Welcome to The Model Train Shop website

Latest arrival! –  Come take a look at the h0 scale model of Krugersdorp station – hand delivered only minutes ago…

Rinke Shop

Guess Who!

Well-known in the South African Model Train fraternity, Rinke Blok has devoted many years to the hobby of model railways and has gained an enviable reputation of being an authority on the subject.

The shop contains a small beautifully crafted layout and a work in progress belonging to the Cape Gauge Club while the rest of the shop is devoted to the hobby of model trains. There are display cabinets with the most gorgeous locomotives and rolling stock as well as scenery and accessories to choose from.

Rinke and his team is on hand daily at The Model Train Shop to assist and advise you.  Why not pop in for a “Model Railroad Natter” with the Model Railroad Specialists and a cup of coffee, you will undoubtedly have an enjoyable visit and may well go home with some “new toys”.

The Model Train Shop on FUN - NATIX - Episode 32 - 16 August 2016

Rinke Blok appeared on local television in the SABC Channel 3 programme FUN- NATIX.  For more photo’s click here!


Keep an eye on this site for news about the follow-up broadcast from the shop!

Courses to resume at the shop...

As an active member of the Model Train community in Johannesburg, the Model Train Shop frequently promotes the hobby by holding courses at the shop.

Starting in November 2015 with a “How to make your own trees” course, Tony Hickman showed us how to make a variety of trees suitable for use in both h0 and N scale. This foundation course has been successfully repeated several times since the initial course and will shortly be offered again as an “Advanced Tree Makers” course for those who attended previously.

We are also looking at presenting a “Weathering Course” for beginners wishing to add detail to their locos and rolling stock or buildings. This course, to be presented by Grant Dixon, will show you just how easy it is to add realistic rust and dirt to just about anything with wheels and uses a highly successful range of weathering powders to achieve some jaw-dropping effects.

Details regarding these courses will be posted on this site soon!


A photo of one of the tree-mendously successful foundation courses in tree-making.  Here we see Tony “Oom Boom” Hickman presenting the course to modelers of all scales, without any discrimination.


The dark art of “weathering” or “detailing”.  Here we have Grant Dixon showing a shop regular just how simple it is to achieve great results with a little time and effort and a basic range of weathering powders.


As a large an active part of the Model Train community in Johannesburg, the Model Train Shop frequently participates in a variety of events with a number of train and hobby related organizations. Listed below are the organizations the Model Train Shop frequently interacts with:

Reefsteamers –  A professional Steam Train Operator based in Germiston, Gauteng

Cape Gauge Club – As the name implies, a true to scale h0 – Cape Gauge model train club.

N Gauge Guild of South Africa – for those who are amused by small things, another model railway club based in Gauteng.