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We have some exciting news for the World’s Greatest Hobby program.  The program has received a commitment of an additional 3 years of support from some of the hobby’s most influential companies. The following companies have agreed to sponsor the program for another three years:

-          Atlas Model Railroad Co.

-          Bachmann Industries Inc.

-          Caboose Industries

-          Digitrax Inc.

-          Kalmbach Publishing Co.

-          Kato U.S.A.

-          Wm. K. Walthers Inc.

The significant financial contribution each of these companies is making to the program is a clear indication of the importance of the program. 

Another important change for the long term viability of the program is that it has become a non profit educational corporation. This will allow for additional public relations benefits for the program when dealing with the news media. This new non profit corporation’s board of director’s is comprised of some of the most important executives in the model railroad industry and include:  Thomas Haedrich - Atlas Model Railroad, Hiroshi Kato - Kato USA, Bud Reece - Bachmann Industries,  Terry Thompson - Kalmbach Publishing and Phillip Walthers - WM. K. Walthers Inc.

The World’s Greatest Hobby Board of Directors has engaged Competitive Intelligence Advertsing Incorporated to provide administration and promotion assistance for the program.  Competitive Intelligence Adverting Incorporated is well known in the industry as a successful marketing and promotion company.  They managed the very successful World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour shows since 2004.  They will continue to use their expertise in marketing and public relations to take the program to another level.  Their President, Dave Swanson, will serve as executive director for the World’s Greatest Hobby program.

Because of these changes there is new contact information for the program. The Website address will remain the same www.greatesthobby.com and it will be updated over the next few months. The new mailing address is World’s Greatest Hobby - PO Box 11, Elmhurst, IL 60126. The new e-mail address for the administration of  the World’s Greatest Hobby is info@greatesthobby.com. The new phone number is 630-592-1894 and the new FAX number is 630-214-4113

Please send any updates for the club, model railroad, or hobby shop directory to info@greatesthobby.com.

Model Trains in the news:

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ABC7Chicago.com - IL, USA
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't like model trains. For many people, fascination with miniature trains starts when they're children. ...

The Great Train Story
Chicago Tribune - United States
At the Museum of Science and Industry's massive model train set—which stretches more than 3500 square feet and replicates the trip from downtown Chicago to ...

Model trains on display
Examiner.com - USA
8-9, the North Georgia LEGO Train Club and the North Atlanta O-Scalers will be operating layouts during the museum’s “Model Railroad Days. ...

Public invited to view model trains
News-Herald.com - Willoughby,OH,USA
By Jenny May Model railroad enthusiast Bruce Lutheran knows it’s not unusual for people to walk into the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum in Mentor and ...

Trains on display
Miramichi Leader - Miramichi,New Brunswick,Canada
The Miramichi Crime Stoppers held their fifth annual Model Train Show in the city recently. Michael Walz, son of Nick and Lisa Walz, and Taylor Palton, ...

See largest train layout, but hustle
fwdailynews.com  - Kendallville,IN,USA
He says his model railroad, which includes 2000 feet of track, tunnels, canyons and a lighted village, is the “largest model train layout in Indiana. ...

Train collectors, enthusiasts flock to Old 97 Rail Days
Madison Messenger - Danville,VA,USA
Organizations from Lynchburg, Richmond, Raleigh, NC, New Jersey and Pennsylvania participated in the Old 97 Rail Days N-Scale Model Train Show. ...

Conductor opens model train store in Antioch
Waukegan News Sun - Waukegan,IL,USA
By RYAN PAGELOW rpagelow@scn1.com ANTIOCH -- Waking up to a model train tooting around the Christmas tree has been an American tradition for decades. ...

Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club's train show on track for Oct. 5
NH Broadcaster - Lowell,MA,USA
That means it must be time for the Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club's annual model train show at the Varnum Brook Middle School and open house at the ...

Railroad history to be highlighted
Connellsville Daily Courier - Connellsville,PA,USA
... sets up their modular layout at Train Collectors Association meets, Greensburg Train shows, model railroad shows, and community festivals and events. ..

Husband's hobby grows into model train shop in Somerville
Scarlet Scuttlebutt - East Brunswick,NJ,USA
Model trains can allow people to flex their artistic muscles by decorating the tracks' surroundings, build cars and train-related structures, or carry their ...

Bixby Bulletin - Tulsa,OK,USA
The Foster & Guess G Scale Layout will be operating their garden size model trains plus the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club will also be there.

Model train show brings out hobby enthusiasts
Dothan Eagle - Dothan,AL,USA
Model trains have always had fans of all ages. The show at the National Peanut Festival brings train nuts of all ages to Dothan. ...

Little trains take over in Auburn
TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma,WA,USA
Eight model train layouts, some with surface areas that top 400 square feet, will fill the museum and the nearby Auburn Senior Activity Center. ...

Brodhead man still has interest in model railroading
Janesville Gazette - Janesville,WI,USA
The United States has more than 1100 model train clubs and nearly 800 hobby shops, according to The World's Greatest Hobby, a grassroots initiative to ...

Model train club tour helping Ozarks Food Harvest
News-Leader.com - Springfield,MO,USA
club tour held by the southwest Missouri organization, but the first to support Ozarks Food Harvest. This will be the eighth annual model train...


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