WELCOME to Upstate NY TCA Chapter!
Upstate New York Chapter of the Train Collectors Association – Eastern Division, Welcomes you to our chapter web site!!!
We hope to provide informative information on what our chapter is doing for the train hobby. Currently, we sponsor chapter run Train Shows, TCA Kids Club, Bus Trips to York Train Meet and other activities for our chapter members and the general public to enjoy. Our web site has many features for everyone to enjoy from the Brakeman’s Blog, Photo/Video Galleries, Library Section, Train Show Schedule and much, much more.
The chapter emails monthly newsletters on upcoming events and changes in the hobby. So, if you like what you see, TCA members can always join the chapter at anytime.
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Buffalo Central Terminal
The Chapter’s March meeting had special guest Mark Lewendowski, from the Buffalo Central Terminal RestorationCorporation, address over thirty members with a presentation. Mark gave the group a brief history of the terminal and where they hope it is going today. The chapter will be posting shortly on the events page a listing of the terminal events coming up this year.
A few interesting facts, the City of Buffalo was first approached in the late 1880’s by New York Central to build the terminal. It took 43 years until an agreement was reached with the City as to where the terminal would be built. Construction of the terminal, once begun, took only 24 months to be completed. The famous first Buffalo in the concourse was actually a stuffed American Bison belonging to the Buffalo Museum of Science. Buffalo Central Terminal has also appeared in at least 12 TV or Movies over the years.
Upstate New York Chapter Mission:
To develop an appreciation of and to preserve an important segment of history “Tinplate Toy Trains” through research, education, community outreach, fellowship, establishment of collecting standards, to provide a venue to participate in local train meets, attend Division meetings, and participate in social events. We do this to promote the growth and enjoyment of collecting and operating toy model scale trains and encourage the community at large to join.