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Bing Bong......."This is an important annoucement for all customers wishing to visit Harburn Hobbies model shop. You can once again make tracks to 67 Elm Row from the 29th of June. Thank you for waiting!"

Harburn Hobbies model shop at 67 Elm Row in Edinburgh are pleased to announce that we will be open again from Monday 29th June, but please note that things will have changed in order to keep both you, our valued customers and our staff, as safe as possible.

Revised opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

For the time being to conform with social distancing, only a few customers will be allowed in the shop at any one time. A one way system will be in operation in the shop, with floor markings at appropriate intervals. There will be a hand sanitising station and disposable gloves for customers to put on should they wish to handle any products.

We will be continuously cleaning door handles, credit card machine key pad, counter tops etc. and we will be wearing face coverings - we recommend the use of face coverings for customers too, regardless of legislation. At our till point there will be a clear acrylic sneeze/cough guard. We will be encouraging contactless payments for up to £45. For higher amounts, the PDQ key pad will be cleaned before and after its use.

It would help immensely if you prepare in advance, a list of items you require. This could also be phoned or emailed to save time and ease pressure. (0131-556 3233. email: sales@harburns.uk)

Please take a look at our new look website, it has been greatly expanded! (www.harburns.uk)

As always, we are happy to send items by mail order. Please use the webshop or phone your order to us with your credit/debit card details.

We do hope we can give our usual pleasant Harburn Hobbies shopping experience to you, our customers, but please bear with us during these difficult times and realise that in order to make it fair for everyone, a time limitation in the shop will be necessary.

Best wishes,

The Harburn Hobbies Team.

Peco Highland Railway Signal Box kit!

We are pleased to announce that Peco have just released a new kit of a Highland Railway Signal Box. This laser cut wooden kit with plastic parts is modelled on Helmsdale which is on the Far North line from Inverness to Thurso/Wick.

The model kit is now in stock, Ref LK-201 £19.95

First of the new Hornby Scottish J36 models is now in stock!

Eagerly awaited after being announced in January 2018 we are pleased to say that the first of Hornby's Scottish J36 models have arrived - R3622 Class J36 0-6-0 locomotive and tender, number 65311 ‘Haig’ in early BR black livery. Harburn's price £129.99 List price £139.99.

To order please go to Harburn Highlights on our web shop.


The Holmes J36 (NBR Class C) 0-6-0 Locomotives.

These locomotives were designed by Matthew Holmes for the purpose of hauling freight trains and introduced to the North British Railway in 1888 as the ‘C’ Class. Not only did these sturdy little locos perform well on long distance freight trains, they were used for local and branch line passenger services and occasionally on mainline trains too.

A total of 168 were built from 1888-1900. By nationalisation in 1948, 123 had survived. Six were still in service in 1966! This was the last class of steam locomotive to work in Scotland at the end of steam in 1967. In their lifetime, the majority worked over most parts of Scotland, however some were allocated to a few sheds in England.

25 locomotives were sent to work in France in 1917-18 and on return, were named after famous military leaders and places connected with the First World War, such as: Byng, French, Somme, Mons, Plumer, Gough, Horne, Maude, Joffre, Allenby and Haig. The names were hand-painted on to the splashers above the middle driving wheels.

When the NBR was absorbed by the LNER in 1923, the class became J36.

One of the class was saved and preserved by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway – BR no.65243, originally NBR no. 673 “Maude”. It formed part of the procession of locomotives and trains in the 1980 Rainhill 150 celebrations and was a film star in 2000, appearing in “The Railway Children” remake on the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex.

Harburn special bus from Oxford!
Another Harburn Hobbies Special Commission - Edinburgh Corporation Leyland Titan PD2 double deck bus, Route number 29 to 'St Andrew Square' via Frederick Street and Stockbridge. Registration number JSF 655, Fleet number 240. Nearside advert 'Drinka Pinta Milka Day', off side advert 'Murray's Export Ale'. Only 1000 produced. Scale 1:76. Price £21.95. Exclusive to Harburn Hobbies.

Available to order/view at:-



Harburns special wagon from Bachmann

Ref 37-050S 'Devlin's' 5 plank coal wagon - £14.50

Devlin's owned a fleet of wagons which were used to supply bunker coal for the company's fishing trawlers at Granton Harbour. The body is GW green with black ironwork while the lettering is yellow with red shading.

Available to order/view at:-



The Barr family have been making fizzy drinks in Scotland since 1880 and have sold their famous 'Iron-Brew' since 1901. A number of taxis have carried advertisements for Scotland's 'other' national drink featuring the striking Orange and Blue livery. Oxford Diecast were commissioned by Harburn Hobbies to produce their model of the FX4 taxi with Irn Bru branding and carrying an Edinburgh registration number - SK07 KNG. These models are available exclusively from Harburns now at only £4.25 each.


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