Hobby Shops

There are still a few left in St. Louis. The best bets are listed below:

Mark Twain Hobby Center

2793 W. Clay St., St. Charles, MO 63301

Tel 636-946-2816  www.hobby1.com/

A large shop that carries Blackstone and Shinohara HOn3 products.  Approx. eight minutes from the convention hotel. (See 20% off coupon in registration packet.)

Red Board Hobbies

2331 Old Collinsville Rd, Belleville, IL 62221

Tel. 618-233-3618. https://redboardhobbies.com/

A small shop—just trains. Close to Pete Smith’s home, on the layout tour.

Gateway Electronics

291 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017  (Chesterfield Mall, lower level, store #140 - entrance near Dock A, Southwest wing)

Tel: 314-427-6116  www.gatewayelectronics.com

A supermarket of electronics stuff. Bins of LEDs, resistors, switches, transistors, tools, wire, accessories, etc. Difficult to find. Go to their web page for a map and instructions. About 20 minutes from the hotel.

K-10's Model Trains

19 Schiber Court, Maryville, IL 62062

Tel. 618-288-9720  k-10smodeltrains.com

National Museum of Transportation

2933 Barrett Station Road, 63122

Tel: 314 965 6212  transportmuseumassociation.org

The museum has an excellent collection of locomotives and rolling stock plus some vintage automobiles and trucks. The one narrow gauge piece is a 30 inch gauge, 0-4-0, industrial locomotive called the Laclede Christy which served the Laclede Fire Brick Manufacturing Company in St. Louis. A free pass to the museum will be included in every registration packet.

John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library

Thomas Jefferson Library Building, One University Blvd.,St. Louis, Missouri 63121

Tel: 314.516.7240 or 314.516.7247  http://www.umsl.edu/mercantile/barriger/index.html

The John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library stands today as one of North America’s largest and finest railroad history collections, both books and photos. It is located on the University of Missouri’s St. Louis campus and is open to the public. If you need to do some serious research you may want to schedule some extra time at this institution.