About Us
One of the oldest remaining Hobby stores in the Country, The Scranton Hobby was founded in 1929 by Tony Kovaleski, and was originally located in the 500 block of  Linden Street, in Downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania. In the early days of operation, the store was a combination grocery store, and model airplane shop. Having survived the Great Depression, the business was moved to a larger location at 315 Adams Avenue, where the Hobby department was expanded to include model trains, dolls, and other toy items. It was around this time, when Tony developed many friendships with Hobby Industry giants, such as Joshua Lionel Cohen, Louis Marx and William K. Walthers. Also during this time, Tony and the Scranton Hobby developed The Hudson Miniatures vintage model car line, that became nationally famous.  

In July 1967, The Scranton Hobby, along with two other adjacent businesses were destroyed by fire. After this setback, Tony decided to retire. In 1968, The name and rights to Scranton Hobby were sold to Jack Sweeney Sr. and his family. On Saint Patrick's Day 1969, the store was reopened by the Sweeney's at 138 Adams Avenue. At this location the store consisted primarily of model airplanes. However, within a short period of time, model trains became the major focus of the operation. As a result, a larger facility was necessary. In the Summer of 1973, the store was relocated to 410 Lackawanna Avenue. There, the model railroading department was greatly expanded, as well as a new arts and crafts department was established, and headed by Helen Sweeney. In March of 1982, fire once again destroyed the Scranton Hobby. A few months later, the operation was moved a few
doors away, to the former Geirson & Weiss building at 420 Lackawanna Avenue.

The Eighties Brought Steamtown USA to Scranton. The Scranton Hobby was a primary sponsor to the enormous task of moving the 37 piece steam locomotive collection from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to it's new location at the former Lackawanna Railroad facility in Scranton. In 1987, Steamtown and Scranton Hobby developed a partnership known as "The Pocono Connection". This expanded the
Steamtown excursion an additional 23 miles into the heart of the Pocono Mountains, where the Sweeney's and Scranton Hobby developed the former DL&W train station in Pocono Summit, into a first class restaurant and gift shop.

In 1996, the store was moved into it's present location at 517 Lackawanna Avenue. Located one block from the Steamtown Mall, and adjacent to the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center on the corner of Adams Avenue and Lackawanna Avenue. The present location features 2500 square feet of retail space, with an additional 2500 square feet of warehouse space and our shipping department. The store features one of the best selection of O gauge and 0-27 trains by MTH, LIONEL, ATLAS, WILLIAMS and WEAVER. Plus a large variety of HO, N and G guage trains and accessories. A large stock of slot cars, plastic and wood models, die-cast collectibles, radio controlled cars, trucks helicopters and boats by TRAXXAS and other manufacturers. Radio controlled airplanes and helicopters, model rockets, kites, modeling tools, paints and supplies, railroad books and magazines.

Conveniently located just off Route 81 (Exit 185)  Store hours, Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. and Sundays 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm, with expanded holiday hours in November and December. Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff, offering world class customer service and competitive prices, makes The Scranton Hobby the leader in model railroading and for all your Hobby needs.

                             Contact us at (570) 342-1963
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