Gardner Village Blog Your Ticket to the Newest Shop at Gardner Village
Wednesday Apr 7 2021

Tickets! Tickets, please! The Train Shoppe has just rolled into the Gardner Village station. Join us on this journey that explores this new store and the wonderful world of model railroading!

 The Train Shoppe Utah

This is more than just a hobby store. The Train Shoppe has a rich history and holds a significant Utah distinction. Here’s just some of what makes this charming shop unique:


  • It’s the only remaining hobby store in Salt Lake County that’s 100% dedicated to model railroading. This means its staff are experts in all things trains and can likely answer even your toughest questions.
  • The store is and always has been customer owned.
  • Between the current owners and employees alone, you’ll find more than 100 years of combined model railroad experience to keep you on track.
  • From toys to collector’s items, they carry a full assortment of train and train-related items.  


“Gardner Village is a cool place,” said The Train Shoppe owner Jeff Nichols. “This is our third location and one we’re really excited about. We hope it allows us to introduce this wonderful hobby to new people.”

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Jeff grew up around trains, having spent his childhood in Copperton, UT, where his father was part of the Bingham Track Gang, moving and laying track for the mines.


But you don’t have to grow up around trains to understand the interest. Model railroading is hobby the encompasses many interests, including:

  • Painting
  • Construction and world building
  • Scale model creation
  • Holiday/Christmas village design


Consider this your warning, however: Model railroading a hobby that captivates.

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“Train layouts are never done,” Jeff explained. “Even the ones that are done are never truly finished. It’s too much fun and something that’s hard to walk away from.”


Wouldn’t this be a fun new passion to introduce to your children or even in your own life? Consider this your ticket to creativity and imagination, with Jeff and his team your willing co-conductors, ready to help get you on your way.

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“Owning a hobby-based business is the best way to destroy your hobby,” Jeff laughed. “No, in all seriousness, model railroading is a part of who I am. From the day I mentioned on a whim that I’d buy The Train Shoppe from the previous owner to now, it’s been an incredible ride. I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”

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We can’t wait to see what that journey looks like for you either, Jeff. It’s such a treat to have you in The Village!


Stop by and say hi to Jeff and his team and take a look around his incredible shop. From trains running on the tracks overhead to a HUGE assortment of model railroad merchandise, there’s much to take in at this stop. Plus, The Train Shoppe has even introduced a trackless train ride that tours Gardner Village. All aboard! We can’t wait to see you riding The Village rails soon!

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To learn more about model railroading and The Train Shoppe stop by the store and check out their website and search their store on YouTube.

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