All aboard! The World's Greatest Hobby Tour pulling into Phoenix

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The hobby of model railroading has a unique ability to bring the family together in activities that teach many skills. Model railroad skills span from carpentry to artistry, from electrical engineering to historical research.

Model railroading is truly the World's Greatest Hobby.

Sponsored by the Hobby Manufacturer's Association - Model Railroad Division and by the World's Greatest Hobby Program, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere.

The WGH on Tour features many exciting attractions for attendees including a Thomas the Tank Engine riding train and play area, operating model railroad layouts, product demonstrations, hobby shops, how-to seminars and much more.  

Founded in 2004, the show is generally geared toward those new to the hobby, but there is plenty for the die-hard scale modeler, too.

The show pulls into Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5. The train show is in the South Building, which is between Washington and Jefferson streets.

[ONLINE: Walking and parking map]

Tickets for adults are $15 per day, but you can sign up for a discount -- up to 50 percent off -- at You'll need a coupon for each ticket you're going to buy. Print it (them) and bring it (them) with you because all tickets are sold on-site at the door. Make sure you have cash because while some of the vendors accept credit cards, tickets are cash only.

Kids 15 and younger get in free with a paying adult.

The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour only makes it to Phoenix every five to 10 years.


  • Saturday, Feb. 4 - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 5 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


  • Albuquerque Society of HO Modular Engineers (ASHOME) 32' x 32' HO Scale
  • Arizona Model Railroad Society 12' x 43' G HO N Z
  • Arizona Modular Railroaders AzMR 40' 'x 40' HO Scale
  • Grand Canyon State Model Railroaders 40' x 98' HO Scale
  • Joe's Brick Depot 16' x 36' LEGO
  • New Mexico Narrow Gauge Modular Club 10' x 48' HOn3
  • New Mexico Rail Runners 35' x 45' N Scale
  • 10' x 10' HO Scale
  • TCA Desert Division 20' x 20' G, O & S Scales
  • Plus Many More!


  • Athearn Trains
  • Bachmann Theater
  • Bachmann Trains
  • Black Forest Hobby Supply Co
  • Boston and Albany Hobbies
  • Broadway Limited Imports
  • Caboose Industries
  • Choo Choo Are Us
  • Con-Cor International, Ltd
  • Daylight Sales
  • Donald E. Marty Trains
  • Galloping Goose Historical Society
  • Gold Coast Station
  • Hunterline
  • I Rhino Enterprise
  • Imagination Depot
  • Jane's Tools
  • Jordan Art Works
  • JR Railroad
  • K & R Lines
  • Kansas Depot
  • Kato USA, Inc.
  • Lionel Collectors Club of America LCCA
  • Lionel LLC
  • Lionel Operating Train Society (LOTS)
  • Lowell Smith Signature Series
  • MTH Electric Trains
  • National Association of S Gaugers
  • NCE Corporation
  • Neal's N-Gauging Trains
  • Niles Gift Depot
  • Northeast Train & Model
  • Obies Trains
  • Papa Dans Trains & More
  • Pea Paw's Model Trains
  • PIKO America, LLC
  • Poggies Trains
  • Portraits by Cecelia
  • RC Fly Buy
  • R-M Discount Model Trains
  • Ross Custom Switches
  • Saez Specialties
  • Southern Moon Photography, LLC
  • Spring Creek Model Trains, LLC
  • Star Hobby
  • Sundance Marketing, Inc
  • The Peanut Butter of Trains
  • Tucsonrail Trains
  • Usborne Books & More
  • VES Enterprises
  • Walt Disney's Railroad Story
  • Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.
  • Wonderful World of Trains
  • World's Greatest Hobby
  • Plus Many More!

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