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Richmond, VA - Hobby Shops and Rail Fanning

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Richmond, VA - Hobby Shops and Rail Fanning
Posted by PennCentral99 on Saturday, June 15, 2019 7:47 PM

I'll be in Richmond, VA in a few days, for a few days. Other than Tiny Tim's in Ashland, any other hobby shops in the Richmond area or places to rail fan?

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:03 PM

I've only been to Richmond once.  I didn't go to an LHS, but to the Stone brewery.  There was a Conrail line close by, so we sat there drinking beer and watching trains.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:25 PM

Sorry, Richmond is a drought area for hobby shops.

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Tiny Tim's is a cute place, but the emphasis is on O scale and toys. Very little HO, and the prices are steep.

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On the plus side, the staff is always very friendly, and they are great ambassadors for the hobby, just no reason for scale modelers to go out of the way to get there.

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Posted by carl425 on Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:14 PM

Cool bridge over the James

The triple crossing

Church Hill Tunnel

Acca yard

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Posted by carl425 on Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:24 PM

MisterBeasley

I've only been to Richmond once.  I didn't go to an LHS, but to the Stone brewery.  There was a Conrail line close by, so we sat there drinking beer and watching trains.

 

That's a CSX line.  Former C&O.

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Posted by PennCentral99 on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:50 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the feedback!

SeeYou190

Tiny Tim's is a cute place, but the emphasis is on O scale and toys. Very little HO, and the prices are steep.

-Kevin

Yeah, I found that out last year when I was there. But, at least I got to sit and watch trains for a few hours!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:15 AM

PennCentral99
But, at least I got to sit and watch trains for a few hours!

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Yes... I crossed the road and ate at the "Trackside Diner". Ate a good burger and watched trains go by. Not a bad way to spend an hour or two.

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Posted by drgwcs on Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:29 PM

There are a couple of Hobbytowns in Richmond. I had been in the south location and they had some trains- more than some other hobbytowns that I had seen but not a real great selection. Not sure about the north location. Kevin what is your route up to Richmond?- If you should happen to pass close to Danville VA I would like to give you an invitation to visit the club here. We meet on Monday and Thursday nights. (we could probably arrange another time during the day too.) If you are going through the Hampton Roads area there are a couple of shops in Virginia Beach.

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Posted by Jeff Patelski on Monday, June 17, 2019 9:26 AM

Pass on the Hobbytown on the north side (Broad Street). It's not worth it. Focus your energy on railfanning instead (Ashland, Triple crossing, etc.).

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, June 17, 2019 11:08 AM

drgwcs
Kevin what is your route up to Richmond?- If you should happen to pass close to Danville VA

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I have had to cancel all my planned trips to Virgnia in 2019. There are too many things going on in Tennessee this year.

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I also had to cancell all but one trip to North Carolina. I guess only one visit to the Little Choo Choo shop in Spencer will be on the schedule.

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Hopefully once all the nonsense in Nashville and Chattanooga settles down, I can get back to normal in 2020 and make it back to Roanoke and Richmond, and maybe even a trip up to Winchester.

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Posted by drgwcs on Monday, June 17, 2019 2:43 PM

SeeYou190

 

 
drgwcs
Kevin what is your route up to Richmond?- If you should happen to pass close to Danville VA

 

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I have had to cancel all my planned trips to Virgnia in 2019. There are too many things going on in Tennessee this year.

-Kevin

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We have figured it out Kevin- we can read between the lines. You had to cancel the trip to Richmond because you found out there weren't any decent hobby shops..............Hmm Whistling Big Smile

 

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