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Olivia's Trains & Models
Olivia's did a fine job of delivering a customized pair of locos. The re-fit job on one of them was more complex than originally anticipated, but they nevertheless persevered and delivered Q6 and J15 locos. Customization involved adapting the sound codes to the limitations of my north american DCC control. Neil the owner also came up with an idea of how to adapt the visibility of the loco oil light arrangement so that the locos can display the correct code for the consist being operated.
Simon, Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada - 20 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
As usual excellent service from Hattons. Very Good prices, very good delivery and very good availability. Whether you are buying in the shop or buying online, you will always get great service from their friendly and informative staff.
John, Leigh - 20 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Hatton's Model Railways Ltd
My order for Woodland Scenics rock moulds arrived promptly! All present and correct, I could not ask for better service. I highly rate Hattons and recommend them without any reservation.
Neil, Isle Of Wight - 20 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Buoys Toys & Models
Very nice shop, has lots ot kits and difficult to find items. Plus as a bonus its at the sea side. Spent all my pocket money...
Colin, Melton Mowbray - 18 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Joto Hobbies
Great selection of 00 gauge model railway items mainly hornby and pecos a smaller selection of N gauge but no ) gauge a very good selection of plastic models from the cheap kits for young starters to the more advanced ones for "grownups" there is an upstairs where i have not visited i think they do warhammer and such like plus craft sets
Nigel, London - 17 Mar 2017 - Four Stars

Mad About Trains of Gainsborough
We were able to park outside the shop (30 mins only). Good range of new and secondhand rolling stock plus interesting selection of accesories to aid layout building. We received a warm welcome and the assistant was friendly and knowledgeable, definitely worth a second visit.
Martin, Rotherham - 17 Mar 2017 - Four Stars

Derails Models
A great new enterprise. Orders promptly dealt with , communication is fantastic. Definitely my supplier of choice
Robert, Swindon - 12 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Digitrains Ltd
Having purchased a number of sound cards (Zimo mainly) I recently made the journey from Heathrow to Lincoln to meet with the friendly team I have only talked with on the phone. Well worth the time (and cost). Helpful and friendly, and a lot of in-depth knowledge I am sure that all my future purchases of DCC equipment will be through Digitrains.
Philip, Ashford Common Middlesex Tw15 - 11 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

The Locoshed
Today, I popped into The Locoshed to grab a few bits for the layout. I was greeted by Jim, with a smile and a hand shake. I have met him before but he wouldn't have remembered me. He made nice conversation before offering me a cup of tea. What other shop on this planet in this day and age, would you get that?! He gave me all the attention I needed even though he was busy with other customers (I think they were "live in" customers ????), and I walked away with a beautiful new Loco to play with instead of the bits and bobs I wanted. What an salesman! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for a nice experience and obviously, I will be back. Yours sincerly, Lester (Man from Kent)
Lester, Manchester - 08 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Monk Bar Model Shop
Great service provided by some very friendly staff who are always happy to talk trains with you. A great range of products and the only let down is the website which can be a little hard to find items on but never the less it provides a very much needed service to many modellers around the York area. Prices are decent and they always have some special offer. Every uk gauge is catered for (n,oo,o,g,009,large diorama scale).
Luke, North Yorkshire - 06 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

Upstairs Downstairs
This the go to place for me, it has been built up to carry an extensive range of goods and exclusive products for modellers who are modelling the Isle of Wight railways. Product knowledge, problem solving, decoder fitting, if fact they will sort it.
Haydn, Brading Isleofwight - 04 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Train Times
Great shop and very friendly service. Good range of models which meant I ended up buying a bit more than expected but very pleased with what I left with. Owner was very knowledgeable and helpful so I would recommend and hope to be returning myself very soon.
Cat, Brighton - 03 Mar 2017 - Five Stars

After over 40 years of having track and trains stuck up in my loft I decided to regenerate my old childhood hobby. I visited this shop whilst visiting the area and was overwhelmed by the amount of stock. After a 10 minute chat with the very helpful lady I was hooked purely due to her knowledge. I wish there were more model shops just like this.
Leslie, Canvey Island Essex - 26 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Great Eastern Railway Models
I live in Cyprus but always shop at Great Eastern when I visit my holiday home in Norfolk, UK. They are the friendliest group of people you could hope to meet. Always happy to stop for a chat and when I can't find what I am looking for they go straight to it. I never spend a fortune in there but I always try to buy something in order to support what I see as my local model shop. Often an item that I enquired about on one visit will appear in stock on my next visit, so they listen to their customers and take action. Great people at Great Eastern, great model shop.
Rob, Limassol, Cyprus And Dereham, Norfolk - 26 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Good comprehensive stock with helpful knowledgeable owner. Always a pleasure to call in even if just for a chat
Roger, Llanelli - 26 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

B & H Models
Having been to the Train and Toy fair at the Showground I went into Lincoln and came upon this model shop. It's up the hill going up to the Castle and Cathedral. There is certainly a lot of stock but it can be quite congested inside and is on several levels so need to watch the steps. I agree it needs the lighting sorting out. I bought a couple of items and the owner was friendly and helpful
Peter, Sheffield - 20 Feb 2017 - Three Stars

Croppers Models
Whenever I'm in Bridlington I always pop in. There is a good range/ selection of model railway and other items. Sometimes there has been a discount when buying two items. Easy shop to look around the merchandise; owner friendly and helpful. Some free parking nearby. Worth a visit if in Bridlington for the day on longer holiday.
Peter, Sheffield - 20 Feb 2017 - Three Stars

Caistor Loco
A little gem hidden away good prices, very helpful, couldn't see what I wanted just asked and wow there it was will certainly be going again.
Martin, Cleethorpes - 14 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Rhuddlan Models
This shop is like the Tardis, with nooks, crannies and rooms leading off in all directions. The shop carries the full range of model railways, cars and kits as well as all the accessories needed by the modeller. There is also an excellent and comprehensive selection of 2nd hand stock and books which are keenly priced. Situated on the main High Street with plenty of free parking. Online and Ebay trading as well as the shop.
Mike, Buckley, Flintshire - 12 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

The Goods Yard
A well stocked and well laid out shop just three or four minutes off the A1 in Nottinghamshire. When I called in (Saturday afternoon) the barrier to the yard was down, but the security man just lets you through - no hassle whatsoever. The people in the shop are really friendly and very welcoming with no pressure to buy. Lots of stock - locos, carriages, wagons and accessories. I would thoroughly recommend stopping off here if you're passing through the area ... or making a special journey if you aren't! I'll certainly be going back.
Robin, Southwell, Notts. - 12 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Geoffrey Allison Railways
This shop contains a huge selection of items - mostly OO, but some N too. If you're after something and they haven't got it on show, don't be afraid to ask. I wanted a pretty obscure item yesterday, and the gentleman scuttled off upstairs and found one - at a good price too. If you're travelling through Nottinghamshire on either the A1 or the M1 it's worth diverting by a few minutes to visit this shop. Also they have a car park at the back accessed from Lincoln Street.
Robin, Southwell, Notts. - 12 Feb 2017 - Four Stars

Mikes Models (Lan Danaire Models Ltd)
a great shop for the "hobbyist" bigger than your average model shop and a quite extensive range of railway stuff- had everything in n gauge that I required and more - a bit of a trek for me but well worth it - helpful chap behind the counter too - prices seemed competitive - give them a try you will like it
Wayne, Solihull - 12 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Salisbury Model Centre 2010 Ltd
Excellent service. I called them & even though they did not have what I wanted, they called me back having done a search of suppliers and offered to order it in. Great result
David, Christchurch Dorset - 11 Feb 2017 - Five Stars

Plus Daughters
One of those shops that had just what I was looking for plus more, keep up the good work.
Philip, Walthamstow - 10 Feb 2017 - Four Stars

Hereford Model Centre
Always worth a check online as some great bargains. Prompt delivery. Shop open 6 days a week (9.00 am to 5.30 pm) but closed Sundays (when I visited Hereford late 2016)
David, Cm23 5nt - 08 Feb 2017 - Four & a half Stars

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