Model Train Shopping Guide Central Ohio

Model Train Shopping Guide of Central Ohio

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor/Founder The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder/Chief Administrator Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

Even with internet sales growing by the minute and storied hobby shops closing; they are dedicated hobby shops and model train stores still in the world.

Here are a few right in Central Ohio I would openly recommend.

The Train Station

4430 Indianola Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43214-2226


Mike and Marty (father and son) and the gang at the Train Station has been catering to model train enthusiasts since 1974.

Being right next to the Columbus north/south mainlines for CSX and Norfolk Southern; it is also convenient off I-71 between Morse and Cooke Roads.

They have helped model train clubs in Central Ohio gain equipment for projects. They also helped the budding model railroader get started on their 1st layout. All scales are represented; but they are widely known for suppling N, HO and O scale modelers.

My personal experience has been excellent.  

(They have even helped my wife get some Christmas gifts)

Many of my locomotives and rolling stock (new and used) has come from the shelves of the Train Station.

On top of new equipment and kits, they do time to time have estate sale collections and used equipment.

They do have access to Lionel, Walthers and other model manufacturer direct ordering. Go to their links or call directly for any further inquiries.

Hobbyland Columbus

3313 N. High St.Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, OH 43214


One of the oldest hobby shops in the Midwest, the newly opened High Street store is the single location standing after many years of 3 locations in Columbus.

Although a broad based hobby shop; they do have a great selection of most model train scales available.

They, too; also worked with local model train clubs to equip their layouts and accessories.

As well as able to order from all the major manufacturers, they also research specialty product when available.

I have dealt the folks there as well. A friendly and welcoming staff awaits you.

Robbies Hobbies

4578 North High Street 
Columbus, Oh 43214 

Robbie Rosati is not only a graphic design and print icon in Central Ohio; but a model train enthusiast.

His hobby shop does have some advantages over the mentioned locations.

Although his stock is specialty, (Collector Marklin, Lionel, N, HO, track and accessories for most scales, etc); he and former staff of the Blue Caboose Hobby Shop go to train shows and conventions.

With him having a print shop and a model train shop in one space; he has supplied promo items and banners for train shows and model train club events.

He has continued to be one of the featured vendors at Central Ohio N-Trak’s major event…Ohio N Scale Weekend.

(He normally sells out of his stock at Ohio N-Scale Weekend, due to pulling resources from previous train shows worked.)

Also, he has dealt with used collections. There have been gems of built structures, locomotives and rolling stock acquired; when in the store.

Again, as with the hobby shops mentioned; contact Robbies Hobbies for any needs.

The Smoke Stack Hobby Shop

342 Lincoln Ave.

Lancaster, Ohio  43130


My mother in law (RIP) Nanette Welch frequented this store for any gift items around holiday time.

The majority of my Rivarossi N&W passenger stock and my IHC Mikado PRR locomotive came from this very store. All treasured pieces of equipment on my layout; in which I still run on my layout.

This store has a bright future both for the novice and experience modeler. It also has a link to something you rarely see in a hobby shop anymore. A model train club in the retail space.

New owners came on board in 2017. The same year, the Hocking Valley Model Railroaders requested space to have towards a clubhouse/layout area.

These two events not only secure the Smoke Stack’s future; but helped host toy and train shows in Lancaster recently.

The friendly staff has access to all manufacturers and occasionally gain used equipment.

Again, these are mere suggestions on locating your model train needs in Central Ohio. I have enjoyed each visit when shopping each of these fine businesses.

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