Eau Claire used to be home to a handful of hobby shops and model train stores but today this is the only one left. Model Train Classics is located downtown Eau Claire on Barstow street. The name implies that they only have trains but they carry many more items including vintage and antique toys, vehicles, tractors, figurines, and military collectibles. If you have children that love Thomas and Friends, this  place should be one of their favorites to visit. They have a large collection of Thomas trains along with a couple of operating train layouts. The Lionel trains even smoke when running around the track. I know I loved places like this when I was growing up and the numbers of hobby stores are dwindling, now is the time to show your kids the magic of trains.