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For Teens, Toy Trains Are More than Toys!

Yes, no matter how you look at it, the toy train hobby provides opportunities to learn about how things work, pick up technical skills, and have fun with others.

Modern toy trains involve both traditional electrical and new computer methodologies, with lots of other skills thrown in! Your imagination is the limit!

The following will give you some great leads to enjoying them.

Watch for more information coming here soon!

See the Club Newsletters
(Includes material for Kids and Teens)

Contact a local Kids and Teens Club Coordinator.



Scout Railroading Badge 
If you're in the Boy Scouts, you can go for this badge that includes real and toy trains! (Availability may be limited, ask your troop leader.)



WIFI Controls for Your Trains

This is a train at the National Toy Train Museum, being operated from a smartphone over the local WIFI system. Increasingly, toy trains can be operated in this manner, including different users controlling different trains and features on a layout. Read all about it here on TCA's online magazine TCA e*Train. This site has hundreds of carefully researched articles about all sorts of toy trains.

Building Your Own Layouts

Fine tuning a layout building.

Learn how members build complex train layouts with themed trackside buildings in this article.

Computers and Toy Train Games
You can use modern computer technology to do simulations and games, and enjoy computer graphics. Here's one listing of many of these.

Ferris wheel.
Teens can use creativity such as this self-built Ferris Wheel
shown at a TCA-sponsored event.

Model building - International Toy Train Sites
It takes skill and a steady hand to actually create models of real trains. We have links to many manufacturers and publications that will tell you all about it.

Links to Toy Train Websites - US and International
We have assembled a number of links to major toy train organizations and information sources, and even international train organizations. See the list here.

LEGO® Bricks
This popular product line allows you to create trains on-screen, and to order them too. Trains can be assembled from parts that click together -- airports, cars, houses, and more, too! 

Layout design and construction, Collecting, Repairing and restoring
You can get into building layouts with trackside scenery and buildings. Working together with friends is great too. Collecting toy trains, fixing them up, maintaining them, all requires skills that can be used for other jobs too. For information about getting started, go here.

Join the TCA Teens Club
The Train Collectors Association has local chapters all over. Contact one for information about local meetings and events. Our members are especially willing to assist younger people learn about the hobby.
Joining information here.

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