March 2 & 3: World’s Greatest Hobby On Tour

Posted on February 25, 2013


Model  Train Fans:  All Aboard!

Do you like Model Trains?  Well, then, GOOD NEWS!  The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour Train Show is coming to the San Mateo County Event Center for the first time ever!


Kids get to ride Thomas the Tank riding train for free!

model trainThe World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is a mix of entertainment, excitement and education about the hobby. This show has something for everyone, from the consumer with a budding interest in model railroading through the old timer who’s been in the hobby for years.  There are over 20 running layouts displayed from participating railroad clubs.  All of the major model railroad manufacturers are key sponsors and exhibitors:  Bachmann, Lionel, Walthers, MTH Trains, Kato, Athearn. These manufacturers showcase the hottest new items and developing trends in the industry.  Independent dealers have a large selection of items for sale in all scales. Come to the show and get so inspired about model railroading you can’t wait to start building a model railroad!

Show Details:

  • Saturday, March 2 from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday, March 3 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Admission:  Kids under 16 years of age are FREE!  Adults:  $12 for both days, $11 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday
  • Parking:  $10, cash per vehicle
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Points of Interest and Special Guests:

  • How-to clinics to teach skills to all levels – beginner through expert hobbyists.
  • The Thomas the Tank riding train is a free for kids 16 and under to ride as many times as they like.
  • Michael Broggie, author of The Walt Disney Railroad Story will be a featured presenter.
  • Choo Choo Bob, a live music and entertainment show geared toward kids/family humor. Choo Choo Bob is a nationally recognized  entertainer with his own children’s television show.  See  He performs several shows daily at the event.

About the Train Show:

model trains 4Since 2004, World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour has been promoting the hobby across the country. WGH staff is dedicated to providing the best events that truly promote the hobby in a positive way.  5 metro cities are visited annually, drawing an average of 25,000 people per weekend. At their St. Louis show in January 2013,  they reached a milestone 1 millionth visitor!

From the minute you walk in the door, the buzz and the excitement are all around you.  There are a lot of different aspects of the show to take in.  From the manufacturers displaying the latest in model railroading, the clubs that are there to advise, educate, and demonstrate on the topic of model railroading to the over 20 set up and running model railroads for people to view, there is always a different area of interest as one walks through the show flow.  The largest crowd will generally be found near our ever popular Thomas the Tank riding train.

About the San Mateo County Event Center:

San Mateo Event Center is the Bay Area’s top destination for events, meetings, promotions, and special events – from 6,000 to 35 people. Offering expansive space, lush landscaping, and flexible amenities conveniently located 20 minutes from all major cities.

Call us today! 650-574-3247