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Attractions:  Shows, Museums, Exhibits, etc.

National Toy Train Museum
A world-class collection of toy trains for kids of all ages in Strasburg, PA.  One of largest and most prestigious collections of toy trains in the world; exhibits and reference materials.
Railroad Museum of Long Island
Established in 1990, the Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the history and artifacts pertaining to the railroads which participated in the growth of Long Island, its communities and industries for the entertainment, edification, and good of present and future generations.
TCA 2015 National Convention
June 20 - 28, 2015, The Metropolitan Division will host the 61st Annual TCA National Convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset, NJ. This promises to be one of the greatest conventions ever for toy train lovers across the nation and the world.  Get it on your calendar now -- don't miss it! 
Westchester Toy & Train Associates, Inc.
The Westchester Toy & Train Associates, Inc. presents a season
full of sparkling shows to satisfy your every collecting mania!
The York Train Show
What can I say?  It's legendary.  Twice a year York, PA becomes the center of the toy train universe, with thousands of collectors converging on the biggest and best train show on the planet -- sponsored by the Eastern Division, TCA.

Clubs & Organizations

Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers
Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers was founded in 1983 and built one of the largest O-Gauge model railroads in the country. The club is over 40 members strong. After over 25 years , we are now building a new O-Gauge model railroad almost double the size of the original with dimensions of 80' by 35'.
NJ Hirailers
The Mission of the NJ Hi-Railers Train Club, as a Not-for-Profit organization, is to provide a place of fellowship, a place to meet others that have the same interests, and a place for wholesome fun for those interested in any of the aspects of 3 rail O gauge modeling.
Somerset County 4H Trainmasters
Since its inception in 2000, the Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters has grown from a six youth member club with a couple of adult , volunteer leaders to its 2014-2015 status of 34 members, a dozen adult leaders and many deeply involved parents.
Train Collectors AssociationTM (TCA)
The Train Collectors Association mission is to develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history -- Tinplate Toy Trains -- through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy, model and scale trains.

Discussion Groups/Listserves

TCA Members Yahoo Group
The proven best- Honest Forum, Upholding Membership Respect and Integrity, with Members the World Round. Our mission statement: Be a happy model railroading community of successful lifelong learners. Welcome ALL who enjoy the “World’s Greatest Hobby”.
TCA's METCA Division Yahoo Group
This group is for the free exchange of METCA Division members' ideas and information relating to the development of the Train Collector's Association'sTM METCA division within the TCA's mission statement.
Train Collectors AssociationTM Yahoo Group
Toy Trains Mailing List (TTML) is the official TCA sponsored, maintained and owned forum. It was created to provide a platform where enthusiasts, both TCA members and the public, can discuss, inquire, and share knowledge about the collecting, operation and history of toy trains.
Train Collectors AssociationTM Trading Yahoo Group
The purpose of 3TML is to provide a forum for those wishing to buy, sell or swap toy trains and accessories.

General Interest Train Sites

Model Railroads & Freight Cars
General info about model railroading - along with many usful how-to PDF's. The Internet Railroad Directory
Guide to 17,000 rail-related websites including train travel, model railroading, railfan resources, train simulators, and railroad industry sites.
Railroads in Texas from Fort Worth and Beyond
Early settlers in Texas encountered some transportation challenges due to the geography of this region. The state tried to resolve these problems by improving rivers and building plank roads. It wasn’t until the expansion of railroads hit Texas that transportation improved for this state.

METCA Members' Sites

Clint's Train Room
Clint Jefferies' site of his O & Standard Gauge layouts, pics, vids and more.
LionelNation, home for those that bleed Orange and Blue. Buy... Sell... Trade... Resources... Links... and More.