Inside Look at the MTH Headquarters

Feb. 27th 2015

We recently had a chance to visit the fine folks at MTH and see the inner workings of their fantastic operation. It's a pleasure to see where some of the world's finest trains are designed and developed, so we wanted to pass along some of the fun to you! 

The great thing about MTH's headquarters is that it really just feels like a regular old train room, but expanded to 1,000 times the size! Their building is simply enormous, and packed with trains, accessories, and tools from top to bottom. You can tell it's full of people who adore their trains and love every second involved with producing them. 

Just look at the size of the place in the picture below! It's endless! 

And if you're a railroader, the following picture will look familiar. It might seem disorganized to the layman, but we all know that it's just packed to the brim with everything you'd ever need to get an old train into tip-top shape once more. It was obvious to us that the people at MTH are just regular old railroaders like you and me at heart. 

We stumbled upon this nice little section of track, along with a stunning wall of MTH trains. To know that thousands of freshly-developed MTH trains were ran and tested on this humble table of track was quite a remarkable experience. Who knows how many models were given the seal of approval right here in this room, making it a huge piece of railroading history. 

The trains never end in this room! We spent a lot of time slowly moving along this wall admiring every single piece. There's a lot of craftsmanship and nostalgia and railroading history on this wall, and we weren't about to pass up on the opportunity to enjoy it. 

We're thrilled that MTH gave us the opportunity to poke our heads into their wonderful space and let us snap a few pictures of what life is really like inside the headquarters of a major model train manufacturer. It's simultaneously humble and amazing, full of love for the hobby, and a really magical place for anyone with a love for trains. 

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  • 3 years, 9 months ago

    Wow, It looks like my train room. Nothing but tracks to run my trains on!!!!

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  • 3 years, 9 months ago

    I would like to comment on the "Brilliant" designs offered by MTH! For 16 years, they have manufactured the Standard Gauge Wide Radius Switches, and NO ONE has ever bothered to actually test them! You cannot attach a piece of track to the curved part of the switch without modifying either the switch or the track!! The base of the switch sticks out too far, precluding the mating track from attaching. I talked to them about this and they said they "MIGHT" correct this in the next production run. Another example of Chinese manufacturing at its very best!! Where have they been for the last 16 years??? I would suggest they stop worrying about making Pink 400E's, and make some items that actually function! I suppose it is too radical to suggest that they actually build things here in the US! I would also suggest that everyone avoid any Standard Gauge Track made in China that says Lionel with the copyright sign stamped on the tie. This stuff is garbage; I bought 32 pieces from Trainz of which 26 were shorted out. Cheap Chinese construction using paper thin insulators, some of which were actually cut through!!

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  • 3 years, 8 months ago

    Well done Corey! Nice little piece and excellent photos... It looks like the black and white photos of the Hornby manufacturing plant in Binns Rd Liverpool... only 75 years newer. You are very lucky to see the inside of MTH!
    No wonder spare parts are hard to source... no one is there working...

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