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TCA Kid's Club

Kids enjoying themselves at the May 1999 TCA Western meetMembership in the TCA Kid's Club is free to children under age eighteen. Children must be sponsored by a TCA member in good standing. A TCA Kid's club membership application and registration form is available on-line by clicking here. To become a TCA Kid's Club member, click the link, and fill out the form, then submit it. The TCA Kids Club is a great way to learn about toy trains and how the hobby works. Kids Club Members receive a newsletter called 'Keeping Track', and are also eligible to participate in special offers for train purchases from time to time. At age 18, Kids Club members can convert their membership into a full TCA membership without paying the $25.00 application fee and without securing the signatures of two members recommending membership.

The Julia Crosby family of 12 recieved a Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer set at the May 2004 Kid's Meet.Western Division takes great pride in its efforts to encourage the youth of today to become interested and educated in the great hobby of toy train operation and collecting. In the past, the division has invited groups of boys and girls from local organizations that care for underprivileged children, disabled children, children from broken homes, children who are victims of child abuse, and children who are orphans or are in foster care, to the special 'Kid's Meet'. We also encourage our own membership to The kids love to race the trains on the club racing loops.bring their children and children's children too! At this special 'Kid's Meet', there are presentations made to the organizations, there are trains running all day (and the kids get to run them!), there are educational displays, there are prizes galore, and there is cake and punch served. Through donations made to the club in sponsor of this event from local train shops and the major manufacturers, as well as purchases made by TCA Western Division, each organization is awarded a train set to be used by the groups of kids from those foundations. Also, every child goes home with an individual raffle prize, no one goes home empty handed.

The train sets provided to the children's organizations are obtained through donations to Western Division, or via direct purchases by the club. Donators have included in the past:

Keith Yount runs the unique 'Eggliner'


The Train Shack Arizona Trains
Bachman Trains Lionel Trains
K-Line Trains John & Dot Thousand
The Elfun Society Ernest Norris
Al Vargas  

Organizations that have received train sets through the efforts of the TCA Western Division:

Christopher Keppel helps Bob Lemberger get the interactive layout going.


Olive Crest Foundation Hathaway Children's Services
Sycamore's Fox's Five Acres Family Resource Center
Penny Lane Santa Anita YMCA
Optimists Boys Home

Covina Masonic Home For Children





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