We are pleased to announce our most ambitious venture to date – we have opened a new branch of Kernow Model Rail Centre in Guildford.
We opened on 1st May with a range of special events during the week to celebrate.
We have the full support of the major manufacturers and model railway magazines, most of whom are being represented during the opening week of events.
We chose Guildford as this is an area that is very familiar to us with regular exhibition attendances in the area. We also have a large customer base who already use our mail order service and, through our research, there is a lack of any dedicated model shops found in the surrounding area.
Chris Trerise, Managing Director of Kernow Model Rail Centre, said “It is vitally important for the future of our hobby to attract new modellers and this can only be done by having a physical shop to showcase the vast range of products available. Our Guildford branch will build on the success of our Camborne shop in having working displays and knowledgeable staff to assist”
The shop is located at 75b Stoke Road, Guildford, GU1 4HT.
The shop is within easy walking distance of both Guildford mainline (11 minutes) and Guildford London Road station (8 minutes). While parking is not permitted immediately outside the shop (except on Sundays) you can park for up to two hours in surrounding streets. Waitrose is also just five minutes walk where you can park for up to 90 minutes provided you also spend above a certain amount in Waitrose. For longer stays York Road car park is available.
Surrey County Council operate a Park and Ride scheme in Guildford - https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/buses-and-other-transport/guildford-park-and-ride - the Friary Bus Station is an eight minute walk. You can also walk from the Spectrum Park and Ride if you are feeling energetic, it is a pleasent 15 minute walk through Stoke Park!
Wednesday 1st May - Bachmann, British Railway Modelling, PECO, Railway Modeller, RMweb
On our first day we had Tony Lowe and Richard Proudman from Bachmann, with samples of forthcoming releases. Steve Haynes from PECO had samples of new products and you met Steve Flint, Editor of Railway Modeller and TV Star of The Great Model Railway Challenge. You also met Andy York and Phil Parker from British Railway Modelling and RMweb.
Thursday 2nd May - Heljan, Hornby, Hornby Magazine
On our second day we had Ben Jones from Heljan with samples of forthcoming models, Simon Kohler, Mr Hornby and TV star of James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain, with samples of new 2019 releases. Hornby Magazine was in attendance with goody bags and you met the Editor, Mike Wild, and Assistant Editor Mark Chivers.
Friday 3rd May - Dapol, Gaugemaster, Model Rail, Revolution Trains
On our third day we had Joel Bright from Dapol with samples of forthcoming models, Kevin Player from Gaugemaster with goody bags and demonstrations of Gaugemaster products. Model Rail with some of their exclusive models available for sale, the Editor, Richard Foster, and Chris Nevard, Photographer and Model Maker, who built our Porth Emmett demonstration layout. Ben Ando from Revolution Trains had samples of the N Gauge Class 92 and other projects.
The Guildford team - Mike, Rob, Connor, Lisa, Simon and Jonathan!
Exclusive First Editions
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