People who seriously collect toy trains. Some specialize in certain periods and types. Some build train layouts to run their trains, but the greater emphasis is on collecting, preserving and displaying them.
Scale modelers build and run small models of the real thing. Intricately designed and crafted with meticulous skill, these trains often run on track layouts built to reflect actual or typical railroad locales.
United by their love of operating and collecting toy trains these members are involved with scenery, electronics, operations, lighting, accessories and repairing motors. The most important and common denominator for all is having fun!
Railfans are people who love real trains -- full size! They may have had toy trains at Christmas, then ridden on a real one, seen a freight train go by, or are just fascinated by these large wonders. Some railfans love to take pictures of trains, study their history, visit railroad museums, and read magazines like Trains.
If you've ever had a train under the tree, read or heard about Thomas the Tank Engine™, taken an Amtrak trip, or commuted to work by rail, or realized that the stuff in those freight-cars may be what you end up using, you're fully qualified to join the TCA and WB&A.