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« on: February 17, 2007, 08:01:22 AM »

I’m getting back into the hobby after a long absence, and I am looking for good fair priced online retailers (specifically HO).  Any suggestions?


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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 08:22:48 AM »

You can't go wrong with Trainworld or Standard Hobby Supply for most things.  I recommend Tony's Train Xchange for DCC.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007, 09:43:02 AM »

I have used Trainland/Trainworld in the New York City area as they have a brick and mortar store, an 800 number and a web site.

I use Walthers / Terminal Hobby ONLY when on sale item (Budd passenger cars = $14.00 or lower) and for hard to get item (Detail West detailing parts).

When I need Athearn parts, I have to go direct to Athearn.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 11:19:07 AM »

I will echo the Trainworld recommendation and add that if you call them on their regular number, rather than the 800 number, they will take all the time you need to answer questions and take your order.

Another great store with great mail order service is M B Klein, on the web at They have a deeper modeler oriented inventory than most low priced outlets, great prices, and a store if you are near Baltimore.


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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007, 12:44:32 PM »

I like

Always Good Service.

I do agree with Stewart,

we should support our Local Hobby Shop,

if possible.

I do buy magazines and small supplies at the L.H.S.,

But they must order Bachmann On30.

And charge Full Price.
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 excellemnt quick service and better than usual sales and closeouts.   check out too. clearance sales ongoing.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2007, 06:01:28 PM »

Discount Hobby Warehouse, Il & Trainworld, NY & The Favourite Spot, TX

Happy Shopping

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007, 06:37:07 AM »

I'm lucky enough to live near the brick and mortar Trainworld here in Brooklyn. Was just there over the weeked picking up a remote turn out. Always helpful--threw in the new 2007 Bachman catalog for my wintertime viewing amusement.Highly recommended

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2007, 10:50:50 AM »

I would ask you all to support your local model shop.

The Internet and eBay have lead to a lot of shops closing, and the demise of the hobby. We are not doing the hobby any favors by short curcuiting our local shop.

It takes a shop window to excite a youngster's imagination and to get them into the hobby.



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« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2007, 01:10:17 PM »


I agree and disagree. I spend my hobby dollars at number of local (within 40 miles) brick and mortar hobby/train stores, as well as several big mailorder outlets (most of which also have retail stores).

I worked in the retail hobby business from the age 14 and know what you mean about the value of the local shop.

But, I will not go out of my way to pay more than the going rate for something and I will not support businesses that are not responsive to my needs.

As I noted in another recent thread on the topic of a train outlet closing, Many years ago a shop owner I worked for realized that the amount of product available and the oncoming discounting would require a new kind of hobby shop in the future. One that is big enough to buy direct and sell competitively wihile still providing good service.

There are lots of such shops today and many are able to do this because their mail order business gives them enough volume to buy direct at the right price. And often they serve those with no local shop within a reasonable driving distance.

One fine example is M B Klein in Balitmore. Great selection, great service, brick and mortar and mail order/web and discount prices since the 1950's.

Small local shops like those I worked in as a teenager, while romantic, cannot have repersentitive inventories of todays vast selection of product nor can they provide reasonable prices in todays market. If I am going to shop there, I expect a reasonable selection of what is available and reasonable prices. Not necessarily the lowest price, but a price in line with the discounts generally available.

And as much fun as the "local" shop was, even then it was MORE fun to go into Baltimore to Kleins where they had "EVERYTHING!". He was a premier large shop even back then in this area and he knew that price and selection drew people from great distances to spend money.

So yes, support hobby shops, but don't pay too much, and expect a good selection. Would you shop at a grocery that had to special order in milk and bread?


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« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2007, 03:09:41 PM »

I'd like to support the LHS. We have 1 in Nashville & 1 in nearby Franklin. A high state sales tax of 9.25% drives a lot of major purchases online.

I don't consider big chains like Hobby Lobby or HobbyTown to be a LHS. They can be an alternative to WM for paint, glue & other essential supplies.

I may check out some of the advertisers in MR or RMC. At least they support the magazines I read. On vacations, I usually make it a point to visit a store listed in the back classified sections.

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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2007, 10:44:45 PM »

There is panic among UK enthusiasts that buying and selling on has to be registered with HM tax collectors. The classification of "Model Railways" on the site has had 10,000 items at once, and is currently running at about 3000.

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Interested in making friends on the site with similar interests.

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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2007, 01:31:27 PM »

I have good luck & deals with Caboose Hobbies, san val, & MICRO MARK, Good luck........

Atlantic Central

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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2007, 02:50:51 PM »


Tax collectors are a subject we should avoid on here before I start talking about how we are being robbed at gun point by the government and some liberal starts telling me about how they "need" the money to save me from myself and that  I "owe" all those people who live off the taxes I pay.

There are plenty of "grey market" economies, E-bay is just the newest! It's a shame the orginal limitations on taxation where ever removed from the US Constitution.

As for the UK, I know nothing of their tax system other than to know I'm sure the taxes are too high.

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