Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thailand Railways

Click HERE for an interesting railway video from Thailand.

LS Models BB7200/BB22000

Click HERE for up-to-date livery details on LS Models’ new release BB7200/BB22000s

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New Fleischmann announcements for Winter 2013/2014

Following on from the earlier Roco announcement, click HERE for the Fleischmann releases for the same period.

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W. Britains announcements

Received today from Bachmann was the W. Britain Summer 2013 announcement catalogue. Below are the images of the new items shown within its pages. Prices TBA

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Roco new releases for Winter 2013/2014

Click HERE for details of extra items announced by Roco. (NB. it is a large file so be patient)

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New Brekina announcements for September

Click HERE for details of upcoming releases from Brekina.

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New Os.Kar release announcements

New release announcements made by Os.Kar.

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for product info pdfs.

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LS Models announce more Belgian Type 13s

Received today from LS Models were details regarding further releases of their Belgian Railways Type 13 electric loco. Click HERE for the pdf file.

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Faversham Hop Festival verdict

So… The Hop Festival is over for another year.

Prior to this year’s festival there was some controversy regarding the funding for the festival with shops and businesses being asked to donate £100 to aid paying for the weekend. It was suggested that the Festival brings a lot of trade to the town and £100 was “nothing” (not a term used officially by the organisers we might add) for a business to spend.

So… Without divulging any financial information here is what the Hop Festival did for us at The Hobby Shop…

Compared to the previous Saturday (which was a “good” day), on Hop Festival Saturday we had twice as many customers, but took 10% less money. The stall that we were allowed to have outside took 10% of that money from 25% of the customers.

On the Sunday we opened from 10 until 4 which, compared to a “normal” day, is 80% of the usual opening hours. But we took only 25% of a normal days takings.

As an alleged 45000 people attended this year’s festival, we had approx 1 in 400 of those purchase something.

From our weekend it can be surmised that, yes for the pubs and cafes in town, the Hop Festival brings in a lot of trade. For the general businesses in town however, the Hop Festival doesn’t bring in a substantial amount of extra money.

Knowing our profit levels, £100 is certainly not “nothing” and this year’s event certainly didn’t generate the necessary additional income to cover that expense.

What for the Hop Festival’s future? We guess we’ll see… (Just not from a business standpoint on Sunday!!)

New EFE releases for September & October


Buses are £25 + P&P, and the lorry £23 + P&P

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