Local architect fulfills dream, opens train shop

Architect follows dreams and opens up a hobby train shop in Ferndale.


As a young boy, Rainy Hamilton Jr.’s dreams were filled with model
trains, intricate winding tracks and the lifelike scenery that
surrounded it all. The passion that continues to fuel his love for
model trains also serves as the driving force behind today’s grand
opening of his very own hobby shop — Rainy Day Hobbies.

on Woodward Avenue in downtown Ferndale, the 2,000-square-foot store
will serve as a retreat for “kids of all ages,” featuring merchandise
to cater to both the veteran hobbyist or those just entering the world
of model trains.

“My father, Rainy Hamilton Sr., started my
interest in model trains one Christmas, and from that moment, I was
hooked,” said Hamilton, a founding principal architect at Detroit-based
Hamilton Anderson Associates. “I looked for every opportunity to earn a
little extra allowance, and as soon as it was in my pocket, I jumped on
my bike and rode straight to the hobby shop.”

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