THE CREW: Fred, Alex, Bill, Judy, Jerry, Paul, Sandra, John, Val, Tom, Dennis and Juan (left to right – bottom to top row)


Store Hours: Mon – Sat 10:00 – 5:00. Sun 11:00-4:00


The Original Whistle Stop … your “local” model train store connection.

Join us in celebrating 70 years of service!


Trains, Train Starter Sets, Books, Layout Products, Accessories and More! 

Most research for online purchases agree, “Mechanical and electronic toys” are the types of items that need to be seen and tested, before you purchase.  When you buy these items online or at a Big-Box store, you do not have the ability to inspect the product and ensure the quality of materials as well as the personal presence of an “expert” who can walk you through the product features, set up and maintenance”.



We pride ourselves on offering the BEST Customer Care!



For nearly 70 years, “The Stop” has been the leading Model Hobby Store, both nationally and internationally.

We offer exceptional “expert” customer service, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and have everything you need to complete all your model projects.   Our store is stocked with nearly every type of model material, railroad literature, kits, train sets, models and other railroading products.



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

We feature products by such industry leading manufacturers as: The Coach Yard, Overland Models, Key Imports, PSC,Division Point, and AZL.      

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

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!  

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.

Creating Memories – Family and Community Connections Encouraging, Motivating and Educating … since 1951!


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.

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




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”.



 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:

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