The Casey Jones Chapter of the Train Collectors Association is holding its holiday train show on December 4th. In the past, these shows have mainly been aimed at enthusiasts of three-rail trains. However, we have noticed interest in other scales from the general public and would like to encourage enthusiasts of all scales of trains and related items to participate in our shows. The only requirement to sell at these shows is to hold an active membership (Regular or higher) in the Train Collectors Association. If you are within range of the Memphis area, won't you consider joining forces with us at our train shows?
Please check out our page or contact us for more information.
Have you been to the Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum lately? It's back open again in Central Station in Memphis. This place is an area gem and definitely worth the visit for both kids and adults. With fall and winter approaching and outdoor activities starting to wind down, the upcoming season is an excellent time for a visit. Check their website for times and admission prices.
The Music City Chapter of the TCA will be holding their annual Holiday Train Show at the fairgrounds in Nashville. It's a pretty big show and worth the drive, especially for fans of three-rail trains. Check their website for more information.
In August, members of the Casey Jones Hi-railers set up the TCA chapter layout for public display as part of Train Heritage Day, an annual event sponsored by the Morton Museum of Collierville, located in Collierville, Tennessee. Just under 350 people visited that day and got to see trains and other artifacts meant to pay tribute to Collierville's railroading past.
The Casey Jones Chapter TCA shows plan to make their return this December with a holiday-themed show scheduled on Saturday, December 4, from 9 am until 2 pm. The chapter will hold their show in the usual location at St. George's Episcopal Church in Germantown. More information is available here. We hope to see you there.
It's been eleven months to the day since we reported any news. There just hasn't been much to say since the COVID pandemic interrupted our lives. Like other public gatherings, train shows dried up faster than a puddle on pavement on a hot summer afternoon in Memphis. The good news is we are starting to see signs of life. Today we posted the announcement for the TCA National Convention to be held in Burbank, CA in August. We expect more shows to announce their returns very soon and will post them on our Events page as we hear about them. In the meantime, feel free to let us know if you hear of shows returning and don't see them listed on our site.
The Train Collectors Association just announced in an email to members they are canceling this year's annual convention. It had been scheduled for the week of June 20th in Jacksonville, FL. The convention website has yet to be updated as of the time of this post.
This latest announcement pretty much makes the season a bust for train shows for people in the Mid-South area, as this was the last hold-out. Hopefully, we'll get this virus under control so people can feel safe again and we can get back to more normal life - and train-related shows and events.
Here's a quick recap of notable cancellations so far this season:
As of this moment, the only event currently listed for this area is scheduled for October. We'll let you know if that changes.
These are extraordinary times. Most of us probably never imagined having to spend so much time confined to our homes. It must be especially challenging for parents with children. Even in ordinary times, keeping kids interested in anything for an extended time is no small feat. At some point, kids get bored with just about everything - yes, even video games. The same can be said for adults, as well.
Building a small model train layout is a project your family can enjoy together during those times when nothing else seems interesting, and it will leave everyone with great memories and something tangible to enjoy for years to come.
All events scheduled through April have been canceled. As of now, the National Garden Railway Convention in Nashville is still expected to go ahead at the end of May. However, no new events with dates prior to June 1st will be posted.
Concerns over the strain of the coronavirus causing the disease COVID-19 are at the forefront of nearly everyone's mind right now. Organizers have canceled or postponed several prominent events as communties take steps to manage the spread of the virus. It is unclear what impact this will have on upcoming events posted on this website as the situation is evolving rapidly. Therefore, we encourage you to check directly with the event host on the status of any events listed on this site before deciding whether to attend. We will include links to the host contact information whenever possible.