The National Toy Train Library
The National Toy Train Library (NTTL) is the repository of extensive material about the toy train industry’s rich history—an excellent resource for Train Collectors Association (TCA) members and general researchers alike. The National Toy Train Museum and Library are located at the headquarters of the Train Collectors Association in Strasburg, PA. Library staff are available to assist you during our regular hours but please call ahead before visiting the library. Or, browse our online catalog today!
National Toy Train Museum Highlight:
The National Toy Train Library creates an annual exhibit in the museum that highlights notable people, manufacturers, events, and more in the history of toy & model trains. The exhibit uses materials from the library’s collection including books, periodicals, photographs, advertisements, and other paper.
2022 Featured Library Exhibit
Ward Kimball’s Legacy to TCA
This year’s exhibit examines Ward Kimball’s contributions to the Train Collectors Association. Kimball, an academy award winning Disney animator, had a life long fascination with trains, which eventually led him to join TCA. Kimball was one of TCA’s charter members having joined the Association prior to the date of TCA’s incorporation, March 17, 1957. His influence and involvement in the Association extended well beyond his term as TCA’s National President (1974-1975), he authored 19 articles and designed 22 covers for the Train Collectors Quarterly magazine and added his creative, artistic touch to many of TCA’s most recognizable landmarks and symbols.