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 are pleased to announce the introduction of our new online rewards scheme as from 20 August 2017. With many online businesses competing for the same purchase, a little extra will always come in handy when making that decision of who to purchase from. By coming back time after time, it is easy to make sure that our Tennents Rewards help to make that difference by giving you something back on your previous purchases made online. We can pass on a little of our savings by you using our online service and everyone is happy and saves a little bit.
The main points of the Tennents Rewards Scheme are: -
As an introduction to our new Tennents Rewards Scheme, we are offering double points on all purchases of New Locomotives or Rolling Stock for the remainder of August and all of September. So why not sign up now and start earning Reward Points right away to spend as you wish, whenever you wish, all online of course.
Introducing Twisties from A.Perry, our latest addition to the Tennents Trains DIY range of products. Twisties are a new versatile, re-useable cable tie with a multitude of uses limited only by your own imagination. Twisties are great for use in the garden, in the shed, the garage, around the home, caravan, motorhome, motorbike, bicycle and, of course, on the railway whether it is a model railway or the real thing. In fact they can be used anywhere!
Twisties are made from a multi-core steel inner covered with a strong rubber outer covering and capped with rubber ends making them safe and easy to use for everyone. They are totally pliable and can even be knotted or bent to suit any position and can support up to 25 kgs in a static position, making them an extemely useful tool indeed!
Twisties come in 3 lengths, 150mm - 450mm - 800mm, 2 carded packs are available, one of 4 x 450mm and one of 2 x each size and they can be used over and over again without showing any sign of wear, thus making them into a very useful 'friend' to keep in your toolbox, desk drawer or tool kit.
Twisties are available on the website and in store now!
We exclusively stock the popular Lionel Fastrack and 027 Gauge tinplate track, which is compatible with the old Hornby tinplate track, and the popular Stainless Steel GarGraves track systems, alongside the ranges of Peco SM32, LGB, Atlas track.
Updated Post 29th January 2017. We can also take American Express cards too!
We are pleased to say that we use SagePay as our card payment processing partner. SagePay is, of course, a household name and well respected for credit card payments, giving customers peace of mind that their card details are in safe hands when using our site. All payments are carried out on SagePay's secure servers so you have peace of mind knowing your details remain safe and secure.
For those customers wishing to secure products on a pre-order basis, we have now introduced the Deferred Payment option at checkout. By choosing this option you complete the transaction in the normal way but the payment information does not get sent to the clearing bank until we have requested such clearance when the goods have been despatched. Despite the delay in processing the payment, at no time are your details, card details or anything else available for any of our employees, or those of Sage Pay, to see or use in any way, so your data remains safe and secure.
Of course, we are still offering PayPal as a means of payment so you can still easily use your PayPal account to pay for your orders. Again this payment method offers complete peace of mind in payment security with no data held on our servers at all.
Have you and the kids become fed up with watching a train go round and round? Well before you throw your Hornby train set back in its box and put it in the loft and forget about it, perhaps we could consider a few suggestions.
Firstly, is part of the problem having no space to keep the track in position permanently? If so, then you could think about creating a small space to hold the beginnings of a layout on a more permanent basis. Simple places such as under the bed or hanging off the wall offer a quick startup to any running session and do not take up any space when not in use. For those lucky enough to have space in the garage or loft will have even better opportunities to transform the train set into a layout but it is not essential, small spaces can be utilized to create a very interesting layout.
Operational interest on the layout is all about getting the trains to do things and this can be created quite simply to begin with by adding a siding and / or a passing loop. Both will allow the use of a second locomotive along with the addition of a few isolated track sections, to add more operational interest as you pass control from one train to the other and back again.
We are delighted with our You Tube Channel which shows videos of trains, products and anything else of interest that we come across. As well as loving model trains we also have a great love of the real thing, both standard and narrow gauge trains, and are keen to show it with these videos.
We have also published a series of 'How to' demo videos, provided by our friends at Multifix to whom we are grateful, showcasing the Multifix range of products which we believe are a fantastic addition to any modellers kit bag.
Here is just one of the train videos that we have published and it is showing the Kingston Flyer reversing back on to her train ready for the return journey back to Kingston, located on the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand.
Here is another video that we have taken, this time in the shop. A customer brought in his scratchbuilt 009 live steam layout in a box. It was quite something to behold, live steam in such a tiny little locomotive, who would believe it?
For a few weeks earlier in the summer, we had a small end-to-end layout in the shop based on a country branch terminus station (see images inset). The layout was built by one of the shop volunteers and it created a lot of interest amongst our customers coming into the shop to buy their bits and pieces until one day one of them brought the layout too! It has been missed to say the least and it is now our intention to build another, more permanent layout in the shop, that will also act as our test track for those customers wanting to see their new purchases running before they take them away.
Overhead catenary is one of those lineside features that until recently has been difficult for modellers to replicate unless they were prepared to scratch build it. So we are delighted to let you know that the imminent release of our brand new overhead electric catenary system, including masts and contact wires, is upon us!
We have a small range of DIY Products that have been specially selected to help the modeller in the construction and further development of their model railway layout. They are a range of practical items which you would probably need to buy from your local DIY Store when it comes to building the baseboard and fitting up a more permanent layout. Our thinking is why not get the things you need all in one place?
The range covers:-
All of the products contained in this range are top quality products and are commonly used by trade professionals across a multitude of professions.
All the products are competitively priced and can be used as an add-on to any online order and, in most cases, will be delivered carriage paid. So with nothing to lose, add some to your next order and see the quality for yourself. These products can also be ordered in the shop for next day delivery, making it ideal to pop in to see what Hornby and Bachmann stock we have to offer and pick up a little bit of DIY hardware at the same time.
There is a variety of videos on our You Tube Channel, to introduce and demonstrate the quality and versatility of the Multifix range contained within this section.
We are pleased to introduce our new online gift certificates which are now available to purchase here on the website via your PayPal account or credit card using SagePay's secure servers. The gift certificates are available in any amount from £25 up to £250. The process is a straightforward one which ends with you either sending an email to the recipient with the gift certificate details attached or it can be sent in the mail.
The gift certificates can be redeemed either online or in the shop making them the ideal gift for the model railway enthusiast of any age.
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