Train Show

We are hosting our Biennial

Train Show – Open House

July 24th and 25th 2021

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, July 23rd from 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, July 24th from 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, July 25th 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, July 24th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 25th 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.

Lodging List


There will be a concession stand at the show venue.  The stand is being run by the local American Legion Auxiliary.  They will have several different items available including the always popular pies.

For other eating establishments unfortunately Deshler has lost its restaurant.  So we have compiled a list of eating establishments that are within 60 miles of Deshler.

Restaurant List


Full schedule is available.  Just Updated 7-20-21 be sure to refresh the page to get the latest information.

Clinic Schedule

Brien Wood

Manufacturing Technology – How it Impacts Model Railroaders.  The presentation discusses current methods of manufacturing, 3D printing at home and in the commercial market, and future possibilities.

Dave Burman

Modeling Ethanol & Biofuels – How to model an ethanol or biofuels operation for you model railroad.

Against the Grain – From the farm to consumer handling of grain covering elevators and grain milling operations.

Lee Ryan

DCC: Implementation and Operation – This clinic goes over what DCC is, how it works, how to set it up for your layout, and some of the modern technologies involved to implement DCC.

Frank Angstead

Manufacturing at InterMountain Railway Company – The clinic includes a brief history of InterMountain Railway Company followed by a description of the manufacturing process for InterMountain both in the United States and offshore. Any topics not covered adequately in the discussion will be addressed by InterMountain personnel in a question and answer period following the presentation.

George Bogatiuk

Diesel Operations Overview – The benefits and how to select the decoder for you.  Will discuss some the features and have a demonstration.

Steam Operations Overview – The benefits and how to select the decoder for you.  Will discuss some the features and have a demonstration.

Doug Geiger

Tools, Tools, Tools – We will look at basic and advanced modeling tools, supplies and tips for model railroading.


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.


44′ x 12′ HO scale single mainline layout with a Midwest theme.  Features the Norfolk Southern lift bridge across the Mississippi river.


14′ x 40′ HOn3-mo is the union of modeling narrow gauge in HOn3 using the Free-mo format.
This layout showcases narrow gauge operations in a point to point setup, featuring two protolanced destinations and a few rolling hills in between.


13′ x 32′ N scale T-trak layout.  Featuring modules form the Star City N T-trak group and the KC T-Nuts group.

Jim Bush & Trace Bowen

An L shaped layout that is 20′ x 46′ with a 20′ x 16′ L. From Ft. Hood/Waco Texas area Jim and Trace enjoy the hobby and combined to create this layout.  The rectangle layout contains a roundhouse with steam service facility, modern engine house with modern service facility separated by a train yard, coke oven facility, rolling mill, 2 steel blast furnaces with yards.  The corners include coal mine, water wheel mill, city mods with passenger train stations, and drive in movie theater playing various train videos.  Other mods include a Texas Blue Bonnet scene, a Red light district, bridges, towers, and a farm. The L layout includes the above plus coal flood loader, grain elevator, feed mill and bridge and canal scenes. We also have a small Thomas the Tank Engine layout. All modules are built to NMRA standards.

Gateway Grain Railway

A 2′ x 8′ double sided shadowbox N scale layout designed to show what might be possible for those with limited space. The layout depicts a fictional shortline once owned by a large railroad, now owned and run by the large rural elevator that it serves. Gateway’s small locomotives usually only pull a few grain cars at a time, but during holidays & special events, special excursion trains are run.

Gulf Western

A 52′ x 36′ HO scale modern layout displaying different scenes throughout the western USA.  Some of the scenes on the layout includes are a large container port with container ship, oil refinery, grain elevator with balloon track load out, and many others.

Manufacturers and Vendors

Arrowhead Models – Represented by Blaine Hadfield
Athearn – Represented by Jim Wiggin   Last minute cancellation and is no longer able to attend the show.
Azatrax – Represented by John Parsons
Colorado Model Railroad Museum – Greeley Colorado – Represented by Michelle Kempema
Cowcatcher Magazine – Represented by Tim Blackwell
Custom Finishing Models – Represented by James Kocher
Custom-Trains – Represented by Justin Keeler
Harry Marshall Haythorn – Represented by Richard Boone
Intermountain – Represented by Kirk Orndorff and Lee Ryan
Iowa Scaled Engineering – Represented by Michael Petersen and Nathan Holmes
Jaeger HO Loads – Represented by Don Jaeger
JP3D – Represented by Jimmie Pottberg
MacRail – Represented by Greg McComas
Railfan Models – Represented by Brien Wood
Rapido – Represented by Matt Gentry
Scale Trains – Represented by Marlen Brown
Scenery Solutions – Represented by Dugan Frank
Soundtraxx – Represented by George Bogatiuk
EO Custom Trains – Represented by Eric Ogundipe and Will Baden
White River Productions – Represented by Tony Cook