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. Click on the company names below to read more about the Trainfest manufacturers.

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 2016 – Nov. 12th & 13th!

See below the Hobby Dealers from Trainfest 2015!

New for Trainfest 2015

Charles McCreary
Chris Curtale
Lowell Smith Signature Series
Mohawk Design Shirts
Old Firehouse Collectibles
Prairie Railway Display
Rail Histories LLC
Rails Unlimited
Reindeer Pass RR
Track One
Tyler Neesan Sales

Trainfest Hobby Dealers

Confirmed for 2015 indicated with *

Carlson Estate Sales *

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 ensures 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, through 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.

Charles McCreary * New for 2015

Our first visit to Trainfest and we’ll be looking great!

There will be 150 art quality 13 x 19 inch (and 150 11.7 x 16.5 inch) railroad action prints for sale. The prints are from our book “Train Pictures 1946 – 1957, A Railfan’s Memoir”. This amazing 440 page hard cover book, containing 400 railroad photos, will also be on sale. Both the book and all of the prints will out be out on the tables in a format that railfans can page through with ease. (the prints will be in protective sleeves for ease of handling.)

Prints include great shots of the C&NW, Milwaukee Road, CB&Q, Soo Line, NP, GN, PRR and other lines, including lots of photos in Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities. And lots of steam and first generation diesels – after all, the pictures are all from the golden age of railroading.

And the author, Chuck McCreary will be there signing books and doing what he really enjoys – talking trains all day long.

We are Charles McCreary Publications. Visit our website here.

Choo Choo Bob's Train Store *

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 for 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.

Click here to visit the Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store website.

Classic Trains & Ferraris *

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.

Como Shops *

John Luecke is the owner of at 1108 Farrington Street, St. Paul, Minnesota  55117. Phone is 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.

Click here to visit the Como Shops website.

Don's Cars & Trains *

I exhibit and sell HO, N, and S scale vehicles, figures, and other diecast and out of production items. I have a selection of detail parts for the HO vehicles, and I try to keep up with the new releases from PROMOTEX.  I also have items available in Z scale, and vehicles and figures that go very well with Lionel sized trains.

Heimburger House Publishing *

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 has 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.

Click here to visit the Heimburger House website.


Jelmsa Graphics *

Click here to visit the Jelmsa Graphics website.

JMD Plastics *

HO and N scale products—locomotives, freight cars, etc. Styrene plastic sheets, track laying tools, trees, adhesives, figures–over 250,000 products available!

Click here to visit the JMD Plastics website.

Kansas Depot *

Visit the Kansas Depot booth at Trainfest for Thomas the Tank Engine® Licensed products, including apparel, whistles, tableware, Wooden Railway engines and buildings, sets, track paks, and more!

Lochmann's Train Group *

Lochmann’s Train Group specializes in; Brass HO gauge locomotives and rolling stock, Laser-Art HO scale building kits, assembled models, Plastic RTR Rolling stock, and Custom painting services.

Lowell Smith Signature Series * New for 2015

Lowell Smith Signature Series is a producer of ‘specialty model trains’, and is very excited to make their first Trainfest appearance.

For the past twenty-one years, Lowell Smith has used major model railroad manufacturers to produce his colorful special runs in N Scale. Now, for the first time ever, and just in time for Trainfest 2015, Lowell Smith enters into the HO Scale market!

Their first O scale car, The American Fruit Packers Series, was released last fall. The second in this series will be arriving just in time for this year’s show. These colorful billboard reefers are just amazing in O Scale, and they are sure to be just as striking in the popular HO Scale.

Lowell Smith also produces trains for The Walt Disney Company and The Walt Disney Family Museum. Be sure to stop by to see his latest Disney creations.

Visit the Lowell Smith Signature Series website. 

Mainline Photos *

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.

MD Trains *

Click here to visit the MD Trains website.

Miniature World *

Miniature World offers a large variety of assembled, detailed, painted and weathered structures and industries. This brings a level of realism to your layout or collection. These are provided in scales N, HO, and O, O27. Miniature World also provides a selection of detail parts, vehicles, signs and decals.

Click here to visit the Miniature World website.

Palace Car Company *

Palace Car Co. is the brand name of products manufactured by Plainsman Manufacturing of Kearney, NE. We make passenger car parts in three scales: N, HO, S. We specialize in interior components for coaches, parlor cars, sleeping cars, diners and lounge cars. Also, a limited number of complete passenger car kits are available.

Click here to visit the Palace Car Company website.

Railroad Relics *

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.

Rails Unlimited *NEW for 2015

Click here to visit the Rails Unlimited website.

RailWear by Rebel Rails *

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.

Click here to visit the RailWear by Rebel Rails website.

Rattin Railroad Relics *

For over 20 years, we have been in the full-time business of buying and selling railroad artifacts – authentic items used on and by railroads across the country.  Our inventory includes railroad dining car china, silver, glassware, along with public and employee schedules, travel brochures, technical railroad books, blueprints, locks, keys, lanterns, signs, historical books, brass HO & O model trains, and much more.

Salida Roundhouse *

Salida Roundhouse offers a very large selection of new and used railroad books and DVDs. They have rare titles available, logically arranged to be easily found.

Click here to visit the Salida Roundhouse website.

Sommerfelds * Official Trainfest Ticket Vendor

Click here to visit the Sommerfelds website.

South Side Trains * Official Trainfest Ticket Vendor

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 the South Side Trains website.

Star Hobby *

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.

Tag Trains *

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.

Teskeys's Trains *

Teskey’s Trains offers rolling stock and accessories in HO and N scale. We will also have railroad books and DVD’s for sale.

Tool Man *

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.

Trainfest 2015 will be The Tool Man’s 24th year participating in the show. Billy Carr stumbled into this wonderful adventure of selling modeling and hobby tools 25 years ago. He credits this to losing his job in 1989 and still considers it to be one of the best things to ever happen to him.


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