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  1. On 11/01/2021 at 14:47, LimboBrit said:

    I was considering buying some laser cut railings on eBay from scalemodelscenery who are VAT registered. They need to figure out how to deduct UK VAT for shipment to NL on the eBay checkout. It seems it is not as straight forward as one would hope. Mind you, I've just found out it would be cheaper anyway to buy from them directly instead of through eBay



    Multiply the original cost by 100 and divide by 120 and the gives you the price excluding VAT.

  2. When a wholesaler notifies a shop of a price  increase from a certain date, it means on ALL stock from that source. It does not mean that any stock supplied to the shop that was is stock BEFORE the price increase would be supplied at the old price, and any new stock supplied at the new and two separate invoices issued. Most sensible retailers will stock at the old wholesale price prior to the increase and sell at the new price. Standard business practice.

  3. 36 minutes ago, D6975 said:

    The short lived one on Gloucester Road was an outpost of Howes of Oxford, some kind of franchise IIRC.  As you say. didn't last long.  Nowadays only Antics remain with a very limited range of stock  We do however have an excellent shop just a short bus ride away in Portishead. (bought quite a bit there)


    Howes took over the Model Highways shop from the owner who brought it from Ivor Tozer who moved to Cheddar to open an ice cream and gift shop. the short lived shop on Gloucester Road was further up towards Horfield on the left on a corner. It did not last long a couple of years I think. Al`s Hobbies [ R/C ] was also briefly on  Gloucester Road before moving to Filton Avenue. Also now closed. 

  4. 12 hours ago, JZ said:

    That was Trains of Bristol. Visited there about 1985. The owner was very condescending. When I asked if he had any OO9, I was told that no one models or makes stuff for it and I was wasting my time and should try OO. I remember he had a big display of sweets. It closed a year or two later, but he still did shows, but it was mostly overpriced second-hand stuff. Oh, and sweets.



    No Trains of Bristol was in West Street and closed in the early 2000`s. The original owner Derek Dashfield sold it and the guy who bought it changed the shop. Derek died in 2006/7. The shop on North Street was owned by somebody Rogers/Rodgers , i can`t remember his christian name. His [ex] wife owned the shop that eventually became Modelmania, the owners of which retired in 2018 after 33 years in business.

    There were a number of other shops in the Bristol area that sold Hornby/Mianline/Airfix railways Martins, in Kingswood and Gloucester Road  springs to mind as well as Dawsons in Clifton, Hardings in Bedminster as well as a cycle shop in the South of the city, Reps used to say Bristol was a two day job in the good old days.

  5. 5 hours ago, JZ said:

    I remember Bailey's Daleys, though I never went there under that name, only as Kemps. The Gloucester Rd shop was Model Highways. Their main trade was slot cars, I believe there was a big slot car club in North Bristol, but they had a wide range of model railway stuff, including 009, which was my area of modelling at the time. One of only two shops which stocked it, the other being Max Williams. The one I remember as the Bristol Model Centre was in Fairfax St, next to the Union St bridge. It was on two levels. That was the one that became Antics, then moved along Fairfax St to it's present site.


    There was another one on Gloucester Road, the owner of which boasted " I am going to give every one a run for their money and some competition" --------- he did not last long.

    Nobby`s Hobbies was the slot car specialist Model Highways was Model Railways and Kits. There was also one on North Street Bedminster who was mainly kits, the name of which escapes me 

  6. 3 hours ago, JZ said:

    Bristol used to have a few. The much missed Max Williams near Lawrence Hill station, Model Highways on the Gloucester Road, one called Trains of Bristol in Bedminster. There was Modelmania along Clouds Hill road.  A short lived one called Kemps in Brislington. There was also a Beatties in Broadmead and, I think it was, the Bristol Model Centre on the edge of Broadmead, which later became Antics and moved just along the road. Also Ian Harper Models in Hengrove, though mainly radio control models, did have a few bits. Up to seven were concurrent, I don't think Kemps and Beatties existed at the same time.

    Antics is the only one left now.


    The short lived one in Brislington was originally Baileys Daley`s I believe and was there a number of years before being taken over/merging with Kemps. I thought Bristol Model Centre was on Gloucester Road. There was one in Mangotsfield which closed around 1985/6, I seem to recall.  

  7. On 16/10/2020 at 14:47, D6975 said:

    The decrepit concrete steps at Lawrence Hill were replaced only a few years ago with steel ones.  I was surprised at the time that they didn't put in a long ramp to the island like the ones at Stapleton Rd.  (Northbound has flat access via Lidl car park for those of you who haven't been there lately.)

    What on earth are they going to do at Keynsham?  The station was virtually rebuilt only a couple of years ago.


    There is zig-zag ramp at Keynsham on the down side ie Bristol platform. Been there a couple of years at least.

  8. 1 hour ago, Barry O said:

    I have read the DaFT statement on who will be running the services.  Come on, spill the beans, where have all these "Highly" skilled train operations staff come from? Australia? New Zealand? Out of retirement? Or is it civil service speak for "If you have a degree from Oxford or Cambridge you can do any job proficiently"???




     Any University surely ? May be even O levels

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