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Title: Online Train Store
Post by: lescar on January 16, 2010, 10:37:46 AM
Can any one recommend a good online store that has decent customer service,selection and shipping.  I have looked at quite a few sites, but not sure which one to use.  So I was hoping that I could find one from your experiences.  :)

Thanks
Les


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: hotrainlover on January 16, 2010, 11:39:14 AM
I use Trainworld, most of the time.  I have NEVER had a bad experience with them.  It does depend on what you are purchasing though, as to the TYPE of store you use.  I have only used them to purchase my motive power, and a few accessories. 


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: CNE Runner on January 16, 2010, 11:46:53 AM
Lescar - I have used the following on-line retailers with no problems at all:
http://www.discounttrainsonline.com/ (http://www.discounttrainsonline.com/)
http://www.toytrainheaven.com/ (http://www.toytrainheaven.com/)
http://valleymodeltrains.com/catalog/ (http://valleymodeltrains.com/catalog/)

Of course the Walthers website is a good one as well. If you are interested in hobby-appropriate tools then Micro Mark is a good place to start (be sure to get on their free catalog mailing list). Micro Mark's website is http://www.micromark.com/ (http://www.micromark.com/) and their service is outstanding. Keep in mind that all these retailers will charge you shipping and handling...sometimes that can be more than the price of the items itself - so use discretion when ordering. I usually wait until I have a substantial order and then proceed.

Ray


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: GCTTowerA on January 16, 2010, 11:47:13 AM
I use ModelTrainStuff.com. They are quick, their prices are amazing and they have great service.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: lescar on January 16, 2010, 11:59:36 AM
Thanks everyone, I haven't bought anything yet.  Still in the designing stages, so far it's going to be a 4' X 8' HO DCC layout with a Union Pacific theme.

Thanks
Les


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: rich1998 on January 16, 2010, 12:25:28 PM
I use caboose hobbies also.
http://www.caboosehobbies.com/catalog/index.php

Litchfield Station is who I get my DCC stuff from. Very good service and free shipping over $75.00.
I just saw a message in another forum from a person who lives in Belgium, Europe. He ordered a tsunami decoder online the 8th of Jan and it arrived in his mailbox the 15th.
They answer email also.

http://www.litchfieldstation.com/DCC-University/index.htm
lex


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: jward on January 16, 2010, 01:31:02 PM
i noticed train world is advertising the new bachmann gp7 for 49.99


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: mabloodhound on January 16, 2010, 02:43:49 PM
http://stores.ebay.com/THE-FAVORITE-SPOT (http://stores.ebay.com/THE-FAVORITE-SPOT) is one of the best e-bay stores.   Carry all gauges and great for On30 items.
Great prices, good shipping, Auth. Bachmann retailer


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Heave on January 16, 2010, 03:11:54 PM
I use the Ebay "The Favorite Spot" also. It is the best.

Be sure to do your buying in batches of 5 units that way shipping is only 12 to 15 dollars for the lot.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Michigan Railfan on January 16, 2010, 04:59:51 PM
modeltrainstuff.com is the best for me. Their prices are amazing, and they ship pretty fast. It only took about 4 days to ship 2 Athearn engines from their store to his house, in Michigan. Their prices are the best I've ever seen so far.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Pacific Northern on January 16, 2010, 05:07:11 PM
I use ModelTrainStuff.com. They are quick, their prices are amazing and they have great service.

I have tried a number of on line stores and prefer

http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/

I always check their site before buying anywhere else.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: ABC on January 16, 2010, 05:42:21 PM
If considering ebay, I recommend the Favorite Spot.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Rashputin on January 16, 2010, 06:31:20 PM
   The majority of the Bachmann engines I have I've gotten from The Favorite Spot on EBay because they've had consistently great prices and great service.  I did get my Bachman Berks from Peach Creek Shops which is where I get my steel mill related buildings and hard to find steel industry equipment.  For everything else I use Model Train Stuff.  I've been buying from Model Train Stuff since the mid seventies when I used to visit their store on a regular basis.  They have a live inventory on their website, so if you see it in stock and put it in your cart, you'll get it without ever having to give backorders a thought.

   There are several other places that get high praise from friends of mine but the three I mention are the ones I've ordered from frequently enough to know for sure that they have excellent service and prices.  I don't think any one place has everything you'll need for a layout when you need it, though, but Model Train Stuff comes close and will order just about anything you can think of.

  Regards


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Pacific Northern on January 16, 2010, 08:19:42 PM
If considering ebay, I recommend the Favorite Spot.

Favorite Spot is a great e-Bay place for Bachmann items and a limited number of Rivarossi items.  Great service and fast shipping.

Just do not get carried away with the bidding. Have seen a lot of instances where people were actually bidding over the "Buy Me Now" prices.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: jbsmith on January 16, 2010, 09:01:37 PM
pricewise modeltrainstuff is tough to beat.
A bit flakey when it comes to notifying me about when my order ships.
I lost count of how many times they emailed me to notify me that the order has just shipped even though the package arrived the day before!  ;D

i also like trainsets only, they are usually competitive in prices and have monthly specials plus they are close to me so shipping is quick, if i order on a Monday i normally have the package by Wednesday. this outfit is in the chicago area.
http://www.trainsetsonly.com/

I have used Horizons site a Few times. Great Service :). Never had a problem or hassle with them :)  but that comes With a Price >:(.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/
BUT--I only do business with them as a last resort, like when no one else has what i am looking for.
Expect to shell out full M$RP, they RARELY if ever offer any price break or discount on model RR goods >:(.
Except for the full M$RP part,,they ARE a good outfit to do business with :)



Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Michigan Railfan on January 17, 2010, 02:11:57 AM
Dan's Train Depot is also a good e-bay dealer. He gives as much info on the item thats up for bidding as he can. He gives a surplus amunt of information. His prices are also really good too. Pretty much everything starts bidding at about 10 dolars. He has a good variety too.

Also, sorry if my typing is a little off. I just got back from the 3 Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin concert at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, so I'm tired. ;)


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: ajghear on January 19, 2010, 01:53:11 PM
I've used several, usually based on pricing at the time I'm buying -
www.walthers.com (good sales sometimes and free shipping on orders over $150)
www.tonystrains.com (DCC systems and decoders)
www.trainworld.com (good prices)

I haven't bought from the ebay sites listed, but will add them to my list of vendors I check.  I also do product searches (usually on the walthers part number because so many hobby stores use the walthers numbers) on google - every once in a while I'll come across a really good deal at a local hobby shop somewhere.

Haven't had bad service from any of these, so far (knock on wood).


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: lwmlwm44 on February 06, 2010, 09:49:43 PM
I have been well satisfied with Discount Trains on line for a lot of stuff.


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: steamchugger on February 06, 2010, 10:15:42 PM
I prefer Blue Ridge Hobbies in Greenville SC, great prices and selection,they ship quick contact at www.blueridgehobbies.com....love this store. Frank is knowlegable and customer friendly give them a try.....steamchugger


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: uncbob on February 06, 2010, 10:19:09 PM
I use ModelTrainStuff.com. They are quick, their prices are amazing and they have great service.
Same here


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: Joe323 on February 06, 2010, 11:57:01 PM
I have used  Walthers and trainworld but because I live 20 Minutes from Trainworlds Brooklyn, NY I usually just drive there


Title: Re: Online Train Store
Post by: BradKT on February 09, 2010, 06:51:35 PM
I agree with Steamchugger about Blue Ridge Hobbies.  I have purchased items from them on many occasions and their selection and prices are hard to beat. 

One thing that I really liked about Blue Ridge Hobbies was when I had to return one item (a turnout...they had the pictures switched, so I had ordered the wrong one), I called them and they handled it very nicely.

I also like Hobbylinc a lot...for all kinds of things that are train and model-related...paints, modeling tools, parts like couplers, etc.  You should check out their site.  I have ordered from them more than any other site.  They don't carry Athearn products, but they do carry pretty much everyone else.  If Hobbylinc is out of a product, you can have them automatically notify you via e-mail when it is back in stock.

One other place that you might want to check out is Amazon.com.  I think that the best of their stores is My Atomic.