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The Original Whistle Stop Crew

We have been the LEADING MODEL HOBBY SHOP and “ THE STOP” for all your model projects, model materials, railroad literature and model trains since 1951.

Retail Model Hobby Shop featuring Model Trains, Brass Trains, Railroad Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Parts, Buildings, Scenery, Kits, Books and Train Sets.  Toy Trains. Railroad Memorabilia and Collectables. Model Repair and much more!  

Expert Model Train Repair and Outstanding Customer Care! 

Our customer-friendly and experienced staff is here to assist you from the time you walk in the door to helping you carry out everything you need to build your dream layout or expand your collection!

As the #1 hobby shop, we feature products by such industry leading manufacturers as: The Coach Yard, Overland Models, Key Imports, PSC , Division Point, and AZL.

We also stock a full line of: Lionel, MTH, Athearn, Bachmann, Broadway Limited, Kato, Arrowhead, InterMountain, Tangent, Fox Valley, Atlas, Marklin, Micro-Trains. 

Model Trains for every model railroader from beginner to the seasoned expert! All scales O, HO, N, and Z – we are your source!  

And don’t forget – trains are for kids of all ages, and our Thomas the Tank play area and full line of merchandise is just what is needed to get you and your little one excited about trains.

Check out our catalog to see the full line of trains and products for sale, including out-of-production, and very unique model railroading and train items.


Why support your local Hobby Store – The Original Whistle Stop ?

  • The relationship is created between you, the customer, and the Staff of The Original Whistle Stop. You are not just a purchase … you are family.
  • The Original Whistle Stop, nearly 70 years young, is the character of Pasadena, and stands as a testament to your acknowledgment of the tremendous risk and challenges inherent in owning a small business.
  • The Original Whistle Stop is run by people – not by boards, stockholders or algorithms. This means you get a different kind of CARE, QUALITY, and SERVICE because – what and how we sell – is a reflection of us. 
  • When you support an independent business, The Original Whistle Stop, you’re supporting a true reflection of the person behind it.

Holiday Train Sets

Stocking Stuffers – $29.96

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We wanted to share a great video produced by Retail Archeology. Enjoy




 This Denver, South Park & Pacific Steam Locomotive is “HANDBUILT” by Joseph Murphy, one of Walt Disney’s most prominent Imagineer’s. His vision – scratch build a 100% Brass engine in a very unusual scale of 7/16”.  

This “ONE OF A KIND” “PRICELESS” piece is the MUST HAVE for any railroad enthusiast’s collection and for the Connoisseur of brass collectables. This item will not be on the shelf for long.                           Moderately priced to sell at $14,000.
Contact:  Fred Hill 626-796-7791   Email:




School: Los Angeles Film School. Film Crew:  Tania Sinclair, Jorge Gomez and Oscar Fernandez Baca. Award:  Second Place in the Spanish Festival: “Showing Film Awards”.


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