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51st Anniversary Scranton Convention Blog - #LCCA50+1

With our Omaha convention cancelled (hopefully to be rescheduled in Omaha in the near future) our focus is now on Scranton in 2021 (July 18-24, 2021).  Much has already been done on events, tours and commemorative products.  This blog will document updates to and will follow Scranton Convention developments.  (#LCCA50+1).

9/21/2020 - We have been asked what exactly happens at an LCCA convention.  It is easy to read into this query the unasked questions like “will I enjoy the convention?”, “it is worth my time?”, and even “will I be welcome and fit in?”.  The answer to these questions is definitely!  This can be verified by the large number of attendees who attend these conventions year after year to enjoy the selected venues and tours, the comradery of fellow members, the ability to talk and learn about our hobby, to share time with the Lionel leadership team, to take part in the Trading Hall and to participate in the many dinners and events of the week.  Being family friendly, many members bring their spouses who then develop friendships of their own.  And of course, some members bring their kids or grandkids to share in age appropriate activities.  All are encouraged to attend and welcomed in the weeklong celebration.  For those who prefer a more limited participation, many members come later in the week to enjoy the Lionel seminar, dinner events and the Trading Hall.  No matter your preference, the LCCA Convention is a family friendly event and you are not only invited but welcome!  To better understand what happens, CLICK HERE for a description of our typical Convention – The Anatomy of an LCCA Convention.    (#LCCA50+1)

9/8/2020 - Our 51th convention attendance will be too large for one hotel.  So, the LCCA has contracted 2 Hotels in Scranton for this convention.  Registration, the Convention Desk, and the Store will be in the The Hilton Scranton in downtown Scranton.  Some events including the Trading Hall will be in the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton.  Yes, that is correct, two competing hotel chains are working together to provide one seamless convention.  The two hotels are adjacent to each other and each hotel provides an excellent, but unique experience.  The Hilton provides more of a cosmopolitan expertise while the Radisson Lackawanna Station offers a modern twist on travel throwback to the era when "Rail Travel was King".  A few of our tours are scheduled to depart on the train from the tracks directly outside the hotel.  How Cool Is That!  Whether you select a premium downtown hotel, or decide to enjoy an updated "Blast from the Past" and ambiance from days past, both hotels offer the same service levels and benefits of their individual brands.  The convention room rate of $139 will be available at both hotels.  And as in prior years, members can stay 3 days before and 3 after (rooms permitting) at the same rate.  REMEMBER - The LCCA room block will not open till Mid-February 2021  Detailed information will be provided then on how to book a room.  Do not call the hotel for an LCCA rate before then.   (#LCCA50+1)

8/30/2020 - LCCA introduces the 2021 Convention Pin design and the Scranton Convention Logo.  From the great profile of the 730, the symbolic Tipple tower, the nod to Pennsylvania with its iconic keystones, down to the 2021 convention hash tag, #LCCA50+1, the design incorporates the positive nature of our club and its convention.  This design will be Incorporated into all literature, publications and website notices discussing the 2021 51st convection in Scranton.  (#LCCA50+1)

8/24/2020 - LCCA issues its Scranton, PA 2021 Convention press release for use by news organizations in preparing the Marketing Program for this event.  This press release announces not only the convention in Scranton for the general public, it also announces a one time membership for members of other clubs who wish to attend our convention.  (#LCCA50+1).

8/21/2020 - The first draft of the 2021 logo for Scranton was submitted.  Comments for changes were suggested and a final image should be available shortly.  Two definite design elements of the final logo are its round shape and a spectacular image of the 730.  This logo will appear in all LCCA publications, on the convention pin, the club website and all convention badges.  One thing for certain is that the LCCA Scranton Hash Tag #LCCA50+1 will be flying proudly from the engine.   (#LCCA50+1).

8/15/2020 - When our LCCA Convention Team made their presentation at the 2020 LCCA virtual Business Meeting, they shared more convention information and provided a lot more detail ahead of the convention.  Bob Carter spoke of the dual hotels in Scranton, no single hotel is large enough to hold our member attendees and their families.  The hotels are very close to one another, and both offer quality rooms and service.  They will have the same nightly rate and functions will rotate between the hotels.  Dienzel Dennis went into considerable detail on the major venues and spoke of the 100 mile SteamTown ride, the trolley ride through a mile long tunnel, and of course the coal mine tour and train.  A surprise was the possibility of yet another train ride later in the week.  One novel twist is that for our SteamTown tour, the train from SteamTown will stop at the hotel and pick us up for the ride to SteamTown!  NO BUSES for this trip.  The Steamtown train ride will also start at the hotel, with our attendees boarding the train right at the hotel station!.  Both Bob and Dienzel offered so much more.  To hear from them directly, watch our business meeting stream and about mid way, Bob starts speaking after 25 minutes followed by Dienzel.  click here for video.  Things are really shaping up for Scranton.  Start making plans now and save the dates - July 18 through 24, 2021.  So much more information still to come - #LCCA50+1

8/12/2020 - Dienzel Dennis, LCCA Tour Guide and Convention Co-manager shared some preliminary information about tours and venues.  Here is his message!

Mark those calendars for July in Scranton in 2021.  We missed Omaha this year but we are going to make up for it; and ADD even more for Scranton. This will be one you will not want to miss!

We already have a great all day train ride from Steam Town National Park that promises to be a real treat. The excursion will be more than a hundred miles through the Pocono Mountains with some great surprises along the way. If you signed up for the Omaha Train Ride and got your money refunded, then be sure and sign up for this one for a special surprise for you only. I am planning on more surprises, so don't miss out.

Plan on going down into a deep coal mine by a car on rails. Ride a trolley which makes its way through a mile long tunnel. Wow. An evening Dinner Theater is in the making. We will also have a week full of real magic, and not just the magic of Lionel Trains. I will be posting more information in the weeks and months to come so start making plans now and don't miss...Scranton  (

8/4/2020 - The LCCA Board of Directors meeting discussed our upcoming 50+1 Scranton Convention.  Due to the Covid, the BOD has requested that the usual pre-convention visits to the Host hotel and to the various venues be moved back.  This has required all communications with the Hotel and the venues to be virtual and digital.  Room allocations at both Hotels have been confirmed.  Yes, Scranton will have two hotels, both host hotels as events will alternate between them.  Our anticipated attendance in Scranton exceeds the capacity of any one hotel.  Our Monday Wow trip is planned for a train ride (we will be near Steamtown) with a number of equally exciting trips offered the rest of the week.  #LCCA50+1

5/22/2020With the cancellation of our 50th convention in Omaha, it is time to start thinking about our 50+1 convention in Scranton. Many of the surprises from our 50th will be carried over to Scranton.  Preliminary work has started on tours and tour selection.  What would a visit to Scranton be if we do not visit Steamtown?  Or take a trolley ride? Or visit a coal mine?  This and more await us next July.  It is much too early to register for Scranton, but not to soon to start planning on attending.  Reminder, the 2021 Scranton convention is earlier than normal for 2021 the 3rd full week in July (July 18-24, 2021).  #LCCA50+1 

5/1/2020 - LCCA announces that the Hash Tag for the 2021 Scranton Convention is #LCCA50+1 and will be the hash tag assigned to find any and all Scranton convention details.  Like any other hash tag, just type #LCCA50+1 in your web browser and see what comes up.  While we continue to celebrate our 50th this year, a number of the events and activities scheduled for Omaha will be moved to 2021 and incorporated into the Scranton convention.  To recognize symbolically our goal of celebrating our 50th in Scranton together with all that is planned for 2021, we will be using the hash tag #LCCA50+1 in convention communications. When searching with such a unique hash tag, most everything that you see will be LCCA related.  However the web is a vast place and a few references will not be for us.  #LCCA50+1 

4/20/2020 - LCCA announces that after the cancellation of the anticipated 50th Anniversary Convention in Omaha Nebraska, our next convention will be held in Scranton, PA.  The celebration of the 51th anniversary will be a major event in the history of the club as for the first time it will be 2 years since we last met .  All members are encouraged to "save the dates" (July 18-24, 2021) and meet in Scranton in 2021!  Reminder, the 2021 Scranton convention is earlier than normal,for 2021 the 3rd full week in July.  To read more about the Omaha cancellation - Click Here