November 10 , 2018, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780
Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
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
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
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.
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.
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.
advantages do our meets offer over buying on EBay?
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
News" (which includes the "Interchange Point"
times a year. Members are eligible to attend
such as the Cal-Stewart Meets in February/March
October/November in Pomona, CA, the York (Pennsylvania)
October, other regional meets, and the TCA National
available to the members at these events. Members
splendid TCA National Museum in Strasburg, Pennsylvania,
Additionally, members may avail themselves of the
offered through the National Office, including
Research Library and special insurance for
the national TCA offers many on-line services
including buy/sell/wanted ads, and the online "E-Train"
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]:
must first join the National TCA, then you can join the Nor-Cal
new members application
you may come to a regular
meeting and join there. Note that guests are welcome
meeting to check it out. However guests cannot
multiple repeat visits by guests are not approved.
Meeting Dates and Locations
Hall open for setup at 9 AM. Business
meeting at 9:30. Trading 10-11:30.
maintenance by Richard & Aase White
website updated on September 25,