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As someone suggested this in my nearest never visited thread I thought I’d start this one so it doesn’t dilute the original thread. 

 

Mine me is probably Poole in Dorset living in Leeds. Visited a good few on family holidays in Devon but don’t know if many are still trading. 

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Whilst on holiday in Orlando, Florida, We happened to visit a shopping mall where I was surprised to find a model shop selling a very good selection of American outline Ho railway items. 

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Currently living south-west of London the most-distant model shop I have visited would be Brunel Hobbies, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.  Approximately 10520 miles depending upon which air miles calculator one uses.

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I'd think for me it would be one of the ones in Dubai- there was one in the downtown (City Centre) mall in 2002, it's where my Faller roadway stuff came from. 7330 miles if you believe google, it's further to actually get there...

 

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As I said in the other thread,  dhahran Saudi Arabia,  

Sadly there wasn't one in the Falklands.. 

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Trains4U, Peterborough! Every time I return to the UK.

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Charles Ro in Malden, Massachusetts - on the outskirts of Boston.

 

It was an unexpected discovery when visiting the area on holiday and was a fair trek from Huddersfield, but Mrs 4630 was very supportive of my then US modelling habit !

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I've visited model shops in Hong Kong, Australia and Canada - I'll always try to find one when I'm away.

 

Mind you, when I visited Rapido, I could hardly miss George's Trains next door to the office and Credit Valley Railway in the unpronounceable Mississauga. Handy hint, if you go there, there's a general model store 5 minutes walk away too.

 

Bergs Hobbies in Parramatta is worth a look and the 3rd best thing in Sydney is the model shop (Hobby Co.?) in the posh shopping centre. Orient Express Models in Adelade do excellent mail order if you can't make the trip.

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Allied Model Trains in LA, California - this was when I lived in Derby, England.

I also walked down one street in Athens, Greece - where there are about three or four different and good quality model railway shops as well as numerous other hobby shops and made purchases in most of them!

Numerous model shops all over Germany, France, Belgium and Holland - it's hard to say whether there are more model shops per million population in Belgium or Holland! (It's certainly way more than in the UK!).

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For me, the furthest would be the old Model Shop in Barcelona, just off the corner of Las Ramblas. I believe it's now moved elsewhere in Barcelona, but haven't been recently to find out where.

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Just Trains in Concord, California!

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On 11/12/2019 at 14:07, Gwiwer said:

Currently living south-west of London the most-distant model shop I have visited would be Brunel Hobbies, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.  Approximately 10520 miles depending upon which air miles calculator one uses.

In fairness I should redress the balance.  While living in Australia the farthest I travelled and visited a model shop was to Camborne, Cornwall.  No prizes for guessing the name of that establishment and the distance was approximately 10800 miles.

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A tie with NZ, a DX (I think - must find it! Awful Brazilian made thing) bought in Nelson IIRC, or Kobe Japan, in the Motomachi.

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Don't know the name but a small model railway shop in Chatuchak market Bangkok couple of years ago, also a couple in Tehachapi town and Just Trains in Concord California back in 2000.

 

Brit15

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Dollhouses, Trains and More.  300  Entrada Drive, Novato, California CA 94949 

 

A fabulous shop. The trains part had everything from LGB to Z gauge, via Lionel.  I was surprised how much 3 rail coarse scale is popular, with a lot of current equipment,  in the USA.

The shop is on 101, somewhat north of San Francisco.  You could go north over the Golden Gate bridge or take  580 as we did  (past San Quentin  prison, "I hear that train a comin' " as Johnny Cash sang).

Bought some x-acto tools and HO vehicles.  Had I known how the pound was going to drop against the dollar, I would have bought a cab-forward or two.  

They also had loads of Testors Dull Cote cans, really cheap, but I just couldn't take them back in my luggage.

Nice little restaurant next door and there was a 66 mustang parked outside when we left.

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19 hours ago, New Haven Neil said:

A tie with NZ, a DX (I think - must find it! Awful Brazilian made thing) bought in Nelson IIRC, or Kobe Japan, in the Motomachi.

 

The shopkeeper told me that Model Railways are very popular in Brazil

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Broughdale Hobbies, London, Ontario - owned by an ex-pat when I visited in 1999.

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My paltry efforts of Devon and Dorset seem pathetic in comparison! Interesting how this accidental thread is developing whilst the original thread about nearest never visited is stagnating!

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New Port Richey nr Tampa, florida if I was visiting our American plant, I used to every so often clean them out of Xuron track cutters, snips and hard wire cutter for fellow club menbers as they were dollars for pounds with a good exchange rate. Also bought an RC helicopter in a model shop in Singapore which came home as hand luggage in the overhead lockers!

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I picked up an S scale DX kit, and an A0 carriage kit from a little shop in Johnsonville NZ back in 2000. I don't think it is still there now, though.

 

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Hearns Hobbies in Melbourne (starting out from London, via both Asia and Middle East on different occasions!)

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Tam Tam Hobby Store in Akihabara, Tokyo.......used to go there to buy my Kato N gauge stuff, back when the Yen was low I could buy a suitcase full of Kato for just  over a grand, back here in the U.K. the cost would have been four times that, unfortunately the Yen exchange rate is no longer any where near as favourable, and 2mm modelling is now too small for me, so every cloud as they say :D

 

 

 

 

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