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 2015 – Nov. 14th & 15th!
See below the Hobby Dealers Coming to Trainfest 2015!
Trainfest Hobby Dealers
Confirmed for 2015 indicated with *
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 every 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 email@example.com. 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 the All Aboard Whistle website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Luecke is the owner of ComoShops.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, track paks, and more!
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 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.
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 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.
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 train 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.
Click here to visit the Norm’s Train World website.
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.
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 the 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.
Click here to visit the 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 artwork on the assembly and chain work.
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.
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 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 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.
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.