Eastern Division York Meet Notice
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However, the snow kept them at home. They missed a great show! Our thanks to them for their support and assistance with this event. Our booth was staffed by our York Registration Team: Others were scheduled to participate, but were snowed-in! Hope Danielson designed special name badges for this event, and had generic Eastern Division-TCA business cards printed for those who do not have their own.
Advertising was plentiful and very well done. In addition to the many manufacturers, dealers, and Eastern Division-TCA, there were several fun attractions for the kids and their families.
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There was a neat ride-on train for kids and adults circling around the back of the hall. More than half of a second huge hall showcased operating modular layouts in many gauges, which were set up in four hours or less. There were three S gauge layouts, a Japanese layout with incredibly quiet bullet trains speeding around.
ZZ gauge trains ran on watch batteries. Monty Smith ran his Logo layout, and the local Lego club was there, too.
Great Job, Sam & Debbie
So much to see and learn! Also included in this report is a list of participating manufacturers, dealers, etc.
Our booth location is highlighted on the North Hall map. This endeavor was pulled together in a matter of weeks by a small group of dedicated Eastern Division-TCA members who believe marketing TCA to the public is a must to insure future growth of the organization. Our budget was limited, and we ran over a bit, but we believe it was well worth the effort.
During the event, we signed up several new TCA members who had been planning to join. We even re-upped a former member six years in arrears. We hope you had an opportunity to see them. He asked Dan Danielson to coordinate efforts for this event. We were provided with—free of charge—a 10' x 30' booth, covered and skirted tables, chairs, and electricity. The booth was located near the entrance to the event on a large cross aisle.
Major train manufacturers and dealers were present. Many local modular clubs set up great layouts. There was a pedal car-type train for children to pedal around the track, and a large Thomas the Tank Engine play area.
We rented a 10' U-Haul truck to transport the Eastern Division operating layout and other exhibit items. It was the perfect size truck! Dan drove the truck to Hampton Friday morning.
He was able to drive into the building and park at our booth. Dan, Glenn and Clem unloaded the truck and set up the layout. We heard there were visitors in line when the doors opened Saturday morning. Total attendance exceeded 25, Information on TCA, along with membership application forms, and information about The National Toy Train Museum were given to many interested visitors.
Some visitors signed up for membership then and there! Interest in both events was great. We answered at least 1, questions—maybe 1,, questions—about trains. We listened to tales of 'what happened to dad's trains. We had a great time! The smiles on the faces of the children were wonderful. For alist of board positions and the candidates running for each office see right "Candidates".
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For more information visit the Train Collectors Convention website. The best description from the first time attendee is: The York Train Meet began in and has been growing ever since in popularity.
The First Day of Spring – York!
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. 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 operating layout halls, the meet draws 13, members, families and guests for each meet in April and October.