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Trains and Coffee

Saturday, February 27
Duke’s Café: 2099 E Orangethorpe Ave, Placentia
9 AM - 12 Noon

We surveyed the membership and the overwhelming response of those who responded said YES to Trains and Coffee this month. Come on out Saturday the 27th and get together with your TTOS friends to run trains, swap trains and watch trains in a safe, outdoor environment. If you're planning to sell, bring tables and chairs and a shade if you want or just pop open your trunk. If you plan to sell, please RSVP to Jeff Meyer: 909-851-9846 or

Duke's will be open for outside dining and carry-out orders with restrooms available.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • Please do not attend if:
    • you or a household member have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive
    • you have flu-like symptoms such as cough, headache, dizziness, diarrhea, or fever,
  • Temperatures will be taken using a non-contact thermometer. Anyone registering 100F or higher will be asked to leave along with their party
  • Face masks must be worn at all times - no exceptions (attendees must provide their own face masks)
  • Maintain six-foot separation between yourself and others who are not part of your household
  • Sellers: provide a bottle of hand sanitizer on your table for buyers' use

Directions: from CA-91, take the Lakeview exit and head north. (Do not enter the express lanes). Duke’s is on the NW corner of Lakeview and Orangethorpe about 1.4 miles north of the freeway. Exit onto Orangethorpe from the far right lane of Lakeview as you cross the Orangethorpe overpass. Click here for a map.

See you for Trains and Coffee!
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I just got home from this event. I had the BEST time ever. I wanted to thank Jeff and the TTOS club for organizing the meet and insisting every one stay safe and observe protocols. Thank You!

First off the weather was perfect! The location at Duke's Cafe parking lot in Placentia CA. is very easy to get to and provided lots of room to spread out. It was very well attended and stayed busy for the entire 3 hours and then some...

I had been waiting for an opportunity to thin my collection and I couldn't have been happier with the results. I sold everything I brought. I had only a small card table and I made sure everything was clean, boxed, and fairly priced. My personal philosophy is that these train items and accessories were paid for by me a long time ago. Train selling is not my business and I don't need to show a profit. It's more of a social activity with me.

@Steve "Papa" Eastman  kindy let me set up next to his spot and I had a good visit with him. He had his renowned battery powered trains running during the meet and it was a treat for me listening to him talk about trains and watch the tinplate run . Lots of wisdom there!

This was a meet that everyone REALLY needed right now. I know that the weather and situations in many parts of the country are difficult right now, but I was grateful to have a chance to sit in the sun and be with train friends and pass along some train treasures to new homes.

I would encourage Southern California folks to try and make the next outdoor meet at Duke's. I actually liked the informal format!  I suspect that it's much like the early days of train collecting. More like friends getting together to swap stories and find special items that they may have been looking for.

Hopefully other attendees will chime in on their experiences. My camera unfortunately didn't store the pics I took so maybe someone else can post a few. It was a remarkable scene.

It was a good day...


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