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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about an LCCA Convention

How many registrations do I pay for if I want to bring my spouse and/or children?

Every attending LCCA member must register for the Convention. No registration charge is made for the spouse, significant other, children, and extended family members who are named and included with the member’s registration. Convention-related fees for tours and events for each participant must be paid at the time of registration. LCCA encourages family participation in the best toy train Convention on the planet.

Can I register online?
Yes. Online Convention registration is available to members in the Members Only area of the club’s website and becomes accessible when the Convention Registration Form is delivered to members via The Lion Roars club magazine.

How do I qualify for the registration gift?
In order to receive the special registration gift, you must be among the first 400 registered Convention-goers and be a registered guest of the host hotel UNLESS your primary residence is within 50 miles of the host city.

If I register but don’t attend the Convention and I’m within the first 400 registered members, will my special gift be sent to me?
No. You must be present at the Convention to receive the special registration gift. Members may not pick up gifts for other registered conventioneers who are not present.

What is the refund policy on Convention registration fees?
Convention fees will be refunded up to May 31. After that date, no refunds will be made.

What do I receive at the Convention when I pick up my packet?
You will receive your registration gift (if you qualify) and all of your tour tickets, meal tickets, and identification badges (which are required to be worn at all events).

Are there benefits to me and the club for making room reservations at the host hotel?

Yes. You’ll always be in the center of the action. The LCCA room rate is significantly less than the hotel’s published rate for the general public, and parking is always free for registered hotel guests. Also, the fabulous Get Acquainted Party will cost you less. It’s good for your club, too. Your reservation adds to our total room count, which gives LCCA leverage with the hotel for gratis space for the LCCA Store, display areas, train show space, registration center, and storage areas. These freebies enable the club to keep Convention costs down and maintain our dues at $39/year, and provide a collectible registration gift and other goodies.

Are there reserved seats at the banquet?
Yes. It is important that people reserve their banquet seats in advance of the day of this event. You will have the opportunity to reserve your place at the banquet in the Convention registration area at mid-week. To avoid duplicate reserved seats, we cannot allow members to reserve seating for other members at your table unless you have communicated with them and have their complete names and member numbers.

When is the Trading Hall open?
The Trading Hall is open on Friday evening and all day Saturday. The Trading Hall will be open for trading starting on Friday night at 6 p.m. for registered Convention attendees only. This registered-only trading will continue until 9 p.m. The Trading Hall will be open to the general public and LCCA members not registered for the Convention on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. until closing at 3 p.m. Non-registered LCCA members will be admitted to the Trading Hall free of charge on Saturday. Show your valid membership card at the entry door.

What does it cost to visit the Trading Hall?
The LCCA stives to increase interest in the model train hobby and in the LCCA by offering a no-charge admission to its Saturday Train Swap at the host hotel. The LCCA does select a local charity and encourages visitors to donate to this charity. the entire donation is gifted to the charity. The trading hall is open to registered convention attendees only from 8:00 till 9:00 on Saturday when the general public is invited to enter.

What can I expect as a Trading Hall dealer at the Convention?
Dealer Trading Hall information:

    • Check-In – Prior to setup, all dealers must complete Convention registration and check with the Trading Hall coordinator for table assignments.
    • Trading Hall Assistant – Those dealers who require assistance from non-convention attendees are allowed to have two Trading Hall assistants. The Trading Hall assistant must be registered at the time of check-in and will be charged a $10 registration fee. The Trading Hall assistant will be issued a unique convention badge for the Trading Hall only, which must be worn at all times. Trading Hall assistants are not permitted to attend other Convention activities.
    • Load-In – The Trading Hall provides for ground level load-in and load-out. Setup for the Trading Hall will commence at 7 a.m. on Friday and continue until 5 p.m. At that time, the Trading Hall will be vacated. Dealers will be readmitted to the Trading Hall at 5:45 p.m. prior to member trading at 6 p.m.
    • Table Size – Trading Hall tables are 8 feet long and 30 inches wide (in most cases).
    • Security – Security will be provided for the Trading Hall beginning with load-in and will be maintained through load-out.
While at the Convention, is there any way I can help?
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. In all LCCA activities, people are needed to help with the Convention work. Contact the Convention volunteer coordinator for more details - Coordinator contact info on Officers/directors page Train Set Collectors - LCCA Officers, Directors & Officials ( .

Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is prohibited in all LCCA activities. The LCCA respects that most hotels have a no smoking policy that is in effect at each hotel.

Where do all LCCA tours depart?
All LCCA tours will leave from and return to the host hotel at the designated tour departure area.

What if I need adjourning rooms?
The host hotel generally offers connecting rooms for those families that need more than one adjoining room. You must request this accommodation at the time of registration.

What parking is available at the host hotel?
Parking at the host hotel is free for members who are registered guests of the hotel. All others pay the posted parking rate.