President: RICHARD WARD
The Cottonbelt Division of the Train Collectors Association was established in 1988. It covers Tennessee, west of the Tennessee River, all of Mississippi and Alabama, and Florida, west of the Apalachicola River. It is one of the smallest divisions in the TCA, yet it covers a vast amount of territory, stretching over six hundred miles between its most distant points.
The Cottonbelt is composed of three chapters:
The Gulf Wind Chapter covers southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the western panhandle of Florida. It includes Jackson, Mississippi, Montgomery and Mobile in Alabama, and several coastal towns and cities across these states as far east as Apalachiacola, FL.
The Magic Valley Chapter covers northern Alabama and includes the cities of Huntsville and Birmingham.
Finally, the Casey Jones Chapter covers northern Mississippi, roughly north of a line between Greenville and Columbus, and western Tennessee.
Information about upcoming Cottonbelt shows and events can be found here.
Casey Jones chapter
The Casey Jones Chapter exists to preserve and promote the hobby of collecting and operating toy trains in our local communities. 2019 marks our 40th year. Our chapter dates back to 1979 and has been a part of the Cottonbelt Division since the division was formed in 1988. Most of our members live in or near the Greater Memphis Area.
Our primary focus is on collecting and operating Standard, O and S gauge toy trains. These trains range from whimsical tinplate toys to modern and sophisticated miniature scale reproductions of the real thing. We are proud to be part of one of the most recognized organizations in the hobby devoted to the collecting, operating and preservation of these great trains.
President: Bill Autry
Chapter Train shows
The Casey Jones Chapter hosts five train shows per year in the Memphis area. Shows provide an opportunity to see toy trains in action and purchase items from TCA members. Their main purpose is to enable members and enthusiasts to participate in the collecting aspect of the hobby. They are also an important way to introduce new people to the hobby. We strive to make sure the shows offer something for everyone.
Interested in helping with the shows? We can always use an extra hand and like to make new friends. No special talent required - just a desire to have fun! Contact us here for more information.
*NEW* 2019 - 2020 Season
SELL WITH US
TCA members may reserve tables to sell trains and related collectible items at Casey Jones Chapter shows. Prices are $10 per table ($8 for 3 or more tables).
Reserve your table here today.
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CONSIDER JOINING THE TCA
Joining the Train Collectors Association is a great way to get more involved in the hobby. It provides lots of benefits for toy train enthusiasts, including:
More information on TCA programs and how to join can be found here.
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