About Us

Time Machine Hobby

Time Machine Hobby is located in Manchester, CT. We are housed in the former Bon Ami factory building and have been providing toy & hobby needs for over two decades.

From classic toys like etch-a-sketch & yo-yos, to current favorites like slime; new and old model kits, R/C favorites & of course, our famous 5,000 square-foot train layout, we’re sure to have whatever you need to get into a hobby and continuing to hone your craft of choice!

If you can’t find what you’re looking for- ASK! We are happy to offer special orders on items we can get through one of our diverse vendors.

We are proud to offer repair services in the radio control and train departments; please call the store or send an email to sales@timemachinehobby.com for details!

Time Machine was started in 1993 by Steve Maynard in a small storefront in East Hampton, CT. In 1999, the store was moved to the 1st floor of the Bon Ami Factory. The second floor was home to New England Hobby Supply, which had moved into the building in the mid-1970’s. In 2003, Time Machine purchase New England Hobby and incorporated the train and dollhouse business into their product mix. Since then, Time Machine Hobby has grown and changed with the times, still stocking the classic hobby departments, while adding new and exciting favorites, like toys, puzzles, games, and more. Time Machine is also proud to be home to the largest model train layout in New England – an impressive 5000 square foot display housing N, HO and O scale trains, plus a recreation of the famous horseshoe curve, and even a miniature model of the very building in which it resides. In 2021, upon Steve’s retirement, his three eldest sons Alex, Patrick and Geoff took on the reins and are continuing to spread the joy that Time Machine has instilled for decades.

We are currently following CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. All staff and customers are required to wear a mask, social distancing markers have been placed at checkout as well as a protective barrier between the cashier & customer, and hand sanitizer is made available to the public at multiple points throughout the store. We regularly and frequently sanitize high points of contact in the store such as door knobs and handrails. If for any reason you cannot wear a mask in store please call or email us and we will be happy to arrange a phone order/curbside pickup.