Common Questions About Attending the Show
The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is a high-quality model railroad show designed to introduce the general public to model railroading. We target both consumers and die-hard modelers. The WGH on Tour features many exciting attractions for attendees including a Thomas the Tank Engine riding train and play area, operating model railroad layouts, product demonstrations, hobby shops, how-to seminars and much more. It’s NOT a swap meet, flea market or junk show.
Since 2004, World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour has been promoting the hobby across the country. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best events that truly promote the hobby in a positive way. We want people attending our shows to leave so excited about model railroading they can’t wait to start building a model railroad!
No, it is a free ride for kids.
This varies by facility. Many facilities have wheelchairs available for loan. Usually they will ask for a drivers license to keep on hold for the duration of the wheelchair use.
Go to the page for the show you want to attend and there will be a link to the facility. Most facilities will have information about wheelchair availability listed on their website.
The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour travels around the country every January through March visiting 4 to 6 cities each year. The show only returns to cities every 5 to 10 years so be sure to visit the show when it is in your area.
Absolutely! We encourage you to take photos and video. Be sure to take photos and video of the fabulous model railroads. Perhaps they will inspire you to start building your own model railroad.
Absolutely! The show encompasses all aspects of the model railroad hobby.
Yes, the show has emphasis on reaching out to new people in the hobby but the show is not just about Thomas the Tank Engine toys and train sets. We can all agree the hobby of model railroading is one that should be shared and promoted.
Obviously, every model railroader had a first encounter with the hobby of model railroading. Maybe it was a relative or neighbor with a large layout in the basement. Maybe it was a department store train display. Maybe it was a model train set for Christmas. Maybe it was simply a visit to a hobby shop.
The show aims to be that first impression for people to see the hobby. Who better to show what the hobby is about than the seasoned model railroader? That’s why the shows attract the leading model railroad manufacturers from the smallest companies to the largest manufacturers. They understand the need to promote the hobby to the new hobbyist as well as their most loyal customers.
So, yes of course, the show has plenty for the scale modeler!
Common Questions About Model Railroading
Getting started in model railroading is easy thanks to shows like the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour and the internet. Like anything new, you may have questions. At every show there are hundreds of people at the show who can answer your questions about the hobby.
The World’s Greatest Hobby program has a wonderful pagewith plenty of information on where to begin.
The hobby of model railroading is fun and rewarding.
HO Scale is the most popular model railroad scale.
There are several common sized model train scales. Here is a description of each:
Guide to model railroading scales and gauges
If you inherited a collection of trains you may feel overwhelmed and not sure where to start understanding the value of what you have.
The best thing you can do is educate yourself on what you have. Speaking with our experts at the show is a great way to get first hand of the market value of your collection. Books like the Greenberg price guides are somewhat useful as well – although prices have fluctuated in the past several years and since the books are printed they can only show you the estimated value at the time the book went to press.
The one thing we always stress is to not sell your collection to the first person who makes you an offer. We can’t emphasize this enough.
If you have decided you want to sell your trains there are really two ways to approach it. If you sell your trains yourself piece by piece you will get the most money out of the collection because you will be selling to the end user.
If you sell your collection in one lump sum to a reseller you may only get 50 cents on the dollar since this person has to sell everything piece by piece, carry the inventory from show to show, and pay out a large amount of money to you in advance to purchase the collection.
There are way too many stories of people only getting 5 to 10 cents on the dollar from a reseller because they didn’t know the value of what they had.
It pays to do your research and understand what you have!