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5th Mar, 21

Shop Tour – The Model Train Centre

Welcome to The Model Train Centre! We are a local model railway shop situated in Nelson, Lancashire above a traditional hardware shop. We have a fantastic range of products from the big names such as Hornby and Bachmann to the more specialist manufacturers like DCCConcepts and Metcalfe Models. We have a vast range of OO […]

4th Mar, 21

Rail Charter Services – The 2021 Staycation Express

Rail Charter Services – The 2021 Staycation Express. Rail Charter Services have this morning released some of their plans for the 2021 operation of ‘The Staycation Express’, a daily scheduled charter service operating over the Settle Carlisle line. Following on from the success of the 2020 season, a few alterations have been made to the […]

23rd Jun, 20

Welcome to Rushton Brook

Inside The Model Train Centre we have a little gem of a layout – . Rushton Brook . A late 1950s/early 1960s era OO gauge scenic layout. A Hornby 4-6-0 5P5F ‘Black 5’ passing under the Meerbrook Road bridge. Rushtons corn mill with the brook passing under the sluice gate. The 1437 service to Bosley, […]

15th Feb, 20

Trip to Lincolnshire 12/02/20

On Wednesday 12th Feb I decided with my day off to go and explore new territory for me, and that is Lincolnshire. I started off by driving to Burnley Manchester Road station to pick up a train bound for Manchester. From there I headed down to Sheffield with TransPennine Express and waited for my next […]

8th Feb, 20

Hornby announces 2020 range!

Hornby have released details about their 2020 range, with a whole host of fascinating products. Plenty of retooled models can be found such as the APT and Class 91 as well as original models with a vast variety of different liveries such as the Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ in the new ‘Avanti West Coast’ livery to […]

8th Nov, 19

Settle trip 07/11/19

Inside the traditional signal box at Settle On Thursday 7th November 2019 I made a trip to Settle. Why? To take photos from inside the signal box at Settle station.  I set off from our shop in Nelson to the railway station, and caught the 1216 train to Preston. At Preston I then changed onto […]

6th Nov, 19

Northerns New Train Introduction

The Model Train Centre had a great day out doing their favourite pastime – travelling on a train. On the 1st July 2019, Northern launched their fleet of brand new trains, Class 195s and Class 331s. They launched 9 new units that day, 5 in Cumbria, 2 in Liverpool and 2 at Leeds. I decided […]

17th Oct, 17

Model Train Centre Comes to Lancashire

Traditional store expands into model railways. Clarks Hardware / The Model Train Centre In business since 1922, Clarks Hardware started life as a hardware shop / ironmongers / mill furnishers. Many changes have taken place in those 98 years. Different owners, different premises and now, different products. Whilst the store still retains that traditional “feel” […]

19th Sep, 17

Newsletter 13/08/2019

New Supplier 13/08/2019   Here at The Model Train Centre new stock and products are arriving on a daily basis. We are now proud to announce that we have become a trade dealer for all of the DCC Concepts products which add to & compliment our existing range of point motors, controllers, layout wire, tools […]

Here you can find the news, reviews and updates on all things railway. The Model Train Centre will post weekly updates on what’s happened during the week, whether it is news on products or our daily adventures, reviews on existing products and general updates around the shop.