65th National TCA Convention Seminars

Seminars will be held on Friday and Saturday. Check the Schedule of Events date, time, and location.

  • Seminar 1 - My Personal Visit to the Lionel Irvington Factory and Private Tour by Frank Petit - Circa 1955-56

    Presented by Peter F. Gerity, Ph.D.
    Friday, June 28 11:00 - 11:45 AM

  • The original plans for the Lionel GM Generator Car, and Speno Rail Grinder Train were presented to Frank Petit during the visit. These plans and blueprints were used to create the classic GM Generator car and the Track Cleaning Car. The cars will be shown and details about them discussed. Personal comments and observations about the Lionel plant, the Lionel Service Center, the Airex plant and Lionel employees will be included. Original samples of unmarked passenger car bodies that were retrieved from “the dumpster” at the plant will be shown.

  • Seminar 2 - Estate Planning and Giving to the TCA Endowment Fund

    Presented by Julius J. Zschau
    Friday, June 28 1:00 - 1:45 PM

  • The Basic content will cover the development, purpose and the process of giving to the Endowment Fund. We will go over the concepts of estate planning and the tax benefit of giving to the Endowment Fund. Julius will be joined by other speakers explaining the program.

  • Seminar 3 - Classic Toy Trains – 30 years and counting! Classic Toy Trains looks at the current toy train hobby and its prospects for the next 20 years!

    Presented by Roger Carp – Senior Editor
    Friday, June 28 2:00 - 2:45 PM

  • Classic Toy Trains has been around for 30 years and hopes to be around for at least another 20 years to celebrate its Golden Anniversary. I have been a part of the magazine in some way since its second issue in the spring of 1988. The emphasis of the magazine has evolved as editors have assessed a changing hobby and aimed to reflect and shape the changes. We continue to see a vibrant hobby, one that will provide enjoyment and challenge for participants, albeit it in ways different from in the past. Collecting and studying vintage trains was the paramount perspective in the 1980s and 90s. Since the turn of the 21st century, hobbyists have sought to do more with their trains and find more ways to enjoy and appreciate vintage and new models.

  • Seminar 4 - Videoing your trains so well that your wife will want to play them to her bridge club

    Presented by Peter Atonna
    Friday, June 28 3:00 - 3:45 PM

  • With the advent of great cell phone cameras as well as goPro and other small format cameras, it is now possible to take good quality videos of your layout and trains. But a good camera does not mean that you will be always pleased with the results. In this presentation, we will talk about themes for your videos, video hardware, tips on shooting them and how to turn them into DVD’s to show at your wife’s bridge club.

  • Seminar 5 - What does it take to manufacture a toy train?

    Presented by Johnathan Peiffer
    Saturday, June 29 10:00 - 10:45 AM

  • For anyone who has ever wondered about the process of choosing, designing, and manufacturing of toy trains, this seminar will cover the entire process from start to finish. Why do certain models get chosen? How are road names determined? How are projects managed? Why do mistakes happen? We will cover all this and more. As a consultant to 3rd Rail for 10 years, I have been involved in 20 major projects during my tenure with Scott Mann and his great team. Even if you are not a collector or operator of 3rd Rail products, the process is very similar with the other major O manufacturers. This seminar will be a multi-media presentation showing in detail all phases of project design and construction including examples of completed projects. You will see how a simple photograph sometimes translates into a final project that is and accurate and faithful rendition of the real thing. Come and see actual design drawings, 3D computer models and most importantly come with your questions!