Finding Toy Train Answers
Need some help answering a question about toy trains? That's what TCA is all about!
Sometimes answers seem elusive and require some digging, but we have assembled some excellent sources of information which you can work with, and we're constantly working on more, such as the new ToyTrainipedia project.
In addition, fellow TCA members are very helpful in assisting their colleagues in delving into tricky questions!
Here are some great sources of information:
- National Toy Train Library, a professionally managed facility with special services for members. (Sorry, we do not provide appraisal services, but can suggest sources.)
- Online Catalog of TCA Reference Library holdings. Over 20,000 records including virtually all the Library's books and most of the 1200 photographs in the collection. Also included are manufacturers catalogs, advertising, newsletters, commemorative paper, posters and much more. Each record contains detailed information about the item and search terms.
- Consult Train Collectors Quarterly Archive, a searchable compilation of over fifty years of articles in TCA's quarterly magazine. The Archive has a special search system for these holdings. (Member Password required.)
- TCA e-Train, a searchable online magazine with over a decade of articles, many dealing in considerable detail with toy train facts. Collecting, layouts, restoration, and more.
- Toy Train Mailing List, a Yahoo online discussion group for members and non-members. Authoritative members provide assistance.
- TCA Standards. TCA has promulgated standards on grading, paper items, restored items, and other helpful guidance.
- National Toy Train Museum has extensive operating layouts and thousands of historic and contemporary trains plus special exhibits.
- Links to train makers and other train sites.
- Ask another member. The Directory of members is available only to TCA members and password is required.
- Beginners Basic Information. From our National Toy Train Museum site.
- TCA Site Searches. We now offer Google Custom Search engines on our main TCA web sites. They are in the left column of each page. They search the public content of the respective sites. Password-protected pages are not covered by these search engines to preserve privacy. The Train Collectors Quarterly archive has its own search engine within the password protected area.