Yes we have no large scaleI
N.B the last time I saw anything was on PEI in the only hobbie shop!
But that was years ago!
The hobbie shop near St. John just HO.
Thers was a gent in salbury who use to build SHAY'S
He was giving it up Health!!
Just try to find any railroad thing are a chore!
Yes I do spend time in the Moncton area!!
I just moved here from Naples, Florida last October (long story met a lady fell in love got married etc).
I have to admit I was pretty disappointed in the lack of hobby shops in the area. In Moncton, as far as I can tell, there is only ONE hobby shop that carries model railroad stuff, HO and N, and it is run out of someone's garage and only open on Wed nights for part of the year and Wed nights and Saturdays the rest of the year. While this hobby shop does take orders and prices things reasonably, it sure would be nice to have a full time hobby shop in town. Hmmm...possible business opportunity...
I havent yet tried to order stuff from the states and have it shipped here...I imagine the duty would make it pretty darn expensive.
There is no duty on importations of model railroad gear from the USA into Canada. You will pay the sales tax though as a protection to any local merchants. Watch out for shipping - Americans love their courrieur services like UPS and Fedex while Canadians like most other countries prefer the usage of the postal system. The courrieurs will zing you an extra $50-75 per order for custome brokerage, something not apparent to the shipper.
The mail order discount pricing for large scale stuff from the USA is a big incentive to order by mail ... the shipping is not so bad if you find a dealer who will use the Post Office. If you are looking for stuff in Canada priced reasonably I can recommend Art Knapp in Vancouver - and ordering from them will mean you will pay only GST.
If I had the financial backing and knew more about the products I would start a business out here. Right now I am gathering enough track and rolling stock to get my layout on the ground for next summer.
From the movie phrase, "Build it and they will come". Has anyone seen this happen, wherre a G scale shop opens where there are no G scaleres and the hobby secures a foothold. Any input would be appreciated. Regards. Dennis.
I'm a military brat living in Ottawa, A member of the Ottawa Valley Garden Railway Society, along with Paul and Doug. Born in Nfld and working on my freelanced version of the now defunct NFLD Railway. I have thought about opening my own shop. Newfie Bulllet Train Shop. Perhaps a move to St John's and open a bricks an mortar store along with a web store. There are a few good dealers in Canada. Art Knapp out in BC is one of them.
I visited Art Knapp Trains 3 years ago. The place is huge and well laid out. Their outdoor train layout is full of great ideas. Store shelves are well stocked, which makes it difficult to walk out empty-handed. Being on the West Coast, they have great weather even during the winter. It was a great trip. Regards, Dennis.