York Train Meet
Sponsoring the world's greatest train meet in York, PA
Now that our October 2017 York train meet is behind us I am pleased to report that this show was very well attended. We sold out all of our member and dealer tables as well as all the dealer booths. This was the second time that the show was open to the public in our two dealer halls and the Black hall for the train club display layouts.
The York Train Meet is the Train Collectors Association greatest recruitment tool. The TCA National Business Office was rather busy at the October 2017 Meet. TCA has 60 new members that includes 22 Trial members and 4 JR. members. Additionally, 315 members renewed their TCA dues, 15 members reinstated their membership, and 3 Heritage Member sign ups. If you want to see the TCA membership grow - then take a guest to the York Train Meet and encourage them to join TCA to continue attending.
Getting your tickets is easy with Online Registration! If you are as enthusiastic about toy trains as we are, come see what we are all about. The April Meet Notices are mailed a few months prior to the show and will include all details plus the member, dealer, and guest registration forms.
Future Meet Dates
April 19 - 21, 2018
October 18 - 20, 2018
April 11 - 13, 2019
October 17 - 19, 2019
Join us for a fun filled week of special activities at the 64th TCA National Convention in Warwick, RI sponsored by the NETCA Division. For more information, visit the Train Collectors Convention website.
York Meet Wrap Up: October 2017
Well that is a wrap for the October 2017 York Meet. The 2017 York Meet experience was one to be remembered as history was made with the opening of the Dealer Halls on Friday and Saturday to the Public beginning with the April 2017 York Meet. A great time was had by all, especially the young train enthusiasts who got to see plenty of trains and amazing train layouts that were on display. The York Meets would not be the huge success that it is without all the hard work of the many volunteers and staff who donate countless hours of their time for the Greatest Train Meet around. A big "Thank you" to everyone’s dedication, that was instrumental in making Fall October 2017 York a success for all who attended. There were approximately 10,187 people in attendance, which included members, families and guests. There was plenty of trains and camaraderie to go around. Children of all ages enjoyed the amazing operating layouts that were on display, thanks to Greater Toronto Hornby Dublo Group from Toronto Canaday, Eagle Line Railroad from Ridgely, MD, and Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders for sharing their handy work.
Once again the Dealer Halls were opened to the public both Friday and Saturday, with extended hours on Saturday, which brought in an additional 400 attendees and their families. A lot of effort continues to be put in to reach this great milestone in York Meet history. A special thanks to Atlas O Trains, Bachmann Trains, Lionel Trains, and MTH trains for donating Door Prizes for a few lucky public attendees who completed a postcard to remain on our mailing list to be informed of our future train meets. Congratulations to Robert Honer, Chris Hyland, Kenneth Baker, and Joe Addis on being our door prize winners.
We welcomed over 400 guests who registered to attend the October 2017 meet. We want to remind you to bring as many guests as you want as there is no limit in the number of “first time” guest you may bring. You’ll find the guest form on our website (Guest Form). Remember, a guest may attend one time and then they are expected to join the TCA to continue attending the York Train Meet. Many guests continue to express their interest in TCA and have now become members. October York proved to be a successful recruiting effort for the TCA as over 60 new members joined, and many reinstated their memberships.
The April 2018 Meet Notices are being finalized and one will be in your mailbox by early February. If you don’t receive yours by mid-February, please Contact Us. Online registration is always an option and don’t forget you can call the Eastern Division Call Center at 1-814-928-0196 to pay by credit card.
We again offered members the opportunity to pre-register for the upcoming meet. If you didn't take advantage of this convenience, please try it at the next show. A sign up table will be located across from the Registration Desk. Put that on your list of places to stop while wandering through the Silver Hall in October. The advantages for pre-registering:
- Convenience - do it at the meet and forget about it until you receive your badge in the mail.
- Cost - we pay the postage.
- Time saver - you save time as you no longer need to wait for the meet notice to arrive, then complete the form, put a self-addressed stamped envelope in with your registration form and make a trip to the post office.
- Accuracy of information - ensuring the information we have on file is correct and eliminating errors due to illegible penmanship.
Everyone should consider using this method to register for the next meet. We'll begin mailing badges out in mid-February to those members attending the meet only. Just a reminder: if you're a table holder or dealer, your badge(s) will be mailed starting the end of March 2018. If you pre-registered, you will still receive a meet notice for informational purposes only. No need to submit a registration form and if you're not sure if you pre-registered - Contact Us.
Have a great holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all again in April.
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Door Prize Winners
Robert Horner , Chris Hyland, Kenneth Baker, and Joe Addis
NOT A MEMBER OF THE TRAIN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION ...
...but you'd like to attend our meet and see for yourself what it's like to go to "Toy Train Heaven?" With 2 dealers halls and 4 non-dealer halls loaded with trains, plus modular exhibits of operating toy train layouts, dealer seminars, buying, selling and much more... you don't want to miss it. We have over 190,000 square feet of trains, trains and more trains. Well, now you can! Check out our Guest Registration page for details.
For information on our Chapters and the Train Collectors Association click on the links below.
Eastern Division is the sole sponsor of the York Train Meet. It is the largest division within the Train Collectors Association with over 6,600 members. The York Train Meet has a long history dating back to 1964 when it began holding its first train meet in the Blue Hall, also known as Memorial Hall. When you hear the old timers tell how they used to secure their tables, you can't help but smile. It was a free for all and whoever managed to get to the table first laid claim to it for the entire meet. Read more...
Upstate New York Chapter - founded in 2012, they are the newest chapter in the Eastern Division. With a membership fast approaching 400, they are the fastest growing chapter in TCA. If you live in this area check out what they have to offer - train meets several times a year and bus trips to the York Train Meet. Click on their logo for information on their upcoming bus trip.
The WB&A Chapter, also known as the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Chapter. WB&A is the oldest chapter of the Eastern Division and a very active chapter sponsoring 2 meets a year and numerous trips dedicated to fostering the love of the toy train hobby.
The Train Collectors Association with over 28,000 members world wide, is dedicated to the hobby of collecting and operating toy trains, the fun of members buying, selling and discussing them, the study of their characteristics and the history of their production. As a member of TCA you have access to the amazing library of historical resources at the National Toy Train Library, Strasburg, PA as well as the wealth of knowledge held within the membership. The camaraderie and fellowship you'll find in the organization is a testament to the 60 years since it was founded in Yardley, PA in 1954. The National Toy Train Museum sponsors an Open House the Wednesday of York. While there if you join the TCA you are entitled to register to attend the York Train Meet which is the largest meet in the United States. (The registration fee to attend the York Meet will gain you entrance to the meet for all three days). Visit their website, review the benefits and then JOIN the TCA. (TCA Application)
Remembering Jim Kronz
Those who wish to sign the guestbook from Jim Kronz's funeral can visit Barranco & Sons Funeral Home website to leave their condolences. We of the Eastern Division are saddened by Jim's passing and send our strength out to Nan and her family. With our condolences.