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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 01:37 am
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Very sad to get an email this evening that my favorite and first hobby store Caboose Hobbies in Denver, Colorado is officially closing down. I had hoped they would continue on, even if just mail order/Internet sales even.

Very sad news.

http://www.caboosehobbies.com

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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 01:31 pm
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Hi Chriss, welcome to the forum, I heard that from another friend that lives in Denver as well, most of the blokes know him here.

Had a big discussion about that and that shop was mentioned on another forum I belong to about favourite hobby shops closing

I only have one hobby shop in Ipswich, lucky for me when I go to my train club in Brisbane I pass another hobby shop bigger than the on in Ipswich.

What scale are you modelling.

Tony from down under

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Very sad news for many. The "brick & mortar" days are gone it seems, now it is laptops & smartphones.
Here in Dallas, there used to be maybe 15 hobby shops and probably 4 of those were train shops. Now, Dallas has NONE...well, a Hobbytown which has "everything" from trains to rubber chickens. How nice. The ONLY train store is not in the Dallas city limits and is the kind of place that has no room for folks meeting and discussing their hobby. It has the "you made your purchase, now leave the store!" If only they had something I would want to purchase.
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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 05:01 pm
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No problem. Hobby shops aren't needed. The next phase of this degrading situation is 'virtual' layouts. No physical junk at all, just a simulator on that phone. No need for smelly glue or hot soldering irons.

SIGH... :bang:

I'll continue to make things out of other things I guess. No hobby shops near me anyway. :old dude:



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Yes, a sad day in the hobby. As an ex-Caboose employee,even if I did not purchase anything more than a magazine, I did spend a lot more the rest of the time. How long before you get the comment "you do what". Over the last year myself and friends have watched the decline and wondered when the axe would fall. It was really hard to watch. I don't really like shopping online, but that is where the hobby is now. Thank god for Freerails and Pinterest. The only saving grace for me is that there are two really good hobby Hobbytown shops close by. I can get most anything there, but train items need to be ordered unless it is very basic.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES DUANE AND JOANNA
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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2016 09:40 pm
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Woodie, I don't think I've been to that store you mentioned yet? The one in Addison? I've heard good and bad about it, gotta get out there soon to at least check it out.

When I started in MRR I got my first train set (well Santa did anyways) from Caboose Hobbies way back in the store before the last one, when they were in downtown Denver. Some of my favorite memories, were getting my Dad to agree to take me downtown to visit and buy a few small things at Caboose Hobbies on a Saturday morning, we'd go there, grab some sandwiches at a nearby deli, then go over to a spot where we could see the backside of Denver's Union Station and the train yard, to eat and watch trains getting switched around before heading back home so I could build whatever model I had bought for my HO train layout in the basement. As I got older and began to discover girls, guitars and cars, I was taking guitar lessons at a small S.W. shopping strip called Goldsmith Shopping Center, and just two doors down from the guitar store, there was a small, but very nice model train store called Hi-Country Brass. This place rekindled my love of model trains, they had so many cool things in their shop, unfortunately most of it was really expensive ($1-5K brass locomotives) they showed me the latest thing they had just got in and installed on their very nice Craftsman Narrow Gauge store layout, called "Pacific Fast Mail Sound Unit" - I was blown away, could not even think about buying one for myself, but they didn't mind me going in to just watch them run the train and make some noise with it. I did buy what I could from them as they were in my neighborhood, until they closed down, mostly scenery making products and small detail parts. Before college (1984) I moved out on my own, (and nearby Caboose Hobbies) and began working just down the street from them on South Broadway. I remember taking long lunches, swing by the Griff's Hamburger shack and then stroll on down to Caboose Hobbies to just look at all the cool stuff they had. I wasn't modeling any longer at that time, but I never lost interest. Fast forward another 5 years and I was living in Houston, TX, where the NMRA had a big show, and I got to see my first N-Gauge modular setup, I was hooked and bought the book, planned to build some modules, started getting some N scale cars, engines, etc. but never did build a module. My work began to take me all over travelling, I forgot about model railroading for a long, long time. Then one day I watch a Luke Towan YouTube video, get my interest rekindled, see a Google sidebar ad for Model Rail Hobbyist E-Zine, sign up, a week later it's TrainMaster.TV, then I'm back in all over again. Just no space nor equipment anymore, so here I am, ordering stuff online, buying lots of books and magazines on the hobby, planning my next layout in Narrow Gauge (most likely HOn3), find FreeRails...

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So it's sad for me to see Caboose Hobbies is going away just when I'm getting back into such a great hobby again. I did order a few books from them recently, and am looking into getting some "going out of business "sale items from them before they are completely shut down.

Cheers to Caboose Hobbies! You made being a kid, extra fun in Denver, Colorado for many years. Thanks for all the attention you gave us youngsters. :time: :Salute:



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As per the On30 Conspiracy Yahoo group, Caboose Hobbies has a new owner, who plans to reopen the store in Denver.



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Ah, Bobber's bunch! Would you believe I'd forgotten it. Haven't looked at it for ages since I've been working on HO for our club. Plus a spot of G. Need to get my On30 back out to work on some.



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http://www.caboosehobbies.com/catalog/index_brief.php



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I'm sure most people already know this (and it may have been mentioned)  But it's official now that Caboose Hobbies is under new ownership and will be opening again at some point.

So that's good news!  Rare thing in the "brick and mortar" hobby store realm.

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