New Model Shop in Peterborough

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby son of triangman » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:33 pm

Looks a nice place Dave. Interestingly looking at the live steam stuff reminds me of a major toy and train auction at Bourne, Lincolnshire on the 16th of this month, there is a nice mint boxed live steam BR livery A4 going there for peanuts along with a pile of modern Hornby stuff too. Might be worth having a look?

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby ERMick » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:59 pm

Terrier wrote:
ERMick wrote:And if it's true that Runswick Leamside is now a permanent layout in the shop (all 32 foot of it), that'll be an excellent addition.


definately a good way forward for the hobby if Modelzone are doing this in other stores totop stuff. :D


Sorry - I meant it's a permanent addition to Trains4U in Peterborough - they had the open day on Sunday that was mentioned previously. Still no idea when or where exactly the Peterborough branch of ModelZone is opening.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby 50035 Ark Royal » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:35 pm

son of triangman wrote:Hi Ian

I'm looking for a nice BR Blue pre tops example hopefully without the ciricuit board fault of some of the early ones. It needs to be mint boxed in a mintish box with all the bits present. Sadly EBay seems to have gone class 50 crazy at present and prices are silly for secondhand examples, so will msot likely buy a new one, I missed the issue of the D421 alas and my example has gone back to Hornby after an hour of running in, it was hauling a few wagons and smoke appeared from the loco and a lick of flame could be seen from inside the cab, so the big H have got it back for repair.

Yeagh typical i sold a pro weathered Revenge in Large Logo for a £13 loss and Vangaurd in RNSE with snowploughs for a £8 loss.
Don't know why but D421for some unkown reason goes for silly money.I remember 21 best in lovely large logo as Rodney or Rodders as it was known another decent Old Oak machine.Although name wise was not up there with the greats.
So Paul i wish you luck on that one you probably going to need it.
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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby son of triangman » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:46 am

Will keep looking Ian, going to build a small fleet of 50's, getting rid loads of 47's and 91's at present to balance funds and fund the 50 project.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby Terrier » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:43 am

ERMick wrote:
Terrier wrote:
ERMick wrote:And if it's true that Runswick Leamside is now a permanent layout in the shop (all 32 foot of it), that'll be an excellent addition.


definately a good way forward for the hobby if Modelzone are doing this in other stores totop stuff. :D


Sorry - I meant it's a permanent addition to Trains4U in Peterborough - they had the open day on Sunday that was mentioned previously. Still no idea when or where exactly the Peterborough branch of ModelZone is opening.


Ahh, no worries, not like me to misread something lol, cheers Mick, aye, then i can say seems like good ol'Trains4U have got the right idea (did wonder how a model 'chain' store having a decent railway running running worked out :lol: ) Maybe Modelzone could learn a thing or two from a proper model shop like Trains4U then. I will certainly be up that way one day, so would rather pop in and spend some dosh in there than in Modelzone... always go for the one with the good and trusted owners and a 32' model railway in the shop. :D

Cheers ERMick

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby son of triangman » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:23 am

Nowt wrong with modelzone either they are a big chain now.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby 50035 Ark Royal » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:37 am

son of triangman wrote:Will keep looking Ian, going to build a small fleet of 50's, getting rid loads of 47's and 91's at present to balance funds and fund the 50 project.

Hi Paul thats what i like to hear getting rid of loads of 47;s :lol: well they were a lot more inferior to Br's premier class :lol:
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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby son of triangman » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:46 am

They have to go Ian, got too many of them, getting rid of two this weekend and every weekend until they are all gone. Will help balance the books for the class 50 fund! Er' indoors is a class 50 fan too so I won't get moaned at if Mel sees I am spending cash on something she loves. In the interests of wedded bliss I have to keep the peace.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby Trains4u » Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:31 pm

son of triangman wrote:Ahem! Just said I won't be bothering to go to the T4U open days for personal reasons, Terrier, I personally wouldn't give them the time of day.


Yet you find plenty of time to write nasty vindictive "Reviews" about us...

Anyway, I can confirm that Runswick Leamside is resident and operational.
It is on the mezzanine, away from public view, but we do intend to hold regular running days every couple of months, arranged in-store or through "The other forum" - I need to train some of my staff in its use first though.

It is not stocked (Except for a handful of trains from my collection). If I'm in I'll always respond to a friendly request to view the layout or if you want a new model to "Stretch it's legs", provided we aren't heaving with customers at the time.

The open day was a great success with eight layouts, a live steam traction engine, local artist, weathering/scenic demos and free food and drink for all, plus we raised over £200 for our nominated charity - Help for Heroes.

You should have come along Paul, I'm sure you would have enjoyed it, even if there wasn't any Triang on show.

Regarding Modelzone - having spoken to the manufacturer reps and press at the open day, I'm really not worried, if anything I believe it will open up a wider market who will come to us instead, when they find out our range is bigger and our prices lower. BTW I would anticipate that they would be either in the old Dixons or the old Cargo Homeshop - both reasonably sized units (Though with £125,000+ rents attached!)

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby champion » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:15 pm

Well said
i for one find trains4u localish/big and have spent a many time in the shop.Freindly staff and always helpfull.Modelzone will nether match this.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby son of triangman » Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:22 pm

A friend asked you about a Tri-ang EM2 and were told that the loco had an X.04 motor in it, a very basic mistake for anyone in the model railway game would you not admit? The model is common enough, I can probably find a spare service sheet if you want one to gen up with T4U.

Anyway enough bickering, back to the thread, it will be interesting to see what modelzone have for sale when they open, IF they are having a whole floor of modelrailway stuff, there might be some really good opening bargains.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby champion » Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:29 pm

Hornby class 50s for under £50 would be a start.Me wishes.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby Trains4u » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:36 pm

son of triangman wrote:A friend asked you about a Tri-ang EM2 and were told that the loco had an X.04 motor in it, a very basic mistake for anyone in the model railway game would you not admit? The model is common enough, I can probably find a spare service sheet if you want one to gen up with T4U.



Are you seriously wheeling out that tired old chestnut again Paul? Why did your "Freind" ask the question when he already knew the answer.

A basic mistake would be picking up a 47 when asked for an A4... You are talking about 40 year old models, and motors that haven't been produced for nearly 30 years. That is a specialist subject, not basic common knowledge.

I imagine the employees of Modelzone won't be able to tell you what Triang is, never mind tell you what an EM2 is or what motor it may have.

As a friend of mine said, why would I be interested in something someone else sold 40 years ago? My business is in selling and servicing recent models. We do get some triang in as second hand, but it usually gets shoved in the bargain bin, unless it is something unusual, or I haven't declined to purchase it.

So we accidentally mistook an X04 for a double screw motor (Which is ostensibly the same as an X03/X04 but with two worms) - Its not as if I can ring up Hornby and order the wrong one any more. That is why there are a small band of specialists in that business. We have an experienced repairs man who knows quite a lot about tri-ang, but he is not customer facing. When we don't know the answers or can't obtain parts we usually refer people to East Kent Models. Had you been a little more pleasant about us, instead of rubbishing us for your own purposes, It could have been you getting that business instead.

By the way, I was approximately -6 years old when Triang ceased to exist and I have never owned any Tri-ang (It wouldn't run on my code 100 rail as a child - I use code 75 now) which may help you to understand why it is not high on my list of priorities.

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby ERMick » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:55 pm

Terrier wrote:Ahh, no worries, not like me to misread something lol, cheers Mick, aye, then i can say seems like good ol'Trains4U have got the right idea (did wonder how a model 'chain' store having a decent railway running running worked out :lol: ) Maybe Modelzone could learn a thing or two from a proper model shop like Trains4U then. I will certainly be up that way one day, so would rather pop in and spend some dosh in there than in Modelzone... always go for the one with the good and trusted owners and a 32' model railway in the shop. :D

Cheers ERMick

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Yes if you get the chance and you're in the area you really should pop in - it's a great shop to have locally. It's also right opposite Screwfix and not far from Wickes - now that's what I call a shopping trip! :D

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Re: New Model Shop in Peterborough

Postby son of triangman » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:57 am

I can see where you are coming from T4U, but I really do think you should reconsider, it's a very big gap in your knowledge that you need to fill good sir, there is still quite a market for Tri-ang out there and a lot of collectors of it, a lot of people still run it too.

Some of the current Hornby main, Railroad range and Thomas contains vintage Tri-ang so you never know what's going to pop up in terms of questions. If you are to be an expert on model railways you need to research the older models as well the new. You never know what models wander through the door as I'm sure you will agree.

I have no axe to grind with you T4U at all, however I won't spend no more hard earned with you because of the past. Your quoting on another forum that "you won't make it" in front of several NVR members when we were getting set up at the Nene Valley Railway MAY OR MAY NOT have had some influence in us losing our little shop there as they suddenly dropped out of the deal after few days after your comment appeared, however that's water under the bridge as they say. It was an illinformed comment and we were pretty angry with you especially after we had offered our services in kindness to you previously. That descision by them to pull out cost us a lot of money, are we bitter now not in the slightest in fact it has worked out for the best for us, you did us a favour in many ways IF your comment influenced that descision. Without that decision we wouldn't have ventured into something far more lucrative.

If I/we reviwed you and marked you down it would have been on the service I/we got on that day, servicing of a model etc., nothing more, nothing less, I don't let any differences influence any review of any shop neither does Melony. As for reviews we had a loco serviced by you and the servicing wasn't what we would call a proper service, the loco was overoiled and ran worse than what it did when we brought it to you, we were ignored in your store as well so you didn't rate highly and any grading would have been on that

To be fair it may have been an off day for you, and with hindsight I think it's only fair we should revisit you sometime over the next two months and see if your service has changed. That's only fair isn't it? It might be a newish loco or it might be a vintage loco that appears for you to service, if we get good customer service and a good running loco tback then a good review will follow here and elsewhere. That's being fair.

Should you require assistance on knowledge of vintage items we would be more than pleased to help you as we have said to you many times in the past.

You have no enemy here T4U at all, give good customer service no one likes to be ignored, gen up on older models( we can help you if you want and have offered to do so many times) and improve your servicing and good reviews are bound to follow.


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