We are a long established Model Railway Shop in Halesowen, West Midlands.
All the above would not be possible without the enormous support of the volunteers who help to keep the shop running! We thank them very much.
Welcome to Tennents Trains' Blog Pages
Here we will periodically publish articles of interest on all topics from the model railway world as well as news items and updates from the shop.
All views expressed in this blog are those of the writer alone and do not necessarily represent the views of Tennents Trains Ltd.
We have an availability status of To Order 7-10 day delivery on a number of new locomotives on this website. There are many reasons for this, including: -
Model railway layout planning can be a daunting task but it is very much an exciting one! Whether you are starting from scratch, building another layout or simply adding on an extra section to an existing layout, planning is the most important stage and getting to grips with the geometry of the proprietary set track pieces will not come easily to some. Our Track plans can help you to create precisely the right layout for your needs and allow you time to run through many scenarios that you imagine a real train doing on the layout, all with the hard work of the geometry all taken care of.
Many people start their layout design process with a scrap of paper and a pencil, drawing track bed lines and realising it would not work they want it to and then rubbing them out and starting again. These days, though, we can call on the assistance of computers to help us design our layouts. We use AnyRail here in the shop but there are plenty of others brands of software available, mostly free to start of with. Using this software, we have published a series of track plans that have been designed as an inspiration to you or the finished article, we will let you decide. We have also turned some of the Hornby Track Plans and Peco Track Plans, with their kind permission, into Tennents Bundles to help to take some of the hard work out of starting up and acquiring the necessary pieces. To help even more, by bundling the track involved in those plans together, we have offered them all for sale with a 15% discount off so that you save cash as you set up!
Each plan is marked with the track piece code number making them very easy to follow and with the geometry already taken care of, it will not be too long before you can have your trains running on your new layout. It is often suggested that you should run your trains for a while before fixing down the track just to make sure that there is enough scope of operational activity, or 'play appeal', in the layout to make it permanent.
Some of our track plans are just segmented parts of a potentially larger layout, perhaps a terminal station, a goods yard or simple passing loop, and these track plans could be used in conjunction with any existing layout that you have or maybe even combined together to make up something very interesting. The bigger layout designs have been designed in a modular format so that you can piece together sections and slowly create your complete model railway layout for both practical and financial reasons. Each large track plan starts with a section that can be operated in it's own right before other sections are then added to form the next stage in the process until it is complete...well, at least for now!
We have created a product which we think will be of interest to many of our customers for very little cost. 'Any Old Wagon Will Do!' is a product which delves into our relics bin and gives you the opportunity to give new life to an old model or, even, parts of a model. Over time, most modellers end up with a few relics of their own and this product is designed to not only offer the chance to purchase some relic from our collection but to also act as an inspiration to modellers to check out their own oddments box and make something useful out of an item you might otherwise have thrown away.
The concept is simple; you decide what type of piece you want and we will then supply an old wagon, coach or loco body from our stocks of cheap rolling stock and bits which is suitable for: -
The image is an example of the kind of rolling stock that is available from our collection with some parts maybe in a worse condition than those shown and we cannot guarantee that you will receive any particular wagon shown.
We have added some examples of what we have done with some of the scrap bits from our collection on our Gallery Pages. These parts had been lying around the shop and on our work benches for a while until we decided to turn them into attractive and realistic 'extras' on our shop display layout.
However, you don't have to be modelling a locomotive scrap yard to use these things because most Engine Sheds would have bits lying around all over the place, perhaps the village garage has a pile, or even a backyard in one of your houses! Hopefully the images, and this product, will give you inspiration to do something similar on your layout.
Of course, by adding the product onto an order for other products, you get this cheap item for potentially 'free shipping' so there really is nothing to lose, buy today and start restoring tomorrow!
All UK online orders over £60 get FREE Carriage and they are sent by Courier or via the Post Office. For all orders under £60 we charge a rate of £2.50 if the order is under £20 or just £5 if it over £20 but less then £60.
We believe in giving a great service love offering our customers a great deal and always hope that you will be able to take advantage of our competitive delivery charges. Please bear this in mind when comparing our great prices with other online prices. Remember we offer the same fantastic products as every other model shop, the difference is that we often deliver them cheaper, making our overall service cheaper than you might otherwise think. Combine this tremendous offer with our special prices on our Promotions and Bargain Pages and it is easy to see why customers love our service and can easily bag themselves a bargain.
So place your order with us today and give us a try, we may not be the most famous name on the High St. but we have been around for over 50 years, giving you full confidence of receiving a great service.
In this day and age, there is no need to worry too much about what locomotive would have pulled a particular train or type of traffic in order to be seen as authentic. The reason is simple; preservation! On most preserved lines there is a shortage of suitable traction power so anything goes! A GWR Pannier can be seen pulling the odd blue/grey coach set for instance, so always remember that on your railway you are in control, you are the Roster Manager and you decide what is going out in traffic today and what job it is going to do.
There are those who would frown upon this view and they have a point but only if you are being very period specific, whereas today we can think of our model railway as being set in the modern day and still run steam engines, and even run them at the same time as a Virgin Pendolino train as the steam train passes by the Pendolino on a Steam Special Excursion to the coast and back!
The same can be said of the rolling stock too! As witnessed on many preserved lines and excursion trains, blood & custard coaches are liberally mixed with crimson and blue/grey, even with the odd Inter-City mixed in as well. It is always nice to see a rake of coaches in keeping with a period and the locomotive but it is far from essential unless you are showing a particular period of time on your layout, things are very different then.
We have expanded our website a little to include a new menu category and an expanded promotional section, each outlining a different type of offer and deals you won't find anywhere else. We hope that you will find something of interest on these two pages and please check back regularly to see what we have on offer as they will change quickly and even we don't know what will be added tomorrow. Please click on the highlighted text below to go through to the individual page.
On our Promotions Page we not only show you our website and business promotions, but we also show some quick-fire promotional bundles. These bundles offer you, our customers, the opportunity to buy products in a great deal where part, or all, of the elements attract a little more discount or special price when brought as part of the bundle compared to being brought separately. These bundles will often be very short-lived because when they're gone, they're gone!
As well as finding our Promotional Offers on the Promotions Page, you will find details of individual promotional bundles on the page of the main product, so please make sure that as you browse through our product pages be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see if any promotional offers are available on that product.
We have introduced a Bargains Category on the Menu bar to help focus customers on the bargain offers that we have available. The bargains have a further discount applied in excess of the standard discount off the manufacturers RRP, giving you, our customers, great deals on individual items. The category not only contains locomotives but also rolling stock, kits, buildings in 00 and N gauge as well. We hope that you will find something in this category that will interest you and please check back regularly as even we don't know what products and models might be added tomorrow.
Following Hornby recent announcement that they will not be renewing the licence to manufacture and sell Thomas & Friends™ merchandise in 00 gauge in the UK from the end of 2018, we are left wondering what the future might hold for Thomas and all of his Sodor friends. Thomas has been a part of the model railway world for a long time, with the models inspired by
Well, the next stage would be to add a few buildings and generally give the train a purpose for being. In the real world railways were not just built for the fun of it, well at least not in the beginning but maybe the preservationists have changed all that, instead they were built to serve a purpose, whether it was moving passengers or moving freight or both. In the same way as the real railway engineers, we need to think about this when we are beginning to consider adding scenery and buildings to our layouts too. What is going to be our railway's purpose? A mine, a petro-chemical plant, a simple dockside, a large mainline station, a country halt in glorious countryside, the choices are endless. Once you have decided what you are going to build, the next question is; How?
Laying down the track and running a train around and around is only part of the fun that can be gained from owning a train set. Turning it into a permanent layout is the next logical step and this can take a lifetime to achieve! Many people think that they simply need to add a few buildings and lay a bit of grass or ballast and they are finished, only to find that their imagination starts to kick in on their next visit to their local model railway shop, when they see something else and know just the little corner that it would perfectly fit into! And so begins a lifetime of model railway layout building.
In recent years, a new dimension has been added to the world of building a model railway layout; DCC sound. Sound, itself, is not actually new to model railways as Hornby Triang fitted some of their tender locomotives with a sandpaper strip and metal clip on the axle of the tender to give a very passable impression of the chuff-chuff sound of the locomotive as it sped along. Very basic technology and not matched to the locomotive's real sound it may have been, but in the mind of the observer, did it really matter? The locomotive was making a chuff-chuff sound as it went along making the experience feel that much better. Today, of course, sound is all digital and far more accurate and realistic with most of the sounds now being digitally recorded from the actual locomotive, wherever possible, whilst Hornby have introduced a very successful range of TTS Decoders which do a very good job and at a very reasonable cost too!
So why add sound? For many enthusiasts sound is
Graham Farish 2018
Now that Bachmann, Graham Farish and Hornby have all announced the exciting new models they have planned for the forthcoming year and beyond, we are pleased to say that, as previously, we will be offering every single locomotive, coach and wagon for sale in the shop and on our website. It is quite an undertaking to get things prepared so keep watching as the new models are added to the website in the coming days and weeks.
Some of these models are going to be more in demand than others and it is wise to pre-order some of these models to ensure that you get the model you desire and don't end up disappointed at missing out. On this website you will see the models that are available on a pre-order basis by the delivery filter and on checkout you can choose to use Deferred Payment, which takes your credit card payment and stores the payment with the bank until we release the payment when the model is available. However, after 30 days the payment expires but your order is still valid and we will contact you to renew payment when the model is released. Remember, at no stage does anyone have any access to your payment information so your credit card details are perfectly safe. This gives you peace of mind that no matter how long it takes for the model to be released, your money is safe and will not be touched until we despatch the model to you.
You can also choose to pay a 10% or 20% deposit which secures your purchase of the particular model at the price prevailing when you place your order. The balance becomes due when the model is released and the order will be amended to show the full price of the model and your deposit payment shown as an order discount. The status of the order will be changed to 'Deposit Balance Due' which then opens up the order to enable a further payment to be made to complete the order. The model is then despatched once payment has been received.
If you are not inclined to use the website to buy but still want to pre-order a certain model, then please call the shop on 0121 550 1266 to give us your order and we will then ensure that you get your model, if stock is still available to order from the manufacturer, and you can choose to pay on order or pay later when the model is despatched.
We will also be adding other ranges on to the website too, so please keep an eye out for those as well as we endeavour to offer our customers the best possible range of products all at very competitive prices. Remember all our models are exactly the same as those offered elsewhere but often the free carriage over £60 can be forgotten when comparing prices, making us even more competitive!
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