Crew: Paul, Bill Judy, Fred, Alex, Tom Val, Sandra, John, and Jerry


The official start of the Holiday Season has begun ….

Now is the time for stocking up for yourself, or as a gift for that hard to buy for Railroad Enthusiast!

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


This year more than ever, Pasadena’s local and independent retailers need the support of the community. 

Many brick and mortar businesses, like The Original Whistle Stop, have been hit especially hard by the pandemic.

The holiday shopping season has become an even more of a critical time for these businesses to survive closures related to COVID-19.

There’s a special connection that comes with shopping local. Whether it’s a friendly face that greets you or the shop owner who gives back to their community, Pasadena’s businesses need support from locals this holiday season in order to keep their doors open and the lights on. 


And remember – We pride ourselves on offering the best in 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!


With any new venture there will always be some “growing pains” – this is particularly true with our NEW online store inventory ….Since the time the inventory list was first imputed until today, many of the items have been SOLD … but are not reflected – as of yet – in our inventory.For right now, we ask that you reach out to Fred (626-796-7791) to check on product availability. (Monday-Saturday 10:00-3:00 PST)


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:

For store location, hours of operation and other information – please go to “Contact” page.


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