World's Greatest Hobby on Tour 2018 update

See highlights of the WGH on Tour model train shows in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and get a preview of the upcoming show in Houston, Texas
A view of the crowd of model railroaders at the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour show in Monroeville, Pa.
Attendees watch a presentation about Walt Disney's railroad at the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour model train show in Monroeville, Pa.
The first two weekends in January saw two very successful World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour model railroad shows. On January 6th and 7th the Monroeville Convention Center, near Pittsburgh, hosted 25,237 people for the model train show.
The Tribune Review highlighted the attractions of the show in this article.

While the Post Gazette explained how the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour shows are demonstrating the vitality of the hobby and disproving the myth of Modeling Railroading’s demise. This is a must read article for those interested in the future of the hobby.
There were many interesting model railroads operating at the Charlotte WGH on Tour model train show.
North Carolina is the home to Lionel Trains and they had a booth at the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour model train show in Charlotte.
On January 13th and 14th, The show visited the Charlotte, NC area for the very first time. Over 22,000 packed the Expo Center. A star of the show was a giant 120 x 120-foot HO scale layout displayed by the Sipping and Switching Society model railroad club of North Carolina.

WCCB, the CW network affiliate in Charlotte showcased the show with over 15 minutes of coverage on the news program. Watch this great video!

The next World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour show will be in Houston, Texas at the NRG Park Arena on February 3rd and 4th. This show features an unbelievable selection of layouts including:
• 35/45 Z-Bend Track, 30 x 30-foot Z scale layout
• RGVN Track, 40 x 40 foot all scales layout
• Northwest Crossing, 60 x 28-foot HO scale layout
• Northwest Crossing (NWX), 60 x 40-foot N scale layout
• Bay Area Railroading Fellowship, 26 x 36-foot HO scale layout
• Houston Area G Gaugers 50 x 60-foot G scale layout
• Houston Tinplate Operators Society, 30 x 25-foot O gauge layout
• Austin Tinplate Trackers 24 x 40-foot O gauge layout
• Gulf Coast Chapter TCA Kids Layout, 8 x 12-foot O gauge layout
• Gulf Coast Chapter TCA, 16 x 32-foot O gauge layout
• Houston S Gaugers 26 x 62-foot S gauge layout
• Texas Brick Railroad, 18 x 25-foot LEGO layout
• Joe's Brick Depot, 16 x 36-foot LEGO layout
• Gulf Western Modular Railroad Society, 30 x 60-foot HO scale layout
• Southeast Texas Model Railroad Club, 24 x 40-foot HO scale layout

A variety of seminars and presentations including the Walt Disney Railroad story and a wide variety of exhibitors.

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