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Support TCA: Give, Join, Volunteer, Visit

There are a multitude of ways to support the Train Collectors Association, as well as the National Toy Train Museum and National Toy Train Library that we maintain for the love of toy trains. Each of these opportunities falls within four main support categories, and we invite you to choose all the ways that work for you as a donor, member, and friend of TCA. After all, without your support, we would not be able to do the work that we do.

TCA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible under federal and Pennsylvania law. Have questions? Please contact us at (717) 687-8976.


Since the cost of services provided to members exceeds dues revenue, we seek additional funds to close the gap. It is your donations that allow TCA to continue its level of services and maintain organizational stability. There are many, many ways to direct your gifts to the Train Collectors Association—including giving of your time. However, your financial support is always deeply appreciated.

Donate Objects to the Museum

The National Toy Train Museum is always looking for specific trains and other display objects to enhance our collection. Please browse our frequently updated wish list of original (not reproduction) items that we are actively seeking!

Donate Books to the Library

Did you know that the National Toy Train Library is always looking for certain research materials to enhance our library collections? You can check out our wish list and find more information on the page linked below.

Heritage Memberships

Long-time TCA members, age 60 or over, may apply for this dues-free level of membership. With a one-time donation to the Heritage Fund, you will continue to enjoy full regular membership privileges without annual dues.

Buy a Brick

Want to be an enduring part of toy train history? You can customize a brick with your name or another short dedication message to be added to the exterior landscape outside the National Toy Train Museum. Get the details and order yours today!

Share Your Online Shopping Purchases

Several online merchants have donation programs that contribute a small percentage to an organization you specify when you make a purchase. Find out how to support TCA with your Amazon and eBay purchases, or start your online shopping through Shop for Museums.


Not yet a TCA member? Joining the organization and paying yearly dues is one of the easiest ways to help sustain our mission. Plus, you get a long list of exciting membership benefits. Get the details and sign up today.


One of the best ways to support the TCA’s educational mission is to visit the National Toy Train Museum and National Toy Train Library with your friends and family. And don’t forget to shop the Museum Store!


For toy train enthusiasts local to Strasburg, PA, we offer several ways to get involved as a volunteer at TCA Headquarters. From serving on the Museum Committee to helping with various library projects or supporting the Association, we endlessly appreciate your willingness to share your time and talents!

Our members around the USA can also get involved with leadership opportunities within the TCA organization closer to home. Get connected with your TCA Local Division. Learn More