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Mad About Trains of Gainsborough
A treat for me to visit whilst on holiday. This is how model shops used to be with lots to look at both new and secondhand. Used items from as new to play worn condition, I was able to find several items at most reasonable cost. A warm welcome from proprietors, no corporate image, with no matching uniforms in sight. Traditional model shops are still the best. If you have a ONE TRACK MIND and COMPLETELY DERAILED visit Mad about trains and claim asylum.
Richard, Lancaster - 18 Sep 2020 - Four Stars

Milnsbridge Models
Great little shop, masses of second hand stock as well as lots of new stuff. Even if they don't have what you went for you will still find something to buy.
David, Huddersfield - 14 Sep 2020 - Four Stars

Hattons Model Railways
I ordered my Hornby J15 on a Sunday, arrived Tuesday morning. Excellent service. Especially during these trying times. Highly recommended. Priced an at very low price and good stock levels.
Brian, Clydebank - 10 Sep 2020 - Five Stars

Baz's Model Rail
Good well stocked shop friendly owner nice to see a new shop opening parking out side may be a little difficult but car park a couple of minutes away
Timothy, Tamworth - 06 Sep 2020 - Four & a half Stars

P & S Hobbies & Models
I visited while on holiday. Impressed by just how much stock there was, loads of it rammed every where, but still easy to see every thing. Owner friendly, chatty and helpful
Peter, Cambridge - 29 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

The Locoshed Ltd Manchester
I ordered a hard to find EFE bus on the Saturday dispatched on Monday was delivered in Crawley Tuesday 11am will be using again. Terrific service recommended
James, Crawley - 25 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

A to Z Models
Andrew has great models at very reasonable prices and has always been most helpful in looking out for items of special interest to me over the many years that I have been buying from him.
Claire, London - 21 Aug 2020 - Five Stars
[Response: "Thank you Claire for all your custom over the years, see you at Ashington Toy Fair."]

Britannia Models
You will not find more helpful people anywhere, even met me halfway to my home with my track to save me the postage and ensure I had the track for the weekend, fantastic.
Stephen, Burnaby - 14 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

John Dutfield For Model Railways
It's always a pleasure to deal with John Dutfield, whether in person or by mail order. The service is excellent, the staff are very knowledgeable and offer good advice openly.
Phil, Biggar, South Lanarkshire - 13 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

Tony's Trains of Rugby (Formerly Barby Model Rail)
A bit of a trek for me but well worth it - everything you need under one roof good knowledge and good prices plenty of secondhand as well
Stephen, Birmingham - 13 Aug 2020 - Four & a half Stars

Mark's Trains
Very good communication, excellent service.Value for money and good packing of returned locos. At all stages of dealing with Mark trying to sort out a difficult problem with a Hornby loco he as kept me informed of progress and tried hard to obtain out of stock spares and succeeded.
Philip, Dorset - 10 Aug 2020 - Four & a half Stars

Osborn's Models
Very happy with models they look good on my lay out I got them as I did drive both when I was yonger years ago good days
Ivor, Worthing West Sussex - 10 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

Pennine Models
This shop is like shops were in the last millennium (And in model shop world that is praise indeed!). Piled high with trays of used items normally now the preserve of toy fairs or Online auctions, shelves full of new items and a lot of discontinued new items. Again, under restrictions for obvious reasons, I was still able to browse without pressure, and the owner doubled up the manpower searching for a specific item of rolling stock for me (We found it!). Also found a locomotive I didn't know I needed in one of the trays. Incidentally, this shop is in Haworth, a large-ish village near Keighley rather than Keighley itself. Accessible by heritage railway (Again in normal circunstances anyway). Parking available across the road but you have to pay.
Ian, Leeds - 09 Aug 2020 - Four & a half Stars

53a Models
Surprised this well-known and established premises hasn't had a review on here. I thought I would correct this and comment on my first visit this weekend. Parking very easy on-street. Easy enough to find on a busy thoroughfare a short drive out of the centre. Temporary (I hope) restrictions on access for obvious reasons did not hinder viewing. Good stock of new and used items reasonably priced. Owner welcoming. Worth the 120 mile round trip.
Ian, Leeds - 09 Aug 2020 - Four Stars

Ian Allan Book & Model Shop Ltd
This is the last of the famous old Ian Allan stores, with the loss of the Birmingham and Manchester branches. It is also the last model shop in central London (As opposed to Greater London) and for these two reasons given alone it is worth visiting. It is located in a trendy back street near Waterloo station. Very good transport literature (What IA are famous for) and other media section. Modest selection of railway and other models at mostly full RRP (Can be forgiven given their location and overheads, and the convenience factor). I wouldn't travel into London especially for it, but when there with work I often make the trip over.
Ian, Leeds - 09 Aug 2020 - Three Stars

Marcway Models & Hobbies
Many years ago I gave a less than favourable review of this shop, based on an experience with unpleasant staff. Time moves on and I thought I would revisit this long-established shop whilst in the area and in part due to another well-known retailer in the town not accepting casual browsers due to obvious restrictions. Very well stocked with new and used items. Able to browse with no particular purchase in mind without feeling under pressure. Came away with a well-priced new locomotive, and a pleasant experience with the assistant. Also received advice that stopped me making an erroneous purchase (A P4-converted locomotive) rather than let me pay for it.
Ian, Leeds - 09 Aug 2020 - Four Stars

The Model Railway Shop
Visited Martin again for the umpteenth time again I was not disappointed with chat and swap session. Always has decent stock and asks and gives fair prices.Spent two hrs there and got what I wanted will go again worth the one hr drive
Peter, Scunthorpe - 07 Aug 2020 - Four & a half Stars

Back into modelling after more than 20 years - My first purchase with this company , very helpful , posted same day as order and a bargain as well :) Received in two days :) Definately shop here again. Thanks :)
Kevin, Edinburgh - 05 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

Carnforth Models
On Holiday in the area fantastic Model Shop with a very large range.Including large range of secondhand products. Friendly staff will be back. I have been to many shops this is one of the best. At this time you need to support shops like these. They cater for N, TT, OO, O and G Gauges.
Roger, Leicestershire - 01 Aug 2020 - Five Stars

Smiths Model Railways
Limited amount of stock present -but much better than the previous shop and its owner. Prices are a little expensive -but weve got used to the internet during lockdown! It's a railway shop -its need protecting or it will go -and then we will all be at the mercy of those internet thieves !! Shop if you can !!!
Neil, Southport - 01 Aug 2020 - Two & a half Stars

Starbeck Model Railways
Take no notice of my rating, it just confirms the most important thing at the moment. It's still there, it's still open and the owner is well and in good spirits. Confound this virus.
John, Stratford Upon Avon - 27 Jul 2020 - Five Stars

Abergavenny Model Centre
Range of products stocked is very good and so is the level of service. I wish them well for the future. The only snag is that a link to their website is not provided from this directory.
Richard, St Ives - 25 Jul 2020 - Four Stars
[Response: "There is a link. Please refer to the key to symbols at the bottom of every page. Adrian Hall, Directory Editor."]

Transport Treasures
Went for some N gauge bits including some Code-55 Streamline track (Full range available, including points that were out of stock at the Online retailers). Very competitive prices on these, too, which was a pleasant surprise! All the usual Peco accessories available and a fair range of N gauge kits as well. Wasn't shopping for stock, but pleased to see a decent range of Farish and Peco models behind the counter. Much larger range of 4mm stock on sale, and some 7mm stuff too. Not a big shop, but has all the essentials, and definitely well worth a visit.
Neale, Berkhamsted - 24 Jul 2020 - Four Stars

Bekra Models
Always a good shop, especially for those craft and scenic items, now reopened under new ownership. All the old favourite stock still available and gradually being expanded. New owners very friendly and welcome comments and suggestions. Well worth a visit when you are in the area.
David, Torquay - 21 Jul 2020 - Four & a half Stars

Model Railways Direct
Always very quick and efficient on line service, normally next day delivery. Ordered 1245 and delivered 1150 next day: Amazing! All very easy, no problems at all.
David, Torquay - 21 Jul 2020 - Four & a half Stars

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