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A Night With the Springfield Thunderbirds
Posted: 2024-01-22

The Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Club is once again offering discount pricing for Railroad Hobby Show visitors. Discounted pricing is available for games on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27.

Discounted tickets can only be purchased in advance and online, and are not available at the MassMutual Center box office.

Game tickets are digital - there are no paper tickets. Once purchased, an email confirmation will be sent to address included on your order form. The confirmation will include a bar code that can be presented for admission on the night of the game. The confirmation can also be loaded into Apple Wallet or Google Wallet.

Purchase tickets here.

If you have questions, contact James Lawless at: 413-417-2291

Women In Model Railroading... at the Railroad Hobby Show
Posted: 2024-01-20

Women In Model Railroading is a Special Interest Group of the National Model Railroad Association {NMRA). On Saturday, January 27, 2024, the group will be hosting two events at the Railroad Hobby Show. 

First, is a reception at the NMRA booth in the Better Living Center, Section 29 at 3:00 pm. The reception is an opportunity to meet key members of the Special Interest Group, and learn about the roles they are playing in the NMRA. It is also an opportunity to learn about the many programs offered by the NMRA.

Second, the group is hosting a model railroad operating session on the Dry Hill Model Railroad in the Mallary Complex between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. The operating session is an opportunity to meet others with an interest in model railroads, learn more about the construction and operation of model railroads, and just enjoy an evening running model trains.

The operating session is open to anyone who would like to learn about the world of model railroading, and there is no charge for this event.

For additional information, contact Michelle Kempema at:

Off The Rails... Shop Hop
Posted: 2024-01-18

Model railroading and the fabric arts go hand-in-hand in many households. That’s why so many friends and relatives of train show attendees - go shopping - on train show weekend.

To add value for the weekend shoppers, the Railroad Hobby Show is working with seven area fabric and craft shops to bring you the - OFF THE RAILS… Shop Hop.

Seven stores are participating in the event, many offering door prizes and special discounts.

Marji’s Yarncrafts  •  Granby, CT 06035

Ewe and Your Fiber Arts  •  Windsor, CT 06095

Bayberry Quilt and Gift Shoppe  •  Chicopee, MA 01020 

Northampton Wools  •  Northampton, MA 01060 

Tejas Beads  •  Northampton MA 01060 

Valley Fabrics  •  Northampton, MA 01060 

WEBS  •  Northampton, MA 01060

The Shop Hop begins with sign-in at WEBS in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is open to all interested shoppers. WEBS opens at 10:00am on Saturday, January 27.

For additional information, contact Beth Zych at:

TAKE THE TRAIN... to the train show
Posted: 2024-01-15

For Rail enthusiasts, the annual Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is a go-to event. And, getting to the train show… by train, adds to the experience.

Both Amtrak and CTrail provide passenger service to Springfield Union Station from major rail centers up and down the east coast. And getting to Eastern States Exposition from Union Station is an easy 10-minute ride on free shuttles provided by the Railroad Hobby Show.

The 15-passenger vans leave from the north entrance of the station - Frank B. Murray Street - between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 am and 5:30 pm on Sunday. The vans are clearly marked with Railroad Hobby Show signs.

In addition to the free shuttle service, there are designated Uber and Lyft drop-off spots at Eastern States

MINIME 3D Scanning by miniprints is back!
Posted: 2023-12-02

Because it is all about you

miniprints is bringing 3D full-body scanning back to The The Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA. So, if you need a miniature of yourself for your layout (and who doesn’t…), you will be able to add a feature to your model railroad that few others will have. 

Scanning will take place in the Better Living Center at The Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield MA.

Saturday January 27, 2023 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Only 20 spots available

Sunday January 28, 2023 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Only 20 spots available

To schedule your scanning session now, CLICK HERE

NMRA Winter Board Meeting
Posted: 2022-11-09

The National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) will hold its Winter board meeting on Friday, January 26, 2024 at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. NMRA board members from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States will be in attendance.

The NMRA will also have a booth at the Railroad Hobby Show the next two days - January 27 & 28. NMRA board members and department heads will be on hand to answer questions about the NMRA and promote the 2024 NMRA National Convention.