Hobby Stores in Dallas-Fort Worth?

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by Matthew Roberts, May 23, 2006.

  1. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

    What are the best stores to go to for trains (especially N-scale) in the DFW Metroplex? I'm going there over the weekend to meet my father, who is in Plano for buisness (and will be riding AMTRAK Austin-Dallas, then DART to Plano).

    The only hobby store in DFW I ever went to was Hobby Maker in Bedford, but its now closed. I have heard Powersteamguy's praises for Discount Model Trains in Addison, and plan on visiting, but are there any other good places?

    I'm also visiting the 26th Annual Lone Star Rail Fair in Fort Worth over the weekend, too. Might take Trinity Railway Express over to Ft. Worth, and that way ride all the passenger RRs in the DFW Metroplex. :teeth:
  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Other than Discount Model Trains, I only ever went to Bobbie Hall's. And she shut down years ago.
  3. watash

    watash Passed away March 7, 2010 TrainBoard Supporter In Memoriam

    Another good one...

    Buddy Spraggins Title: owner

    E-mail Address(es):

    Business Information:
    Company: "Model Train Crossing"
    1113 West Pipeline Rd.
    Hurst Texas

    Phone: 817-595-0800

    (I use this one.)
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  4. Beaumont Yard

    Beaumont Yard TrainBoard Member

    If discount Model trains is the one I'm thinking of (kind of in an industrial/warehouse type building close to an airport, not DFW) its INCREDIBLE! You'll probably spend twice as much as you planned. I did!
  5. Powersteamguy1790

    Powersteamguy1790 Permanently dispatched

    Discount Model Trains in Addison Texas near the airport is THE hobby shop for trains in the Dallas area.

    I suggest you have some spare cash on hand. There are over 60,000 items in stock in all scales.

    N scale is well represented in this LHS.

    I was there about four weeks ago and whenever I'm in Dallas I always stop at DMT.

    Stay cool and run steam.....:cool: :cool:
  6. N_S_L

    N_S_L TrainBoard Member

    DMT is awesome... I lived in Denton (30 minutes away and $2 in tolls) but it was WELL worth the drive. The salespeople are truly wonderful too.
  7. Shooter

    Shooter TrainBoard Member

    Now, just to clarify, Bob is talking about the Addison airport (due North of Dallas, go up the Dallas Tollway, past the galleria). Not DFW, nor Love Field, nor that airport between Ft. Worth and TMS, nor any of the other little airports that are in the DFW area.

  8. N_S_L

    N_S_L TrainBoard Member

    other airport = Alliance Airfield

    Doug, the guy a Silver Spike never had anything in that I needed, except for 2 times. He didn't seem real friendly either. Pity, as his store was only a 5-minute drive
  9. Powersteamguy1790

    Powersteamguy1790 Permanently dispatched


    I've never had a problem with the owner at DMT. As a matter of fact, I found Wayne to be very helpful.


    I was referring to the Addison airport. The store is in Addison Texas, near Plano and isn't near DFW airport.

    Stay cool and run steam.....:cool: :cool:
  10. N_S_L

    N_S_L TrainBoard Member

    Wayne was very helpful to me, even gave me a few additional discounts when his prices were higher that online stuff. Plus I just love the on-hand selection...
  11. txronharris

    txronharris TrainBoard Member

    (quote removed for good taste.)

    I've never had anything but good expirences there. I'm a regular (visits about twice a month) and although I don't spend near as much as some of the people that go in there do, I'm always treated as if my business is important and they're glad to see me (and my three small children). A person being more matter of fact or a little dry humor at times might be mis-interpreted by anyone as not nice. I guess you just had a personality conflict with that person. They're a first class operation in my book and any town would be lucky to have a shop half as good as they are.
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  12. deadgoon

    deadgoon TrainBoard Supporter

    I went there a couple of weeks ago. The selection is HUGE and includes almost anything you can imagine. Very little stock is behind the counter, almost everything is out on the floor for you to look at. In addition to the modeling supplies, they also had quite a selection of books and magazines. I spent an hour just looking. It's nice to see things in real life instead of in a picture.
  13. Shooter

    Shooter TrainBoard Member

    Alliance! That's the name, thank you!

    I wasn't correcting, I was just being anal about specifying which one, because to alot of people not familiar with the DFW area, Addison is one of a hundred area names, and "the airport" means DFW.

  14. Powersteamguy1790

    Powersteamguy1790 Permanently dispatched

    Might I make this suggestion as a moderator of the N Scale Forum.

    Let's temper our remarks regarding any store owners/employee's in this thread. This isn't in good taste to do so on Trainboard.

    I don't want to be put in the position of having this topic closed to further discussion.


    Stay cool and run steam......:cool: :cool:
  15. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter


    I don't know what you said other than what is quoted above but you without a doubt know the kind of situation that puts us in with someone.

    What would you want me to do if someone referred to you here as a "bunghole?" Delete it?

    That is certainly what would happen.

    Everyone knows that we have had repeated problems on threads where hobby shops are discussed in the years that TrainBoard has existed.

    If a person wants to indicate that they are not fans of a particular business, I think that the words "I was not pleased in my transaction(s) with them" speaks volumes and is something almost no one can argue with.

  16. Beaumont Yard

    Beaumont Yard TrainBoard Member

    Do they have a website? I'd like to still be able to buy from there after I move, but my yahoo search didn't turn up anything.
  17. MOPMAN

    MOPMAN TrainBoard Member

    To the best of my knowledge, they are only a brick and mortar store.

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