The #1 store, "Caboose Hobbies" in Denver Colorado, the largest largest Train Store in the United States and in the world, is sadly, closing it's doors.
It was nearly three times as large as H&R Trains and owned by our good friends Duane Miller and his wife Joanna. It had been a family owned business since 1939.
Our Customers from all over the world have often told us that we were the best when it came to Selection, Service, and Product Knowledge. We have worked very hard for over 40 years to earn your Business and we are very grateful for all our loyal customers.
We know you have a multitude of choices out there from which to buy your trains. We try very hard to act as your personal purchasing agent to find you the very best quality trains that will give you and your family years of enjoyment.
A number of years ago we were considered by many to be the third largest train store in the country. During June of 2007 while we were in California at the "Big Train Show", we heard that "Allied Trains" in Culver City, California (which was #2) closed its doors for the last time. We just happened to be in the neighborhood when they closed so we went to investigate.
As it turns out our good friend Fred Hill from "The Original Whistle Stop" in Pasadena, California had bought the name "Allied Trains" and had already opened up the new store right across the street from the old Allied Trains location. It was however a much smaller store, and it did not pay it's way. Fred will however continue to offer the former Allied Trains customers the same friendly service he is known for, only he will do so at the "Original Whistle stop" in Pasadena California. We wish him well and are glad that he was able to be there to continue to serve the Allied Trains customers.
Both Duane Miller and Fred Hill say we are all friendly competitors and they are right. We all promote the hobby in our own unique way, we share some of the same customers, and each of us has been around a long time helping our customers find just the right train to enjoy our wonderful hobby.
WE ARE STILL IN THE TOP CONTENDERS FOR THE LARGEST TRAIN STORE IN THE USA!