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The National Model Railroad Association is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading. The NMRA was founded in 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, making this our 74th year in service to the hobby of model railroading! Presenttly the NMRA headquarters is in Chattnooga, TN.
Check the World's Greatest Hobby Web Site for great information on getting started in the hobby.
The SER provides services to the members of the NMRA residing in the area defined by Article VII of the NMRA regulations, which roughly is western area of North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, most of South Carolina, and a portion of the panhandle of Florida. The region is divided into 15 Divisions, which are defined by NMRA regulation VII, and the SER leadership. The local division in western North Carolina is Land O'Sky, Division 15, SER, NMRA.
Fun sites or Member Photo Galleries
Charlie Bryan's Photo gallery of On30 rolling stock and layout Fallen Flags and Other Railroad Photos. (Fallen Flags refers to railroads that are no longer operating.) Nice collection of photos for fun or protype info.
Asheville Train Show For the latest information on our Club's Train Show Model Rairoad Hobbyist magazine A free online magazine that offers tips, ideas and clickable items list for projects. Also has links to many model railroad manufacturers and shops.
Local Hobby Shops
This is a listing of area store nearby Asheville. Our emphasis is on (naturally) model railroading engines, rolling stock, scratch building and scenery supplies.
Factory Direct Trains
7 Glenn Bridge Road
Unit B
Arden, NC 287044
Monday - Friday: 9 - 5pm
828-350-7710
(This description is from the Factory Direct Website)
Factory Direct Trains specializes in collector and enthusiast-grade model railroading products. The model railroads you can build using Factory Direct Trains-bought products and accessories are unlimited. Build the model railroad of your dreams with top quality products from manufacturers like Broadway Limited Imports, Atlas, Kato, BLMA, Athearn, Life-Like, Woodland Scenics and more.
Great model railroad accessories are not always easy to come by, especially when it comes to finding them on the internet. We've got the model railroad and hobby accessories you're looking for in stock today for immediate delivery. We've got the brands you've come to know and love like Xacto, Excel, Dremel, Circuitron, and MRC.
Whatever your pike needs today, Factory Direct Trains can deliver it with first-class service, quick shipping and friendly service.
Hobbytown USA
800 Fairview Road
Suite EE
Asheville, NC 28803
828-298-44456
Has many HO, N, O, and G Scales item in store, also in store pick up available for items offered on the website. Has many other hobby supplies available, from scenery, glues, tools, paints. etc.
Great Americian Hobbies
811A Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-9906
Very limited model railroading cars and engines, some scenic supplies avaiable. RC plane and cars are the primary focus