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!

Check in Early Summer 2015 for updates on Hobby Dealers for Trainfest 2015.

Trainfest Hobby Dealers

Confirmed for 2015 indicated with *

All Aboard Whistle

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Enginehouse Services *

Click here to visit Enginehouse Services website.

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 Heimburger House website.

Jelmsa Graphics *

Click here to visit 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!

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

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.

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.

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 MD Trains website.

Michael Brown Optical Art

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.

Michael Brown Optical Art

Miniature World *

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 Walthers, 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

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 Norm’s Train World website.

Palace Car Company *

Palace Car Co specializes in manufacturing passenger car interior parts. We have products in S, HO and N. The company was founded in 1999 and its first product, Streamliner coach seats were available in 2000. Since then we’ve added items to detail interiors for coaches, parlor cars, dining cars, lounge cars and sleepers.

Products are generally available packaged as individual parts or combined into kits for specific car types. Universal kits are available for coaches, diners, sleepers, etc. and combined for cars of specific brands, such as Athearn, Concor, Rivarossi, Train Station and others.

Click here to visit Palace Car Company website.

Park Lane Hobbies

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 *

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.

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 RailWear by Rebel Rails website.

Ralph's Trains

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 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.

Rattin Railroad Relics *

Rattin Railroad Relics has 44 years of experience in original railroad antiques. Available items include china, lanterns, locks, keys, and playing cards.

Sommerfelds *

Click here to visit Sommerfelds website.

South Side Trains *

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 *

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 *

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.


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