Train Show

We are hosting a

Train Show – Open House

June 29th and 30th 2019

We invite you to stop and see one of the largest model train inventories in the Midwest

Store Information


304 East Bryson Ave Deshler Nebraska

Extended Store Hours

During the train show weekend we have extended hours for those that arrive early or just don’t have the time to get away from the show or clinics and want to shop.

Friday, June 28th from 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, June 29th from 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, June 30th from 10:00am – 7:00pm

Show Information


The main show will be held about 6 blocks south of the store at the Thayer County Fairgrounds Expo Building located at 4th& Race Street, Deshler Nebraska.  Concession stand will be provided by the American Legion Auxiliary.


Saturday, June 29th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 30th from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission Price

$6.00 – Includes the show and clinics, and is good for both days.
Kids 12 & under are free.

Area Lodging

We have compiled a list of lodging and camping sites that are within 60 miles of Deshler. To view the list you will need adobe reader installed. Lodging List


Unfortunately Deshler has lost it’s restaurant this year.  So we have compiled a list of eating establishments that are within 60 miles of Deshler. We will also have the Legion Auxiliary running the concessions again at the venue.  To view the list you will need adobe reader installed. Restaurant List

Special Guest

Ken Patterson

Ken is bringing his What’s Neat This Week in Model Railroading show.  We are excited to host him along with his recording cast and crew.

We will also have representatives from the Colorado Model Railroad Museum here to promote their amazing layout and facility in Greeley Colorado.


Click for clinic schedule is Available Here

Blaine Hadfield

Arrowhead Models, A Look Forward: Blaine the owner of Arrowhead Models, gives a look into research and product development. He describes some the system issues facing product development in the model railroad industry, and he discusses how Arrowhead is posturing itself to create better products.

100 Wood Frame and Wood Crib Grain Elevators: Blaine presents a photographic essay of wood frame and wood crib grain elevators. The presentation focuses on elevators in South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, and Wyoming. It is loosely organized to look at structures associated with Chicago & North Western, Burlington (CB&Q), Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Road branch lines.

George Bogatiuk

Tsunami2 Decoder Operation and Setup: Each day will be different Saturday is diesel locomotive decoders and Sunday is steam locomotive decoders.  In this clinic, George from SoundTraxx will go into the benefits of using the Tsunami2 in both sound selection and setup as well as realistic operation to more accurately mimic the work done by the real railroads. We are all striving for more realistic models, now with the Tsunami2, you can run your trains more realistically than ever before. Come see how much fun using a decoder and operation your railroads can be!

Chris Palomarez

Locomotive Leasing Explained: Demystifying the common practice of locomotive leasing on the real railroads and how to represent it on your layout.

Lee Ryan

DCC Demystified: Overview of what DCC is, what it does, the components involved and how to best implement it for your model railroad.  Will also show some of the new technology for DCC.


We wanted to take this opportunity to bring in modular layouts from clubs we have encountered on our travels that you would otherwise not have a chance to experience.

David Doege’s

Located: Texas
This traveling HO scale layout is 16’ x 58’. This layout depicts the Santa Fe in the southwest.

Galesburg’s City Job

Located: Michigan
This traveling N scale layout is 10′ x 12′. The layout depicts an industrial area in Galesburg Illinois.

New Mexico Narrow Gauge Modular Club

Located: New Mexico
This traveling HOn3 scale layout is 10′ x 28′ and has superbly done scenery and will take you back in time to when steam locomotives where used to climb the rugged mountains.

Big Bridge Railroad

Located: Missouri
This traveling HO scale layout is 56′ x 12′.  The layout has several automated features and is completely sceniced.

Kaw Valley & Pacific

Located: Kansas City
This traveling HO scale layout is 16′ x 24′.  This layout is a puzzler and features switching operations.

Sunrise Division NMRA

Located: Aurora Colorado
This traveling HO scale layout is 17′ x 27′.  This layout is under development and shows how scenery progresses.

Paradise & Randsburg

Located: Lincoln Nebraska
This traveling G scale layout is 10′ x 20′. This layout features steam engines circa 1900 to 1940s, some animation, and the Deshler Roller Mill and Broom Factory.

Bean Mountain

Located: Lincoln Nebraska
Fully sceniced, 3′ x 4′ bean shaped Z Scale Diorama Layout; built from a starter track set as a way to ‘test the waters’ in this micro scale.

Manufacturers and Vendors

Arrowhead Models

Blaine Hadfield will be here representing Arrowhead Models.  Blaine is the owner of Arrowhead Models.  He will share information about Arrowhead Models and talk about his products.


Athearn’s own Matt Gentry (Products Manager) and Christopher Palomarez (Brand Manager) will be available to answer questions and take new product suggestions over the weekend. Athearn will displaying brand new and exciting announced products and a few “first look” items giving an exclusive viewing of never seen before new paint schemes of existing items.

Matt Gentry as a modeler, operations is what is the biggest draw to the hobby for me. Nothing beats a 50+ car coal drag running down the line, which is usually what you will find me operating.

Christopher Palomarez’s background began with establishing Free-mo in the 1990s and still manages to find some time to participate in modular railroading. Long time Southern Pacific enthusiast, modeling primarily mid to late 1980s. Currently he is co-host of the Model Railroad Hobbyist podcast, discussing current and future modeling projects and thoughts of the Model Railroad lifestyle with listeners.

CG N Scale

Mark Watson will have a booth and will be promoting and selling his line of 3D printed N scale items.

Custom Trains

Justin Keeler will have a booth and will be selling his custom loaded cars and taking orders for any loaded car you would like done.

Dimensional Modeling Concepts

Mike Brusky will have a booth and will be promoting and selling his line of 3D printed HO scale items.

Iowa Scaled Engineering

Scott Thornton and Michael Petersen will have a booth and will be promoting their Proto Throttle along with their other electronics for model railroads.


Glenn Bramer and Lee Ryan will share information about Intermountain the companies products.

Jaeger HO Products

Don Jaeger will have a booth selling his products and some custom loaded cars.

Mohawk Designs

Will have a booth and will be selling their line of railroad themed apparel.


Dan Darnell and Jordan Smith will have a booth for Rapido with models on display.

Dan is a popular figure in the Canadian model railroading.  Dan is extremely knowledgeable about Canadian and American railroads, and his slide collection is second to none.  He is an accomplished custom painter and is handling Rapido’s growing Proto-Paint range.

Jordan is Rapido’s warehouse manager. In addition Jordan helps at trains shows and works on the restoration of their Pullman Standard sleeper Edmundston and our Budd RDC 6133.


Marlen Brown will be here representing ScaleTrains.  Marlen has been with for a year and half serving as sales manager.  He will be sharing information about and their products.  Marlen models the Union Pacific railroad.

Scenery Solutions

Offers products to make scenery building easy, fast, fun and affordable. Making your scenery look as realistic as possible has never been so easy.


George Bogatiuk will be here representing SoundTraxx.  George has been with Soundtraxx since 2008 serving as a Sales and Support Representative.  He is a wealth of DCC and sound knowledge as well as sharing information about their products.