Hail to the Hobby Shops


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 the hobby. 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. See all you train lovers at Trainfest!

Trainfest Hobby Dealers

Confirmed for 2017 indicated with *

B & B Hobby Sales* (New for 2017!)

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 Track & Toy Co* (New for 2017!)

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 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.

Heimburger House Publishing *

For more than 40 years, Heimburger House Publishing has been offering a wide range of quality railroad titles. So many people have always been fascinated by trains of all types – steam, diesel, and electric. Since the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, railroads have played a major role in the development and growth of the United States. The unique sights and sounds of the steam locomotive have added color and action to railroading since the late 1800s. Today, children and adults alike enjoy an interest in railfanning and model railroading. Train shows, train conventions, and rail museums have recorded large numbers of attendees.

Here at Heimburger House, we share your passion for railroading. Our business is founded on publishing and offering the best railroad books available. We seek only the highest quality and most interesting railroading publications. Our new line of children’s railroad books has been extremely popular, and we’ve also added new transportation-related titles that we think you’ll enjoy, too.

Whether you’re a regular customer of ours or a new customer, welcome to the exciting world of railroading! We hope to serve you soon!

Click here to visit the Heimburger House 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.

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.

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.

Rails Unlimited* (NEW for 2017!)

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.

Simpson Models/Bragdon Ent. *

See Simpson Models/Bragdon Ent. 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.

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.

Track One*

See Track One at Trainfest this year. 

Tutwiler Fine Art * (NEW for 2017!)

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.