November 10 , 2018, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Cal-Stewart Meet
 will be on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the San Ramon Hyatt. There is a discounted rate of $109.00 per night for our group.  Reservations can be made
What               is TCA? What is Nor-Cal?
              The Train Collectors Association (TCA) was founded in 1954 in Yardley,               Pennsylvania. The mission of the TCA is "to preserve an important               segment of history- tinplate trains- through research, establishment               of collecting standards, education, community outreach, fellowship,               and to promote the growth and enjoyment of the hobby." The               TCA embraces all aspects of the toy and model train collecting and               operating hobby. The TCA "Kids Club" program encourages               the development of new generations of collectors. The TCA Headquarters               Office and Museum are located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, in the               Pennsylvania Dutch countryside, adjacent to the Strasburg Railroad               and the Red Caboose Motel. TCA membership as of October 2014, was               25,057.
              There are nineteen regional Divisions within the TCA. The Northern               California Division (Nor-Cal) was formed in 1957 in order to provide               a local venue for meetings. Nor-Cal holds meetings once a month,               normally on the second Saturday of the month, at the Veterans Memorial               Hall in Lafayette. Trains are bought and sold at meetings, between               members only, but guests are welcome to attend (see details below,               under "How to Join..."). Nor-Cal also holds the big Spring               Cal-Stewart Meet in Santa Clara in March. There are currently (as               of April 8, 2014) 353 dues-paying members in Nor-Cal.
Why               join Nor- Cal?
Although collecting and operating our trains is certainly a               joy in itself, the full measure of enjoyment is in meeting with               people of similar interests. In Nor-Cal you will find people who               "speak your language" and share in the pleasure of collecting               and operating toy and model trains. You can find lifelong "train               buddies" in Nor-Cal.
The               monthly Nor-Cal train meets offer the enjoyment of meeting with               fellow Nor-Cal members, and also offer the opportunity to browse               the many train items offered for sale. Of course the meets also               provide the opportunity to sell some of your excess trains.
What               advantages do our meets offer over buying on EBay?
                                          (1)   Buyers   can   closely   inspect   trains-   no   unpleasant surprises!
                                          (2)   Sellers   can   answer   questions   on   history   and provenance
                                          (3)   There   are   no   shipping charges!
                                          (4)   Sellers   and   buyers   can   develop   a   personal relationship
                                          All   Nor-Cal   members receive the
Nor-Cal Express
                                            an   8-page   illustrated newsletter,
with    seven    pages of Nor-Cal                                           news, photos of trains at meets, and other toy train material
,               four times a year. Members have the free use of tables for selling               trains at local meets. (TCA members who are not also Nor-Cal members               will be charged a fee of $10 for table use at a Nor-Cal meet). The               December meet includes the annual FREE luncheon for members and               their families! As concurrent members of the national TCA, Nor-Cal               members receive the "TCA Quarterly" full-color magazine               (
forty pages!
)   four   times   a   year   and   the "National                                           Headquarters News" (which includes the "Interchange Point"                                           buy/sell   pages)   six times a year. Members are eligible to attend                                           the   regional   meets such as the Cal-Stewart Meets in February/March                                           in   San   Ramon   and October/November in Pomona, CA, the York (Pennsylvania)                                           Meets   in   April   and October, other regional meets, and the TCA National                                           Convention   that occurs   every   June   (Albuquerque,   NM   June   22-30,   2019)..   Special   souveneir   train   cars   and   accessories, and sometimes                                           locomotives,   are available to the members at these events. Members                                           may   visit   the splendid TCA National Museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania,                                           free   of   charge. Additionally, members may avail themselves of the                                           various   services offered through the National Office, including                                           use   of   the   Toy   Train Research Library and special insurance for                                           their   trains.   Finally, the national TCA offers many on-line services                                           to   members, including buy/sell/wanted ads, and the online "E-Train"               magazine.
Nor-Cal               Survey of Interests
 A June 2008 online survey indicated that Nor-Cal members collect               and/or operate toy and model trains in the following proportions               [votes for each gauge divided by the total votes]:
                                          Standard   Gauge   (and   Wide Gauge): 10%
                                          O-Gauge   3- Rail: 41%
                                          O-Gauge   2- Rail: 4%
                                                        S-Gauge    (American    Flyer    and    other manufacturers): 14%
                                          G-Scale   (the   Garder   Railway   sized trains): 3%
                                          HO- Gauge: 12%
                                          N- Gauge: 4%
                                          Z- Gauge: 5%
                                          Erector   and   Meccano Sets: 6%
                                          Of   course,   many   members   collect   and   operate   more   than   one gauge.
How                                           to   join TCA:
You               must first join the National TCA, then you can join the Nor-Cal               Division. Click
                                            to   be   connected   to   the   TCA National
new members application               page
.   After    joining    TCA    National you may come to a regular                                           (monthly)   Nor-Cal meeting and join there. Note that guests are welcome                                           to   come   to   a   Nor-Cal meeting to check it out. However guests cannot                                           buy   or   sell,   and multiple repeat visits by guests are not approved.
2018 Nor-Cal               Meeting Dates and Locations
   Nov.   10,   Dec.   8   -   each   at   the   Veterans   Memorial   Building,   3780   Mt.   Diablo   Blvd., Lafayette
Nor-Cal                   Meeting times:
 Hall open for setup at 9 AM. Business                   meeting at 9:30. Trading 10-11:30.
Read                     the quarterly
"Nor-Cal Express"
                newsletter (
)- Click
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This               website updated on September 25, 2018