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Orange Hall, York Expo Center, York, PA

While the name on the building is Utz, everyone knows this is the Orange Hall.

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You'll want to get there early to ensure you get a good parking space well before the opening bell.

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Join us in celebrating 45 years at York and ride the rails that Abraham Lincoln rode to give his Gettysburg Address.

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Eastern Division considers it a privilege to gather under our flag and celebrate the freedom to play trains and share the love of our hobby with friends.

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Now Everyone Can Go to “York”!

NEW for 2017: The officers of the Train Collectors Association have decided to open to the public the "Greatest Train Show on Earth".

The public will be permitted to attend Friday April 28 and Saturday April 29. Open admission for those two days will be limited to the Orange & Purple dealer halls, and the Black exhibit hall where modular displays can be enjoyed.

The Orange Hall is the largest and probably the most spectacular; it includes approximately 150 tables and more than 50 separate booths. In addition, the editors of Classic Toy Trains will be there answering questions and listening to your concerns.

Tickets for the public are $14 per family for a single-day ticket (either Friday or Saturday.)
$20 per family to attend both days.

Show Hours:
Friday, April 28, 2017, 9:00am - 6:30pm
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm

This is a great opportunity for train enthusiasts to experience the “The Mother of All Train Shows.” Guests will have the opportunity to join The Train Collectors Association and gain access to the halls reserved for members only.

Remembering Jim Kronz

For those who may wish to sign the guestbook from Jim Kronz's funeral: Http://www.barrancofuneralhome.com/home/obituary/4118248 We of the WB&A are saddened by Jim's passing and send our strength out to Nan and her family. With our condolences.

Operating Layouts at York

Meet Chairman Mike Petronella has invited 4 operating layout clubs to share their handy work.

In the Black Hall: (open to the public)
• Stillmeadow Crossing Modular Train Group from York, Pa

2 layouts - "O" & "HO" - using the whole Black Hall

Stillmeadow Crossing Christmas Display


In the Purple Hall: (open to the public)
• Eagle Line Railroad from Ridgely, MD

10 x 28 "O" Gauge layout

Eagle Line Railroad


In the White Hall: (TCA members & their guests only)
• North Penn Modular "S" Gauge Train Club from Landsdale, PA

26 x 34 "S" Gauge layout

• Washington & Old Dominion "S" Gauge Club from Washington DC area

26 x 40 "S" Gauge layout

Washington & Old Dominion S Gauge Club from Washington DC area

By popular demand – NOW EVERYONE CAN GO TO “YORK” - by Lou Palumbo

Here's Lou's latest column Views from the Underground - Classic Toy Train Magazine latest issue.

Lou Palumbo Greatest Train Show

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York Meet October 2016 Wrap Up

A big "Thank you" to all the volunteers and staff that donate countless hours to put on a successful Fall October 2016 meet. There were approximately 10,924 people in attendance, which included members, families and guests. Plenty of trains and camaraderie. Children of all ages enjoyed the amazing operating layouts displayed; thanks to Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Train Club from Lancaster, PA, The National Capital Trackers, and the East Penn Traction club for sharing their handy work.

We had over 530 guests register at the October 2016 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 for on our website. (Guest Form). Register them early and get the advance discount pricing. Remember, guest may attend one time and then they are expected to join the TCA to continue attending the York Train Meet.

The April 2017 Meet Notice has been mailed. If you didn’t receive yours by now, please Contact Us. Online registration is available and don’t forget you can call the Eastern Division Call Center at 1-814-928-0196.

We again offered members the opportunity to register at the October show for the April show. 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 April.

You might ask: what are the advantages of signing up at the meet?

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 the 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 beginning of April 2017. 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. The York Meet is open to TCA members, their families and guests.

April 2017 York Meet, the Dealer Halls are opening to the Public on Friday and Saturday. The Dealer Halls will be open on Friday form 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Public will be able to register at the Ticket Booth in the Lobby of the Orange Hall. Cost for members of the public to attend is $14 per family for single day admission (Friday or Saturday). Want to attend both Friday and Saturday then the public admission fee will be $20.00 per family.


but you would like to attend our meet and see for yourself what it's like to go to "Toy Train Heaven". With 2 dealers halls and 4 non-dealer halls loaded with trains, plus modular exhibits of operating toy train layouts, dealer seminars, buying, selling and much more... you don't want to miss it. We have over 190,000 square feet of trains, trains and more trains. For more information click here.

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For information on our Chapters and the Train Collectors Association click on the links above:

Eastern Divison is the sole sponsor of the York Train Meet. It is the largest division within the Train Collectors Association with over 6,600 members. The York Train Meet has a long history dating back to 1964 when it began holding its first train meet in the Blue Hall, also known as Memorial Hall. When you hear the old timers tell how they used to secure their tables, you can't help but smile. It was a free for all and whoever managed to get to the table first laid claim to it for the entire meet. Read more...

Upstate New York Chapter - founded in 2012, they are the newest chapter in the Eastern Division. With a membership fast approaching 400, they are the fastest growing chapter in TCA. If you live in this area check out what they have to offer - train meets several times a year and bus trips to the York Train Meet. Click on their logo for information on their upcoming bus trip.

The WB&A Chapter, also known as the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Chapter. WB&A is the oldest chapter of the Eastern Division and a very active chapter sponsoring 2 meets a year and numerous trips dedicated to fostering the love of the toy train hobby.

The Train Collectors Association with over 28,000 members world wide, is dedicated to the hobby of collecting and operating toy trains, the fun of members buying, selling and discussing them, the study of their characteristics and the history of their production. As a member of TCA you have access to the amazing library of historical resources at the National Toy Train Library, Strasburg, PA as well as the wealth of knowledge held within the membership. The camaraderie and fellowship you'll find in the organization is a testament to the 60 years since it was founded in Yardley, PA in 1954. The National Toy Train Museum sponsors an Open House the Wednesday of York. While there if you join the TCA you are entitled to register to attend the York Train Meet which is the largest meet in the United States. (The registration fee to attend the York Meet will gain you entrance to the meet for all three days). Visit their website, review the benefits and then JOIN the TCA. (TCA Application)



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