Benefits of TCA membership

ecd15 posted:

Of course, the ROI of your TCA membership relies heavily on the quality of your local division.  Not all divisions are created equally.

That is so true! When I joined back in 1981, I was living in Denver (Rocky Mountain Division). I had a lot of fun, and the group was very active. We did big meets quarterly, and business meetings with some train related program monthly, followed by going out to dinner.

When I moved back to my true home, I was in the Lakes and Pines Division. Nice guys, and I'm still friends with a bunch of them, but the division activities on the whole were underwhelming to say the least.

My taste in trains has evolved over the years, and I have no interest in anything made in the 20th century. This kind of makes the publication useless to me, along with the grading system. If I'm looking for used trains, I shop eBay. Most of what I buy these days is new.

In my 25+ years in TCA, I never went to York. I dropped out more than 10 years ago, and haven't missed it at all.

Dan, since you are a fairly new TCA member, take the time to explore some of the fun things mentioned in this thread.  I'm also attending the TCA convention in Pittsburgh this summer, my first TCA convention.  In addition to the York Meet, along with this forum, over time you'll discover many friendships that will enhance your enjoyment of the hobby.  I've met people from all over the country and it's amazing the bond that is formed by model trains.

Here are some of the Benefits of TCA Membership.

Additionally, here are some of the TCA Member Services.

The TCA has a pretty good buy / sell section too.  The TCA X-change

You can even Find TCA Train Events in your area.

And for all your TCA information --> The Train Collector's Association Website

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Geez, where was this thread 3 days ago. I joined the TCA 2 days ago.  

No matter, I would have done it anyway. Don't know what I will get out of it, but I'm hoping to learn more about what I'm doing. For as long as I have been doing this, I still don't feel like I know very much. I also don't know anyone personally that is involved with this hobby, so maybe that part will change as well. I get to the museum every few years, and really like it, so I don't mind throwing a little money at it. I did notice that there is a TCA meet in Philly coming up this spring, and it is right off the bridge, so I will most likely make it there. After that, I will just keep my eyes open and see what comes along.

 As for York, always wanted to see it, but looming car repairs will keep me from doing any serious train shopping for a little while. So, if I go next month it will be a one day deal, just to get a feel for it. If the weather is nice, I will skip work and jump on my bike and go. If the weather is bad, I will stay home. No point in spending 5 or 6 hours in a car, but 6 hours on the Nomad is a great way to kill a day off, regardless of where I end up.

Chris R.

Hammonton, NJ

Jim 1939 posted:

Got the same e-mail this morning, it also told about special lighting that is being installed at the money pit. That kind of spending my friends is why our dues jump fifteen dollars.

This type of comment exemplifies the lack of understanding there is regarding the TCA and it's finances.  The dues were raised in 2013.  They have not gone up since.  It's been four years and people are still whining over this issue? 

 

Jonathan Peiffer Modeling the NY&LB in Arizona

Proud TCA Member, rivet counter, and operator of all scales of scale trains.

Jim 1939 posted:

Got the same e-mail this morning, it also told about special lighting that is being installed at the money pit. That kind of spending my friends is why our dues jump fifteen dollars.

If you have read up as the progress of the LED lighting updates have been done, you would find a lot of that has been covered by donations outside of membership dues.  Some areas were specifically sponsored by individuals or local TCA Chapters or Divisions.  I cannot cite a specific example from memory, but I know I've read about it, possibly in the Headquarters News over the last few years.

Since those facts don't fit your narrative of everything at the museum being a money pit, I guess they don't matter.

I like the Quarterly magazine.

I will also stay on as member because I stay at the fairgrounds at York and you have to be a member to get a spot.

50,60,75,or even100.00 or whatever they raise it to in the future it's still worth it to me. I'm right on grounds I eat two meals (or maybe 3) right in my camper. I bring my dog ...it's 4 or 5 days out of the "maze" of my miserable job . Cannot put a price on that !

Bob Taylor


GG1 4877 posted:
Jim 1939 posted:

Got the same e-mail this morning, it also told about special lighting that is being installed at the money pit. That kind of spending my friends is why our dues jump fifteen dollars.

This type of comment exemplifies the lack of understanding there is regarding the TCA and it's finances.  The dues were raised in 2013.  They have not gone up since.  It's been four years and people are still whining over this issue? 

 

Not to mention the fact that $50 is comparable to many other similar organizations, and it's less than NMRA.

Just got my dues notice for a railroad society to which I belong - $50/yr, quarterly magazine, small convention that isn't much more than a glorified meet.  

I knew my comment would not be taken kindly but that's how I see it. I doubt if I'm alone.

I don't think you are alone regarding concern over the money lost by the museum. I firmly believe that the TCA needs to find a way to make the museum self supporting.
I don't see cutting off funding for improvements to be the way to accomplish that.
Just read an article about Sears, which is currently circling the drain. The current owner did just that.

I am not so sure that fancy lighting will draw more people, but maybe the new Lego train feature will.

I still think the TCA needs some corporate sponsorship for the museum. Cash, not donated goods.
How about it Lionel, MTH, Atlas, and all those other toy train companies?
Maybe a few magazine publishers too.,

C.W. Burfle

Most donated goods are sold off at auction, usually for less than their value, so leaving them your trains really doesn't help much. CWB I think sponsor's would be a good idea for them to try but they really need to curb spending on that museum.

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BANDOB posted:

Very, very interesting discussion! 

One could ask:

What do I get for my money?

or...

What am I giving by my money?

 

Isn't everything like that?  When I was much younger I needed to be more concerned about "value" vs "so what I want it"

TCA = York for my wife and I.  We've had a routine that fits us.  It does appear to be an older folks event. Also I buy less every meet.  I do like seeing the actual products and who makes it.

Occasionally I've done a transaction with a member meet up at York.  I think if someone wants to downsize their collection, taking a table at York would be a great way to do so.  I hate to list online and ship and worry about money.  What could be better than selling directly for cash?  Set a price to sell and clean out the closets.    

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