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HPsauce

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An article in today's Sunday Times about the demise of Ian Allen Bookshops. The Birmingham branch closed a few years ago, along with Manchester and Cardiff branches. Although primarily aimed at railway enthusiasts initially, they went on to cater for all aspects of travel, with an excellent range for aviation lovers. Many happy hours were spent in the Brum shop. Stephenson Street i recall.
 

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It was Ian Allen that helped educate me in aircraft recognition and his books were required reading. I admit to not remembering the Birmingham shop though a reminder will rectify that!!
 

Kevin Farnell

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An article in today's Sunday Times about the demise of Ian Allen Bookshops. The Birmingham branch closed a few years ago, along with Manchester and Cardiff branches. Although primarily aimed at railway enthusiasts initially, they went on to cater for all aspects of travel, with an excellent range for aviation lovers. Many happy hours were spent in the Brum shop. Stephenson Street i recall.

Weren't Ian Allen involved in the BHX viewing lounge at some point as well?

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HPsauce

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I can't confirm that Kevin. I don't recall Ian Allen having any presence at BHX. We certainly had the Ron Swinburn Aviation shop, situated in the Viewing Gallery entrance (upstairs) at what was then the new 1984 built terminal. Prior to that Swinburn had what amounted to a shed to trade from on Hanger Road on the old Elmdon side.
 

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Thank you for the correction Kevin.
I visited the store shortly after it opened. The store has generally the same sort of items that Ian Allen stocked,just on a smaller scale.
However as already mentioned,Internet ordering is available,also if here is a particular item,book,model etc you are after,it can be ordered. Give the man a call or visit.I have ordered some Gemini Jets models that weren’t originally going to be stocked.Very friendly and obliging.
 
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