About the Show

The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour

Simply put, the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour is about promoting the hobby of model railroading.
 
Sponsored by the Hobby Manufacturer's Association - Model Railroad Division and by the World's Greatest Hobby Program, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. The hobby of model railroading has a unique ability to bring the family together in activities that teach many skills. Model railroad skills span from carpentry to artistry, from electrical engineering to historical research. Model railroading is truly the World's Greatest Hobby.

The shows feature:

  • 100,000 square foot exhibit hall
  • 50,000 square feet of huge operating model railroads
  • Walt Disney’s Railroad Story by author Michael Broggie
  • Free riding train for kids
  • 200+ Booths of manufacturers and retailers
  • 100 Trains for kids to play with
  • Demonstrations, seminars and new products

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The show only returns every 5 to 10 years.
Be sure to go when it's in your area!

Walt Disney’s Railroad Story

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Michael will give his highly popular presentation, "Walt Disney's Railroad Story," which is based upon his award-winning book of the same title. Based upon exit surveys, his presentation was consistently rated among the top five attractions of the tour.Roger Broggie running the Lilly Belle at Walt's Carolwood home

This year marks the release of Michael's revised 4th edition of his book that chronicles the lifelong connection between Walt Disney and America's railroad history.

The Broggies are cofounders of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, a global membership organization dedicated to preserving the personal history and railroad legacy of Walt Disney. Michael presents each day at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

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World’s Greatest Hobby Program

wghlogo_colorThe World's Greatest Hobby, Inc. (WGH) is a non-profit educational program to promote the enjoyment and benefits of model railroading.  The WGH goal is to provide both the information and inspiration to help YOU become a model railroad hobbyist.
WORLD'S GREATEST HOBBY IS SPONSORED BY:

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 The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour is a TrainShow.com production.

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Our mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading.

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A Few of the Featured Exhibitors

Bachmann Trains

Bachmann Trains

Bachmann Trains is now known for its extensive and award-winning line of model railroading products, but the company started in 1833 as a producer of handcrafted ivory accessories, beginning a 180-year commitment to quality that continues to this day.

Kato U.S.A.

Kato U.S.A.

KATO U.S.A. was established in 1986, with the first U.S. locomotive model (the GP38-2, in N-Scale) released in 1987. Since that time, KATO has come to be known as one of the leading manufacturers of precision railroad products for the modeling community. KATO's parent company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Walthers

Walthers

Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., is dedicated to manufacturing and distributing high quality model railroad equipment worldwide. They provide information on over 200,000 different items for your trains from over three hundred manufacturers -- and supply them to thousands of hobby shops around the globe!

Caboose Industries

Caboose Industries

Caboose Industries manufactures manual ground throws for model railroaders. Their high-quality injection molded Delrin switch stands are made In America with American materials and labor, and are available for N, HO, S, and O scale.

MTH

MTH

With over three decades of model railroading excellence M.T.H. offers full product lines in HO scale, two-rail and three-rail O Gauge, One Gauge, and Lionel Corporation Tinplate.

Lionel Trains

Lionel Trains

The 115-year-old company has made sure it stays on the cutting edge of technology. The Lionel name has always been synonymous with Christmas and a train set under every Christmas tree, and now more than ever the company’s ensuring that they are a major player in any holiday plans. For Lionel, the future is indeed bright.

ScaleTrains.com

ScaleTrains.com

An upstart model train manufacturer founded by a team with more than 125 years experience in the model railroad hobby and Industry. They are currently developing several innovative HO and N scale models. See their products at the shows.

Broadway Limited Imports

Broadway Limited Imports

Broadway Limited Imports, LLC designs and manufactures limited-run HO scale and N scale model railroad locomotives and rolling stock.

PIKO America

PIKO America

PIKO America is the exclusive American source for the complete range of PIKO trains, track, buildings and more! Retailers all across the USA and Canada can rely on PIKO America to have the full line of more than 600 affordable, German-Made, quality PIKO G-Scale products available year-round, so they can supply whatever you need for your growing railroad empire.

Ross Custom Switches

Ross Custom Switches

Ross Custom Switches has been building O-gauge turnouts since 1972. Today they have over 45 different switches and crossings, and 18 different sizes of track. They also have track accessories and other items to help you in the construction of your dream layout.

Sundance Marketing

Sundance Marketing

The premier manufacturer of First-Class™ Custom lapel pins and railroad emblems. In business since 1986, Sundance Marketing's First-Class™ pins have come to be recognized as the finest available anywhere.