About The Event

Celebrate TCA's 70th in Lancaster, PA!

The 2024 Convention is hosted jointly by two great TCA Divisions: Keystone & Eastern! These divisions welcome you to Lancaster County and the heart of railroading in Strasburg.

Share 70 years of fun and fellowship based on "These Little Trains That Bring Us Together" at the Lancaster Marriott, a dynamic modern host hotel innovatively integrated with the Convention Center. From Penn Square, the convention complex expands southward down Queen Street to Vine Street, covering two blocks. Vehicle access to the Penn Square hotel lobby or Parking Garage is straightforward from US-222 using Lancaster's efficient grid of one-way streets. Easy luggage cart access to the inspiring Hotel Lobby on Penn Square also occurs from versatile parking(6'8" clearance) in a connected garage. Convenient public elevators provide cart access to the brightly carpeted Train Marketplace in the Freedom Hall and the TCA convention office in the Vine Street Lobby.

The Lancaster Marriott is a stately building with a modern interior in an upscale area of historic attractions, restaurants, and markets, only 10 miles from the heart of railroading in Strasburg and "Amish Country". Its amenities include three restaurants, a rooftop bar, an indoor pool, a whirlpool tub, a gym, a spa and a business center. Refined rooms have flat-screen TVs. Wi-Fi (for a fee), desks, minifridges and coffeemakers; some rooms contain pull-out sofas and/or feature city views. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.

Encounter outstanding trains in multiple gauges "art that moves" via tours, seminars, the Kid's Club, the Welcome Party, The Banquet, auctions, layouts and unique national-level Marketplace items. Access for layouts and selected Marketplace multi-table groups may be scheduled through the loading dock. Selected trailer parking will be available in the Vine Street auxiliary lot.

Expand your railroad vacation experience by using one of seven AMTRAK trains that arrive daily at the Lancaster Station (LNC) just a few miles from the Convention Center. Locally, by tour or car, the Strasburg Railroad offers a variety of steam train ride experiences. The neighboring Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania displays 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th to the 20th centuries, including the priceless PRR Historical Collection. Other individual extended vacation experiences within a several-hour drive include Ed Alexander's barn site in Yardley, Pennsylvania (where it all began for TCA), the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, and the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.






Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square

25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603


TCA Hotel Room Rate - $159

TCA Parking Garage Rate - $10 per day ( must have license plate number when checking into room)

Hotel Website - bit.ly/2024-TCA-Marriott

Saturday, June 15
3pm - 6pm


Sunday, June 16
7am - 10am
3pm - 5pm
7pm - 8pm

Monday, June 17
7am - 10am
3pm - 5pm

Tuesday, June 18
7am - 10am
3pm - 5pm

Wednesday, June 19
7am - 10am
3pm - 5pm

Thursday, June 20
7am - 10am
3pm - 6pm

Friday, June 21
7am - 10am
2pm - 5pm
Saturday, June 22
8am - 11am

Register

Registration Deadline - May 13, 2024

Convention Refund Policy

There will be no refund for Registration Fees. NO EXCEPTIONS. Once tickets for tours are purchased, the only refunds will be if the tour is cancelled or if the convention is able to resell the tickets. If we are unable to resell the tickets, then there will be no refund


  • Member Registration is non-refundable

  • TCA Member spouses, significant others, companions and dependent children, under the age of 18.

  • Guests of a TCA Member who is not considered a Spouse/Companion or Dependent Child

  • Guest of a TCA Member




Walking Guideline Levels

Requires minimal amount of walking. No flights of stairs


Requires average amount of walking on a level surface. May have stairs, but an elevator or lift is available. Wheel chair accommodating. 


Requires moderate amount of walking. Possibly on uneven surfaces and normal flights of stair


Requires ability to walk longer distances or for a longer time period. Ability to walk up & down steep inclines or stairs.



2024 Convention Day Tours

Sunday June 16

  • #1 - Jim Thorpe & Lehigh Scenic Railroad

    #1 - Jim Thorpe & Lehigh Scenic Railroad

    7:30 am - 6 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 3

    Travel by motor coach to the outer station in Reading, PA and ride the Reading & Northern Railroad to the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe. Founded in 1818 and known initially as "Mauch Chunk", Jim Thorpe prospered as a railroad and coal shipping center. The unique circumstances of its location - in a deep gorge along the Lehigh River - and curving streets that cling to the side of the gorge give the town a European flare. Well-built 19th century masonry structures have allowed this town to survive intact. Browse the downtown area and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the local venues. Take a ride out on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad and travel back to the hotel by motor coach.

    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $136.00 ea.

Monday June 17

  • #2 - Harris Tower / Harrisburg Station / Civil War Museum

    #2 - Harris Tower / Harrisburg Station / Civil War Museum

    8 am - 4 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 3 (Note: Due to its historic nature, the upstairs level of Harris Tower is not ADA/handicap accessible)

    Travel to Harrisburg, PA by motor coach. Arrive at the beautiful 1887 historic landmark station. This red brick structure is one of the few in the nation to retain its soaring steel-and-glass train shed installed over the tracks. Next door, visit the preserved 1930 Harris Tower. This switch tower is owned by the Harrisburg Chapter of the NRHS, which offers visitors a computerized and interactive operational model board and interlock machine.
    Lunch on your own at the Capital City Diner.
    Next visit the National Civil War Museum. This large and remarkable museum presents a comprehensive and even-handed overview of America's greatest tragedy.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $99.00 ea.

  • #3 - Hershey & AACA Auto Museum

    #3 - Hershey & AACA Auto Museum

    8 am - 5 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Visit the widely known Hershey, PA. Founded in 1903 as a factory town to the Hershey Chocolate Company, it has grown into a tourist and entertainment destination. A trolley tour will highlight the many attractions, and a visit to Chocolate World will illustrate the makin of the famous Hershey's Chocolate Bars. There will be an option to take Chocolate World's indoor ride. You will receive a meal voucher for use within Chocolate World. Next travel to the AAVA Automobile Museum. Considered one of the nation's largest and best motor vehicle museums, from the ordinary to the exotic, all kinds and types of vintage and classic motor vehicles are on display. Don't miss the restored motorcycles, the display of rare Tucker Autos and artifacts and the operating model train layout.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $139.00 ea.

  • #4 - Columbia/Susq. Model RR, Lower Susq. Valley Modular RR & Masonic Village & E-town Model RR

    #4 - Columbia/Susq. Model RR, Lower Susq. Valley Modular RR & Masonic Village & E-town Model RR

    4 pm - 10:30 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Spend the evening visiting model railroad club layouts! But first enjoy a fine dinner at the historic Bully's Restaurant & Pub in Columbia, PA. In a church dating back to 1850, visit the Columbia & Susquehanna HO Model Railroad (C&SMRR) and the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders. The C&SMRR is an expansive HO operating layout featuring impressive landscaping, many tracks and long trains. The Susquehanna High-Railers control a sizable modular layout on which the latest modern-era 3-rail O gauge trains operate. Travel to the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA to visit the great setup run by the MV&E Model Railroad Club. This fantastic group of seven layouts features all popular gauges of model trains from Z to G. There is something for everyone to admire in this huge display.

    Dinner selections: Roast Chicken, Beef Brisket, Broiled Crab Cake

    $119.00 ea.

Wine & Cheese Party

  • Wine & Cheese Party

    Wine & Cheese Party

    Wine & Cheese Party
    6 pm - 7:30 pm
    Must register
    No Charge


Tuesday June 18

  • #5 - Columbia, PA

    #5 - Columbia, PA

    8:15 am - 4 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    In a church dating back to 1850, visit the Columbia & Susquehanna HO Model Railroad (C&SMRR) and the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders. The C&SMRR is an expansive HO operating layout featuring impressive landscaping, many tracks and long trains. The Susquehanna High-Railers control a sizable modular layout on which the latest modern-era 3-rail O gauge trains operate. Lunch will be at the historic Bully's Restaurant & Pub. After lunch, we'll visit the beautiful National Watch & Clock Museum. In the same manner as TCA's National Toy Train Museum, this museum is owned and operated by the National Watch & Clock Collectors. It has become a significant intuition in its field due to a substantial collection of horological artifacts. Most are clocks and watches, but there are also related tools, machinery and ephemera. Lastly we will visit the gorgeous old First National Bank Museum, noted as one of the oldest intact banks in the nation. This remarkably well-preserved structure displays outstanding original solid walnut teller stations and woodwork. Step back in time to view the various offices with original features and check out the massive walk-in vault.

    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    Meal selections: Smoked Turkey Wrap, Roast Beef Sandwich & Salad with Grilled Chicken

    $135.00 ea.

  • #6 - Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville PA

    #6 - Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville PA

    7am - 5 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 3

    Tour the historic Yuengling Brewery. Founded in 1829, this is the nations' oldest brewery, still owned and operated by the Yuengling family. Experience traditional beer brewing and what it takes to meet 21st-century demands while maintaining the highest quality. Visit the Brewery Museum to view original 19th-century underground cellars and artifacts. Enjoy an included lunch at Roma Pizzeria before experiencing a trip to another great downtown Pottsville, PA location, Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles. This museum displays classic automobiles from the fifties and sixties, along with thousands of memorabilia and collectibles from mostly the same era.
    Please note: Completely closed shoes are REQUIRED; sneakers are recommended. The Brewery tour is not wheelchair accessible. Be prepared to navigate approximately 50 stairs. Jerry's second floor also requires walking up a flight of stairs.
    Tour is accompanied by a professional tour director

    $125.00 ea.

  • #7 - Strasburg Railroad / PA Railroad Museum / NTTM

    #7 - Strasburg Railroad / PA Railroad Museum / NTTM

    9:15 am - 4 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Start the day with a tour of the Strasburg Rail Road's repair and rebuild shops and take a ride on one of their fine engines. Although of the shortline variety, this well-known operation is the country's oldest continuously operated standard gauge railroad. All steam trains consist of original vintage equipment. Explore in and around the station complex to experience plenty of other historic items. Next, enjoy a box lunch and visit the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. The history of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) is brought to life with original PRR engines and passenger equipment on display inside the enormous main hall. For example, walk up to and alongside a famous GG1 Locomotive to sense these extraordinary engines' overwhelming power and beauty. Finally, visit our TCA National Toy Train Museum. All scales and all types of toy and model trains are on display. Each year, the Museum undergoes an updating and improving process, which results in the layouts and displays becoming more impressive than ever. New exhibits and new lighting systems have given the Museum a fresh appearance.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $152.00 ea.

Wednesday June 19

  • #9 - East Broad Top Railroad

    #9 - East Broad Top Railroad

    8:30 am - 5 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Located in the small town of Rockhill Furnace, PA, the EBT is one of the best-preserved 3-foot-gauge railroads in the nation. Founded in 1871, it is unusual due to being a complete, original railroad rather than a collection of pieces from various locations. All six of the 3-ft narrow -gauge steam locomotives that operated on the railroad in its last years as a coal hauler are still on site. The railroad's headquarters, shops, roundhouse and main station are also original, possessing a "frozen in time" ambiance. The visit includes an immersive tour of the extensive shop complex that still houses much of its original equipment and tools. The Rockhill Trolley Museum is located next door and uses a former branch line of the EBT as its operating trolley line. Founded in 1960, the museum operates, collects, and restores trolleys, interurbans and transit cars - especially equipment with Pennsylvania ties. A box lunch will be provided.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $169.00 ea.

  • #10 -  Amish Experience

    #10 - Amish Experience

    8:30 am - 3 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Enjoy a guided tour through the Lancaster County Amish countryside. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Visit an Amish home and sit down to an authentic Amish lunch prepared and served by members of the Amish family. Conveniently located in the heart of the Amish community, the tour will next visit Barry's Car Barn. His "barn" is really an attractive modern building. It features vehicles dating to the 1930's while emphasizing classic cars from the fifties and sixties. Barry has put together a very impressive collection - including a fine display of classic Std. Gauge toy trains!
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $172.00 ea.

  • #11 - Historic Lititz, PA

    #11 - Historic Lititz, PA

    9 am - 4:30 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Spend the day in Historic Lititz, PA. This charming small town offers a variety of attractions. First, visit Elva's Barnyard art studio. Experience the artist creating a beautiful chalk drawing while she entertains with her storytelling about the subject matter. Enjoy a stop in Lititz Spring Park for a box lunch under the pavilion. The tour continues near by at the Wilbur Chocolate Retail Store and kitchen. Wilbur chocolates, such as their famous Wilbur Buds, have been produced in Lititz for over 100 years. See how chocolate and other candies are handmade in the kitchen, and check out the many fine chocolate products for sale in the retail store. Follow up with a visit to the Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. Founded in 1861, it is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America, and the Sturgis Family is the oldest pretzel-baking family in America. Tour the original pretzel bakery, observe our bakers twisting old-fashioned soft pretzels by hand, and shop for delicious treats and souvenirs in our bakery store.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $122.00 ea.

Thursday June 20

  • #13 - North Central Railway & Valley Tavern, New Freedom, PA

    #13 - North Central Railway & Valley Tavern, New Freedom, PA

    9 am - 5 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Travel by motor coach to the historic train station at New Freedom, PA. Board the mid-century coaches for a ride on the tracks of the 19th-century North Central Railroad. Lunch will be served at the Valley Tavern. Return to the New Freedom Station, followed by time to browse the markets of Shrewsbury, PA. Return to the hotel by motor coach.

    $159.00 ea.

  • #14 - USNA & Harbor Cruise in Annapolis, Maryland

    #14 - USNA & Harbor Cruise in Annapolis, Maryland

    8 am - 6 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 3

    Travel to historic Annapolis by motor coach. Begin the visit with a 90-minute guided walking tour of important buildings and sites of the impressive and treasured United Naval Academy. Next, enjoy an included lunch served in the exclusive Officer's Club. Then, on to the water for a harbor cruise. Finish the day by exploring the City Dock area of Annapolis.
    Note: A government-issued ID (e.g., a driver's license) is required to access the Naval Academy.
    Tour is accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $195.00 ea.

Friday June 21st

  • #15 - Longwood Gardens

    #15 - Longwood Gardens

    9am - 4 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 3

    Visit Pierre S. duPont's fabulous Longwood Garden. From its beginnings as a small Arboretum on an 18th-century farm to after the purchase by duPont in 1906, Longwood Gardens has grown into one of the world's premiere horticulture display gardens. Adding to the plant collection are the grand Architecture and Landscaping. Within its huge indoor conservatory and vast outdoor gardens, enjoy all kinds of native and exotic plants and trees. A one-hour guided tour is included but not mandatory, are plenty of benches and seating are scattered throughout the gardens. A voucher for lunch at the Terrace Cafe' is included.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director.

    $135.00 ea.

  • #16 - Lancaster City Bus Tour

    #16 - Lancaster City Bus Tour

    9:30 am - Noon

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Take a guided bus tour of the significant historical sites in and around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster was first settled in the 17th century and expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries. A number of the early buildings, churches, and homes have survived. A major highlight is the Fulton Opera House, the oldest continuously operated theater in the United States. The tour ends with a return right across the center square from the Convention Hotel at the beautiful and historic Central Market. Probably the oldest farm market in the nation, it will be open for browsing and purchasing lunch & local fare.

    $66.00 ea.

  • #17- Layout Tours   Chris Montagna & Russ MacNair

    #17- Layout Tours Chris Montagna & Russ MacNair

    5 pm - 10 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    This tour brings together the vintage and the modern features of our hobby. Chris Montagna's (TCA #17-72757) layout showcases the latest in operating technology. It is roughly 36' x 26', featuring a double main folded dogbone design with an upper-level loop and lower-level reversing loop. The layout uses Gargraves track and Ross switches. Various projects from this layout have been featured in Classic Toy Trains, including a farmhouse scene and a yard-to-town renovation project. Chris' design allows for various viewing perspectives and scenic elements. All engines are modern with Lionel Legacy or MTH DCS. Russ MacNair (TCA #72-5003) has been an avid collector of toy trains for over 50 years. He specializes in Lionel Prewar O and OO Gauge trains and Lionel Postwar O Gauge trains. His prewar collection features many Macy's and other Special Sets, Lionel-Ives Transition pieces, and other interesting variations. Highlighting the collections are prewar and postwar Lionel factory-built layouts in O and OO gauge. A box dinner will be provided at beginning of the tour.

    $79.00 ea.

  • #18 - Choo Choo Barn

    #18 - Choo Choo Barn

    6 pm - 9 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    The Choo Choo Barn offers a unique 1700-square -foot, fully landscaped train layout featuring over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains. From its beginning in 1961, the Choo Choo Barn layout has entertained countless model train enthusiasts and their families. Be sure to visit the attached Choo Choo Barn Train Store. An included dinner will be served at the Hometown Kitchen. Enjoy tasty Pennsylvania Dutch cooking as meals are prepared and served by local Amish families.

    $89.00 ea.

Saturday June 22nd

  • #20 - Muddy Creek Forks

    #20 - Muddy Creek Forks

    8am - 2 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Step back in time with a visit to this small rural way station located along what was the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. Experience a surviving example of how the railroad and its stations impacted commerce and daily life in remote rural communities. The Station and the Post Office are located in the impressive old A.M. Grove General Store. The large roller mill complex served the local farms and shipped product. Journey in Time to 1915 at the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village. Ride a motorcar excursion train through the scenic Muddy Creek Valley and explore the A.M. Grove Store, mill and grain elevator. Enjoy lunch at Great American Saloon in Red Lion, PA
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director

    $152.00 ea.

Sunday June 23rd

  • #21 - Gettysburg Battlefield

    #21 - Gettysburg Battlefield

    7:30 am - 7 pm

    Walking Guide Level - 2

    Travel to Gettysburg by motor coach. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's most ambitious invasion of the North. Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle, inspiring President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address." Tour the Eisenhower Farm and the Battlefield.
    A box lunch is included.
    Visit the National Military Park Museum & Visitor and Education Center. Follow with a Buffet dinner in Refreshment Saloon.
    Note: Tour is ADA-accessible except for the second floor of the Eisenhower home.
    Tour accompanied by a professional tour director

    $175.00 ea.


TCA Events

TCA Events

  • Welcome Party - Wednesday June 19th

    Welcome Party - Wednesday June 19th

    Cocktail Hour 6pm - 7 pm
    Dinner 7 pm - 10 pm

    $75.00 ea.

  • Annual Banquet - Saturday June 22nd

    Annual Banquet - Saturday June 22nd

    Cocktail Hour 6 pm - 7 pm
    Dinner 7 pm - 10 pm

    $99.00 ea.

  • Annual Banquet - Kid's Meal

    Annual Banquet - Kid's Meal

    $35.00 ea.

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  • Single Table

    Single Table

    2 Days
    6' tables

    Price $45.00

  • Block of Tables

    Block of Tables

    2 Days
    Block of 3 tables
    6' tables

    Price $120.00

  • Electrical Hook-Up Drop Charge

    Electrical Hook-Up Drop Charge

    Price $10.00


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