The next Western Division train meet is
scheduled to take place on Saturday August 20th, 2022
. This is a special meet and will be conducted in the backyard, along with a Hot Dog Social cookout, at Past TCA President Steve Eastman's house in Yorba Linda, CA. Festivities will commence at 1:00 PM. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Steve Eastman at (714) 319-9483 (talk or text) by Thursday, August 18th, and you'll get his address and any special instructions. Please let him know how many in your party. If you want to sell trains outdoors, please provide your own table and let Steve know.
Mr. Eastman will provide the hot dogs, Polish sausage, buns and condiments. Veggie dogs will be available for boiling. The club will provide soft drinks & bottled water. The rest of the feast will be a potluck...
If your last name starts with A-N, please bring side dishes.
If your last name starts with O-Z, please bring desserts.
The meet display theme will be Patriotic Trains; that could be "red, white and blue" trains or "military and
space" trains. We'll also award door prizes to lucky TCA Members, plus we'll have an Opportunity Drawing.(You must be present to win.)
Hope to see you in August!
For a detailed listing of all upcoming TCA Western Division train meets, click
2021 TCA Convention Western Division Merchandise Is Still Available!
Here are several layout videos from past TCA train meets. Please enjoy the videos.
At the August 2019 meet Steve Eastman, Jeff Meyer and Denyse once again set up both
Standard gauge and 'O' gauge loops and ran an assortment of trains around a peacful country town. Of special note was a very
long consist of Dorfan tank cars being pulled by a smoke spewing MTH
Classics reproduction #1134 black tinplate Dorfan 4-4-2 locomotive with Protosounds chugging and whistle.
Above video from the May 2019 meet of Steve Eastman's United
States Army Hospital Train pulled by an MTH/Lionel Standard gauge 400E steam loco and tender. MTH/Lionel made only
10 of these locomotives and 10 sets of the 4 matching hospital/passenger cars. This unique set features a Digital Command
System with freight yard proto-effects and sounds. Also visible running on the layout is Jeff Meyer's 'O' gauge
Protosounds equipped MTH RailKing 4-6-0 Virginia & Truckee 10-wheeler with woodside passenger cars.
Above video of the 'Trains For The Cure' layout set up by TCA members Denyse Meyer, Jeff Meyer & Steve Eastman, for our April 2019 meet. The 'O' gauge Railking Breast Cancer Awareness Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 pink Hudson loco is produced by MTH Electric Trains. Its pulling a set of custom painted tinplate passenger cars built from Williams Trains kits. The Standard gauge passenger set with the #385E Pennsylvania Rail Road 2-4-2 pink steam loco with tender is also produced by MTH, as well as the tinplate pink Lionel/Ives Transition style cars with red roofs.
Video of the layout set up by TCA members Steve Eastman, Jeff & Denyse Meyer for our
March 2019 meet. The Standard gauge Daylight 4-8-4 is produced by Lee Lines Trains.
Very spooky and scary layout set up by Jeff & Denyse Meyer and Steve
Eastman for the October 2018 Western Division meet.
December 2018 Holiday Party Meet themed layout set up by Jeff & Denyse
Meyer and Steve Eastman.
Special layout set up by TCA members Steve Eastman, Bob Nord, Steve Waller and David
Mabee in August 2012 at the monthly meet to celebrate the 1939 New York World's Fair Railroads on Parade exhibition. Early in
the video in addition to the American Flyer 'O' gauge tinplate Comet streamliner, we see the
Lionel Heritage Series John Bull Passenger Set, DeWitt Clinton Passenger set, Best Friend of
Charleston set and a Stourbridge Lion set. Later in the video 2 streamliners from the 1930's by Hoge
can be seen traversing the tracks, one set of the rails is the famous 'Flex-I-Track' made by Kaywood of Chicago, IL in
What is TCA?
The mission of the Train
Collectors 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
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.