11th December, 2020

16 model shops in Devon and Cornwall

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In these tough times when we can’t explore the railways as much as we’d like at least you can create your own at home. Many of these retailers sell online too.



Kernow Model Railway Centre – specialist model railway shop with huge stock. Online sales.

J Toms & Sons – specialising in die-cast collectors’ model cars.


St Austell Model Centre – mainly specialising in aircraft and road vehicles. No model railways. Online sales.


Bodmin and Wenford Railway – shop based at the heritage railway at Bodmin General station. Specialising in model railways.

American Railroad Centre – specialist importer of American model trains. Online sales.



Antics – stocks a wide range of models from railways to aircraft, accessories and modelling tools. Online sales.

Chris’ Crafts & Model Railways – craft and model railway shop with a large stock of new and secondhand items. 206 Exeter St, Plymouth, PL4 0NH. Call 01752 665007. Also has an outlet at Plym Valley Railway.

Plus… Paul’s Scale Models – sells via Facebook. Authorised Iwata seller.

BUCKFASTLEIGH (bus from Totnes)

South Devon Railway – Based at the old Buckfastleigh station on the South Devon Railway, the shop stocks a comprehensive range of model railway items and gifts. Online sales.


Bekra Models – traditional model shop, under new management.


Crediton Antiques Centre – usually has a range of secondhand model railway items.


Paignton Model Shop – located just across the road from Paignton station and the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, this shop specialises in model railways but also stocks items such as Scalextric. Online sales.


Youings – stocks a wide range of models from railways to aircraft as well as toys and games.

Small World – traditional model railway shop based in the heart of the town.

BIDEFORD (bus from Barnstaple station)

Osborn’s Models – family run business specialising in model railways. Online sales.

Shady Lane Models – located just off Bideford High Street, this shop specialises in model railways. Online sales.


Colletts Models – this shop specialises in model railways but also stocks items such as Scalextric. Online sales.


From 2nd December, if you live in a Tier 3 area you “should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK other than where necessary”. Devon residents are in Tier 2 and should “reduce the number of journeys you make where possible”. Cornwall residents are in Tier 1.

If you are travelling, face coverings must be worn on public transport and in indoor spaces at stations unless you are exempt. If you can, please buy your ticket online on the GWR app or website. Please also remember to wash your hands and use social distancing. Read more on GWR’s Coronavirus advice page.

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