The best description from the first time attendee is: "I never dreamed I would ever see so many trains in one place".
In the Beginning:
The York Train Meet began in 1969 and has been growing ever since in popularity. I remember the stories the "old" members shared about the early days of York and the only hall open was the Blue Hall. Everyone would stand outside the door and when George Yohe opened the doors there was a mad dash to lay claim to the perfect location. Boxes were thrown in the doors with the hopes they'd land on a table and children were sent scurring under the legs of members with instructions to find a "good" location.
The Growing Years:
York has come along way since those early days. Having expanded the number of halls, the meet now uses all the buildings on the fairgrounds. With three dealer halls, 4 member halls and 1-2 operating layout halls, the meet draws 13,000-14,000 members, families and guests for each meet in April and October. York is a one of a kind meet. As the York Meet grew in popularity among the members of the Train Collectors Association they began coming from all over the world to find that rare and unusual item to add to their collection. After filling the Memorial Hall, also know as the Blue Hall, the meet grew filling every building on the fairgrounds. There was the Red Hall, White Hall, Purple Hall, Yellow Hall, Green Hall and Silver Hall. In 2004, the fairgrounds built their largest building measuring over 75,000 square feet and this became known as the Orange Hall. As a result the Yellow & Green Halls closed forever.
Where we're going:
We're growing and because we require membership in the Train Collectors Association to attend our meet, York has become the Number 1 recruiting tool for the Train Collectors Association. To join TCA, click here to download the application.
We invite non members to attend our meet and see what we're all about. We have a "one time" guest rule: you may attend one meet and then you are required to join TCA to continue attending. We think you'll like what you see and want to join the organization so you may continue to attend. The friendships you cultivate is just one of the benefits of attending our meet.
John Zobel, Eastern Division President
John is the Eastern Division President. Prior to being elected as president he served as Secretary of the Division since 2007. John was instrumental in starting the Upstate New York Chapter.
Mike Petronella, York Meet Chairman
Mike has served as the Eastern Division York Meet Chairman since 2008. Prior to being appointed to this position he volunteered on the York Committee since 1996.
Nancy Tentzeras, York Meet Registrar
Nancy was appointed to serve as the Eastern Division York Meet Registrar in 2015. Prior to that, she served as the Eastern Division Assistant Registrar, WB&A Chapter President, WB&A Secretary, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor.
Brian Reilly, Eastern Division Membership Chairman
Brian has served as the Eastern Division Membership Committee Chairman since 2010. Prior to 2010, he served as the division Vice-President, division Director, division Standards Committee Chairman, WB&A Chapter Representative to the division and WB&A Chapter Director.
Jim Kronz, Eastern Division Past President
Jim served as Eastern Division President from 2011 - 2014. Prior to that he served as Treasurers of the Eastern Division (2007-2008) & the WB&A Chapter (2000-2006).