Chicago style pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, and model trains...
White Sox game versus the Indians
Stop #1 Schaumburg, IL
A couple weeks ago I found one of my older Kato SD40-2s to have a broken truck sideframe clip. Finally I got around to sending an email to KATO's customer service to see if a replacement part was available. They were great to work with and quick to respond. It happened that I was 10 miles from their headquarters so I decided to stop by and pick up the part.
Like their website states they do not have a operating layout but there is still some neat products on display in the front office. The address and hours are available on their website.
Des Plaines Hobby
If you are ever up by O'Hare airport, take an hour and head up north a few miles to stop by this shop. They have a nice stock of products and a nice staff supporting Chicagoland modelers. Being I live in Texas it's hard to find Midwest paint schemes on the shelves but not when visiting here!
Picked up two Intermountain covered hoppers with CN/IC and CNIS reporting marks.
I found this IC car to have packaging damage so got a pretty good deal on it, will get it to the RIP sometime this month to repair.
Also picked up my first Fox Valley Models HO scale SOO 7 post boxcar in Tony Koester's Allegheny Midland. Very nicely done.
Note: opinions above of KATO USA and Des Plaines Hobbies are my own and not biased or persuaded by any monetary compensation or gifts.
Everyone have a great and safe Labor Day.