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Browse and Buy Our Duplicate Library Books for Sale

Our staff at the National Toy Train Library is constantly working to refine the research collection, and that means we often have duplicate or previously used materials to offer researchers and enthusiasts for purchase.

These items can be invaluable additions to your home toy train reference library, and all proceeds support developing the Library’s collection! Conditions may vary, but they’re all readable and usable for research. (See individual listings for condition notes and other details.)

What Kinds of Library Materials Are For Sale?

Reference guides, handbooks, and back issues of Train Collectors Quarterly are just a few examples of available materials you can purchase through the Library. We encourage you to look over our comprehensive listing of sale books and more—and let us know what you would like to add to your home library!

How to Purchase Items from Our Book Sale

Books and other duplicate materials are for sale to patrons who stop by the National Toy Train Library. We frequently update our online list of sale items, but there may also be unlisted items available at any time. We encourage interested National Toy Train Library patrons and TCA members to call 717-687-8623 ext. 108 or email us for the most up-to-date information on material availability.

Orders may be placed on weekdays during regular Library hours in the following ways:

Payment Information

Personal check and credit card payments are accepted. Call us at 717-687-8623 ext. 108 to make your credit card payments over the phone. Checks should be mailed after we have confirmed your total order amount, including shipping costs.

Please make checks payable to: Train Collectors Association

Mail to:
Duplicate Book Sales
National Toy Train Library
PO Box 248
Strasburg, PA 17579-0248

Postage and Handling Information

  • Postage and handling costs will be determined at the time of order and will be based on current shipping rates.
  • Items are sent USPS or by UPS, depending on the number of items ordered, the items’ value, and/or their physical size.
  • All foreign orders (including Canada and Mexico) should expect higher postage costs.
  • Overseas patrons: please indicate whether you prefer airmail or surface mail.

Additional Purchasing Details to Note

  • We encourage Book Sale patrons to call ahead and check the availability of the items you’re interested in purchasing before visiting the Library or attempting to place an order by fax or email. To reduce our paperwork and postage costs, items should be reserved by phone. Please have the titles and item numbers ready when you call to place your order.
  • Large orders by TCA non-members should expect a short delay in mailing as we check your credit card or personal check. We will reserve items in your name for two weeks until your check arrives—but again, all items should be reserved by phone to assure their availability.
  • While we cannot offer refunds for Book Sale purchases, we would be glad to provide an exchange for credit towards another book’s purchase, should you be dissatisfied with your purchase. Simply give us a call, and we can make arrangements to have your book returned to us and credit issued towards another purchase.

Interested in Other Ways You Can Support the Library?

Purchasing items from our Book Sale is just one great way you can support us! We invite you to join the Train Collectors Association and visit us at the National Toy Train Museum and Library in Strasburg, PA. Your charitable donations, including tax-deductible cash gifts and donations of items from our wish lists, are always appreciated, too. Discover all the ways you can give to our Library.


Have a Question?

Ask the Librarian

The National Toy Train Library is overseen by a professional librarian, Lori Nyce, MSLS (Clarion University). Librarian Nyce is always happy to assist researchers and TCA members both in the physical library and with questions submitted online.

Call (717) 687-8623 ext. 108 or email with questions.

Ready to Start Your Toy Train Research? Search the Online Catalog Now!

Wondering if we have a particular resource you’re looking for? Our online catalog—which is regularly updated with new records—provides a glimpse into a significant part of our library holdings.