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The First Day of Spring – York!

March 20th, 2008 · No Comments

The first day of spring arrived today and a not so young man’s thoughts turned to the upcoming York Train Meet, April 17 to April 19. (I do not expect to be in attendance at the spring York this year. What with the cost of gas, and being that I live in Florida and have plenty of trains, it would seem to be real extravagant to make the trip. But I am thinking that I may travel there this fall anyway!)

If you have never been to York, I can tell you that it is a unique experience. As an S Gauger, you will see more American Flyer in one place than you have ever dreamed of. Though probably less than 10% of the show is actually S Gauge, that still amounts to a huge selection of S Trains. And then there is the Flyernut meeting on Thursday evening, which is a “show and tell” of unusual Gilbert items, where you will be in the company of over 100 like minded S Flyer friends.

Though you do not need to be a TCA member to attend the Flyernut meeting and pre-meet (bandit) shows, membership is required to get into the actual TCA Eastern Division sponsored York Train Meet. (Note that any TCA member attending can sign a non-member in one time.) If you have never been, or even if you have, I highly recommend attending!

Of course, no trip to the York Train Show is complete without a visit to the TCA sponsored NATIONAL TOY TRAIN MUSEUM in nearby Strasburg, PA.

Gilbert Display at Toy Train Museum
American Flyer Display at The National Toy Train Museum. Nov 2005

Also worth a visit in Strasburg is the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and across the street, the Strasburg Railroad. Further down the road is the Choo Choo Barn hobby shop where you will find the American Flyer upstairs! Finally, maybe a 1/2 mile on the left after the Choo Choo Barn, there is a little Antique Mall where I have in the past found and purchased American Flyer.

For other tips on getting the most out of your York visit, I highly recommend reading Clem’s York Primer. It is the comprehensive guide to attending the York Train Show!

Have fun and I wish I was there! Chuck

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