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Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
Very good to deal with great prices and great bargins second hand items very good as well have been dealing with them for many years now
Ron Lenne , Australia - 14 Jan 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Dunstable Model Centre
I know Alan owner many years, his father pass away 7 years ago so I went his shop today and his time open 9am to 2pm (sometimes 3pm) Thursday and Sunday closed. because I know he was not very well but today he look better than last year. I Bought some peco track and couple bit model. He were very Helpful and great kind to me. Honest went inside shop, broken stuff, ceiling come lose, back room and next room so full stuff like box. I would go there again, will see him couple months and hope he will getting better. (His father and Alan run this business over 25 years)
Dom Weedon , Houghton Regis - 11 Jan 2017 - Three Stars

The Locoshed
if you miss the traditional model shop where the Staff are interested in the customer and will take the time and trouble to provide advice and assistance - LOOK NO FURTHER - as this is definitely the place for you - Jim the owner always has a smile, a cheery word and a welcoming brew or soft drink (plus Customer toilet - useful especially to those of a certain age!!) The range of stock (and knowledge) is extensive - all Scales and Gauges - new and pre-loved with prices and quality to suit all pockets and ranges of experience - Briish mainly but some Continental and American too If you cannot see what you want - it may be on the extensive Website - but always ask as Stock changes constantly and he will also look out for Customers 'Wants' A demonstration layout - OO/HO and N - Analogue or DCC means you can try before you buy and make sure you get what you expect (no hoping what you ordered arrives - in one piece and working) and in the event there is an issue there are people on hand/contactable to sort it out - plus a wide range of expertise and knowledge to call upon - friendly advice is given freely and friends often made with others sharing similar interests There are also good transport links - close to M60/Besses Metrolink and 135 Manchester-Bury Bus Route (and a Takeaway on the Corner and Pub across the road! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to all modellers of all ages and abilities!! They also attend Model Railway Exhibitions and Toy Fairs - and do Mail Order if you cannot get to the Shop - nothing is too much trouble
Paul Lowe , Bury - 07 Jan 2017 - Five Stars

Mad About Trains of Gainsborough
I have visited this shop several times but rarely purchased as I have found an indifferent level of service offered. I think the owners have the knowledge and ability to help answer questions but it sometimes does not present very well. They have a good range of stock although some surprising gaps: e.g code 75 track - What's that? I was asked surprisingly. (I think they sometimes have someone in the shop who is not familiar with the hobby).
Don Sellick , Lincoln - 06 Jan 2017 - Two & a half Stars

Caistor Loco
Excellent little shop. Pleasant and very helpful owners who have good knowledge of the model railway hobby. Shop stuffed full of product - it would be difficult to walk out without having found something you want. A cave of delights! Competitive on pricing.
Don Sellick , Lincoln - 06 Jan 2017 - Four & a half Stars

The Hobby Shop
Since my last rating in 2015 this shop has gone from strength to strength and really is an "oasis" in a barren area for a truly personal run model shop. The range of products has expanded even further with war gamming materials in stock, often useful for the model railway enthusiast. Lego is also now in the range. As I have said before the "10" is only held back by the need of big shop. A happy customer of many years.
John Cherry , Chatham, Kent - 30 Dec 2016 - Four & a half Stars

The Train Shop
A treasure in the heart of Yorkshire. Loads of locks,rolling stock and accessories. Go there regularly for additions to my layout. Very friendly owner
Peter Taylor , Scarborough - 29 Dec 2016 - Five Stars

Topslots N Trains
Open to public on a Saturday only or by appointment -it's well worth a visit. Plenty of stock in excellent surroundings -nothings to much trouble. Plenty of slot cars ,airfix (Inc paints) and railways.Excellent stock of kato n gauge at vgood prices. Good stock of the larger scales too.
Neil Caunce , Southport - 28 Dec 2016 - Four & a half Stars

M I B Models
just found out that MIB now do 3D printing have just had some 0 gauge brake hangers printed the quality was excellent he is also doing a range of clip together bridges and even a range of tanks looks like he can design and print in all the major scales great stuff highly recommended!
Mervyn Trigg , Pencoed - 23 Dec 2016 - Five Stars

Choo Choo CH Boogie
First class choice of new and 2nd hand railway items, plus all those little extras was given a warm welcome from a knowledgeble owner
Gerry Walker , Weston-S-Mare - 14 Dec 2016 - Four & a half Stars

Models Unlimited
After getting back into modelling after 30 years I'd really hoped they were still open. As per last review I drove past last Sunday and still closed:(. However, driving past today they are open!! Good selection of what at first glace seems mainly tamiya kits but it was like being 12 again! Long may an actual shop where you can ask advice prosper!
Ian Law , Hatton Of Fintray - 10 Dec 2016 - Four Stars

Classic Rail
This is to confirm that Classic Rail / Just Words are very much alive and kicking because I spoke to the owner today having just received my latest purchase.
Jeffrey Smith , Horley, Surrey - 09 Dec 2016 - Four Stars

Scotts Models
very helpful and knowledgable
David Lonnen , Helensburgh - 07 Dec 2016 - Five Stars
[Response: "Hi David, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We wish you all the best for the festive season. Regards, the Scott's Models team"]

Porthmadog Models
used this excellent shop during my stay in wales, always happy to chat and order in stuff for me, great range of figures and tanks, also those rare and interesting models
Edwin Baines , Dumbarton - 07 Dec 2016 - Four & a half Stars

Colletts Models of Exmouth
Great shop, Leigh will do whatever he can to help. Sold for a great price and dispatched very quickly! Been once in person, but still a very personal service even when ordering all the way from Yorkshire! Would definitely recommend!
Chris Gillespie , Wakefield, Yorkshire - 30 Nov 2016 - Five Stars

Ron Lines
RonLines must one of the very best model railway shops. I live on the Wirral but always call to see Ron and his extremely helpful and knowledgeable team whenever visiting relatives in Southampton. The stock range is superb and the second hand stock immense. The claim is 'perhaps the biggest second hand stock on the south coast'. I would say anywhere as all the stock is readily on view, neatly arranged and displayed and above all at reasonable prices, not like my local shops highly inflated S/H prices. Highly recommended and well worth a 240 mile journey!
Chris Channon , Chester - 27 Nov 2016 - Four & a half Stars

Spot-On Models & Games
Visited for a browse as in Swindon for the weekend. Good selection of stock for a modest sized shop, including some interesting second hand and genuine special offer items. Friendly staff were willing to spend some time pursing a specific enquiry I had. Proprietor told me that he is the third generation of his family to run the shop!
Mark Hambly , Staffordshire - 26 Nov 2016 - Four Stars

Northfields Model Shop
Very good shop witek very nice helpful can always give you a good deal!
Daniel Jones , Lambert Avenue 41 - 24 Nov 2016 - Five Stars

Redfin Models
the shop is very clean & well set out the person that served us & very helpful this shop is definitely worth a visit.
Jamie Armstrong , Luton Bedfordshire - 23 Nov 2016 - Five Stars

Osborn's Models
Very good service would have given 10 perfection but only for your website Small updates like how much stock you have of each item displayed better pictures and sizes of some of the items I know it takes a lot of effort to keep the website up to date Thanks for your support
Roger Newton , Bryncethin Bridgend - 23 Nov 2016 - Four & a half Stars

Springhill Models
Excellent model shop,hornby ,scalectric etc.Knowledgeable owner keen to help in any way,would recommend.
Ken Powell , Wolverhampton - 21 Nov 2016 - Four & a half Stars

High Lane Model Railways
Purchased a "secondhand" engine shed from high lane at a recent show - great price and friendly service - will definitely look out for them in the market
Jon Trolleyed , Manchester - 18 Nov 2016 - Three & a half Stars

East Somerset Models
Excellent service I recently had a problem with a Dapol engine and they managed to deal effectively with the problem Well done East Somerset, Highly recommended. Excellent stock too.
Christopher Forester , Wincanton, Somerset - 18 Nov 2016 - Four & a half Stars

Jacksons Models & Railways
everything under one roof brilliant
Michael Shepherd , Seaton - 16 Nov 2016 - Five Stars

Dave Angell Trains
Dave is great to deal with. He has such enthusiasm for all things Tri-ang and much more! He’s helped me improve my collection and found pieces of model railway from my childhood and more! He’s a pleasure to talk with. Call him at once.
Oscar Paisley , Newcastle - 15 Nov 2016 - Five Stars

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