Continued Support for WGH

We have some exciting news for the World’s Greatest Hobby program.  The program has received a commitment of an additional 3 years of support from some of the hobby’s most influential companies. The following companies have agreed to sponsor the program for another three years:

-          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. 

Another important change for the long term viability of the program is that it has become a non profit educational corporation. This will allow for additional 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,  Terry Thompson - 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.

Because of these changes there is new contact information for the program. The Website address will remain the same and it will be updated over the next few months. The new mailing address is World’s Greatest Hobby - PO Box 11, Elmhurst, IL 60126. The new e-mail address for the administration of  the World’s Greatest Hobby is The new phone number is 630-592-1894 and the new FAX number is 630-214-4113

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