Any person who collects or operates tinplate toy trains, or who collects any item relating to tinplate toy trains, or who is
seriously interested in this hobby, may apply to become a member in TCA. Annual membership dues for the Western Division
are $20.00. An application form to join Western division may be obtained by clicking
(requires Adobe Acrobat). To be a member in good standing, candidates must also join the TCA National organization.
National dues are $50 annually. Family memberships are an additional $1 per year, per family member. A
membership application form to join TCA National can be downloaded by clicking
(requires Adobe Acrobat). Application forms can also be obtained from any Western Division board member or officer, by
visiting the TCA National web site, or by attending one of our monthly train meets as a guest,
and requesting one. Applicants for membership must file a membership application and submit an application fee. There is also
a TCA Kid's club, free to children and
grandchildren of TCA members. Membership in the TCA Kid's Club is not a regular TCA membership, but rather an introductory
status which is free to all children up to age 18 sponsored by a TCA member. At age 18, Kids Club members can convert their
membership into a full TCA membership, paying only half the regular member TCA dues until age 24.
Some of the benefits of membership in TCA Western Division include:
Automatic notice via email of all monthly TCA Western Division meets
A Western Division
Newsletter, published 6 times annually and delivered via email (hardcopy provided for extra $10 postage fees)
A full color, Nationally published, quarterly
magazine with articles on toy train collecting, TCA events, pictorials of member collections, manufacturer's product announcements and reviews.
The TCA National Headquarters News,
distributed 5 times annually, with the Interchange Point for posting of free listings to sell or purchase toy train related items
Access to specialized insurance programs for toy
Notice of special commemorative car sales and discounts offered to the club membership directly from manufacturers
Free admission to the National Toy Train
Museum in Strasburg, PA
Notification via US
Mail of the TCA Eastern Division sponsored York train meets, held in the
spring and fall each year in PA.
Access to a standards committee for grading and identification
Access to an arbitration committee for resolving disputes over sales of toy train related items that have taken place within the TCA organization.
TCA is the only major toy train club that has a committee available to review any redress
of grievances among members.
Access to the Toy Train Reference
Library for research
An on-line National Membership directory, listing the names, addresses and collecting
interests of all TCA members.
Current Western Division Officers
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