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petest50

Posted - 2006 May 18 :  5:51:06 PM  Show Profile
I will be in Hong Kong next week. Does anyone know any train shops that have N Scale?

Thanks in advance.

Pete
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mk

Posted - 2006 May 19 :  5:22:20 PM  Show Profile
I don't know if model trains are that popular in HK as space is a premium. Apartments are very very small and no one really own houses on the island. Maybe in Kowloon or the outskirts in the New Territory.

You can try the hobby shops and inquire. They are all located pretty much in a 4 square block area in Kowloon. Take the subway to the Mongkok (sp?) area. I think the street next to Lady Street (I don't remember if that is the official name or a nickname - I'm translating from the Chinese). All the LHS there are big in R/C cars, typically 40%-60% cheaper than US mail order prices.



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engineshop

Posted - 2006 May 19 :  6:55:14 PM  Show Profile
There is a guy on e-bay that ships from Hong Kong. He might have a store or can give you some pointers.


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petest50

Posted - 2006 May 20 :  09:43:53 AM  Show Profile
Engineshop:

Thanks. Do you have his E Bay ID?


Pete S
Short Track Railroad
Vista, CA (Near San Diego)
www.shorttrackrr.org
Modeling Donner Pass in N Scale
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atsf_arizona

Posted - 2006 May 20 :  8:05:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit atsf_arizona's Homepage
Funny you should ask.

I am in Hong Kong right now on vacation, and Friday evening 5/19, visited:

Concorde Hobby Shop on the Kowloon side

It's a short walk from the Sham Shui Po underground station.
Take the "C2" exit. Upon exiting, keep walking straight on, you'll be on Kwei Lin Street.
Go about three blocks, to the intersection with Lai Chi Kok Road.

Concorde will be at 331 Lai Chi Kok Road, across the intersection on your left. They're open Mon-Sat 1130-830.

They have a 2nd floor train section. Now, don't expect too much, but you will find some interesting mix of Japanese, US, HO, N, etc. It's worth the trip just for the experience, if you don't expect too much. It's fun to go, especially as you get to see Hong Kong style street markets. They have a web site.

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Here's some other words that were posted about 1 year ago on the Forum here. Enjoy!

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There are MANY hobby shops in HK, but if you want train models, then you may be disappointed.

There are 2 shops that deal with train models on a substantial scale,
Lee Kwon & Concorde Hobby. Lee Kwon only sells European models (Trix,
Fleischmann, Marklin etc) at hugely inflated prices. In fact, one can
save over 30%-40% if ordered on the internet . Concorde Hobby deals with plastic kits, die cast models, & model trains
etc. Their model train section is on the 2nd floor. If you want US or
Japanese models in Hong Kong, Concorde is the place to go for.

The picture is totally different if you're after plastic models kits,
die cast models or r/c models, cos HK offers probably the lowest
prices in the world. Most of the hobby shops that deal with them are located in Mongkok.

Here's the URL for Lee Kwon, they are in Yaumatei, on Temple Street:

http://www.modelrailway.com.hk/

Shop A, G/F., Wing Sing Building
36-40 Temple Street, Yaumatei, Kowloon, Hong Kong
TEL: 2397 5719 FAX: 2397 0455
email: mail@leekwon.com.hk


And here's the URL for Concorde Hobby:

http://hk.geocities.com/concordehk/

Concorde Hobby Shop. G/F & 1/F, no. 331, Lai Chi Kok Rd.,. Kowloon, Hong Kong. Tel.: (852) 2728 6922. Fax: (852) 2725 6682


You will find that there is a vibrant "Bus Collecting" hobby in the UK and in Hong Kong, and Concorde is a major retailer of those bus models (typically 1:76 in scale).



John Sing
San Mateo, Calif
http://home.comcast.net/~j.sing
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Modeling the Santa Fe's Peavine Line (Ash Fork->Phoenix, Arizona) in the 50s and 60s

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atsf_arizona

Posted - 2006 May 25 :  03:29:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit atsf_arizona's Homepage
Hong Kong Concorde Hobby

Here's a shot of Concorde Hobby in Hong Kong:




In Cantonese Chinese, the name is pronounced as "Saam Wo".


FYI, there is some construction going on on the floor above as of May 19, 2006, but no affect
on Concorde Hobby:




Here's a closeup of the window:




The 2nd floor has the trains. It is full of trains, an eclectic mix of mostly
HO, some N, a lot of Japanese and European, with some North American. If you have
time, it's a interesting experience to visit, and you might find a treasure if you
are lucky. There are a few desirable older Kato N scale locos for sale that
have been there some time (i.e. a pair of the original Santa Fe Kato GP35s for HK$998 each, or Kato E8 for VIA Rail for HK$835)...




John Sing
San Mateo, Calif
http://home.comcast.net/~j.sing
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Modeling the Santa Fe's Peavine Line (Ash Fork->Phoenix, Arizona) in the 50s and 60s

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atsf_arizona

Posted - 2006 May 25 :  03:47:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit atsf_arizona's Homepage
FYI, came across Peter Haworth's Chinese Railways website including lots of links
to other train-related things in Hong Kong:

http://home.iprimus.com.au/unionrr/4.html



John Sing
San Mateo, Calif
http://home.comcast.net/~j.sing
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Modeling the Santa Fe's Peavine Line (Ash Fork->Phoenix, Arizona) in the 50s and 60s

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atsf_arizona

Posted - 2006 May 25 :  03:59:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit atsf_arizona's Homepage
Finally, from what I can tell, there are a fair amount of modelling being done
on Chinese Railways - mostly in HO, and mostly by Europeans. Here is one
web site showing a few of those models, by a Canadian (therefore it's in
English for those of us who don't read Chinese):

http://www3.telus.net/ChinaRail/Models.html

Enjoy.



John Sing
San Mateo, Calif
http://home.comcast.net/~j.sing
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mk

Posted - 2006 May 25 :  3:08:54 PM  Show Profile
Nice bamboo scaffolding!

Is the exchange rate still around $7HK = $1US?



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atsf_arizona

Posted - 2006 May 25 :  8:12:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit atsf_arizona's Homepage
Hi,

Exchange rate is currently US $1 = 7.7 HK $.

That's why I didn't buy the two Kato Santa Fe GP35s - US$ 130 each is too much.




John Sing
San Mateo, Calif
http://home.comcast.net/~j.sing
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Modeling the Santa Fe's Peavine Line (Ash Fork->Phoenix, Arizona) in the 50s and 60s

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