WGH, World's Greatest Hobby Show


What a treat for San Diego and actually all of Southern California. The WGH Show setup camp at the Del Mar Fair Grounds taking up two of the huge commercial buildings there, the O'Brien Hall and the Bing Crosby Hall.

The first hall had hundreds of vendors from all over the US along with a few layouts setup there including the Poway Station Model Railroad club. The second building (Crosby Hall) had nothing but layouts from G down to Z in it.

After a long day of setup on Friday, we were pretty much ready for the show to open on Saturday.

Scroll down for pictures of the event ....





Saturday, just prior to the opening.

Last minute tweaks and adjustments

Setting up trains in the Fiddle Yard

Last minute yakking before the doors opened

George mans his post ... "Whatz Up?"


Overview of layout


Overview of layout

There were vendors vendors vendors ...

Not as many craftsman or high end vendors as expected though,

more on the toy train end but still plenty of places to spend your money!


 Fun area's for the kids to play also

Here's some pictures of Poway Station's layout

Large Articulated hauling freight


Fast Freight has the green light


Steve Studer's train high balling ...

Big Boy in Yosemite? Not Gary, the train!


Diesel units flying through Sonora Wine Country


Ron Tindall's new cab forward cuts through AZ with a long haul.

Jim Phelan operates the logging camp for visitors


Cab Forwards in Yosemite too?


Visitors taking in the sights and sounds


Something you won't see everyday, a Big Boy taking on water in Yosemite .... hmmmm


Lots of action on the Yosemite Sugar Pine modules


Busy railroad crossing, and no cross bucks or gates... ewww ouch

Visitors watch logging operations take place

Fire train in Yosemite taking on water

Tons of freight being hauled on the PV RR

Old meets New


Jim Phelan works the logging mountain


Busy Busy Day!


Yosemite, at Incline near El Portal


GS4 coming out of tunnel


Yosemite, at Incline near El Portal

Busy Fiddle Yard


Looking down the Pike


Lots of long trains running each day.

Many other clubs and groups were there also


There were many others, but didn't get their pictures

Everything from G to Z was there


 G scale pic's

Lionel (three rail)


HO Scale


N ( N scale had the most layouts)




All in all it was a great weekend. Thousands of people showed up,

thousands of dollars spent, and we all had fun!