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About sharing A decades-old model railway shop in Wakefield has finally hit the wakefiels with the owner admitting the hobby just doesn't have the pull it once enjoyed. Stuart Buckley, owner of the Wakefield Model and Craft Centre on Dewsbury Road, said: "Making models is now unfashionable - and visiting shops has become rather unfashionable it seems. Mr Buckley started at the shop in as a "clueless" year-old, he said. Now he has retired and the shop has shut for good as no wakefifld was prepared to take it as a going concern.
But the high street might regret the loss of independent, specialist retailers. He said the bulk of his customers were always adults and during the s the business saw a "huge surge" in steam railway nostalgia.
He said the museum has recently run a very successful model railway exhibition but said modelling was "less popular" in terms of the total s taking part. Mr Buckley started at the shop in as a "clueless" year-old, he said. Wage strain Michael Weedon of the British Independent Retailers Association said: "I remember a little toy shop my grandparents took me to asnow it's a snack shop and such things tug at the heart strings. A customer visiting on the shop's final weekend said: "I've come in here to have one last look at the old place.
Wages are not keeping pace with inflation. Mr McGoldrick said model shops had to become "more specialised and more serious". He said: "A lot of business is online [but] shops do it better.
Competition from computer games and the idea of model-making becoming "old-fashioned" had further depleted business. About sharing A decades-old model railway shop in Wakefield has finally hit the buffers with the owner admitting the hobby just doesn't have the pull it once enjoyed.
Mr Buckley now intends to take a walking holiday in Derbyshire and says he won't miss the shop. He said people could not understand "grown men playing trains but there was a lot more to it than that".
Stuart Buckley, owner of the Wakefield Model and Craft Centre on Dewsbury Road, said: wakerield models is now unfashionable - and visiting shops has become rather unfashionable it seems. On ing the family firm, model railway enthusiast Mr Buckley asked: "Why don't we stock a few model railway pieces? There's just a lot fewer of them. But online sales did not need to take much business away from the independent wakefiedl, just enough "to take out" its profit.
He suggested the selling of model railways and kits had always been a "pocket money industry" and sales had dropped as people now had less disposable income. Now he has retired and the shop has shut for good as no buyer was prepared to take it as a going concern. John McGoldrick, curator of museum collections at the National Railway Museum in York, suggested younger people had now only seen steam trains on a "heritage basis".