Any recommendations??

What do you want from a model railway shop?
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Any recommendations??

Postby Geordie088 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:43 am

Hello all.

I'm looking for a good model railway shop near Reading. I'm happy to travel a reasonable distance to get to one.
Thd best I can see is the one in Alton.
Any suggestions would be most welcome for other shops?

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Re: Any recommendations??

Postby Ex-Pat » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:53 am

Kernow at Guildford are about the same distance - although it probably boils down to what you consider to be a "good model railway shop" - it depends on whether you are looking for a trainset shop, a bargain shop for rolling stock, or a serious kitbuilders/scratch materials shop etc..

This site may be of use:

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/other/events.php

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Re: Any recommendations??

Postby End2end » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:51 pm

Model shops in Berkshire -
M D R Direct - Maidenhead
Slough Radio Control Models - Slough
Berkshire Model Company - Twyford
Mantua Model UK Ltd - Windsor

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/county/Berkshire
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Re: Any recommendations??

Postby Geordie088 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:50 pm

Thanks for this guys (hello E2E again!).
I have looked at that site so have picked up a few from there. Ideally, I would like a railway warehouse where they have everything under one roof. However, I am a realist and know, this is unlikely as all the shops I’ve seen over the years are pretty small. Just wondering if anyone had any preferences for somewhere that had a good all round range. Guess it may be trial and error as usual!

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Re: Any recommendations??

Postby End2end » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:03 pm

The only one I visit that's more like a warehouse is Gaugemaster in Ford near Arundel.
It's a horribly clinical place and bargains are Scotch mist but if you just want to look at things in the flesh before perhaps buying them somewhere else cheaper, they have masses of stock.
If you make it part of a day out, Arundel itself is a lovely old place with an amazing Castle to visit (I'd definitely recommend it - One of the best I've visited) and on a river to boot.
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The road Gaugemaster is on runs North to south. At one end Arundel at the other end your almost on the beach! :D
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Re: Any recommendations??

Postby Bigmet » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:14 am

End2end wrote:...The road Gaugemaster is on runs North to south. At one end Arundel at the other end your almost on the beach! ...

And if you have any naughty but genteel friends currently vacationing at HM's pleasure, you can have a chat with them in the vicinity of Ford open prison. Interesting place...

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Postby End2end » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:08 pm

Bigmet wrote:
End2end wrote:...The road Gaugemaster is on runs North to south. At one end Arundel at the other end your almost on the beach! ...

And if you have any naughty but genteel friends currently vacationing at HM's pleasure, you can have a chat with them in the vicinity of Ford open prison. Interesting place...

And Ford Airfield market and car boot. - https://www.fordairfieldmarket.co.uk/ :D
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Re: Any recommendations??

Postby stuartp » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:12 pm

End2end wrote:It's a horribly clinical place and bargains are Scotch mist but if you just want to look at things in the flesh before perhaps buying them somewhere else cheaper, they have masses of stock.

Gaugemaster don't discount their own lines because they won't undercut their stockists. They stated as much in one of the regular "why is it the same price from the manufacturer?' threads on another site years ago.
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