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An update from Ingatestone - Aug 2018

 

Chris Ibbotson has been busy bringing a Hornby Class 90 up to a better standard. This model was fair representation when first released many years ago but suffered from many of the issues that are a result of Hornby's wish to produce a product that was both a toy and a model.  But this has been over come by many hours of work and the installing of DCC, with lights to come. 90 001 “Crown Point” will make a fine addition to our Intercity fleet of MK3 coaches in their  mix of liveries reflecting the moden age we live in of changing franchises and colour schemes but Chris has captured well the Abellio Greater Anglia house colours which are simple but striking.b2ap3_thumbnail_IGS-Aug-18-20180709_190945.jpg

 

We will only go so far with this model as we await the release of Bachman's  much up dated and fine detailed new model.  

 

90 001 will be a star turn when we have Ingatestone  back up in full in September. We are also working to have the last major pieces of woodwork done that will expand and infill the landscape of the layout .

 

Our experience at the London Festival of railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in March  was positive and proved the potential of Ingatestone to be an eye catching layout. We identified a whole batch of other things we need to address, including some reworking of the landscape and some improvements to make the OHLE robust on a mobile layout.

 

We continue meeting on Thursday Club evenings and on most Mondays, as there is still much to do – it’s a great time to get involved

 

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Where to buy model railways in London?

Since originally writing this blog, another shop has gone. Meanwhile, WH Smiths has given up on Modelzone, with all the concessions closing over the last few weeks perhaps precipitated by Hornby closing most if not all of its concessions. Whilst it's sad to see any shop close, Wheels of Steel was perhaps the most restricted with its generally second hand range. So there are 6 shops left  - use them or (as we've just seen) lose them. TC Feb 17

 

You may be one of the hundreds of households that has received a Hornby or Bachmann OO model railway train-set for the first time this Christmas - perhaps even a Graham Farish one in N gauge. We hope you enjoy it.

Once you have discovered the fun of what is included, your mind (or certainly that of the child for whom it might be officially intended) may well turn to buying something else for it - whether that is a bit more track, another locomotive, coach or wagon. Or perhaps some buildings, kits, tools or paints. Perhaps the shop that sold the set doesn't sell much more than that set, so where can you go?

20-30 years ago, there was a network of shops across London selling a vast range of items which meant you didn't have to travel too far - depending on your age the names Beatties,  W&H, Hamblings, King's Cross Models, Blunts, Puffers, Engine Shed may ring a bell - all long gone. And most toy shops now have only the most basic of ranges from one supplier.

Of course, there are a plethora of websites you can use to order by post, but if you want to browse before you buy, or buy things like paints that can't be posted easily these days, where can you go? Especially if you want some advice. Well here are some suggestions of the seven shops we would call 'model railway shops' - ie that have a range of different products - that are still left in London itself. The views are those of the authors and based on last visits to the shops (which is a while ago in some cases), and they are in no particular order. But do use them - or there will be even fewer of them.