World’s Greatest Hobby!

27 12 2012

Christmas may have passed, but there is no reason to put those trains away yet! Trains and model railroads are a hobby that can be enjoyed all year-long. In fact, they’re the World’s Greatest Hobby!

Why? There is much more to building a train layout than putting together a circle of track and watching the train run ’round and ’round. The hobby has many different facets, and can develop many talents you never knew you had. It gives you a chance to express your creative side, and study the world around us. It’s a hobby that can be shared by the entire family and brings out the kid in all of us.


New product displays are just the beginning!

Every year, the World’s Greatest Hobby Show goes on tour to new cities across the United States to showcase the best of what this hobby has to offer. This is more than just a train show. It is a chance to meet the manufacturers, learn new skills, connect with local model clubs and groups in your area and just have fun! There will be operating layouts, clinics and lots of things for kids to enjoy.

modular railroad

Our Modular Railroad will be a learning experience for all.

And of course we’ll be there too! This year, we’ll be doing something new in our booth. In addition to displays of our new products and an operating layout, we’ll be conducting some demonstrations of our own using our new FasTrack Modular Layout. At each show, we’ll be completing the scenery on one of our unfinished modules so you can see first hand how easy it is to transform your train platform into whatever you desire.

These modules are a great way to get started in the hobby. But you can use the skills we’ll be showing on any layout. We’ll take lots of pictures too so after the shows we can post instructions here on the blog for those who can’t make it.

Here are the five stops on the 2013 tour. Don’t see one near you? Don’t worry, we’ll be on the road again to different cities next year! For more information, see the World’s Greatest Hobby Show website.


One of our operating display layouts will be on hand too.

  • January 5-6, Fort Worth, Texas  Will Rogers Memorial Center
  • January 12-13, St. Louis, Missouri  America’s Center
  • February 9-10, San Diego, California  Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • February 22-23, Sacramento, California  Cal-Expo
  • March 2-3, San Francisco, California  San Mateo County Event Center

Whether you’re a seasoned model railroader or have never been to a show before, these are great events. We hope to see you there!



7 responses

27 12 2012
Dan Deen

When are you coming to Tampa?

27 12 2012

That’s up to the folks at WGH – they set the schedule and we go where they go. But Tampa in January – sounds good to me!

27 12 2012

Why do you always leave out Georgia South Carolina Alabama as centers of influence. We have children that need the experience too .. There is quality in smaller numbers too ts Georgia..

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27 12 2012

I’d love to head south in the winter! We don’t intentionally leave out Georgia – in fact we really don’t have much control over the venue. WGH sets the schedule and we go where they go. The schedule seems very heavy on the west coast this year so there is a good chance they’ll come east in 2014.

28 12 2012
Jorge L. Fernandez

When will you come to Houston,Texas
again and why did you stoped coming??

28 12 2012

WGH sets the schedule for the shows, and they move around the country to new locations each year. I’m sure at some point they’ll make their way back to Houston…and we’ll be thrilled to be there with them!

30 01 2013
Lawrence Clampffer

Houston, Texas has long been ignored by Lionel. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. We have NO Service Station dealers and only 5 dealers total for 3.5 million people in the metropolitan area. We also have a booming economy with lots of spendable cash, a large affluent suburban population and lots of boys and girls who see trains running thru town in this major railroad hub. We need participation at train shows, the next Greater Houston Train Show (an annual event) will be held February 16, 2013 at Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road @ Murphy Rd, Stafford, TX from 10 am to 5 pm. We hope Lionel can participate. See you there.

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