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Benefits of TCA Membership

Benefits in the Association are many and diverse. Highlights include:

Train Meets

Convention.The various Divisions and Chapters of the T.C.A. sponsor train meets where members may buy, sell, or trade trains, or just enjoy the fellowship of collecting. Over 150 of these are held each year. A schedule of these meets appears under News & Events on this site and in the National Headquarters News. Each June one of the Divisions hosts the Train Collectors Association's National Convention, which is one of the highlights of the year and provides an opportunity for fun-filled family vacations in various parts of the United States.

TTCQ.The Train Collectors Quarterly

Members receive The Train Collectors Quarterly, a magazine dedicated to tinplate trains. Articles on the history of toy trains, and the firms who manufactured them make this one of the finest magazines in the collecting field. Members are urged to contribute articles for the magazine. Members may also consult over fifty years of archived copies online.

National Headquarters News

This periodical is also mailed to the members five times a year, and contains listings of the various Chapter and Division meets, names of new members, and other important information. The "Interchange Point" is part of the National Headquarters News and is the place where members list items they have for sale, trade, or want to buy. In addition, members may register for access to TCA's Buy-Sell web site, where they may participate in buying and selling toy trains.

TCA e*Train

This online magazine is issued four times a year, and is written and edited by TCA members. Previously published content is updated as needed as well, making this a valuable, searchable, resource.

Collection Insurance

The Association, through an independent insurance agent, has available for members' consideration a plan through which they may insure their collection.

Other Insurance

By arrangement with a major national insurer, other types of insurance may be purchased at favorable rates.

Library door.National Toy Train Library

The Association is continuously updating the Library that is housed in the Museum and Headquarters Building. This Library is the most extensive resource center for researching tinplate toy train history. On file are a continuously running video. Displays are changed periodically. Members are admitted free to the museum and are encouraged to visit the museum.

The Library also maintains copies of commercial price guides for a number of popular manufacturers, but does not provide appraisals or evaluations.

Gift Shop

The National Toy Train Museum Gift Shop is stocked with toy train and railroad related items and has most of the current books on toy trains.

National Toy Train Museum

The National Toy Train Museum, located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, houses one of the finest collections of toy trains in the world. There are five operating layouts and great organization!

We are certain that your collection of friends and trains will increase bountifully through your membership in this great organization! 

Note that we have several categories of membership, including Regular, Kids Club, and Junior Member. When you click on the link below, you will see more information on each:

How to Join

(Qualifications, procedure, application form)

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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