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Local Hobby Shops

This listing of hobby shops within a 60 mile radius (or so) of Raleigh, NC is provided as a service to Convention attendees. The Carolina Piedmont Division 13, NMRA Mid-Eastern Region has no commercial interest in any of these hobby shops.

Hobby Shop

How to Get There

The Antique Barn & Hobby Shop
2810 Forest Hills Road
Wilson, NC 27893

Phone: 252-237-6778
Fax: 252-243-3502

Web Site:

Hours: Mon–Sat. 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun: Closed

This 5,000 square-foot shop has an extensive stock, with wide aisles for easy access. All scales. The Wilson Area Railroad Modelers' 120' x 20' HO scale layout is located on the second floor of the hobby shop and is open to the public each Saturday from 10:00am –4:00pm. Admission is $1.00.

Wilson is located just east of the intersection of US 264 and Interstate 95.

From Interstate 95, take Exit 119, US264 east. Proceed east to Exit 42, Downing Street. Take the exit and proceed east for 1 mile. The Antique Barn & Hobby Shop is on the left, just before the first traffic light.

Hayes Hobby House
Eutaw Village North
809 Elm Street at Bragg Boulevard
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Phone: (910) 485-2337
Fax: (910) 485-7366


Hours: Monday–Friday: 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Closed Sunday

This hobby shop stocks all model RR scales, and also planes, RC cars, radio control systems, rockets and art supplies.

From Interstate 95, follow Business 95 as you approach Fayetteville. Exit at Bragg Boulevard. Proceed west on Bragg Boulevard approximately 1-3/4 miles to Elm Street. The shopping center is on your right.

The Little Choo Choo Shop
500 South Salisbury Avenue
Spencer, NC 28159
(Across from Historic Spencer Shops)

Phone: (704) 637-8717, 1-800-334-CHOO (2466)


Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00am–5:30pm

100% trains —– Buy — Sell — Trade — Repair

O – HO – N – Z – LGB – G – #1 scales, books and videos, scratchbuilding supplies, Brio and Thomas the Tank Engine supplies, and Lionel Service Station.

Follow Interstate 85 to Exit 79. Exit 79 is 40 miles north of Charlotte and 50 miles south of Greensboro. At Exit 79 follow the signs to the NC Transportation Museum (Historic Spencer Shops). Keep going south on Salisbury Avenue past the entrance to the Museum. The Little Choo Choo Shop is shortly on your right.

Model RailWorks

2601 Patriot Place
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 919-539-7145


Model RailWorks designs and manufactures easy to use custom electronic microcomputer-based solutions for model railroads. If you haven't been able to find a product that will do what you want, look no further and contact Model RailWorks with your request or browse their existing products.

To contact Model RailWorks go to their web site at or send an email to

Nick's Trains, Inc.
Oak Park Shopping Center
5202 Hollyridge Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612

Phone: 919-881-1010


Open Tuesday through Saturday.

New/used toy/model trains. G/O/O-27/S/HO/N. Collectible trains. Accessories. Books. Part. Repairs.

Oak Park Shopping center is located off Glenwood Avenue, which is Highway 70 in northwest Raleigh. From the Raleigh Beltline/Interstate 440 take the US70 exit toward Durham. Hollyridge Drive is the 5th traffic light beyond the traffic lights at the exit ramps (second traffic light after you get to the top of the hill).

Todd's Train Depot
3169 Wendell Boulevard
U.S. Business 64
Wendell, NC

Phone: 919-365-5006

Hours: Tuesday–Friday: 1:00–8:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am–5:00pm
Closed Sunday & Monday

This shop specializes in O/O27 gauge (Lionel/K-Line/MTH) with some larger scale items.

From Raleigh, take US 64/264 east then follow Business 64 to Wendell. In Wendell Business 64 is Wendell Boulevard.

Tom's Train Station
The Shops at South Hills
1239 Buck Jones Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Phone: 919-388-7246 Fax: 919-388-8611


Hours: Mon—Sat: 10:00am–6:00pm
Closed Sunday

This hobby shop features Thomas the Tank Engine, LGB, G, Lionel, HO, N and Z scale railroad modeling, lawn and garden railroads, and train related gifts. Full line of Woodland Scenics products. Authorized dealer for Lionel, K-Line, Aristocraft, Marklin, LGB, Micro-Trains, Digitrax, NCE and Walthers.

The Shops at South Hills is located just south of the interchange between Interstate 40 (Exit 293) and US 1 & 64.

From Interstate 40 take Exit 293 to US 1 & 64 South, then stay in the far right lane for an immediate exit to Buck Jones Road. Turn right onto Buck Jones Road. Proceed on Buck Jones Road to the first traffic light and turn right. Crossroads Ford will be on your left and Burlington Coat Factory on your right. Proceed past Burlington Coat Factory to the rear of the Mall. Tom's Train Station is just inside the first entrance.

From US 1 & 64 take the Cary Walnut Street exit then turn right on Buck Jones Road. Proceed on Buck Jones Road to the first traffic light and turn right. Crossroads Ford will be on your left and Burlington Coat Factory on your right. Proceed past Burlington Coat Factory to the rear of the Mall. Tom's Train Station is just inside the first entrance.

Train Buddy Products
1200 Jenkins Road
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

Phone: 919-562-4378

Hours: Monday/Friday/Saturday: 9:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday/Thursday: 9:00am–6:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm–6:00pm
Tuesday: Closed


There are HO (DCC) and N scale layouts, and O and G scale test tracks.

DCC specialists — the full line of Digitrax and SoundTraxx products are stocked.

Authorized dealer for Digitrax, SoundTraxx, Branchline, Aristocraft, Bowser, Walthers and over 400 other manufacturers. Over 109,000 products are available to ship through Walthers, Hobbystore Distributors, Bowser and M.B. Kline.

DCC/sound product installation. Troubleshooting, servicing and repairs for all scales.

From downtown Raleigh proceed north on US 1 (Capital Boulevard) to Wake Forest, NC. Pass over NC 98 on US 1 (do not follow 1A) and at the second stop light turn left on to Jenkins Road (sign shows Stadium Drive to the right of US 1). The shop is the first right through the iron gates. Go towards the buildings on the hill. The shop and warehouse is co-located in the barn to the left. (If you see the Wake Forest Golf Club on your left as you travel up US 1 you turned right at the previous traffic light.)

Note: Since the Train Buddy is mostly a one-man operation, there are short times during the scheduled open times when we may be out. Please call ahead to insure that there is someone here when you arrive.


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