World's Greatest Hobby On Tour 2018 schedule announced

The model railroad show will visit four cities across the United States in early 2018
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.

The train show schedule is listed below:
January 6 and 7, Monroeville, Pa., at the Monroeville Convention Center
January 13 and 14, Charlotte, N.C., at the Park Expo and Conference Center
February 3 and 4, Houston, Texas, at the NRG Park Arena
February 10 and 11, Edison, N.J., at the New Jersey Expo Center

For more information on the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour model train shows, visit

For helpful beginner tips, get Model Railroader's Basic Training email series.



World's Greatest Hobby on Tour is a lively and family-friendly event.


Thank you to our generous program sponsors.
Model trains in N, HO, O
Model trains in N, HO, O, G
Magazine, books, videos
Model trains in N, HO
Model trains in N, HO, O
Control systems
Manual switch stands