Hobby Dealers and Trainfest Vendors


If you’re looking to start a new hobby or to advance your skills, you’ve come to the right place.

Trainfest is the perfect place for you to learn more about model railroading. No matter if you’re new to it or are an experienced hobbyist, this is your chance to ask questions and discuss what’s new. Get ready for some great conversations and shopping!

Click on the company names below to learn more about the vendors you’ll see here.

(* Indicates Confirmed for 2019)

Trainfest Hobby Dealers

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 Shoes *

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.

Dwarvin Enterprises Ltd * (NEW for 2019!)

FN Hobbies *

Jorgensen Rail Sales *

Kansas Depot *

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

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.

MJS Custom Layouts * (NEW in 2019!)

Muirwoods Reclamations *

Mullet River Hobby Shop *

See Mullet River Hobby Shop at Trainfest this year.

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 the RailWear by Rebel Rails website.

Rattin's Railroad Antiques *

See Rattin’s Railroad Antiques at Trainfest this year.

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 the South Side Trains website.

Southern Rail Sales *

See Southern Rail Sales at Trainfest this year.

Spring Creek Model Trains *

See Spring Creek Model Trains at Trainfest this year. 

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.

TagTrains *

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.

The Railroad Yard * (NEW in 2019)

TrainTraxx/HiveID * (NEW in 2019)

Useborne Books *

See Useborne Books at Trainfest this year. 

YankeeDabbler *

YankeeDabbler (YD) is a leading Railroad Hobby Store that specializes in DCC . We are a family owned business, with a staff of Model Rail Roaders and volunteers who have been working together for over 40 years. The discount Business grew as an extension of our passion for model railroading and became a great way to establish new and lasting worldwide relationships. YankeeDabbler can install DCC or RailPro in your engines. Stop by our NJ Store or see us at one of the many train shows (Store hours and a list of shows are on our website). You can also order online at yankeedabbler.com, or through our eBay store 24/7. Look for us on Facebook or adds in the Free online Model Railroader Hobbyist magazine. We Welcome you aboard the YD Fun Train – YD provides the BEST for LESS.