Model Railroad


Our mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading

32,533 Attend Train Show Making it the Most Attended Ever in Illinois

Schaumburg, IL – The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour pulled into the Schaumburg Convention Center on January 16 & 17, 2016 and was host to thousands of people anxious to experience model railroading on a grand scale. Despite the subzero weather on Sunday, attendance was strong and by the end of the day all indications were there that the show had surpassed previous attendance records for train shows not only at the Schaumburg Convention Center but the entire state of Illinois. All the leading model railroad manufacturers were at the show including:

Aero Car Hobby Lubricants
Athearn Trains
Atlas Model Railroad Company
Bachmann Trains
Broadway Limited Imports
Caboose Industries
Excelle Lubricants
Kato USA
MTH Electric Trains
PIKO America
Ross Custom Switches
Wm K Walthers
ZStuff Express

One of the unique highlights featured in the show was a successful world record attempt for the “tallest toy train track.” Joe Montilla of Augusta Track created the record-setting HO Scale spiral model railroad that stood an impressive 21 feet 2 inches tall. As of this writing the necessary paperwork for the official record has been submitted to Guinness for their certification of the world record.

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. Each show provides an in-person introduction of the World’s Greatest Hobby: model railroading!

Since the shows began in December of 2004, over one million, three hundred thousand (1,300,000+) 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.

In the first quarter of 2010, the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour set a record with over 41,000 people attending the show in Washington, DC. This is the largest number of people ever to attend a model railroad show.

The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour travels to cities around the United States promoting the hobby of model railroading in a big, flashy way. The major model railroad manufacturers are represented as well as local model railroad clubs that bring their model railroads to the show for public display. The show also features a free riding train for kids.

The remaining World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour stops in 2016 are:
>February 6 & 7, 2016 – St. Paul, MN – St. Paul River Centre
>February 20 & 21, 2016 – San Antonio, TX – Henry B. Gonzalez Conv. Center
>March 5 & 6, 2016 – Kansas City, MO – American Royal Complex

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

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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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