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 Friday, 13 April 2012 

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LCCA Office Location:  P.O. Box 529,  Peru, Illinois 61354 

Dear Member,

York Dinner and off site Get Together - 4/18/2012

At 6:30 - ??? on Wednesday 4-18-12, we are planning an informal Dutch treat dinner at Smokey Bones Restaurant, 1307 Kenneth Road in York, Pennsylvania 17404 (717- 846-3760). If you are in York, come and talk trains with fellow LCCA members. Hope to see you there. Contact: Al Kolis - (248-709-4137)

NYC-Tinplate-Train-4carTinplate order Deadline

HI MEMBERS, Just a friendly reminder. Time is running out to place your order for our first ever O-Gauge tinplate offering THE LCCA LIONEL CORPORATION's "Lakeshore Limited" set. The Black adn Silver metallic diamond mist Commodore Vanderbilt with ruby red fire mist metallic painted cars is so stunning it would look great on any layout or displayed on a mantle or that special place in your den or office etc.


If you are visiting York, stop by our Booth in the Orange Hall at the corner of isle KK and check out this great looking train set. It will be running on the new Mini-Layout the LCCA.

Feel free to speak with me in the booth and place your order. when you see the running sample there is no doubt in my mind it’s going to be a must have item.


The Special Events Program News Update

The LCCA Special Events program continues to grow and provide exceptional experiences for our members. Those attending have a trainload of positive feedback. We have co-sponsored events in partnership with many train hobby organizations and enabled club members to provide local and regional events. President DeVito has committed to reach out to 2,000 members, and he invites you to attend an event in your area!

Upcoming Special Events - Save these Dates

These upcoming major efforts offer a different perspective on the hobby. Refer to our website [] for details about the uniqueness of each event.

  • April 28-29   Toy Train Auction in Westminster, CO
  • May 12     National Train Day celebration in Bald Knob, AR, at Arkansas Traveler Hobbies in that small town with lots of pride about toy trains
  • May 19   Springtime in Kentucky with a Toy Train Auction at Versailles, KY
  • June 9     Summer with TM Books & Video at the TMB&V Video Studio and Train Layout in Michigan City, IN. Tom and Charyl McComas will be co-hosts and Mike Regan, Manager of the Lionel Service Center, will make presentations and conduct a Q&A session.

More Special Events are planned for later in the year. Watch for them.

The current schedule of Special Events is posted at the website. It is updated as new events are added. The URL is: Check back frequently to make sure you have current information. All LCCA members, their families, and friends are encouraged to attend and participate in these fun-filled, family-friendly Special Events and activities. Identify yourself as an LCCA member at these events and greet new members. Visitors are welcome and may join the club at any Special Event.

Spread the word and encourage your train hobby friends to join the Lionel Collectors Club of America, the best toy train club on the planet! We look forward to seeing you there.

If you are interested in hosting a LCCA Special Event in your area, please contact Al Kolis at 248-709-4137. He will welcome your ideas and suggestions for hosting a LCCA Special Event in your town.

Blast-3LCCA Commemorates 4-12-12 150th Anniversary of The Great Train Chase 

LCCA members were in Kennesaw GA to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of The Great Train Chase.  April 12, 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the actual event in which James Andrews and a group of Union raiders captured the locomotive General in Big Shanty (modern Kennesaw) only to be pursued and caught by William Fuller and Confederates using, over the course of the chase, three different locomotives, most notably the Texas.

Blast-2The day started with an early morning breakfast at the Shanty Restaurant near the site of the chase.  Local dignitaries were on hand for the 150th Proclamation of the Great Locomotive and cannon firing.  LCCA Members were provided  a private  tour aboard the  CSX Executive train which was brought in especially for this anniversary commemoration.  The CSX Executive train was parked near the origin site of The Great Train Chase.  Members were also given a private, behind the scenes tour of the Southern Museum of the Civil War and a view of their rarely seen archives.  

blast-1During the evening ceremony, Al Kolis, Immediate Past President and LCCA Special Events Manager presented the museum with framed renderings of the upcoming Limited edition pair of 

LCCA General trains commemorating the Great Train Chase. These two commemorative engines will be produced by Lionel exclusively for LCCA Members. Once these engines are delivered to the LCCA by Lionel, we will donate a pair of them to the museum.

Blast-4Member Bill Stitt was there representing the LCCA and operating LCCA's mini layout which was designed and built by TW Design of Dallas TX.  A local group of LCCA members (Les Livingston & the North Atlanta O-gage Railroad Club) had their 8X8'modular layout in operation throughout the day.  This layout was designed specifically for the enjoyment of children in attendance.

A special thanks to Lionel enthusiast and executive Director of  the Southern Museum, Dr Richard Banz, and his entire staff for giving us so much southern hospitality. Our members truly had an enjoyable and memorable special day.  Most of all, sincere thanks go out to the numerous LCCA members and families who attended this LCCA Special Event.  We had a fun, educational and historic day.  

The LCCA continues to offer its members significant value. The magazines, the website with its videos (I encourage you to look at part 5 of Jerry Calabrese's interview discussing industry futures - it is worth the time), the wonderful upcoming product choices with breakout items for niche markets while keeping the traditional LCCA offerings and the highly collectable convention cars (the 2012 car is a real keeper). The new LCC Modular group will make its debut at the convention. The wonderful special events provide a new way to enjoy not only membership, but also our hobby.

In closing, let me encourage your attendance at the July Convention. The convention team this year has prepared an exceptional tour package and again has all the regular events and a few new clinics (with a few surprises). This is the first year we are offering a locomotive as a registration gift, just sign up and stay with us for this gift. If you get in town early, be sure to stop by the welcoming meeting on Sunday evening. Be sure to look me up when you get there

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Glad you are in the Hobby and a member of the LCCA!

Dennis DeVito
LCCA President and Fellow Member
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