Trago Mills – a brief visit

There are three Trago Mills stores in the Westcountry, two in Cornwall (Falmouth and Liskeard) and another in Devon located off the A38 in between Newton Abbott and Bovey Tracey.  This article looks briefly at the Devon store, through the eyes of a steam enthusiast of course!  This time my wife and I only visited Trago Mills very briefly on our short break in Devon.

Trago Mills is very much a unique shopping experience and sells pretty much everything; cars furniture, books, stationary (the list goes on and on!)  Almost everything is sold at discounted prices – I found a new copy of Julian Holland’s “Railway Days Out” for £3.99, rather than the usual £12.99 price tag you’ll find on the high street.  I won’t go into too much detail, but suffice to say that it is virtually impossible to go there without seeing something cheap!  It also has lots of attractions, including go-karts, an arcade, amusement rides, as well as plenty of train related stuff…

Trago has a miniature steam railway that runs through the grounds, known as Bickington Steam Railway.  I did not see it in operation this time, but my newly purchased guide book say’s that it has gradients up to 1 in 49, a 23 pier viaduct, 6 bridges and 2 stations.  It is also home to Britain’s largest 00 scale model railway, which irritaitingly was closed so I have no pictures!  It is worth seeing however, I’ve seen it in the past and very much enjoyed it.

Lastly, Trago Mills has two smaller layout’s – a quarry railway (below) and a Thomas the tank engine layout (top).  These two 00 scale layouts are illustrated here.  Hopefully I’ll be able to provide a full report of the bits I missed some time in the future, however for now I hope these picture’s give food for thought to all locoyard followers!