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Reply to "Did you join the TCA for the strict benefit of going to train meets (shows)"

  Up until 1978 I was under the impression I was the only adult in the world with an interest in toy trains.  Through bitter experience it was an interest I had learned to keep to myself (My G--!  You PLAY  with TOY TRAINS - Hello stupid, you're not a kid - whatsamatter you???? ...and things far worse) .  I was walking away from a yard sale with a very nice train set I had just purchased when one of the other browsers rushed up to me and wanted to know what I was going to do with it.  I gave him a puzzled/defensive look and said, "Take it home, clean it and run it. Why?"

  His response was, "Oh, so you're a member of TCA?"  To which I responded, " What is TCA?" When he told me what TCA was I couldn't believe it - I wasn't alone!  I got the two signatures, and attended my first meet - a local one - and came away feeling just great.  It was only later someone mentioned York and I made it a point to attend - I'm with Nation Wide Lines - York is fun but there is so much more to TCA.

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