Welcome to Hobbies and Models

Model Train Sets & Model Railway Tracks in South Africa


Who are we?

Hobbies & Models has an illustrious history.

It began in 1910 as Lion Chater Cycles and only had a small section of the South African store which sold model trains. The store was then handed down to the owner’s son and in the mid 1940s changed its name to Hobbies and Models and it quickly became renowned for its selection of model trains and train sets.

The store passed hands once more and then eventually, in 1988 ended up with us. It’s now a family run business with a mission to provide quality products and services at competitive prices.

How can we help?

We want people to feel comfortable with us, and we always look to build relationships with customers. Some of our existing customers have been with us from the start and sticking with us for 25 years says a lot about the kind of business we are.


Quality Model Train Sets

We want to welcome you in as part of our family, and provide you with quality model train sets and much more without breaking the bank, at our South African store

We provide to people of all ages, from 8 to 87 and are here to help you build the model set that you have been dreaming of.

Thanks to our years of experience in the industry we understand the needs and desires of the enthusiasts and how best to start out if you’re new to model trains.

We’re friendly, honest and reliable and we take great pride in the work we do.

If you want to use our services but don’t live nearby then don’t worry. We provide mail order nationwide.

We stock some of the biggest names in the industry including:


Model Train Shop


If you’re looking for reliable hobby shops and would like to find out more about the great products that we offer then feel free to get in touch. We’re more than happy to help and look forward to hearing from you.

Trading hours: Monday to Friday 0930 to 1700 hrs
  Saturday 0900 to 1400hrs
  Sunday Mail order enquiries 0930 to 1300hrs

Phone: Richard: 27842094951

Thelma:  27745275938

Ingrid:    27845806172