Five leading companies get on board the World's Greatest Hobby and offer the highest-level of sponsorship

603 Sweetland Avenue
Hillside, NJ 07025
(908) 687-0880
Atlas Model Railroad Company, Inc., located in Hillside, NJ, has been a pioneer and leader in the model railroad industry for over 50 years. Traditionally known for its track and accessories, Atlas has remained at the forefront of the hobby with its "museum quality" rolling stock, precision locomotives, and innovative DCC system.

Atlas has built its reputation as being a family-owned business that strives to produce the most realistic and high quality products imaginable. Atlas Tool & Die Company began as a general tool and machine shop, founded by Stephan Schaffan, Sr., in the 1920's. His son, Steve went on to be a worldwide leader and an innovator in the hobby, creating such masterpieces as world renowned Super-Flex Track, Snap-Switches, Custom-Line Turnouts, and more. Atlas offers HO, N and O scale products, layout instruction books and free, layout planning software for modelers of all skill levels.


1400 E. Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 533-1600
Bachmann Industries is the world's largest producer of N, HO, O, On30 and Large-Scale model railroading products. The company also manufactures many industry-leading brands such as E-Z Track®, E-Z Mate®, Big Haulers®, Silver Series® and Spectrum®.
The company has been in existence since 1833, but first entered the hobby market in 1947 with their Plasticville USA® line. In 1969, Bachmann joined the model train marketplace, and produced an N scale electric train set. such as E-Z Track®, E-Z Mate®, Big Haulers®, Silver Series® and Spectrum®.
Today, with its long and proud history, Bachmann is a leader in the hobby industry. For more than 50 years, the company has thrived in the hobby market, producing hundreds of train sets, accessories, and other hobby-related products. 


21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
(262) 796-8776
Publisher of Model Railroader, Classic Toy Trains and Garden Railways magazines and associated books, as well producer of, Kalmbach is known worldwide as a leader in hobby publishing. Founded in 1933, the firm first published Model Railroader in 1934. Today the company has grown to include 14 magazines, more than 250 books and a variety of web sites.

Kalmbach is an industry source for current information on model train enthusiasts and can help provide background information for you in preparing your story.


100 Remington Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 781-9500
Kato U.S.A. was established in 1986. Since that time, Kato has been recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of precision railroad products for the modeling community. The family owned and operated parent company in Japan, founded in the late 1950s, is a major supplier of model railroad products for the Japanese market.

In addition to producing ready-to-run HO and N scale models that are universally hailed for their high level of detail, craftsmanship and operation, Kato also manufactures UNITRACK, a line of snap-together roadbed and rail track.

The Kato U.S.A. office and warehouse facility is located in Schaumburg, Illinois. All research & development of new North American products is performed there, in addition to the sales and distribution of merchandise to a network of wholesale distributors and hobby retailers.  


5601 W. Florist Ave.
Box 3039
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3039
(414) 527-0770
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., is dedicated to manufacturing and distributing high quality model railroad equipment worldwide. They carry over 85,000 different items from over three hundred manufacturers and supply thousands of hobby shops around the world.
The company was founded in Milwaukee in 1932. Today, Walthers continues to expand, improve and develop a wide range of products. Behind the scenes, they're constantly striving to provide excellent service to model railroad enthusiasts and local hobby shops to ensure that model railroading will be appreciated by generations to come.  

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