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The next Western Division Train Meet is July 22nd, 2023

Our club holds 10 train meets every year. The next Western Division train meet is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 22nd, 2023. This meet will be conducted at a new location in Arcadia, CA: the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive (at Huntington Drive & Holly Ave.). The meet will commence at 9:00 AM and ends around 2:00 PM. Admission is free for TCA Western Division members who show a current valid plastic membership card. Members of the Public can attend 1 TCA meet for free, but must join the club after that. Parking is free. Trading tables are free for TCA members. Email to reserve a trading table. The meet will feature operating layouts, a display theme, a lively auction and a repair clinic.

For a detailed listing of all upcoming TCA Western Division train meets, click here.

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Please enjoy this video from our October 22, 2022 Train Meet Layout.

Western Division members Bill Senyak, Steve Eastman, Jeff Meyer and Denyse Meyer set up a Standard gauge loop and 2 'O' gauge loops and ran an assortment of 'spooky' trains fit for the occasion around a desolate, dark and haunted pike. Of special note was a restored MTH Standard gauge loco, painted in a bright and shiny 'Pumpkin' orange, to match the Lionel passenger cars. Zombies can be seen taking over one of the trains, and riding around searching for fresh humans to bite!

Very spooky and scary layout set up by Jeff & Denyse Meyer and Steve Eastman for the October 2018 Western Division meet. Frank N. Stein was in attendence at this meet and enjoyed the trains even more than he likes fire! For more train meet layout videos click here.

What is TCA?

Some trains running at a TCA meetThe mission of the Train Collector’s Association (TCA) is 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 the hobby of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains. The By-laws of TCA Western Division are viewable by clicking here.

TCA Western Division carries out this mission by holding 10 monthly meets during the calendar year. At these meets, the trading and displaying of tinplate toy trains and toy train related items takes place. TCA Western is the only Southern California based toy train club that provides free use of tables for these purposes. We have plenty of them available, in a well lighted, spacious hall.

There are over 30,000 members in the TCA organization nationally. Western Division boasts a membership of over 300 train hobbyists.

Rare and unique items await your discovery at TCA meetsTCA and Western Division have been in existence since 1954. For a little bit of history about TCA Western Division click here.

Do you have a box of old tinplate trains that you have been storing in the attic all these years since your childhood? Are you anxious to break them out and run them again? Do you need help in getting your old trains to run again - perhaps they require some servicing? Have you been meaning to perhaps convert those old trains into some cash in your pocket? Then bring those trains to our next TCA Western Division toy train meet in Arcadia. Those dusty old electric trains could potentially be something rare and unusual. The club layout would be a great place to see those trains running again after all these years. Or, if you have intended to get rid of those trains, selling them at the TCA Western Division meet can yield cash for you and make a collector happy as well.

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