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Learn More About Our TCA Events for Members and Friends

Train collecting can sometimes seem like a solitary hobby—but our TCA members know better! The Train Collectors Association puts on or otherwise supports scores of train meets and activities throughout the year. If you’re looking for fun experiences related to toy trains, there is always something coming down the track! Of course, TCA members have the best access to our events, so be sure to join.

Toy Train Events TCA Regularly Hosts and Supports

From our yearly National Convention to regional and local train meets taking place all over the country, the TCA event calendar is always chock full of exciting toy train-centric events. Discover some of our most popular events.

If you have questions, please contact the TCA National Business Office at (717) 687-8623.

Division and Chapter Train Meets

The divisions and chapters of the Train Collectors Association sponsor local Train Meets throughout the year where TCA members may buy, sell, or trade trains—or just enjoy the fellowship of collecting and operating trains. Public presentations are also often part of these events.

A great deal of expertise is on hand at these meets. They range in size and frequency and represent an excellent way to compare notes, buy and sell trains, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow hobby members.

TCA members should check the quarterly listings of meets included in the National Headquarters News. Divisions are requested to submit schedules to the National Business Office in a timely fashion for inclusion.

Open Houses at NTTM

Our twice-yearly Open House days (April and October) offer opportunities to mingle with toy train manufacturers and discover the latest trends. Admission to the Museum is free for these all-day events, and attendees should plan to be delighted!

Annual TCA National Convention

Each year a different division hosts the TCA National Convention, typically held in June. Hundreds of members from across the country and abroad attend to share ideas, renew acquaintances, and learn about what’s new (and old) with toy trains.

Each convention provides access to tours of local attractions—many train-related—plus a well-designed formal program.

Special Events at the National Toy Train Museum & More

TCA periodically conducts special events on-site at the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA. These include holiday celebrations, book signings, and educational presentations that you won’t want to miss! We have even hosted bus trips and cruises in the past. Find more information on the Museum Events page.

Exciting Events are Just One TCA Membership Benefit!

Are you ready to make new friends who enjoy the toy train collecting hobby as much as you do? Camaraderie and insider access to fun toy train-related events are just some of the many benefits of membership in TCA. Learn more and get involved today!