The Original whistle Stop Online Store will be arriving at the station shortly.

A very important message to all our loyal customers for the past 69 years.

Due to the restrictions on non-essential businesses, we have closed the “Retail” operations on Colorado Blvd.

This does not mean we are closed for operations!

We are receiving NEW products daily, have a full inventory and the shelves are stocked!

Phone-Orders, Mail-orders and Internet Sales continue as normal.

Fred is in the store from 10 am to 3 pm Monday through Saturday and is available to meet your model railroad needs.

Please give him a call:   626-796-7791 

Email him directly at:

We here to serve you and are all in this together!

Fred Hill, Proprietor

Since 1951 … We have been the LEADING MODEL HOBBY SHOP and “ THE STOP” 

For all your model projects, model materials, railroad literature and model trains products and services.


Creating Memories – Education and Connections with Family!


The “Stop” is open from 10 to 3, Monday thru Saturday

In accordance with guidelines for free standing business operations – disinfectant cloths are available and will adhere to social distancing.

Internet and Email Orders are available.

Please contact us at:  626-796-7791 –

You have officially cleaned off your work bench, re-arranged your tools, organized all the kits and alphabetized your books, now what? Remember that corner you wanted to do something with?  And what about that space you saved for your railroad that you would have someday …

NOW is that Day!

The Magazines are still being printed and we have them all in stock. And we are received supplies from the vendors and filling in the inventory daily.

We have a lot of “ Memory Lane”– Campbell, Timberline, SS Limited, and lots of others ready and waiting.

Check out our store inventory to see our entire listing!


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! 



Fred Hill Certified Model Train and Railroad Memorabilia Appraiser 


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.

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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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