Harrison Brown Models and Kevins Trains.

I will look at providing a list of the Suppliers affected in the next few weeks.

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DCC Concepts Ltd
I've only used for mail order so can't comment on shop. Very efficient, excellent communication, good prices. They tell you what the postage is after you've placed the order but this was very reasonable. The website could be a little bit better but that could be me (or my Samsung tablet).
Stephen, Milton Keynes - 17 Feb 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Wheelbase Models
The shop is outstanding.I found eerything i needed all under one roof.The owner is very helpful ad accomadating. Excellent service all round. Very pleased customer indeed
Ann, Bolsover Chesterfield - 17 Feb 2018 - Five Stars

The Model Railway Shop
Really nice gentleman offered me some lovely bargains and it was well worth the short trip from Leeds to find this pleasant small model shop. I hope to return in the future.
Greg, Leeds - 16 Feb 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
I purchased a Z scale MALLET locomotive, non runner. Outstanding price and very fast delivery. It took about 6 hours work and I have a very fine running rare locomotive. Great deal. I will keep Hatton's on my watch list.
Robert, Boise, Idaho Usa - 14 Feb 2018 - Five Stars

Access Models
A good general purpose model shop with parking free outside. Friendly proprietor who offered to order items in and gave me some literature to take away. Prices were reasonable and stock was good. Traditional market town model shop that we should try to visit or lose at our peril.
Ian, Leeds - 09 Feb 2018 - Four Stars

Hereford Model Centre
I have used Hereford models on several occasions and their advice and service is second to none. Thank you Always worth trying first for discontinued stock as they might be able to help as was the case this time. Delighted!!
Richard, Northiam East Sussex - 04 Feb 2018 - Five Stars

Church Street Models
Always willing to help you find what you want. For a small shop he has a large selection of models and accessories. 9 times out of 10 I have always found what I wanted.
Robert, Basingstoke. Hampshire - 01 Feb 2018 - Three & a half Stars

Kernow Model Rail Centre
Excellent on-line service and well priced for an out of production Grumman Gosling Airfix kit. Kit arrived quickly and was well packaged. Would recommend this company.
Dave, Inverness Scotland - 30 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

2k Technologies Limited
Paid a visit this afternoon for the first time. Very large amount of stock - up there with the best of them. Very careful not to call shops 'one-stop-shops' for everything you could need but this certainly is close. Went with specific purchases in mind so only paid a cursory look round the rest of the shop but there were shelves and shevles of model vehicle and model railway items and an upstairs with Airfix kits and bits and a working model railway which I did not visit on this occasion.
Ian, Leeds - 22 Jan 2018 - Four Stars

Digitrains Ltd
Excellent shop. They are responsible for opening my eyes to DCC when I first met them at a Toy and Train Fair many years ago as they first started in business. Always helpful and always prepared to explain. Importantly they will often recommend good but cheaper alternatives for some parts which produces a good, trusting relationship with customers. The shop in Lincoln has developed a lot and is now very well stocked. Thoroughly recommended.
Don, Lincoln - 22 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Derails Models
Excellent experience when ordering from their website. They answer email queries promptly and locomotives are tested before dispatch which is rare these days. My order was dispatched extremely quickly and arrived in perfect condition. Their prices are very competitive too so give Derails a try - you will not be disappointed.
Paul, Pudsey, West Yorkshire - 21 Jan 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Bekra Models
very friendly local shop lots of bit from minature bulbs to plasticard friendly helpfull service and reasonably priced been in there a few times since recently moving tothe area
Mark, Teignmouth - 19 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Barnsley Models and Games
Traditional model shop not far from the town centre. Worth a visit. As well as the mainstream items there are some interesting detailing items from smaller manufacturers. Good idea to combine similar hobbies to make a model shop viable in the 21st century. Will be visiting again - probably this weekend which triggered me to write the review! Have another outlet in Doncaster that is similar.
Ian, Leeds - 12 Jan 2018 - Three & a half Stars

Cheshire Models
I came in the other week looking for materials for a Steampunk accessory - Iris could not have been more helpful. When I returned the next week, she had exactly the stuff I needed to make the "aether collection device" I had designed for my top hat. Only cost a couple of quid, too!
John, Macclesfield, Cheshire - 12 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Olivia's Trains & Models
The staff are very friendly and knowledgable and all their locomotives are on display and easy to view. They will do customisation of numbers, liveries and other details so suit whatever the customer wants. The best for me, as a novice to digital model railways, is that when my system didn't seem to work they encouraged me to bring my controllers and locos into the shop and helped me get it working. I was very grateful for that and for me this is excellent after-sales service. They say they can often do the same thing over the phone.
Graham, Matlock - 10 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Panda Models
Visited for the first time today. Convenient for the centre. Stock levels good; looks much bigger than their market stall close by. Worth pointing out that the opening hours are different (better) to those on this site e.g. Wednesdays are a full day opening not half. Will visit again. Will be interesting to see if a town can sustain two very similar shops close to each other. I hope so .
Ian, Leeds - 10 Jan 2018 - Three & a half Stars

K S Models
A real old fashioned model shop with an excellent range of 00 stock plus some detail modelling items. The staff are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly to both beginner and experienced modellers. Great for a browse round!
Julian, Broxbourne - 10 Jan 2018 - Four Stars

4d Modelshop
One of the very few shops in London for the modeller. Though definitely only materials and tools for buildings and scenery, as they are really aimed at professional (architectural) modellers. Having said that a valuable resource with a friendly and helpful staff.
Julian, Broxbourne - 10 Jan 2018 - Three & a half Stars

TMC (The Model Centre) & Custom Finish Locomotives
I ordered a model locomotive on the Monday before Christmas 2017. It was delivered two days later. The shop is worth visiting, but you will need a car and satnav as the shop is literally 'up a farm track'. There is no bus service. I have had excellent service when visiting the shop or ordering by mail order.
Alan, Middlesbrough - 07 Jan 2018 - Four Stars

Ards Model Centre
Friendly, local, well stocked model shop, nothing is too much trouble, and they usually have what I need, or can get it very quickly if not. Highly recommended if you are in the Belfast / North Down area.
Les, Belfast - 07 Jan 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Peters Spares Model Railways Ltd
I recently purchased a Bachmann OO train pack from them. Their price was very competitive (the best I could find online), the service over the phone was friendly, with all questions answered, and the item very well packed for shipping. I was pleased to see they reused a strong cardboard box, and the internal padding was paper and not plastic or polystyrene, so as environmentally friendly as you can get. Thank you!
Keith, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire - 05 Jan 2018 - Four & a half Stars

J & J Models
Very tidy clean shop, friendly reception. Good stock in very pleasant surroundings. They had exactly what I wanted (Plastikard embossed stone) and were very helpful. Recommended.
Bob, Keighley, West Yorkshire - 04 Jan 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Hobbyrail
Popped into Hobby Rail today Jan 4th, even better now as the premises have been extended, and nice to see Barry and the gang. Highly recommended with bargains galore.... Nice to be able to chat with enthusiastic people. Looking forward to many satisfying visits during 2018
Mike, Royal Sutton Coldfield - 04 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Granary Models
I paid my second visit to this shop yesterday and on both of my visits I've found the propietor very helpful and the shop is the best stocked model railway shop I've ever been in.Next time I'm in Boston I will definitely be paying another visit.
Mike, West Midlands - 03 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Morris Models
Brilliant little shop! It very cramped in there, but alright. You have to move a bit carefully through the shop, to not knock down anything. But it's not bad, it just shows the vast amount of items they have in stock. They have a very large selection of model trains and cars, both British and European. I have been there twice now and so far I have spent quite a lot of money but at the same time got a lot for it. Especially Herpa H0 trucks are very affordable. The staff are very nice and helpful but at the same time not annoying. Very good balance between ignoring and annoying a customer. When you enter the shop, you are greeted friendly and offered assistance. If you decline, they will let you browse without bother and when you do have a question, they won't hesitate to help. Card payments are accepted and they offer a loyalty bonus card. They also have an online shop, which is very helpful if, like me, you live a few hours away.
Max, Daventry - 02 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

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