For the past year I have been compiling a list of model train stores for my model railroading website. These shops all look like a lot of fun to visit, but what are the most popular? Here is a list for the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
The most popular model railroading shops (based on online chatter) in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia are:
10. Trains by Johnson in Pensacola, Florida
9. Warrick Custom Hobbies in Plantation, Florida
8. Blairsville Hobby Shop in Blairsville, Georgia
7. Southerland Station in Huntsville, Alabama
6. Electric Train Outlet in Saint Louis, Alabama
5. Trains and Treasures in Clearwater, Florida
4. H and R Trains in Pinellas Park, Florida
3. Bull Street Station in Savannah, Georgia
2. Legacy Station in Lawrenceville, Georgia
…and the most popular shop for model trains in Alabama, Florida, or Georgia is…
1. Kennesaw Trains in Kennesaw, Georgia
Hobby shops not quite making my top 10 were Model City Models in Jacksonville, Alabama; Pyramid Hobbies in Cullman, Alabama; KB Hobbies Model Trains in Stuart, Florida; Hollash’s Trains in Riverview, Florida; B&B Sales Hobby Shop in Snellville, Georgia; and Young Again Trains and Hobbies in Stockbridge, Georgia.
So, there are clearly many great model railroading shops all over Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, with both Georgia and Florida having four in the top ten and Alabama having two. Georgia did especially well to have all three of the top three.
When in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia be sure to visit some of the excellent railroading museums including Foley Railroad Museum in Foley, Alabama; Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Alabama; North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville, Alabama; Central Florida Railroad Museum in Winter Garden, Florida; Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida; Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida; North Florida Railway Museum in Green Cove Springs, Florida; South Florida Railroad Museum in Deerfield Beach, Florida; West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton, Florida; Charlemagne’s Kingdom in Helen, Georgia; Roundhouse Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia; and Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia.
I compiled this list by searching for the hobby shops listed on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online. I further screened this list to include only pages that mentioned model railroading.