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The Family of TCA Websites

Reflecting its commitment of service to its members and the public, the Train Collectors Association makes available a massive amount of information which is housed in several websites. Learn below what to find where.

The site you are viewing now is mainly a gateway or portal to our other sites. This site also has a condensed mobile version, especially handy on smartphones. It also handles dues payments for members, and provides a means of joining TCA. Behind the scenes, this system also manages the records of the membership in a highly secure manner. Members may update their member information, and even purchase special offerings such as Convention Cars.

Each of our other sites is dedicated to meeting a particular set of needs for a designated audience. We invite you to visit them!

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TCAMembers site provides a major body of information about the Association, its services, and opportunities for members. Members may log in to view special material including minutes of the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee,  committee reports, material to help divisions organize and promote their activities, our archive of Train Collectors Quarterly magazine, issues of our National Headquarters News, and more.

Other major services include:

  • Finding information about toy trains.
  • Access to the National Toy Train Library.
  • Getting the most from your membership.
  • TCA Netvision, an online video service about the Association and the latest developments in toy trains.
  • Finding a local TCA Division or Chapter, with links to their sites and lots of information about their activities.
  • Local and national events, including train meets (where toy trains are displayed, discussed, bought and sold), and our National Convention, which is held annually at various sites around the United States.
  • Major developments of interest to members.
  • How TCA sets standards for the hobby and enforces them.  is dedicated to telling the story of our National Toy Train Museum and Library. It describes our exhibits, provides exciting videos, and has extensive information about types and history of toy trains, as well as detailed information on our National Toy Train Library.

The site is also a major focus of information for:

  • The TCA Kids and Teens Clubs.
  • The Museum Store, which offers an array of toy-train related items.
  • Using the resources of the National Toy Train Library.
  • When and how to visit the Museum.

We also offer a condensed mobile version for museum visitors on the go, especially useful on smartphones.



TCA e*Train provides hundreds of accurately written articles about toy trains, the train hobby, collecting trains, operating trains, and other subjects of interest to train collectors, hobbyists, and the public.

Since articles are set in HTML rather than PDFs, they are updated as new information comes available. This provides a treasury of information dating back to March 2002, when the publication began, and which never grows old.

Particularly popular subjects include:

  • Definition and articles about Modern Era, PostWar Era, and PreWar Era trains and accessories.

  • Articles on: 

Mint cars, Aquarium cars, Window display cars, 6464 series cars, Vat cars, and Ore cars.

Popular motorized cars, including Switchers, Maintenance of Way, Multiple Unit cars, Subway cars, and Budd cars.

Collecting toy trains.

Building and operating toy train layouts.

Maintenance, repair, and restoration of toy trains and layouts.

Travels by members to train-related locales, railfanning, train stories, and Christmas memories.

Toys made by toy train manufacturers.

Toy train book reviews.

And a growing picture gallery. provides a place where members may list toy train items they are looking to buy or sell. 

Non-members may view listings, but may not place ads or participate in the buying and selling process.

Actual transactions are between members, and the Train Collectors Association is not involved in processing payments.

Members using this site are required to observe TCA's standards.


Toy Trains Mailing List (TTML) is a special moderated discussion group where participants who have joined may share ideas and ask questions about toy trains.

The group is open to the public, but participants are required to join the group and their postings are subject to rules shown there.

As a result of having been in operation for many years, this site has accumulated thousands of messages and pictures which provide a valuable resource for train collectors.

National Convention Website is a site that is activated each year to provide full information regarding the program and registration for TCA's National Convention. Each annual convention is hosted by one of the Association's divisions, which is responsible for its content.

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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