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. Our librarian is 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.
2023 Featured Library Exhibit
Ives Manufacturing Company in Patents
This year’s exhibit examines the Ives Manufacturing Company through its extensive patents. The Ives Company had over 50 patents during the life of the toy train manufacturer, from the train itself to the tiniest detail on the train and its accessories. Our exhibit displays our never before seen collection of patents and the beautiful trains and accessories that those patents present.