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Welcome to the Train Collectors Association (TCA)!

TCA is one of the largest and most respected collecting societies in the world. We focus on toy trains -- the hobby of collecting and operating them, the fun of members buying, selling and discussing them, the study of their characteristics, and the history of their production.

From this gateway site we offer general information on TCA and the hobby, plus special content available only to logged-in members.

Lionel Trains, Standard of the World, available online for member reference

Join TCA to access this and many other publications and resources

>>> One Convention Car Still Available for Ordering <<<

Trial and Heritage Memberships Now Available    Kids Club and Teens Club

Visit Our Other Sites:

Our sites contain lots of information, and are targeted to your particular needs.

A wonderful place to see and operate all types of toy trains and to visit a world-class library of the toy train hobby and industry.

Gain an overview of toy trains, Kids & Teens Cubs. Located in Strasburg, PA. Also see museum's mobile site. Visit our online Library catalog.

Resource central for members, with division and chapter listings, conventions, meets, research resources, Train Collectors Quarterly Archives, TCA news, TCA grading standards, and more.

Also videos of toy train manufacturers products, plus special features only for members.

Hundreds of articles about toy trains written by TCA members. New issues quarterly; all old issues remain available and many are regularly updated.

Thorough documentation with extensive photos of many toy train subjects.

Members may post toy train items to buy, sell or trade with fellow members.

Non members have limited access. Transactions are subject to TCA's standards.

The TTML allows participants who have joined this moderated Yahoo group to discuss matters of common interest regarding the toy train hobby. Open to the public.

TCA National Convention

This site is activated annually to allow for detailed information and registration for the TCA National Convention.


For more information about these sites, see these descriptions.

As you visit these sites, you can always go to our other sites by using the links at the bottom of every page (except Yahoo), like the ones at the bottom of this page.

Train Collectors Association Mission Statement:
"To develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history - Tinplate Toy Trains - through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains."

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