Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Train store Scograil makes tracks around the world

17:00 27 December 2012

Scograil in Ipswich. Steph and Neil Scoggins are pictured at the model railway shop.

Scograil in Ipswich. Steph and Neil Scoggins are pictured at the model railway shop.

Archant

FROM Australia to Thailand, model train enthusiasts from across the world have tracked their way to Scograil – East Anglia’s only dedicated model railway shop.

shares

Family-run Scograil Model Railways, of Woodbridge Road, sells everything from classic Hornby steam engines to Bachmann steam locos to regional residents and worldwide tourists.

“There’s a chap from Thailand who flips between Thailand, London and Ipswich,” said Neil Scoggins, who jointly runs the shop. “He always comes in to see us.

“For most people it’s part of their travel plans but they’ll make sure they see us. There are some from Holland who visit.”

Wife Stephanie Scoggins said: “If that’s your thing, even when you go abroad you’ll check out other railway shops. We have someone from Australia who comes over to see his mum and he comes in.

“Even BBC News reporter Nick Robinson came in with his children because they love their train sets.”

Scograil, previously based in St Helen’s Street before moving into its new home in October, has provided the model train community with friendly expert advice and hard-to-find products since 2005.

And a band of loyal customers are being joined by an online wave of model train devotees, from Asia to America.

“The majority of people that come to the shop are local but we do have customers from all over the world ordering from our website,” said Neil.

“We have repeat orders from people in Australia, New Zealand, America and Japan. This week I sent out packages to Newcastle and Croatia!

“We’re the only stockists of two quite big European manufactures – Fleischmann and Roco – in the area”.

Family members help out Neil and Stephanie, with their love of model railways and wealth of knowledge.

“They know exactly what they talking about,” said Stephanie. “They have pretty much come out of retirement to help us – like my Dad!

In-store customers can try before they buy by setting the train in motion in Scograil’s testing area.

“The majority of people who come in are buying for their pleasure because it’s their hobby, or it’s a grandad doing it for their grandson,” added Stephanie.

shares

0 comments

Police attend the scene of a major incident near the train station in Bury st Edmunds on Tuesday 4th August.

Police have arrested three people following a shooting that took place in Bury St Edmunds yesterday evening.

Dhilip Ravichandran in hospital following the collision.

A west Suffolk business is leading a campaign to raise thousands of pounds for urgent medical care for a colleague on the other side of the world whose life is in the balance following a hit and run collision.

Residents in Holland-on-Sea form a working part for flood defences

A ditch and culvert was cleared in a mission to save homes after a number of residents in Keswick Avenue were forced to move out in June when heavy rainfall left them wading around in inches of water.

Police attended to the crash

A driver has suffered minor injuries in a crash with a lorry in Wrentham this morning.

Boxted Cricket Club have been asked to move out of the nearby club house. They know have to resort to using a garage. Pictured is Chairman Tim Berry.

A parish council has declined to comment on claims it has evicted a cricket club from its home of more than 30 years.

Crews attended the fire

Firefighters were called to a fire at a workshop in Gosfield, near Halstead.

Police attend the scene of a major incident near the train station in Bury st Edmunds on Tuesday 4th August.

Police have spoken to reassure residents after a man was shot in the stomach in Bury St Edmunds this evening.

Police remain at the scene of the accident

Police have been called to a head-on crash between two cars in Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds this morning.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A 60-year-old dangerous driver has admitted clattering into two cars when he got behind the wheel having taken heroin.

Frederico Santa-Barbara of Jacobsen and Neil Cleverly, superintendent of the Rio Olympic Golf Course, with a selection of equipment supplied by Jacobsen for the course ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Two machines built at the Ipswich factory of turf maintenance equipment company Ransomes Jacobsen have been delivered to the Rio Olympic Golf Course in Brazil.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages