Best Hobby Shops In Pittsburgh

May 12, 2011 6:00 AM

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The best kind of hobby is one that causes you to forget about everything else. From model trains, planes and automobiles, shops in the Pittsburgh area have an array of offerings to pass the time. And whether they’re specialty stores or offer a variety of items, you’ll probably find what you need.

A.B. Charles Hobby Shop

1635 McFarland Rd.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15216
(412) 561-3068

Billing itself as western Pennsylvania’s “most complete” hobby shop, A.B. Charles Hobby Shop has been around more than six decades. This store, located in Dormont, sells items for trains, RC cars, RC Planes & Heli’s and more. They even offer scrap booking classes.

Bill & Walt’s Hobby Shop

1509 Lincoln Way
White Oak, Pa. 15131
(412) 678-7230

Bill & Walt’s Hobby shop has grown from an electronic repair shop in the 1950’s to a complete hobby shop. From RC aircrafts, boats, cars and radios to coin collecting supplies and plastic models in their inventory, you’ll probably find what you need. The store not only has a myriad of in-store products, but also a full online store where they serve customers from all over.

Iron Horse Hobby Shop

1950 Painters Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
(412) 221-2250

Located in the Bridgeville area, Iron Horse Hobby Shop is for the train lovers. Fans of the store laud its reasonable prices and friendly staff. And because the staff is so knowledgeable, it’s a good place to go if you are a novice or if you’re searching for that hard-to-find item. Additionally, it’s a fun place to visit with your children.

Brentwood Station

2821 Brownsville Rd.
Brentwood, Pa. 15227
(412) 885-1723

The services at this hobby shop are two-fold. Not only do they sell trains, but the offer installation and landscaping services for your model trains. If you’re big on holiday displays, this would be the place to check out. In addition to trains, Brentwood Station sells accessories for model trains. If your interest goes beyond the tracks, they also offer model cars, toys and painting supplies.

HobbyTown USA

12120 Route 30
Irwin, Pa. 15642
(724) 863-1000

HobbyTown USA has something for the young and young at heart. The store touts a wide selection of specialty toys games and puzzles. They also have model trains, RC cars, planes and helicopters. So, if you live in Westmoreland County or if you feel like going for a drive, this place is worth checking out.

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  • Joe

    Can you do a list of best craft stores ????

  • John J Johnson

    1 – 10 I give AB Charles a 4 on the model train stuff!!

  • kevin

    Esther’s in Millvale

  • tim

    This is a joke right? Bill and Walts way over priced. Hobbytown closed for almost a year now. JC Hobbies in Penn Hills and Hobby Express in Cranberry should be at the top of the list

  • lionel01

    Get a hobby in Uniontown is well worth the trip for trains, slot cars, traxxas r/c and lots of other stuff

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