Updated Wednesday, August 27, 2015

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1809 NE 39th Ave.  (Cesar Chavez Blvd. )
Portland, OR 97212
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Store Hours

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Noon       - 4:00 pm
Monday Closed

This week the NMRA Model Train Show is at the Expo Center August 28-30.  This is a big show and has not been to Portland since 1994.  We have $1 off coupons at the store for the show.  We have limited supply so stop by early to get yours.

We will be open Friday August 28 until 10:00 pm for tours of the model railroad in our basement.  Stop by to watch the trains running.

Welcome to the Hobby Smith and our web site.  

Here at the Hobby Smith we are committed to providing you excellent customer service.  We believe in offering high quality products at a good value and providing you with answers to your modeling questions.  We stand behind the products we sell and will take care of you if you have issues.  We only carry trains including a large selection of N, HO, HOn3, Z and Lionel trains from all the major manufactures in our 2000 sq. ft. shop. 

We can ship many items for only $5.05 priority mail which should save you gas money (we only charge actual shipping costs)

At the Hobby Smith we offer:

- Walthers Sales Dealer - we honor all sale prices in the Walthers monthly catalogs

- Advance Reservation discounting

- Mail Orders  (we ship anywhere in the US and most countries)

- Special Orders

- Consignments

- Professional DCC installations and equipment sales (Digitrax, QSI, Sountraxx, Loksound, NCE, TCS)

- We purchase collections and used equipment

*We offer discounts on advance reservations and multi-product purchases*

Hobby Smith is an authorized Marklin dealer.


 Trains Sets  -  We have HO, N, MTH & Lionel train sets in stock

Featured Items

Alco RS-3 by Athearn

HO Scale

Order Now

Spokane Portland & Seattle


Road Numbers 75, 80 & 82

Ready To Run and fully detailed.

DCC Ready

"As Delivered" Scheme

Due December 2015

MSRP  $114.98

Reserve  $97.73

Alco C-636  by Bowser

HO Scale

Still Available


-BN/SP&S (BN road #'s)


-Alco Demonstrator

Ready To Run and fully detailed.

Very nice detail and the sound versions sound good!

DC version with DCC 8-pin plug.                   MSRP     $199.95   Special      $169.99

Tsunami Sound/DCC Version                 MSRP     $299.95     Special     $254.99

SP&S RS-3 'tiger stripe' special run!

N Scale


Hobby Smith is partnering with Atlas to create this special run of SP&S RS-3 locomotives.  Numbers 95 and 98 and a non-numbered version are available now for reservation. 

SP&S has twenty nine of these, more than any other diesel on the roster.



one road number -     $119.00

both road numbers - $218.00

both road number plus no-number loco -             $297.00

additional no-number loco - $99.00

NP Engines of Growth


By Lorenz Schrenk & Robert Frey







Video was made using 8 mm film and photos. 42 minutes. $24.95

Model Railroader "How To" DVD's

Now Available


- Rehab My RR vol 1

- DCC Programming vol 1

- Mastering Scenery Basics: 1. Model a River Scene

2. Foam Hills and Realistic Rocks

3. Backdrops

- Building Frame Benchwork

- Laying and Wiring Track

- Drew's Trackside Adventures vol 1

All DVD's are over 1 hour

$12.99 each

NP Z8 Challenger in brass by Sunset

HO Scale

Now Available

With QSI sound

Northern Pacific #5145


Retail :  $1299.95

Price:  $1279.99

Grass Tech                 static grass applicator

Now In Stock

We are pleased to be able to offer you this handy little modeling tool. Flocking or Static Grass as it is sometimes called is a far more realistic way to create scenery compared to traditional and more common scatter materials.

Only $39.95

We also stock a good selection of static grass.


SP&S SW-9 #43 & #44  (broadstripe scheme)

HO Scale

Now Available!   Only one each left

Special run exclusively for the Hobby Smith by Broadway Limited

The SW-9 will be in Broadway Limited's Paragon series. 

The locomotive is Ready to Run with Sound. 

Equipped with DC/DCC paragon2 sound. 

This is a very limited run.   Order now to get yours.

Price:  $199.99 for one locomotive or $379.99 for two locomotives.


#44 sold out

Call to order yours now

Just Arrived

SP&S GP-9TT with torpedo tubes

N Scale

In the Broadstripe Scheme

DCC ready

Road numbers 150, 151 & 152

Made by Atlas


$109.00 each

$99.99 each for two
or more

SPROG IIv3                  by the BBM Group



DCC Decoder Programmer

No need for a separate programming booster when you use SPROG II for sound decoders!
SPROG II has been tested with Soundtraxx Tsunami, LokSound, MRC and QSI sound decoders and will program and read all CVs in operations mode (on the programming track), and also 'program on the main'. See the FAQ page for more details.

The Decoder Programmer in a ready-to-run package! This complete package includes a 1.25A power adapter, USB cable and all software and installation instructions (Java runtime, DecoderPro, USB drivers) on CD-ROM.

SPROG II   $99.95

SPROG 3   $129.95

SP&S E7 #750

Now Available

HO Scale

By Broadway Limited exclusively for The Hobby Smith


Paragon2 Sound


This is a very small production run.  We only have a few left.

Call now to order yours.

Limited time special.

Order The SP&S #750 now and we pay the shipping.



DVD about the Interurban street cars in Portland around the 1950's.


This DVD has some great 8 mm old movie footage of Portland's old Interurban street cars that ran from Portland to Oregon City.