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I've been asked to build an HO layout based on a small Canadian National terminus using Backmanns 0-6-0 switcher, 2-6-0 Mogul and 2-6-2 Prairie for motive power. I've found a source of building plans for scratchbuilding using Evergreen sheets but I cannot find anywhere in the UK who can provide the rest of the things I need, like Tichy Trains Group for windows and doors (specified in the plans) and freight car kits or Walthers for the passenger cars (Concor Heavyweight Branchline stock). I've tried phoning the only shop listed for the UK on Walthers website and the reply was, "Haven't had it for years!" before they hung up on me! Otherwise searching the web has supplied nothing, nada, zilch!!!
If anyone out there knows of any reliable US suppliers in the UK please let me know before I have to resort to importing from the US. At the current exchange rate plus import tax etc. the cost doesn't bear thinking about!

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Sorry I can't help with the UK and I suspect that might be account the import duties retailers would be obliged to pay versus likely sales revenue.

Is it any cheaper to import from Canada? I have used Eurorail Hobbies quite regularly and find them to be very efficient and professional. And just north of the 49th Parallel.

http://www.eurorailhobbies.com/index.asp

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There is a model shop in either Bodmin or St. Austell in Cornwall that seems to specialise in American Stuff. I'll see if I can find any contact details.
Just Googled it: Website address is  http://americanrailroadcentre.com

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Hi William,

You really have a tough one. I presume you've tried all the usual sources. Looking at what they charge in the UK you are probably better off biting the bullet and ordering from one of the box shifters in the US (not Walthers directly, all Con-Cor stock is "out of stock" and likely to remain so) or from eBay. You may have problems finding some CN lettered products, although lettering and numbering an "unlettered" model is easy. Con-Cor heavyweights (clerestory roof) are prototypically short (65' compared with 80') but ideal for small layouts and tight curves. Usually they do not have interiors. Haven't been made for years, eBay is the best source.

Looking at my favorite supplier (Modeltrainstuff.com) for the engines:

Bachmann 0-6-0. Tender or tank? CN 0-6-0 slope-backed tender with lights and smoke unit - $59.99 currently on sale. From memory this is a split frame chassis, easy to convert to DCC.

Bachmann Mogul. CN, DCC ready. $89.99 currently on sale.

Bachmann Prairie. CN, $79.99 currently on sale.

Con-Cor heavyweight shorties. Hen's teeth time.

These are expensive on eBay, and CN lettered are very rare. Con-Cor also did "old-time" passenger stock with 2 open platforms and clerestory roofs. More appropriate for a branchline and a Mogul or Prairie steam engine than an 80' heavyweight in main line service. There are a couple on eBay at the moment at $34.99. Rivarossi did do some unlettered heavyweight passenger stock in green. Generic, and you have to watch out for interiors. Athearn did a number of CN heavyweight passenger cars, eBay is the only source as they are long out of production.

Postage is not that bad, but you need to contact the shifter directly rather than through their website. You won't pay sales tax here, you may get hit for VAT on arrival, but these are toys and are exempt from duty. End of the day probably cheaper than from a UK supplier.

Grandt Lines - contact them directly or use eBay.

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Hi William,

Try http://home.cogeco.ca/~bgrgroup/index.html for CN passenger cars.

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Hi guys!

Sorry for the delay in replying. I'm busy producing a series of bird images for one of our local schools which had to take priority!
I've pretty much 'done the rounds' of UK suppliers with little joy. They're all happy to sell me locos and rolling stock (mostly modern image) but nothing else. As BCDR pointed out prices can be rediculous so I'll have to order directly from source except for Evergreen sheets which, as it turns out, are available from a local model shop in nearby Lancaster. Tichy Trains can supply a number of trackside items and freight stock kits besides windows/doors, etc so I'm pretty happy there. What particularly bugs me about this is when I was modelling the US scene full-time a few years back I had a shop just a few miles away in Clitheroe who supplied literally, every single item for my layouts, usually from stock but within short notice if ordered. Sad to say when the couple who owned it retired no one was willing to take it on. Glory days gone to dust!


                 

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