Model Railroad


Our mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading

Introducing the 2018 World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour Shows

We are pleased to announce the next World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour shows:

  • Monroeville, PA • January 6 & 7, 2018 – Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA
    Pittsburgh is the 26th largest market in the country. The last time we visited Monroeville the attendance was just under 30,000 people.
  • Charlotte, NC • January 13 & 14, 2018 – The Park Expo & Conference Center, Charlotte, NC
    This is the first time the show has visited Charlotte. Charlotte is the 22nd largest market in the country.
  • Houston, TX • February 3 & 4, 2018 – NRG Park Arena, Houston, TX
    This is the 3rd time the show has visited Houston. The first two times averaged over 30,000 people. Houston is the 6th largest market in the country.
  • Edison, NJ • March 10 & 11, 2018 – New Jersey Expo Center, Edison, NJ
    This is the 4th time the show has visited Edison, NJ. The shows have averaged over 27,000 people per show. New York City is the largest market in the country.

The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is a model railroad show designed to introduce the general public to the hobby in an exciting, family-oriented atmosphere. Each show includes manufacturers, hobby shops, operating train layouts, interactive displays and workshops. It is also the only train show to feature a Thomas the Tank Engine riding train for the kids. Each show provides an in-person introduction to the World’s Greatest Hobby: model railroading!

Since the shows began in December of 2004, over 1.5 million people have attended! For most of these people, it was their first experience with model railroading. These shows broaden the exposure model railroading receives among the general public. The four to five shows we run each year are all amongst the highest attended shows each year in the industry and are uniquely positioned to focus on attracting new customers.

For more information about the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour, please visit our website The website includes photos, videos, complete information for attendees, registration and exhibitor information.


Model Railroad Division Purpose and Objective

The purpose and objectives of this Division shall be:

A. To promote the welfare, mutual understanding and public awareness of model railroading by those actively engaged in the model railroad industry.

B. To unite, coordinate, evaluate, analyze and communicate on matters of common interest to its members and to promote and advance programs of the hobby through the model railroad industry and others in similar work.

C. To mutually endeavor and provide a united voice within and for those engaged in the model railroad industry at any level of items made, published or sold for model railroading.

D. To promote education programs for and about the hobby of model railroading under plans as the Division Council and Officers may adopt.

E. To represent the model railroad segment of the overall hobby industry on the HMA Board of Directors. The Division Council will elect two of its members to serve on the HMA Board of Directors, as provided in HMA’s by-laws, to represent the Division. The Division may also provide representatives to HMA committees as requested.

F. To communicate with Model Railroad Division members on government, trade and consumer issues that may affect the model railroad industry.

G. To promote hobby trade shows and conventions, to cooperate with individuals, partnerships, corporations or organizations connected with or related to model railroading and the model railroad industry.

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