"VT's Finest Hobby Shop"

*( Since 1983 )*
Mike's Hobbies and Raceway
Stoney Brook Plaza
162 North Main Street
Rutland, Vermont 05701
(802) 775-0059

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Welcome to Vermont's largest and most
complete train shop! Model railroaders will find
a wonderful selection of trains and  accessories
in all scales,Z through G scales. Children of all
ages are especially welcome at Mike's Hobbies
to view working train layouts and a wide
selection of train related merchandise 
including the  Thomas the tank engines
and friends.


We will be happy to quote you  a price
on items you are interested in from the
links below.
Remember to come back when you have
found what you are looking for
, and we will
be happy to fill your order.
Athearn
Roundhouse
Stewart Hobbies
Atlas
Walthers
Kalmbach
Accurail
K -Line Trains
Carstens
Bachmann
Lionel
Champ
Aristo Craft
Micro-Trains
Digitrax
E&C Shops
Kadee
Thomas The Train
International Hoby
Bowser
USA Trains
Kato
Woodland Scenic
Soundraxx
Life Like
Williams Trains
Rix-Pikestuff
Design Preservation
Laserkit
Marklin
Model Power
Cornerstone
        Lionel and Railroads in America started
when Lionel founder Joshua Lionel Cowen's
immigrant family arrived in New York after
the Civil War,the railroads were literally
America's engines of progress. The "Golden 
Spike" meeting of the Union Pacific and Central
Pacific line in 1869 unified the continent and
signaled the birth of a world power.

Cowen  was born in 1877, just before Edison's
first electric light. He grew up with real trains,
amid dizzying change. Around the time he 
founded Lionel in 1900, passenger lines like
the peerless Twentieth Century Limited
symbolized American technology and
sophistication.Cowen was already a successful
inventor when he created his first toy train.
But The Electric Express and its off spring soon
became a sacred mission,and Cowen would spend
a lifetime stoking America's imagination with the
romance of the rails. He told boys that Lionels
would prepare them for adulthood. Soon Dads
too were encouraged to join Youngsters in
model train enthusiasm, to future father-son
bonding.  With growing prosperity, Lionels
layouts cropped up in more living rooms, 
especially at Christmas.  Before mid-century,
railroads were our economic life blood,
as well as cultural icons.

 


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