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Free booklet
This booklet can only offer a glimpse into the exciting world of model trains. A lifetime of joys and challenges lies ahead. We hope you decide to join us on this magical journey. All aboard!  Click here to download this booklet.
Building Your First Model Railroad -DVD
Free online video
The "Building Your First Model Railroad" video is now available online via You Tube. Click on the scene you want to view: 
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The World's Greatest Hobby has partnered with Monkeysee to create an introduction to model railroading and how to select a train set video series. Click here to see the video
The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, Inc., announce their 2014 Open Houses and Display - Free admission (Donations accepted). All times are from 1 to 5 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Visit their website for more more information.

May: Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 for Viva Vienna Days
June: No Open House Scheduled
July: Saturday, July 12
August: No Open House Scheduled
September: Saturday, September 13
October: Saturday, October 18
November: Saturday, November 15
December: Monday, December 1 from 6 to 9 PM for Vienna Holiday Stroll and Saturday, December 13


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 The following companies sponsor the WGH program:

-          Atlas Model Railroad Co.

-          Bachmann Industries Inc.

-          Caboose Industries

-          Digitrax Inc.

-          Kalmbach Publishing Co.

-          Kato U.S.A.

-          Wm. K. Walthers Inc.

The significant financial contribution each of these companies is making to the program is a clear indication of the importance of the program. 

The program is now a non profit educational corporation. This will allow for  public relations benefits for the program when dealing with the news media. This new non profit corporation’s board of director’s is comprised of some of the most important executives in the model railroad industry and include:  Thomas Haedrich - Atlas Model Railroad, Hiroshi Kato - Kato USA, Bud Reece - Bachmann Industries,  Kevin Keefe  - Kalmbach Publishing and Phillip Walthers - WM. K. Walthers Inc.

The World’s Greatest Hobby Board of Directors has engaged Competitive Intelligence Advertsing Incorporated to provide administration and promotion assistance for the program. Competitive Intelligence Adverting Incorporated is well known in the industry as a successful marketing and promotion company.  They managed the very successful World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour shows since 2004.  They will continue to use their expertise in marketing and public relations to take the program to another level.  Their President, Dave Swanson, will serve as executive director for the World’s Greatest Hobby program.

The mailing address is World’s Greatest Hobby - PO Box 11, Elmhurst, IL 60126. The e-mail address for the administration of  the World’s Greatest Hobby is info@greatesthobby.com. The phone number is 630-592-1894 and the FAX number is 630-214-4113

Please send any updates for the club, model railroad, or hobby shop directory to info@greatesthobby.com.

Model Trains in the news:
Model train event: Silicon meets steam
Mercury News
“This is the supermodel of a train hobbyist's midnight dreams: curvaceous, creative and run by a digital command center, with microprocessors, modulated bipolar voltage and a sound card emitting a high, lonesome sound..”...

Model trains fans steam into London Festival
NBC News
"Visitors to the London Festival of Railway Modeling got a chance to eye highly detailed miniature trains and accompanying towns and displays on Sunday."...

Model trains on display in West Springfield
“The Amherst Railway Society's annual Railroad Hobby Show never fails to attract families, and introduce their children to what often becomes a lifetime love of model trains." ...

Model train club making tracks to Heritage Park
U-T San Diego
The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously approved a lease agreement with the group in January and the deal is expected to be approved by the City Council later this month. Under the agreement, the club will pay the city $500 a month.." ...

Model train fans flock to Marlborough
MetroWest Daily News
“May is one of the thousands of hobbyists, collectors and sellers who have come to this weekend's New England Model Train Expo”...

One track mind
The Daily Mail
"With more than 3,000ft of railway track and 28 trains, this spectacular display is thought to be the largest indoor model railway in Britain." ...

Hop aboard the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour
“Ronnie Linder of the East Texas and Gulf Railroad Model Association says, “I’m a big kid forever. I just love it.”" ...

Show fuels interest in model trains
"The Ozarks Model Railroad Association’s 36th annual Model Train Show and Swap Meet this weekend is above all a celebration of railroads, but it’s also designed to help generate interest in trains among a new generation."...

Model trains up and running
"We want to have people come and learn about the Reading Railroad and join us in the effort to preserve its significance," Carol Adams, exhibit coordinator, said Wednesday."...

Model trains again chug through Citizens National Bank
40 South News
"Citizens National Bank once again hosts a model train setup for the holiday season. The American Flyer “S” Gaugers club has set up the model train track at the bank since 1989."...


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