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Hattons Model Railways to close doors

By Bryson Sleppy | January 11, 2024

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After 77 years in the model railway business, Hattons Model Railways has announced its upcoming closure. Hattons Model Railways opened in 1946 and has produced its own models, distributed other manufacturers’ products, purchased and sold pre-owned collections, and staffed a brick-and-mortar store.

The exact date of closing is not known yet, but it will be communicated by Hattons on their website in the coming weeks.

Some Hattons Originals models will still be produced and released as announced including Batch 2 Genesis coaches and Warwell reruns. P class reruns and Andrew Barclay reruns are under review as to whether they will be produced or not. Batch 3 Genesis coaches and Belihack reruns will not be produced. Originals models that will be produced are still available for pre-order, however no further pre-orders will be fulfilled by Hattons.

Use of Hattons’ trunk service is still available for the time being, however the trunk needs to be emptied by Monday, February 5th, 2024.

Curbside pickup is still available for the time being when the store is open. Change to availability will be communicated by the website.

The retail store is open with its regular hours.

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tusday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

The store is located at 17 Montague Rd., Widnes WA8 8FZ, United Kingdom. 0151-733-3655

Hattons has suspended the purchasing of pre-owned collections effective immediately. However, pre-owned stock will be added to the website until there are no more products to add.

Because of the closing, Hattons is hosting a closing down sale in-store and online.

A customer FAQ page can be found here.

One thought on “Hattons Model Railways to close doors

  1. A very sad customer here, Hattons was the best and even though it might have taken a bit to cross the pond, their products and service was “first rate”. All the best to the employees and owners and Thanks for your service to our hobby.

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