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See why model railroading is the world’s greatest hobby

World's Greatest Hobby on Tour


Hotel Links

Sofitel San Francisco Bay

3.9 miles to Event Center

$139 for Thursday night

$95 for Friday

$95 for Sat

$95 for Sunday

Must make booking by Feb 7

Must book directly by calling hotel at 650-598-9000  and use "World's Greatest Hobbies"  code

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Take Public Transportation to the Show


SamTrans Route ECR to El Camino and 25th Avenue - walk east 0.2 miles on 25th Avenue towards the event center on South Delaware Street.


SamTrans Route 292 to South Delaware Street and Bermuda Drive or Pacific Boulevard - walk approximately 0.3 miles south on South Delaware Street towards the San Mateo Event Center.

0.6 miles from Hayward Park Caltrain Station - walk south on Pacific Boulevard and turn right on South Delaware Street.


0.5 mile from Hillsdale Caltrain Station - head towards the northeast side of the station where you will walk north on the paved pedestrian pathway on the east side of the tracks. At the end of the path you will see the event center on your right.

Show Floorplan

Here is what the show looks like. (pdf)

We update the floorplan as changes are made.

Exhibitor List (pdf)

Seminars and presentations on various model railroading topics throughout the day.

Author Michael Broggie presents Walt Disney’s Railroad Story several times a day.

Choo Choo Bob and his band will be performing several times throughout each day.

Our First Time to the Bay Area!


Registration -- Registration purchased at the show (cash/check only)

Adults: 2 Day registration $12

Saturday only $11 Sunday only $10

Kids Under 16: FREE! (must be accompanied by a parent)

San Francisco, CA - March 2 & 3, 2013

The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour will be making a stop in the California Bay Area on March 2 & 3, 2013 at the San Mateo Event Center.

Show Location

The San Mateo County Event Center

1346 Saratoga Drive

San Mateo, CA 94403

(Expo Hall)

Show Hours

Saturday, March 2, 2013: 10:00a - 6:00p

Sunday, March 3, 2013: 10:00a - 5:00p

Show Opening Countdown