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  1. Picked up in the local press. https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/end-line-exeters-last-surviving-4313609 I think theres a shot of Dave's model of Littleham in there too. Lovely layout that I've always been surprised hasnt featured in a magazine.
  2. Well, this thread is about the impact of COVID on model retailers. But a combination of factors seem to be making it tougher and tougher for smaller shops (of all descriptions) to survive.
  3. And as we see fewer and fewer model shops, people are further and further away from that. The manufacturers only supplying a bricks and mortar store makes sense when everyone has one within a reasonable distance.
  4. I'm not sure that it would - if I want to buy something online for cheaper than my local model shop sells it for, I already can.
  5. I wonder, if we see a large number of retail model shops close, they may have to reconsider that.
  6. Having been a devotee of all things East Devon, all I can say is that this layout is absolutely marvellous. I've only ever seen it on video, so cant comment on the running, but what I have seen certainly works. I could sit for hours and study it, Richard.
  7. Its always been one of the hidden gems in Exeter, but its difficult for such a niche shop to be in a more visible location, especially in a place like Exeter where rents are higher than normal.
  8. I see from his advert in the latest Hornby magazine, he is having a closing down sale. Such a shame, as the model shop has been a fixture of the model scene in Exeter for decades.
  9. Was just about to email Tim about some new boards, when I saw this message from about 6 weeks ago on his Facebook page: Looks like he's in the enviable position of having too much work!
  10. Very jealous of your carpentry skills!
  11. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on one of these? There's one on eBay, but they're asking £70!
  12. Totally in awe of your Carpentry.
  13. Not a terminus, but I seem to recall that PLatform 2 at Exeter Central extended east under the New North Road bridge, and was pretty narrow at that point. Its been cut back since, of course.
  14. As I said, anecdotally, there seems to be more interest which potentially is more sales. However, we dont know what the economic situation is going to be for the remaining 9 months of Hornby's financial year.
  15. A very encouraging set of figures, and if it hadnt been for COVID, I would guess that this financial year would have been their first in profit for some time. Anecdotally, I think it still could - sales seem to have increased as people turn to indoor hobbies/crafting etc. But it remains to be seen.
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