The December 8th meet will be the annual holiday party.
No guests but family members are welcome.
Lunch will be provided and membership certificates will be
January meeting Jan 12.
Febuary meeting Feb 9.
All events at Veterans Hall, Lafayette.
Please note our site has been damaged and is being repaired.
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 National 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,)
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.
What advantages do our meets offer over buying on EBay?
(1) Buyers can closely inspect trains- no unpleasant surprises!
Why Join TCA?
(2) Sellers can answer questions on history and provenance
(3) There are no shipping charges!
(4) Sellers and buyers can develop a personal relationship
Survey of Interests
O-Gauge 2-Rail: 4%
S-Gauge (American Flyer and other manufacturers): 14%
G-Scale (the Garden Railway sized trains): 3%
Z Gauge 5%
Erector and Meccano Sets: 6%
Of course, many members collect and
operate more than one gauge.
This website updated on November 9, 2018
The Cal-Stu meet (also called TrainExpo) will be held March 3 at the San Ramon Hyatt.