Welcome to

Tom's Trackside Trains

It's been fun!

Due to circumstances beyond my control the store is permanently closed

We're different!  We actually help!  

Owned by a model railroader

and NMRA member

We are a railroad-specific hobby shop, your best bet for HO, N Scale and Nn3 in the Bay Area. Although we are a small store, we have railroad books, DVDs and a good cross section of scale model railroad items. I have tools, track, scenery and more. We specialize in ordering what we don't have. Much of what we order on Sunday arrives on Friday. We'll even tell you real time if an item exists, because we're on the dealer sites real time. Because preording enables limited runs in plastic intead of brass, I have binders of announcements. We specialize in preorders.  You can check with me anytime on the ETA of your preorder. Tom’s Trackside Trains is located 1/2 block from the Menlo Park Caltrain station. We are next door to McDonald's, between El Camino Real and Caltrain.  

Stop by and get the advantage of buying from an experienced brick-and–mortar hobby shop. Get advice on selecting track, power supplies, whatever we carry. We are ready and able to help you with your projects and layouts, and at discount prices too. You must test run an engine before you buy it on an actual loop, that you control.  Play with DCC and learn about it in terms you can understand. DCC locos all come addressed.

What really sets us apart is our experience and our help. We don't sell items that we don't recommend and believe in. This is especially important with so much poor quality merchandise being sold by stores who don't know, or worse, don't care. We stand by what we sell and treat our customers with the Golden Rule.


Tom's Trackside Trains

  558 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025,

rear of Cindy's Flowers side door on the right

new hours April 1



CLOSED Permently


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