Walthers 2013 N-Scale Reference Book for Model Railroading is here

Well, it’s that time of the year when the weather begins to change and for many that means it is time to give up the outdoor activities and head to the basement to work on the trains. And the people at Walther’s knows this quite well as they schedule their annual release of the Walther’s Reference Books for model railroading. These “catalogs” are famous for the sheer amount of model train stuff that is shown by the different manufacturers. They are correct in calling it a reference book. I enjoy spending many hours just flipping through to see what is available or for ideas. The HO scale book was released a few weeks ago and was mentioned in a previous post and yesterday the N Scale book arrived.


Here is the official Walther’s blurb on the the book:

“For 80 years, Walthers has been committed to the fine tradition of model railroading.

The annual Walthers Reference Book is a ‘must have’ for model railroaders – those with years of experience as well as those just getting started.

Exciting new features in 2013 include:

* All-New Wall Calendar

* Easy-Access Up-front Hobby Shop Listing

* New Name Train Stories

* And More!

It’s a usable, collectible resource. Don’t just take our word for it…

“For most any model railroad project I work on, I turn to one of the Walthers Reference Books. Walthers Reference Books have been an important resource for me, especially when planning modeling projects. While the Internet is a great tool for finding information, it works best if you already know what you are looking for. With the printed Reference Book, you can easily browse selections of products, which can be great for generating ideas. Many times over the years I’ve started looking for one thing, only to find something better just a few pages away, which ultimately makes a better finished model. The Reference Books are a great modeling tool.”

-David Popp, Managing Editor, Model Railroader magazine

As always, there are thousands of new and current product listings plus Information Stations, inspirational Magic photos and model railroading resources.”


If you are interested in Model Railroads or even just model diorama building take some time to check these reference books out. They really are neat to see.
Happy Modeling


Vic Smith’s City Edge Model Train Layout

I am sure that you have seen the large photographs in the store showing parts of Vic Smith’s City Edge model railroad layout. Vic has been working on this urban masterpiece for many years now, evenĀ  producing a DVD of the operation and scenery called City Running . Here is a link to a Youtube video that Vic put together showing some of the bits and pieces of his layout:

This is such an incredible model railroad with an awesome amount of urban (city) detail, grit, people, vehicles and much more. Usually, you can see Vic either in the store or at many of the model railroad events that take place in the area. Grab the video in the store or online at www.hobby1.com .
Happy modeling,


Hobby Clubs and You

Over the years I have seen many a hobbyist go strong in their particular area of interest only to peter out as time went on because they did not have anyone to talk with that shared the same interest. Or there were times when the kids soccer games were over and the hobby interest was rekindled and the search was on to rejoin the group or club once again. While the number of clubs or number of members might not be as great as it was years ago before competition with the web or television there are a surprising number of groups or associations out there with your particular hobby interest. Here is a list of groups that we have put together:


I am sure that there are some clubs or groups that were missed, and I welcome your response to let me know of them. Whether your interest is Model Railroading, Radio Control Airplanes, Boats or Car/Truck racing, War Gaming, building Scale Models, it really doesn’t matter, there is a group of like minded people like you. As a rule there are also blogs and forums on the web that cater to your interests as well. Even if you are not a “club person” per say, just hanging around friends that share the same interest has always been motivation to keep plugging away at a project for me and will do the same for you.

I encourage you to look into and join or support the local hobby club or association that shares your hobby interest.

Keep on hobbying


What up?

Things are always a little nuts around here at Mark Twain Hobby Center. There are always some new products arriving in the warehouse and of course tons of restocks. Rachel does a great job keeping things straight back there in receiving. I would imagine that there are times when she is a bit overwhelmed after FedEx and UPS have arrived. Anyway, here are just a couple of new things that are hot!

1/8 scale DXR8-E Pro Roller Off-Road Buggy Rolling Chassis

Duratrax 1/8 scale DXR8-E Pro Roller Off-Road Buggy Rolling Chassis


This is the new 1/8 scale DXR8-E Pro Roller Off-Road Buggy Rolling Chassis by Duratrax.

Or how about the TKR5000 by Tekno RC.

Tekno Radio Control TKR5000 EB-48 Electric racing buggy

Tekno Radio Control TKR5000 EB-48 Electric racing buggy

Here is a link for more information:

and finally, we received the NEW 2013 Walthers HO Reference book in today. What a great book to sit down and drool over the cool train items and layouts that are shown.

Walthers 2013 HO Scale Train Reference Book

Walthers 2013 HO Scale Train Reference Book

Well, that is it for now. Keep on hobbying……….


Eric Brooman’s Utah Belt Railroad

As so many of you are aware, Eric Brooman has been one of the top of the model railroad builders for many years. Eric’s photographs of his layout have graced the covers of Model Railroader and Model Railroad Craftsman many times as well as other publications and books. The other day Eric brought in a disk with a few of his photos for us to share and enjoy. So here they are. Hope you like them as much as we do.