Due in large part to our Hobby Dealers at Trainfest, you’ll find the greatest variety of model train related products under one roof. Starter train sets to specialty locomotive, everything you need to get started or to advance in the hobby is at Trainfest.
The Hobby Dealers are anxious to answer any product questions you may have or just discuss what’s new. So get ready for some great conversation and shopping. See you at Trainfest 2014 – Nov. 8th & 9th!
Check back often for the most up-to-date list of hobby dealers.
All Aboard Whistle
American Vintage Train Company
ANE Model – Heartland Hobby
Carlson Estate Sales
Hobby Town – West Allis
Michael Brown Optical Art
Z-Stuff for Trains Inc
Hobby Dealers for Trainfest 2014
All Aboard Whistle offers a wide variety of unique and personalized train themed items including Personalized 4-Tone Train Whistles, Personalized Pink or Blue Striped Engineer Hats (Sizes Toddler, Child, and Adult), Bandanas, Kids size Train Neckties, Personalized Growth Charts, and several other non-train related items.
Our goal is to make every hat, whistle, neck tie, growth chart, and each other item to the highest of standards. If you are interested in placing an order for a custom hat and whistle set to pick up at Trainfest, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to create your set prior to Trainfest and have it waiting for you at our booth! We are so excited to be a part of Trainfest and look forward to seeing you there!
Click here to visit All Aboard Whistle website.
The American Vintage Train Co. manufactures a personalized wooden train in the USA. It comes with three parts: Train, Children’s Book and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Train: Each Train comes with four cars, handcrafted and painted in bright colors: an engine, a lumber hauler, an oil tanker and a bright red and blue caboose. The Train is made of colorful wooden pieces which require assembly on its four bases. Each train is numbered on the locomotive with the child’s name on the engineer’s cabin. The company name, logo and number is burned on the underneath side of the engine base.
The train assembly teaches:
- Mechanical Assembly
- Shape Co-ordination
- Color Co-ordination
Children’s Book: A children’s book tells a story about the Trains first adventure – finding its new owner. The child’s name, mentioned throughout the book, and Train number are all part of the adventure.
Certificate of Authenticity: The Certificate of Authenticity displays the owner’s name and train number. The Train’s authenticity is further assured by invisible ink marks on the certificate.
The American Vintage Train has personality!
Carlson Estate Sales is engaged in the liquidation of model railroad estates, specializing in HO scale. The company acts as the agent for the estate owners, selling the estate items on consignment. The company insures that the model railroad equipment offered for sale is: properly identified, labeled, tested, and fairly priced.
Model railroad items sold range from brand new products still in original packaging, thru various conditions of used equipment, scratch-built models, assembled kits, kits, partially assembled kits or projects, electrical components, track, control systems, scenery items, vehicles, detail parts, hardware, and tools.
We also sell railroad books, photographs and railroad memorabilia such as timetables, advertising artifacts, and other railroad collectable items. Estate items are sold in “as is” condition, and carry no warranty other than that offered by the manufactures of the new unused equipment.
We offer a wide range of trains and train toys for kids aged one to well over 100. Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store was founded in 2005 upon the principle that trains are fun all ages. Over the years, we’ve stayed true to our hobby roots, but have maintained a large selection of wooden railway products and die cast train toys and vehicles. Now, we are proud to say that the only thing we sell is … FUN!
We carry products in O and HO scales. Our products include ready-to-run sets and some rolling stock from Bachmann, Lionel, Walthers, Athearn and MTH. Our specialty is children’s train products. We sell Thomas the Tank Engine (we are one of only 20 Thomas Specialty Stations in the US), Brio, Melissa & Doug, and BigJigs. We carry everything from individual cars and track pieces to massive starter sets.
This store is the destination for unique railroad finds. From lanterns to brass models, books to t-shirts and railroad novelty items, model trains of all scales, and dining car silver and china. In business for 27 years, Classic Trains & Ferraris is recognized as the market marker for out of print railroads, with over 3,000 out of print and current release titles in stock.
- Trainfest Anecdotes: Trainfest is our second best show of the year, sales wise. Bill and Tina Harris Classic Trains & Ferraris
Classic Trains & Ferraris
John Luecke is the owner of ComoShops.com at 1108 Farrington Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55117. Phone - 651-646-2094. He sells railroad books, both out of print and new books, including some collectibles and other miscellaneous railroad items.
John also is the publisher (through his company, Grenadier Publications) and author of 11 railroad books, covering railroads in Minnesota. His next book on the Soo Line in Minnesota is due out in Sept 2015. He has been in the railroad business for 30 years this year.
Stop by the Don’s Cars and Trains offers HO vehicles, figures, and parts in HO, N, and some Z scales. Also look for 1/64 and 1/43 figures and die cast vehicles. Just a few of the brand available from Dons Cars and Trains are Herpa-Promotes, Norscot, Trucks n Stuff, Wiking Preiser-Merten First Response and many more.
Railroad and marine artist Bruce Friesch will be displaying and selling prints of his art work.
Click here to visit Friesch, Bruce website.
Railroading is our main interest here at Heimburger House. Our business is founded on publishing and offering the best railroad books available. They must be of high quality and of a particular subject matter that appeals to our customers. Our new children’s line of railroad books have also been extremely popular.
Also at the Heimburger House booth look for Scenery Unlimited, a leader in S and Sn3 products. Look for the newest, most up-to-date products available in S scale from 200 different manufacturers and suppliers. If you are looking for steam or diesel locomotives, brass, freight or passenger cars, structures, track and turnouts, trucks, couplers or wheelsets, detail parts, scenery signals, turntables, tools, road vehicles, figures, power supplies, conversion aids, train repairs, lighting devices, decals/dry transformers, books and magazines or reference material, we can help.
- Kids: Children’s Books
- Special News: We are working on a “Milwaukee Railroads” hardbound book by John Kelly who lives in Madison, Wis. More information will be ready about it at Trainfest.
Click here to visit Heimburger House Publishing website.
HO and N scale products—locomotives, freight cars, etc. Styrene plastic sheets, track laying tools, trees, adhesives, figures–over 250,000 products available!
This will be our first show where our new “all in one” HO scale car weight and coupler height gauge will debut. Regular retail is $29.95. There will be discounts at the show. These have been reviewed by Model Railroader Magazine in “Cody’s Workshop” and are also available through Walthers.
Proceeds from sales of JMD Plastics and hobby products benefit the Motorcycle and Model Railroad Museum of Wisconsin. We are now in our 12th year!
Click here to visit JMD Plastics website.
Kalmbach Publishing Company produces five railroad-related magazines. Model Railroader magazine was founded in 1934 and remains the largest circulation magazine in its field, with stories about building, enhancing, and operating model railroads in different scales. Trains magazine has covered real-life railroading monthly since 1940 and also is the largest circulation magazine in its field. Classic Trains magazine, published quarterly, focuses on railroad stories and photographs of the classic era: the 1940s through 1960s. Classic Toy Trains magazine appeals to enthusiasts of new and old Lionel, MTH, and other O gauge model trains as well as S gauge American Flyer trains. Garden Railways magazine is the only magazine of its type in the United States and appeals to hobbyists building outdoor Large scale railroads amid various landscapes across North America. Kalmbach Books is respected for publishing several Toy Train price guides, The Tourist Train Guidebook and multiple train titles throughout the year authored by top experts in the industry.
Visit the Kansas Depot booth at Trainfest for Thomas the Tank Engine® Licensed products. Including apparel, whistles, tableware, Wooden Railway engines and buildings, sets, and track paks, and More!
Lochmann’s Train Group
Mainline Photos sells black and white and color photos (8×10) of railroad equipment, including locomotives, caboose, freight cars, passenger cars and maintenance equipment. We have also added non-rail photos of hot air balloons, military equipment, Great Lakes ships and some intercity bus companies. We have been selling photos since 1969.
In addition to photos we sell railroad books from Withers Publishing Co and Diesel Era magazine also from Withers Publishing. We carry a wide selection of back issues of Diesel Era.
Michael Brown Optical Art Inc. produces unique kinetic and dimensional imagery. At Trainfest Michael will feature his collection of railroad time studies presented as both slit-scan photographs and lenticular prints. The lenticular printmaking technique combined with his original photography results in optical art that animates, morphs, or zooms in response to the viewer’s movement. This fine art imagery is ideal for the train room, home, or office.
Miniature World provides assembled, painted, detailed and weathered structures and real life items in N, HO, and O scales. Our structures vary from show to show but are available from many different companies, including Walther’s, Tyco, AHM, IHC and Model Power. In business for 20 years, Miniature World is located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Click here to visit Miniature World website.
Norm’s Train World is a family owned and operated business for over 40 years. With products for not only the hobbyist, but also beginner and young train fan; we offer trains sets in Z, N, HO and G Scale as well as rolling stock, engines, and wheelsets in N and Z Scale. Additionally we carry a variety of scenery products for all scales.
- Manufacturers: Micro-Trains, AZL, Rokuhan, Bachmann, Tomy, Con-Cor, TCS, Fox Valley, NZT, Maple Landmark, Pre-Size Model Specialties, Woodland Scenics, GC Laser and N Scale Architect.
- Kids: Wooden Chuggington, Alphabet Train, Wooden Whistles, train hats, HO Thomas Train Sets and accessories.
- Trainfest Anecdotes: Yes, we offer items for the children. They are our future model railroaders.
Click here to visit Norm’s Train World website.
At the Park Lane Hobbies booth look for their custom made Steel Mill rolling stock in HO and N Scale. Including hot metal cars, Slag cars, and mill vehicles. We will be selling our A family owned store, located in Northeast Indiana, that carries, N, HO, and O Scale model railroading products.
Click here to visit Park Lane Hobbies website.
Railroad Relics specializes in real railroad materials, such as RR dishes, silverware, paper timetables, RR sign logos, calendars, loco builders plates, and keys. Our model trains include 2-rail O scale, HO brass models and fine building kits. Railroad Relics is truly a Railroad antiques business and material varies as to what is made available to us.
Celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, Rebel Rails is the place to shop for railroad T-Shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, license plates, metal signs, and more. Rebel Rails supplies many railroad museum gift shops, including the Illinois Railway Museum and Steamtown National Historical Site.
- Kids: Apparel
- Special News: 25 Anniversary
Click here to visit RailWear by Rebel Rails website.
Ralph’s Trains LLC is a one man operation located in Williamsburg Virginia producing high quality custom loaded flat cars in N, HO, O, S, and G scales. I have been producing and selling these cars at train shows and on the Internet at www.ralphstrains.com for about 11 years. My lifetime background in the construction and farm industry helps the aspect of the models. I use custom made laser cut wood decks on most cars from Imagine That Laser Art to give the deck surface a distressed look and die cast and plastic loads from numerous manufacturers. I do custom work for customers that already have the cars and loads and just want my art work on the assembly and chain work.
Rattin’s Railroad Relics
South Side Trains has been a family owned small business since 2007 and specializes in HO and N scale products, train books, DVDs, magazines, modeler supplies, tools, and detail parts. We sell new and used items and have an operating layout in the store. South Side Trains is conveniently located two blocks east of highway 43/94 and one mile north of Mitchell International Airport.
Click here to visit South Side Trains website.
Star Hobby is a hobby shop offering Lionel, Bachmann, LGB, Piko, and various other brands for sale “on tour,” as well as in a brick and mortar hobby shop. We deal with rockets, Thomas the Tank®, plastic models and die cast. We carry a full line of Kalmbach publications and Walthers products. We sell trains in G gauge, O, HO, N, and Z.
For Trainfest, we bring a complete line of Bachmann products, Tide-0Mark calendars, and Kalmbach magazines. Star Hobby has been in business for 25 years, and exhibiting at all the big five shows – Trainfest, the Big E, Greenberg, World’s Greatest Hobby, and the East Coast Large Scale and All Scale Shows. This year, we will be attending the Oklahoma Show in December for the first time.
TAG Trains was started in 2005 in a garage in Indiana, and today is one of America’s largest nationwide dealers with a fantastic following. Every year at Trainfest customers come looking for us as soon as the doors open, and these customers and more are loyal eBay purchasers year-round. We believe that low prices and sales volume create a win-win environment for both our customers and our company. We offer new locomotives and new rolling stock at excellent prices; as well as detail items like buildings, loads and cars/trucks for scene detailing. We usually have items from Atlas, Athearn, Walthers, Kadee, and InterMountain, along with occasional products from other manufacturers.
Teskey’s Trains offers rolling stock and accessories in Ho and N scale. We will also have railroad books and DVD’s for sale.
Serving all venues of the model, hobby, and crafters for 24 years, the Tool Man offers Quality tools covering all scales of modeling. Tools offered include pliers, files, lighted and non-lighted magnifiers, dental probes, scissors, hemostats, screw drivers, and more from many manufacturers including Excel Hobby Blades Corp., Zona, and Badger Air-Brush.
- Kids: I have a line of hand magnifiers suited for small children
We have manufactured train accessories since 1999 and Zstuffexpress, our sister company sells our products on line and at train shows. We have recently added a line of integrated smartSignals for HO and N gauge that, like our O gauge signals, have sensors and controls as part of the signal. Even our signal bridges for O and G gauge have sensors built in so all the customer has to do is provide power – just 2 wires!