Train enthusiasts would no doubt have been disappointed when a model railway shop in Leighton Buzzard hit the buffers and closed down a month ago.
However, they’ll be chuffed to learn its full steam ahead for a replacement business which is now operating from the same High Street Mews premises.
AGR Model Railway has opened its doors – taking its name from the initials of its owner, Anthony George Rosier. From 2011, the 23-year-old previously worked at the closed down Model Railway Store. He was determined to salvage the shop after it shut in August.
The young entrepeneur said: “I’d always had a passion for model railways from a young age. When I was a kid I used to travel over to the narrow gauge railway.
“For me, it’s not just a job it’s also a hobby. I’ll happily come to work from seven in the morning until nine at night. I love it.”
One of the first things Anthony did when he set up AGR was to open up as much of the available floor space as possible, a lot of which had previously been closed off for storage.
Anthony said: “It was about a quarter of the size it is now and cramped and dark. This is what people were asking for, to see stock and move around, touch and feel some of the model railways.
“We still have the regular collectors but you’ve also got people just starting off at any age and they come in and see something they want.”
And Anthony has found Leighton Buzzard an ideal location for a model railway business, with numerous events nearby and two clubs in Wing and Milton Keynes.
As for his plans for the future, he said: “I hope to get more stock, different brands, and maybe one day move to a bigger premesis ... but we’ll see!”