Welcome to Hobby Central Train Station
This site is the online train store connection to Building Your Model Railroad (BYMRR.com). We are an incorporated family-owned small business in Virginia - offering service, information and supplies to other model railroaders since 1990. After writing over 200 pages on how to build a model railroad, we felt that visitors might like to have a special online shop to go to where they could browse the products mentioned in the tutorials and make purchases based on good recommendations, rather than having to search the Internet for items that may or may not be of good quality.
The products listed here are handpicked by the author as items that will be helpful to model railroaders as they build or expand their layouts, or if they just want to add more details. They are all of good or excellent quality and produced by reputable manufacturers.
So why is this online store any different than all the rest? The primary reason is that it allows model railroading supplies and information about model railroading to be more concentrated "under one roof", so to speak.
There is no other model railroad supply store on the web that has the breadth of information, tutorials, and educational material combined with the products you need to build your railroad contained in one place. It allows us to connect products that you see on the informational BYMRR site to a place where you can easily review the item in more detail and buy the product if you wish based on the information available. So it adds convenience. And you also get the advantages of fast and FREE shipping for most items in the United States, excellent service and easy returns. We pay close attention to our prices to remain competitive. Our markups are very small compared to other stores, so we can pass savings along to our customers.
More About This Site
Building Your Model Railroad Hobby Center is a store that arose out of the BYMRR informational site that teaches others all about model railroading. It was authored by experienced model train enthusiasts who wanted to share the information with others in a way that would be easy to read and understand, that would be comprehensive, and that would inspire people to want to build their own train layouts, or to perhaps join a club that was involved in the hobby.
Over the years, the cost of building your own model railroad has become admittedly somewhat expensive. We can't afford to spend money on things that don't work.
Physical hobby stores are becoming few and far between. So there is a greater need to find supplies online. The problem with that is that you can't actually hold and view the products like you would in a regular hobby shop. So even though you can see a picture of it, actually buying an item, the quality of which you can't really determine very well from a picture, is a leap of faith.
The mission of this site and this train store is to
1) Provide an extra layer of experience and knowledge about the items, so you know that what you are getting is the best quality available for a reasonable price, and
2) Provide the absolute best customer service available, even at our own loss if necessary, and
3) And if, for any reason, the item doesn't work for you within 30 days, you get your money back.
4) Provide the knowledge and information you need to build your own model railroad.
It's all right here - everything you need to build your own, well-designed, fully operational, beautiful, artistic, advanced, three dimensional model railroad in your own home, or with your club - complete with information, resources, supplies and products.
We like to think of all model railroaders as a great group of friends and colleagues, all with common interests in making things work right. That's what we do with our lives and with our own layouts, right? We put things together, wire them up, make them work well, and troubleshoot them if they don't.
Our customer service is the best you can find anywhere. If you have a problem with your order, we will bend over backwards to make it right - even if it costs us more in the short run. The reason we do that is we know that being good to our customers builds loyalty and ultimately success in the long run. If you have a question about anything related to model railroading, don't hesitate to ask. We've been answering questions from model railroaders all over the world since 2009.
I will not sell anything to a friend or colleague if I don't believe it will work for him in the way he or she expected. And I will gladly take it back if it doesn't.
Thank you for visiting.
I hope you will come back again often for both information and supplies. If you have any concerns, please let us know so we can fix things for you as soon as possible. And don't forget to tell your friends about the great service you received here.