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USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:24 pm
by alex3410
Hey guys,

my brother is expressing an interest in model railways but more of the USA stuff

the trouble is i don't have a clue about the best places to get it and was wondering if any of you have more experience of it and can help out with some suggestions?

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:35 pm
by Dragonfly
Give Topp Trains of Stafford (link - phone number's on there) a call. They've had a lot of HO American stock in for years.

Frizinghall Models near Bradford (link) always used to have a good selection in, and at very good prices too. I am, however, going back about five years though, and having a look on their website now it doesn't look like they stock anywhere near the range they used to. May be worth giving them a call too though?

There are a couple of exhibition traders who specialise in US & Continental stock, but unfortunately I won't see them again until April/May at Derby show (Derby always has a higher than average proportion of US & Continental layouts etc). If I remember the names, though, I'll let you know.

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:44 pm
by Mountain
Why not ask Chops? Also Kittle Hobby used to speacialize in H0 so it is worth a try to see if they still do.

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:03 pm
by TimberSurf
It occasionally comes up at shows, a trader at Alsager model railway show today had a huge box full of box vans!

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:10 pm
by Dragonfly
TimberSurf wrote:It occasionally comes up at shows, a trader at Alsager model railway show today had a huge box full of box vans!


That's Topp Trains :lol:

Also, Osborne's Models (link) appear to have a section of it.

EDIT: And Rails of Sheffield (link) have some new boxcars in at £15, and generally have a few American things in.

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:06 am
by michaelasc
Try https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/

They're in the USA but you'll find their prices lower than in UK and therefore compensating for any shipping and taxes

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:06 pm
by alex3410
Thanks guys, i knew i could rely on you to have some suggestions :D

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:07 pm
by luckymucklebackit
Another suggestion is Mac's Model Railways, in the unlikely location of Kirriemuir. Trying to see if they have a website but coming up with only a Facebook Page, always were Scotland's main source of US outline models

Jim

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:18 pm
by Forfarian
luckymucklebackit wrote:Another suggestion is Mac's Model Railways, in the unlikely location of Kirriemuir. Trying to see if they have a website but coming up with only a Facebook Page, always were Scotland's main source of US outline models

Jim

I was in the shop last week and he has loads of HO stock.

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:31 pm
by luckymucklebackit
Forfarian wrote:
luckymucklebackit wrote:Another suggestion is Mac's Model Railways, in the unlikely location of Kirriemuir. Trying to see if they have a website but coming up with only a Facebook Page, always were Scotland's main source of US outline models

Jim

I was in the shop last week and he has loads of HO stock.


Were you on your way to the ball :wink:

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:42 am
by Bigmet
In a little Cornish town with a preserved railway, there is a particularly wonderful specialist stockist. I only know this because a friend in West Devon is mad for US HO, and goes there regular like, has nothing but praise for the proprieter. Bodmin, Cornwall. Look it up on the UK model shops site:

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/counties/modelShops

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:21 am
by b308
Contikits for secondhand.

http://www.contikits.com/stock.html

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:25 am
by Allegheny1600
Another vote here for Contikits and also for Anoraks Anonymous, the lady there is very helpful and has really good prices.

Finally, as a newish shop in the UK, there is Mech Models: https://mech-models.com/
Not actually tried these myself but they have good reviews and seem reasonable.

My own first port of call is Trainworld Brooklyn, NY however, their prices are so good it's worth the shipping and customs charges. Maybe after the 'B' word happens on 31 Jan, import duties may drop? Who knows? https://www.trainworld.com/
Good luck!
John.

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:22 pm
by Puffingbill
Even more important than supply is what to buy, tell him to stick to Atlas, Kato, Walthers models but steer clear of American Bachmann, I have been modelling US layouts for over 13 years and learned the hard way Bachmann was and still is junk.

Re: USA stock - best places to get it

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:30 pm
by sparkhill
Ok on the Bachmann American locos Puffingbill I also had my fingers burned with both HO and N scale stuff, their quality control is a disgrace, I guess you only get what you pay for though, just about every other brand of US models are great.