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I saw this earlier and apparently it's the building next door? But I've not seen that first photo before and that does make it look like the fire was in Rails' building. Bad news either way.

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Update from Twitter:

Just showed this to my dad, he's a firefighter. He said most likely smoke and the inevitable water damage. They will have forced entry to check the loft space on the neighbouring properties, especially as they are terrace. Hope everything is alright for them and everyone is safe.
Courtesy of @HamsteadJuncti1
 

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Not a big store, but having popped in and bought over the phone they are a decent company to deal with,hopefully they are fully insured and it will just be a blip.
tongue in cheek moment....I wonder if they can now sell some items as pre weathered and charge a higher price.....
 

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There's an article on BBC news: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-55971786

(article posted 23 hours ago at time of posting this - 12:28, 08/02/2021)
One person has been taken to hospital and firefighters are searching for other casualties after a fire broke out in a row of shops.
Seven fire engines and the air ambulance were called to the shops, which have flats above, on Chesterfield Road, Sheffield at about 10.30 GMT.
One person was rescued and fire crews are searching neighbouring properties, the fire service said.
People are being urged to avoid the area as the fire is ongoing.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known

I wonder if they can now sell some items as pre weathered and charge a higher price.....
Maybe not a fully appropriate comment given we don't know everything yet, even if intended as a joke?

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Don't worry. Rails is a big shop made up of several linked old shops, currently closed due to Covid. I doubt their business will be hit too much by the fire next door, but clearly an added distraction. See their latest website; https://railsofsheffield.com/news/articles/3711-coronavirus-lockdown-covid-19-update

Their Facebook page suggests business as usual for online and telephone orders. See; https://www.facebook.com/railsofsheffield/
Ah - thanks for the clarification. My apologies to @Jaz avalley in that case; my response was a bit too rude looking back at it now.

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Sorry to see this, hope no one hurt and any businesses affected will get back and running asap.
 

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Ah - thanks for the clarification. My apologies to @Jaz avalley in that case; my response was a bit too rude looking back at it now.

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No offence taken, and although the shop is closed to walk in trade it might well have staff working there, so your point actually is valid, mouth before brain in my case. It might yet be me needing to apologise.Let’s hope not.
 

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There has been smoke damage to Rails premises and stock, but covered by insurance. Very disruptive but trading should be able to continue, see; https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crim...business-would-be-destroyed-huge-fire-3129811
I was going to post this on Monday but completely forgot. Jennifer E. Kirk, who runs the 'Monday Club' model railway livestream every Monday (surprisingly, I know), talked about this incident near the start of this week's stream. Link:
From what I remember, she said the fire started in a takeaway two doors down and spread into the windows shop next to Rails. Some of Rails' stock might be a bet soggy from where water has been sprayed to put the flames out, but that's all really.

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I didn’t think it was worth it’s own thread, but Rails have now announced their own locomotive and carriage weathering service, which undercuts TMC’s who have recently raised their price.

Im glad Rails are now offering such a service and it’s great to have more choice .
 

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I was going to post an update on this thread the other week but I couldn’t find it. The man rescued from the fire subsequently died and the fire was caused by an electrical in the building next door to Rails where this man lived.

 

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I didn’t think it was worth it’s own thread, but Rails have now announced their own locomotive and carriage weathering service, which undercuts TMC’s who have recently raised their price.

Im glad Rails are now offering such a service and it’s great to have more choice .

That’s interesting news, I’ll look into that.
I think it might be worth changing the thread title to cover general news about Rails at some point but if I’m honest I don’t really know a huge amount about them having never actually visited the shop...
Does anyone know how they’re doing with repairing any of the damage caused by the fire next door?

I was going to post an update on this thread the other week but I couldn’t find it. The man rescued from the fire subsequently died and the fire was caused by an electrical in the building next door to Rails where this man lived.


Awful to hear.
 

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That’s interesting news, I’ll look into that.
I think it might be worth changing the thread title to cover general news about Rails at some point but if I’m honest I don’t really know a huge amount about them having never actually visited the shop...
Does anyone know how they’re doing with repairing any of the damage caused by the fire next door?



Awful to hear.
Yeah I agree it's a good idea to make it a general rails thread, or perhaps make a new one to keep the fire stuff separate. I've driven past the shop and it looks nice, but I've not been able to visit due to Covid since I got back into the hobby. I've done a lot of mail orders with them however and I've found them pretty good on the whole.

The shop has reopened and there's no mention of fire damage in their latest update so I assume everything is sorted :)


Shop Click & Collect Update

Following the recent government announcement our physical shop reopened Monday 12th April 2021. Our customers are clearly enjoying being back in the shop!

**The outside of the shop has been completely revamped as you can see on the pictures! Our Emporium shop has reopened which houses all of the latest and best releases in our beautiful display cabinets. Our main shop is currently undergoing refurbishment work so will remain shut for the time being. ** **Click and collect is still preferred, however no longer required to visit our shop. We request you collect orders no earlier than 2 hours after ordering to allow time for the order to be picked. There is a note to put the details of your collection on your order. All orders to be collected must be in stock at the time of purchase. Click and Collect orders can be placed via our website using the Collect In Store option. Products from our ebay store can also be collected. ** www.railsofsheffield.com

www.ebaystores.co.uk/Rails-Of-Sheffield

We continue to request customers adhere to COVID-19 restrictions. Masks must be worn in store and social distancing is still in place. Hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance of the store. Due to social distancing a limited number of customers will be allowed in the store at any one time. During busy periods, you may be asked to wait outside until space becomes available. We request that customers try to limit their visit to around 10 minutes a time, to allow others to visit. Also only 4 customers can be allowed in the store at once. We will endeavour to assist all customers as soon as possible. There is parking outside the front of the store during 9.30am-4pm Monday-Friday. Saturday there are no restrictions. Parking can fill up quickly, we recommend using side streets in this case. If travelling by public transport the number 24, 24A and 43 comes from Sheffield City Centre from the Bus Station, which is a 5 minute walk from the Train Station.

We are continuing to purchase second hand products and welcome collections of all sizes. Should an item need returning we will happily receive the return in store, however processing the return or replacement will be handled afterwards by our administrative team.

As always our website continues to run as normal and we will be dispatching orders without delays. Mail order and telesales continue to open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday. Opening procedures may change without notice.
 
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