York Meet Registrar's April
2014 Wrap Up
The April 2014 York Meet is behind us and work has begun on the October 16th-18th Meet.
A big "Thank you" to all the volunteers and staff that donated countless hours to put on another successful meet.
If you haven't heard, the Board of Directors voted to allow still photography of the modular exhibit layouts and in the Dealer Halls (Orange, Purple, Brown). Within 3 minutes pictures were posted on the OGR Forum. Thank you OGR! To read some of the comments and check out the photos, click here.
The National Capital Trackers, Fort Pitt HiRailers and the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroad Clubs brought their layouts to York and put on a spectacular display. Thank you. Click on the club name to visit their website.
We registered over 12,225 members, families and guests for the show. Many of the guests attending also joined TCA. Don't forget you may bring as many guests as you want to the show. You'll find the guest form on our website. (Guest form) Register them early and get the advance discount pricing. Remember, guests may attend one time and then they are expected to join the TCA to continue attending the York Train Meet.
Work has already begun on the October Meet Notice. If you don't receive yours by mid July, please Contact Us. Online registration is up and running and I encourage you to register early and receive the advance discount pricing.
We again offered members the opportunity to register at the show for the October Meet. This was very successful and we doubled the number registering. The sign up table was located across from the Registration Desk. If you missed out this time, please put that on your list of places to stop while wandering through the Silver Hall in October.
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 first part of July to those members attending the meet only. Just a reminder: if you're a table holder or dealer, your badge(s) will be mailed after September 22th, 2014. 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.
??? NOT A MEMBER OF THE TRAIN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION ???
but you would like to attend our meet and see for yourself what it's like to go to "Toy Train Heaven". With 3 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.
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 Museum 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 testiment to the 60 years since it was founded in Yardley, PA in 1954. The National Toy Train Museum sponsors an Open House October 15th, 2014. While there if you join the TCA you are entitled to register to attend the York Train Meet which is the largest members only 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 and review the benefits of joining the TCA.