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  • Update - 28th October 2014 Oct 30, 2014

    Tuesday 28th October 2014 What's wrong with Pete now?   Food poisoning actually! That in itself was not too much of a problem in that after two days he felt reasonably OK again. However the constant retching whilst trying to be sick...

  • 23rd October 2014 Oct 28, 2014

    Thursday 23rd October 2014 What phone line? What phone installation?   BT turned up yesterday to install our second phone line as arranged. Guess what they discovered? There was no spare line between the pole outside our premises and the...

  • 21st + 22nd October 2014 Oct 28, 2014

      Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Trying to phone us? The new phone system is being installed today. It may mean that you are unable to get through by phone at certain times of the day. If you are able to leave phoning until tomorrow it...

  • 20th October 2014 Oct 28, 2014

    Monday 20th October 2014 Staff Issues Firstly the good news - Pete is back to work today having spent the last four days completely resting his back. He is still on a slightly higher level of Morphine than normal but not enough to trigger...

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You are welcome to visit our Shop in Bristol (only 4 miles from M5 at Avonmouth heading away from the City).


Thursday 30th October 2014

Getter there but not quite!


Pete is back to work, but has a huge amount to catch up on and so it will take a while for him to tackle the email backlog. He has lots of things to order and as a result of being away, a few items may run short (see the list below.) Jenny is off this week so Luke is dealing with orders, but this means nothing is getting packed at the moment. Roy is back to work following his back problems but is having to take things steady so track making is happening, but we are yet to make what we need for the Warley Show. Mike has joined us on a part time basis to do our Book Keeping along with some admin, and to help out with packing products when required. He will also help with the loading/unloading of the van for shows, so that Pete does not start a show weekend with a painful back before he has even set off to drive there! With the amount of stock that we now carry to Shows (it fills a long wheelbase Boxer van) there is a lot of work involved. It takes a day to prepare everything and load and about 4 hours to set up once at the show. We can then spend another fully day unloading and putting it all away on the Monday afterwards. We have started driving to Show on Friday mornings in order to give Pete and Luke a break once they have set up. Otherwise we were finding that we were not finishing setting up until 9pm and then starting to look for somewhere to eat. We now aim to finish by 6pm so that once we have eaten Pete can have a lie down for the evening in order to rest his back before having to stand for two days.


The new phone system has been installed but was not made live as Pete was not around to be shown how to set it up in the way that he wants. In any case with BT managing (or should that be 'not managing'!) to mess up installing the new phone line, there was not much point each staff member having a phone with only one line available.


Products ordered recently

Tortoise Motors (due 14th November) 

OO-SF gauges (due end of November)

100 degree Solder

4mm 'B' Switchblades

P4 Tie Bars

138 degree Solder Cream  (green packet)

Red Flux

7mm Track Setters (new range of curves)


Recent Arrivals

Alignment Dowels

4mm Brass Fishplates

7mm Trackbase

Sleeper Stain

5mm Foam


New Products

DVD's - 'Right Track' railway modelling series (range that the Norman Solomon Track Laying DVD belongs to)

All Components - Controllers and Power Packs

Gaugemaster - Analogue and DCC Controllers

Peco/Ratio/Wills - will make up and post a new list ASAP


Still Waiting delivery

Plywood Sleepers & Timbers



Previous Blog Updates - Click HERE

Stolen Property from C&L burglary - Can you help?

The following pictures are of a 5" gauge live steam GWR Duke locomotive that was stolen from the C&L premises last weekend. 

We would be extremely grateful if customers could assist us by keeping a look out on the various online selling sites for this very distinctive loco. Not shown are the hundreds of highly engineered which were in cardboard boxes and which were also stolen. The loco itself was not finished, but all the parts needed were complete and just needed to be added. The parts include the cab fittings, firebox grate, splashers, boiler fittings, brake gear etc. This locomotive is very distinctive in its unfinished state and has involved the builder in almost ten years of work. Pete is the personal owner of this engine and he would appreciate help in looking out for his engine, as it was intended to be his 'retirement' project!

Pease report any sightings direct to Pete at C&L, preferably via phone (01179 505 470 - answer machine if no reply).


Who are we and what do we offer?

C&L Finescale aims to encourage modellers who are unhappy with how the trackwork on their layout looks, to rise to the challenge of building at least some of their own track or pointwork. Our simple method is to glue chairs to sleepers and timbers, rather than soldering rails to copper clad strips, to achieve prototypical looking trackwork that includes chairs and other detail. We want your track to compliment your layout and not to look out of place with highly detailed kit and ready to run locos and rolling stock. We are now able to supply both C&L and Exactoscale track components, along with the latest additions to our range in the form of wheels, gear boxes and wagon chassis and brake gear.

The Carr's range of products covers items for the preparations prior to soldering, solders & fluxes as well as post soldering treatments. The range also includes metal black treatments, scenic items, ballast, baseboard fittings and underlay which compliment the C&L range, and are joined by products from other manufacturers such as Antex (soldering irons, bits & accessories) and Roger Smith's modelling products.

We are also UK distributors for Tortoise 'slow action' Point Motors and accessories, and we still offer the 'Timber Tracks' range of laser cut plywood 'Track Bases', although we are no longer able to obtain further supplies.

We aim to give advice to assist new or inexperienced modellers. Visit the new Knowledge Centre on the main Menu, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages. These pages will be added to and improved over the coming weeks. Further information is given at the start of many of the pages displaying the lists of our products, and these will be expanded with more information and tips as time allows.

We take our stand to around thirty Model Railway Exhibitions throughout the year (see Exhibition Diary), and sell many of our products through other Traders and Model Shops, both in the UK and abroad.

Go to our Contacts Page for details of our address, phone and email address.

Why not visit our Shop?

Aran Lodge, Severn Road, Hallen, Bristol, BS10 7RZ

Located half way between the M5 junctions for Cribs Causeway and Avonmouth on the edge of a rural village (no need to go into Bristol). Leave your partner at the Cribbs Shopping complex and pop along to see us nearby! 

Shop Opening Hours 

Callers are welcome between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note: We close on Friday's that precede a Model Railway Exhibition, to allow us to travel and set up.

Please check the Exhibition Diary for details. 

Also, please phone first to ensure that Pete will be available at the unit if you need to discuss technical issues or ask for advice on our product range.



C&L Finescale

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