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Directory Closing Down

Well I have given the Directory 10 years to provide the most up to date listing of Model Railroad Clubs and Businesses in North America but there is simply no appetite for such a listing.
There has been a complete lack of support for even the idea of an up to date listing of Model Clubs, Model Shops and Model Railroad Businesses in North America. In fact some businesses have been down right rude and abusive. If they treat people who are trying to help their business with that kind of attitude I would hate to find out how they treat their customers.
Between 2010 and 2012 we tried to contact over 4,500 clubs and businesses in Canada and the USA to explain what we were attempting to setup and the response rate was abysmal. For Model Railroad Clubs the response rate was 62% whereas for Business it was less than 40%.
The statistics for the past few years are also very interesting:
Businesses closed -
2012 51
2013 462
2014 807
2015 105
2016 411
2017 658
2018 208
2019 73
New Businesses -
2015 12
2016 19
2017 11
2018 3
2019 3
So currently there are only 58 model shops in Canada who have bothered to keep in touch and 507 in the USA with 133 of these about to expire because they haven't bothered to respond to my attempts to contact them for more that 4 years.
If clubs and businesses cannot be bothered to get in touch when I politely try to speak to them, then I am not prepared to spend any more time trying to support them.
I'd like to say it has been good to support the Model Railroading Hobby in North America but with the attitude of some businesses (you know who you are) it hasn't.
Don't get me wrong some people have been very supportive, but they have been very few and far between.
So that's it, we are closing at the end of the month.
Thanks and goodbye.



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Tom Pryor's Machine
Tom Pryor is a fixture in the model railroading community around here. His shop is one of the last places that focuses on model trains in the whole state. He tries to carry everything his customers need to keep their layouts going and even offers repairs. Mostly scale HO, but usually has some tinplate S & O gauge on hand too. He is also a skilled machinist with a full shop so can make parts if required. Help keep his little shop going and stop in sometime!
John, Dallas, Oregon - 14 Nov 2019 - Five Stars

Fall Creek Railroad Structures
Ralph is very helpful and super knowledgeable. He has a great stock and the quality of his work is second to none. I highly recommend him! I am super pleased to get my Aristocracy train running remotely :)
Rick, Auburn - 13 Nov 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Hobby Express Inc
Great selection at reasonable prices. Outstanding customer service. I live out of state but made a purchase while visiting relatives. The tool I bought didn't work and the staff was easy to work with. They quickly replaced the tool without any hassle. I stop by every time I am in the area and usually find something for my railroad.
Randy, Lothian, MD - 05 Nov 2019 - Five Stars

Ram Train & Hobby
IMPORTANT NOTE: the owner is extremely allergic to scents, seriously your cologne or deoderant can cause him severe breathing problems. No joke, there's even a warning sign on his front door. The store has a very good collection of kits, many are quite old but still new (He doesn't sell second hand kits, at least as recently as the last time I visited in 2016). Small selection of paints, no decals or aftermarket though.
Thomas, Chicago - 28 Aug 2019 - Three Stars

B C Shaver & Hobbies
They have moved to local mall and have downsized their stock. Less railroad stuff now, more RC and model kits. Still have a good paint and general hobby supplies. Updated Aug 2019.
Robert, Victoria .B.C. - 12 Aug 2019 - Two & a half Stars

Litchfield Station
Rarely do you find a shop with such friendly and knowledgeable people. This is not a store for looking and browsing trains, this is a store that has nearly every bit of DCC equipment you will need at very good prices. Wheels,couplers and other detail parts also stocked. Sadly, I live 5500miles away so only get to visit once a year but the mail order service is also excellent.
Richard, East Grinstead, West Sussex, Uk - 29 Apr 2019 - Five Stars

The Train Cellar
They have everything model train related. They relocated to 1301 West Park Ave in Tinton Falls, NJ 07712. Just around the corner. Great guys, repairs are excellent
Mike, Wayside - 06 Apr 2019 - Five Stars

A A A Hobbies & Crafts
Front end for stevens importing, this shop has a massive inventory of kits and supplies. Tools, paint and accessories are first rate. Staff are very helpful and decent people to deal with!!!
Stephen, Aberdeen, Maryland - 13 Mar 2019 - Four & a half Stars

Train Town
Just met Bob and John last week; both great guys to talk with! Bought post-War rolling stock and accessories, left a 681 Steam Turbine to have a broken screw replaced and asked tons of questions, with great answers to help me build a layout for our grandkids to play with when they come over. Even went back this week to purchase Plasticville buildings I didn't have. Know I will be returning many times in the future.
Ron, Union, Mo - 07 Feb 2019 - Five Stars

A A Hobbies Inc
Fantastic HO inventory, great prices. Tons of detail parts.Very knowledgeable. Full line store. Atlas, Intermountain, Athearn, Rapido, Walthers. DCC supplies. Located just off Interstate 95, 1/4 mile from state airport.
Richard, Newport, VT - 14 Jul 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Hobby Towne
Broad product selection - RC cars, Scale model kits, paint glue,great advice and RC parts and repairs. I try to stop by every time I get to Baton Rouge. I go in for the scale models and am amazed by the wide range of scales and products.
Richard, Slidell - 22 Jun 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Karl's Trains
Karl's Trains is an awesome shop to deal with. Always makes the customer number one! Bends over backwards to satisfy your needs. Has a great selection of trains and has items no one else has. I highly recommend Karl's Trains... you won't be disappointed!
Todd, Franksville, Wi - 18 Apr 2018 - Five Stars

J C General Hobby Surplus Outlet
An excellent shop with a great selection, especially of Aircraft kits; especially of Eastern European manufacturers (Special Hobby, Mirage, Azur, etc.), and of classic hard to find kits. I make a point of going in whenever I'm in that part of Virginia. They also have an ebay store, which has most (but not all) of their stock
Ralph, Rockville, Maryland - 10 Apr 2018 - Four & a half Stars

Metro Trains and Hobbies
This shop has everything for the model railroader in HO , N and O scale . Track ,engines ,buildings and lighting kits . There is a very large in store layout in 'O' , HO and N scale . The staff are all railroaders and model builders so they can give a lot information on about anything you need to know . The shop stocks the latest in railroad and plastic model kit from around the world . If you don't see it they can order it for you ASAP . The shop is also the base for the I.P.M.S. Caloose Plastic Modelers with a meeting room and airbrushing room . They carry all brands of paints , AK , Alclad ,Tamiya ,Testors and Scale Coat.There are many different types of glues for any type of work .Magazines and books there are many different titles for any interest . In South West Florida this is a must for the Model Railroader and Plastic Modeler
John, Cape Coral Florida - 03 Apr 2018 - Five Stars

Chuck's Trains
Chuck's Trains. I'm very impressed with the customer service here and great online store that has everything i need at great prices and super fast shipping. Chuck has been very helpful and always friendly when i have had a question about something. Thank you for the great service!
Doug, Portland, Oregon - 30 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Esther's Hobby Shop
Largest selection of N scale around and I mean by a long shot. I've found stuff here I've never seen on the internet and didn't even know existed. I drive from 2 states away to shop here. Generally has some used equipment in stock as well. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Be prepared to spend some time just shooting the breeze. They have a nice N scale layout downstairs but if you're tall, watch that you don't bump your head on the way down. Stocks other scales as well as plastic models too. Located in town with on-street parking. Be sure to take some coins to feed the meter.
Marty, Wintersville, Oh United States - 20 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Allegheny Model Railroad Services
I am extremely pleased with the pair of sound-equipped, super detailed Stewart F-3 locomotives that I recently purchased. They run great,sound terrific and were promptly delivered.
Ron, Hendersonville, NC - 02 Jan 2018 - Five Stars

Ron's Mundelein Hobbies
Ron was very accommodating with a transformer issue I was having with my model railroad train. I could not have asked for a more honest and helpful person. I will always purchase trains from him.
Timothy, Mchenry, Il - 27 Dec 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Denbigh Hobby Center
Great shop run by retired military owner. Large selection of latest kits and supplies and even a "flea market" table of older kits at the front of the store. Worth a trip!!
Stephen, Aberdeen, Maryland, Usa - 15 Jul 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Hobby Stop, LC
What a fun store, especially for model trains and accessories, which was my only reason for going. The owner is friendly and very helpful, and also able to answer your questions and provide great information to help you along!
Terry, Salem, Utah - 15 Jun 2017 - Four & a half Stars

B V Rail Hobby
Very Nice little Hobby Shop. Open to spent time with customer to explain and advise on product. The layout is a great show room and it give the customer a good ideal of the result.
Gracielle, Quebec QC. Canada - 05 Jun 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Streamlined Backshop Services
Very efficient and fast service at reasonable prices for ESU products in my experience.
Werner, San Francisco - 24 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

Discount Model Trains
Love the store and all they have to offer. Right on the bus line from the rail. All kinds of items i never seen in real life. Very large selection of books, DVDs, and mags.
Dennis, Dallas TX - 17 Mar 2017 - Four & a half Stars

P F & S Railway Supply Inc
One of the largest collections of trains in Washington. This is my new place to buy trains. The owners are helpful and nice to interact with. It's in the middle of the wheat fields on a dirt road and spent 3 hours looking at trains, track and accessories.
Keith, Olympia, Wa - 23 Jan 2017 - Four Stars

New Brookland Railroad & Hobby Shop
I enjoy shopping at this locally owned hobby store. I have made several purchases as well as made use of their repair services. I highly recommend this store to anyone in the Columbia, SC area.
Bryan, Columbia, SC - 15 Dec 2016 - Four Stars

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