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.