Join the TCA

TCA Membership includes:

  • Train Shows offered by the local Divisions and Chapters of the TCA
  • Receive the Train Collector’s Quarterly Magazine
  • Receive the National Headquarters News five times a Year
  • e-Train online Magazine, released four times per year. It is written, edited and updated by TCA members
  • Collection Insurance – the Association, through an independent insurance agent, has available for members’ consideration a plan through which they may insure their collection. Train Meets offered by the Divisions and Chapters of the TCA
  • Toy Train Reference Library – the library is the most extensive resource center for researching tinplate toy train history. On file are catalogs, magazines and books devoted to toy trains from 1900 to the present.
  • National Toy Train Museum – located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, houses one of the finest collections of toy trains in the world. There are five+ operating layouts and a continuously running video. Layouts and displays are changed periodically to keep them fresh and to show as much of the collection as possible. Members are admitted free to the museum and are encouraged to visit the museum.
  • Gift Shop – the National Toy Train Museum Gift Shop is stocked with toy train and railroad related items and has many of the current books on toy trains
  • Access to the TCA x-change where Members can post free listings of their items for Sale, Trade or items Wanted

Qualifications for Membership

Any person who collects or operates trains, collects any items relating to trains, or professes a serious interest therein may apply for membership.  Regular membership is open to anyone age 18 and above.  Applicants must file a membership application and submit the annual dues. Click Join the TCA button to go to the National web site and complete your application online or click the TCA Membership Application button to download a printable copy.  Either selection will put you on the right track to the wonderful world of the Train Collectors Association and nearly 24,000 other individuals with similar interests.  We are certain that your collection of friends and trains will increase bountifully through your membership in this great organization! 

Note: there are a different categories of membership, including Regular, Trial, Junior, Heritage and Kids Club. When you click the “Join TCA Now!” button, immediately below, the page that will be displayed will provide more information for each type of membership available and you have the ability to join immediately. If you prefer to download a form click on the links below.  A new browser window will open with a copy of the form, which you may then print, complete and mail to the TCA with your payment, if required.

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Regular Membership Application

Trial Membership Application

Junior Member  Application

Heritage Member Application

Kids Club Application (Single child only)

Kids Club Application (use to enroll 1 to 3 children)