Who Can Join TCA?
In short, anyone can join! That is, any person collecting or operating toy, model, and scale trains or collecting items relating to trains or professing a serious interest therein is eligible to apply for membership under the qualifications established by the TCA Board of Directors.
We have three membership categories to suit your needs, including Junior Memberships for younger enthusiasts. Kids under age 18 may also want to explore our Kids and Teens Clubs, which offer a no-cost way to make new friends and build skills within the toy train hobby.
This is our main member category. Dues are currently $50 a year. Applicants for membership must file a formal membership application, which can be submitted here on the website or via regular mail. Please visit our Join page for details and sign up!
This category is for young people under age 18. Dues are half the regular dues (currently $25 per year). With parental permission, Junior members may participate in TCA events and receive publications, but they are not voting members and have other restrictions.
A one-time, six-month Trial Membership for $20 includes all TCA publications, the right to attend a TCA Convention, Division, or Chapter Meets and functions. This option is meant to introduce TCA and does not allow voting or other full membership privileges.
Get detailed information and apply to join TCA today!
Heritage Membership Upgrade Program
Long-time TCA members who have reached age 60 may apply for this dues-free level of membership. With a special one-time contribution to the Heritage Fund, you will continue to enjoy full regular membership privileges without the annual dues.