Just to bring this fully back on subject and update you all.
Was on my way home this morning after a nights hard work. Got on to M25
and realised that there was one item in the shop in Uckfield (Hobby Box)
that I would like to get. Looked at GPS for timings to home via
Uckfield. Decide it was only going to add about 30 minutes to the
journey so went there.
Got in, asked for the (1) item I wanted. On shelf out the back and I was
also invited to browse through the rest of the items (2nd hand US HO
scale). He'd also bought some code 83 track in. Haggled a little bit
(very good natured). He gave me a discount off the track. I ended up
buying a lot more than I had intended to.
Original item I wanted was a 30" Traksetter for £4. Ended up spending
£100 - and yet I was happy. That's what I call good service!
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Actually Martin, I used to have a BR(S) layout for some time. From around
1967/68 to 1975/6 or so. A single track cross country line a la the S&D
from a double track terminal, fed from a six track staging yard through four
other station including one with a bay platform and exchange sidings for a
GWR branch (Feed from a three track staging yard) on to a 10 track hidden
staging under the originating terminal.
Home of the Great Eastern Railway
The terminal was third rail as I had 2 x 4cor units and steam was used on
the "London" express(es) and on goods trains. The single track line, the
main model, was all steam. I ad most of the track and basic scenery down.
The terminal was dummy colour lights with working shunt signals and
signalling was in place over most of the line but not all were hooked up to
the signal boxes. The plan was to use bell codes on the modelled part of
the line with an "Automatic Crispen" for the staging yards but it never got
Locos and rolling stock were a problem back then as I didn't have the time
or skill to build all the kits required and UK rtr was, how do I put it
nicely, not as good as available in North America at the time?
So, the railway was scrapped and most of it given away and, as you know, I
now model North American.
Home of the Great Eastern Railway
Too bad you were away when I visited a couple of years ago, John.
On a recent visit to one of the few model shops over here that sells
Hornby and Bachmann, I was given 3 Peco cardboard container sheets!
I'll be in Yorkshire later this month, but won't make it to Hull.
As model Shops are like 'Rocking Horse Manure' where I live I rely on the
'on line' shops Hatton's & Rails of Sheffield who I find excellent. The
other week I need some spares for a couple of loco's I was converting to DCC
and contacted Hornby. They put me on to 'Model Spares' of Burnley email
email@example.com The proprietor was most knowledgeable and
extremely helpful. The items arrived by return post and were spot on. I can
recommend this 'shop' to the group. Chris Warcup
Modelspares seem to have stopped advertising in Model Rail and there
were announcements that the business was for sale. Has the original
owner decided to carry on or has it changed hands and the new owner
FSVO "many". 5% of criminals are shoplifters under the age of 21; 13%
are shoplifters over the age of 21. So, your average adult customer is
more than twice as likely as your average child customer to shoplift.
You'd be better employed banning the adults.
(OK, this is Scottish data. Can't find the English data, but I suspect
it'll be similar).
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