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I am from Albany, NY, but am visiting the Hershey Park area in a month. Saturday is booked solid, but I might have a chance to visit a train store either Friday evening or Sunday morning. Can anyone recommend a place with a good selection of new and used O scale stuff that is open either Friday evenings or Sundays?


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The Station has been around a long time.

Back in the early 60's I ordered some 027 wooden ties for my layout (I was 11 at the time and in Jacksonville FL) from The Station, through an ad in Model Railroader.

When the Air Force moved me to Ft Detrick, we bought a home in Gettysburg and I looked for near-by hobby shops.

When I saw The Station in the phone book, it rang as bell.

I took the partially used box of ties to the shop and the owner (the son of the founder) was there and described how he and his Dad used to cut and stain all the ties.

I have been back many times.

  You're not going to find a lot of businesses opened on Sundays in South Central PA, including any of the shops listed in this thread. Looking at the hours, all the shops are closed by 5 on Fridays. It's amazing how many train shops were once in this area even five years ago and now its down to a small handful.

   Mainline Hobby in Blue Ridge Summit is open on Sunday afternoons. That's a little over an hour south off US 15 southwest of Gettysburg.

I'll also bring your attention to Strasburg, PA which is a bit further from Hershey but is a mecca for model railroaders from the Choo-Choo barn The Choo Choo Barn – Strasburg, PA | Gigantic Model Train Layout to the Strasburg railroad Strasburg Rail Road - A Full Steam Adventure - Strasburg Rail Road where you can see and ride a steam passenger train.

The Station is pretty close to Hershey, and still has the old school model train store feeling.

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