My favorite (“go to”) hobby shops

I have a lot favorite dealers.  I give one or two of them more business than the others for whatever reason, but all the ones below have always given me outstanding service and I can attest they are friendly, well-informed and will often go the extra mile to get you what you need.

Here they are in no particular order–


Overland Hobbies – Brian is awesome.  He really works hard to make sure you get what you need.  Great selection, particularly of more recent releases.
c/o Overland Models, Inc.
4319 West Clara Lane, PMB 290
Muncie, IN 47304-5470 USA

telephone: 765.289.4257   fax: 765.289.6013     email:


Hiawatha Hobbies –Glen and Irv (owner) are great guys.  I usually work with Glen and he always gives me really good service.  They too really go the extra mile for you.  Great selection of Athearn in general and often have hard-to-find items.
Hiawatha Hobbies
2026 Silvernail Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072
telephone: 262-544-4131    email:
Spring Creek Model Trains — David and Debby run a great hobby shop.    I usually work with Sharon, and she is really very helpful.  She always makes that extra effort to give great service.  Mary Ann is very helpful too.  Great selection of Athearn, Intermountain and Tangent.
Spring Creek Model Trains
304 East Bryson Ave
Deshler, NE 68340
telephone: 402-365-7628    email:
Model Train Stuff — Is a great larger shop.  Though it is big, the guys who work there really know their trains and are very helpful.  Their prices are excellent.  Their website is among the best in the business
MB Klein, Inc.
243-A Cockeysville Rd.
Cockeysville, MD 21030 USAtelephone: 1-888-872-4675 or  1-410-229-9995   email:

There are many others.  I have been very satisfied with my dealings with Toy Train Heaven, High Country Hobbies and The Yankee Dabbler (Great source for Kadee items!) and Bob The Train Guy.  No complaints on those as well.
I am sure there are many others that I just don’t know about.
I just wanted to share the above shops just in case any readers were looking for additional sources of model railroad supplies.
Love to hear about  your favorite shops!  Please comment.
By spreading the word, we help keep these guys in business!