This Fourth of July, Americans Continue Their Love Affairs With Model Trains With New Products From U.S.-based ExactRail

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ExactRail is encouraging patriotism 365 days a year by creating some of the finest model railroading equipment on American soil.


This Fourth of July, many Americans will continue their love affairs with model trains.

We take pride in producing products that celebrate the brilliance of the American engineers before us by doing most our production in the United States.

America’s love affair with trains began in the 19th century. Trains have played a major role in the history of the country because they represent freedom and the American dream of creating a better life. Today, model railroading is one of the nation’s most popular hobbies. And train enthusiasts will celebrate this Fourth of July by reliving the heyday of train transportation with new items from U.S.-based ExactRail, a company specializing in authentically detailed model railroad products.

“Building model railroads is a popular American past time. It’s a hobby that connects us to the engineering, creativity and ingenuity of past visionaries,” said Blaine Hadfield, vice president of product for ExactRail.

Although model railroads reflect an important part of American history, over the years many U.S. model manufacturers have outsourced production to other countries to save time and lower costs.

But a 2011 study conducted by American Express and the Harrison Group found that 65 percent of high-end shoppers prefer to buy American products. Many consumers buy American goods because it’s often synonymous with quality. They also want to show support for American workers because of manufacturing jobs lost to other countries, according to the study.

“We take pride in producing products that celebrate the brilliance of the American engineers before us by doing most our production in the United States,” Hadfield said. “At ExactRail, aside from the assembly and packaging, all matters of production including design, engineering and injection molding are done in-house in Utah.”

ExactRail officials said they are working to bring more of the manufacturing process to the United States.

It has been more than 140 years since Leland Stanford drove the final spike at Promontory Summit, connecting the East and West via the Transcontinental Railroad. This linked small towns to major cities and created deep historical ties to the railroads in the U.S.

“People often get into model trains because they are fascinated by the rich history behind the railroads,” Hadfield said.

Model railroading is known for attracting a wide variety of people with different personalities and backgrounds, including some of America’s biggest celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Tom Hanks, Gene Hackman and Tom Brokaw. ExactRail recently produced an infographic with fun facts about the history of model railroading.

“Planning and building model railroads is a hobby that can be enjoyed by people of any age and background,” Hadfield said. “For many of us, railroading was the hobby of our parents and grandparents. They teach us what they know, show us techniques and spend time sharing an important part of their life.”

About ExactRail

ExactRail is a leader in precision micro-tooling in model railroading. ExactRail offers engaging products with acute attention to detail and accuracy, setting a new standard for innovation and quality in the industry. Created in 2008, the company continues to introduce a wide variety of new and innovative products. For more information or to purchase ExactRail products visit

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