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LCCA Events

The following are the type of events sponsored by the LCCA.

Annual Conventions

Top rated facilities such as the Hyatt Regency 
Hotel at Dallas airport provide all convention
activities under one roof.

The LCCA is recognized for it's world-class Annual Conventions held each year in the final week of July. The selection of the site for each year is based on criteria established by the club's Board of Directors, a convention management team, and efforts are made to move the convention to the various sections of the country to allow its members to attend from that region of the country. The selection of the site is normally made 3 years in advance. Every effort is made to ensure that all convention activities other than tours and the hotel rooms are all part of a single or connected facility. Previous and upcoming sites include:

  • Chattanooga, TN - 2013
  • Indianapolis, TN - 2014
  • Boston, MA - 2015
  • Kansas City, MO - 2016
  • Tacoma, WA - 2017
  • Chicago, IL - 2018
  • Reno, NV - 2019
  • Omaha, NE - 2020
  • Scranton, PA - 2021
  • Nashville, TN - 2022
  • Concord, NC - 2023       July 24-29, 2023
  • Omaha, NE - 2024          July 8-13, 2024  (3 weeks early due to Covid reset from 2020)
  • Scranton, PA - 2025 (Covid reset from 2021)

Tours offered typically include train related venues
such as a tour to the Museum of American Railroads.

Attendees to the convention enjoy a robust offering of tours to the area attractions with emphasis on railroad related tours. Typically these include at least one excursion offering. The tour schedule typically begins on Monday of convention week and proceeds all week long. Typically there is a "Get Acquainted Party" on Thursday evening, a "First Time Attendees Reception" on Wednesday evening, and the "world-class" banquet on Saturday evening. On Friday afternoons there is a Annual Business Meeting followed by a Lionel seminar with representatives from Lionel presenting. Afterwards the trading hall is opened for buying and selling activities which resumes on Saturday morning until mid-afternoon.

Each convention often includes several seminars and clinics in the evenings as well as a Lionel company display and layout which is open to the public.

Click here to see information about all of our past annual conventions.

Local Train Shows

Jin Gates HCM#1 speaks with attendees at the
Omaha WGHOT show. The LCCA booth offered
examples of LCCA produced items as well as
specially priced Lionel products. 

The LCCA participates in the World's Greatest Hobby on Tour (WGHOT) shows that are held in major metropolitan areas across the US. A booth co-located with Lionel, LLC allows the LCCA to get exposed to non-members and meet local LCCA members in the area. Various club products are available to purchase at the show for members. 

The LCCA sponsors local train meets at various locations around the country. Local members are in charge of these meets and receive support and backing from the club. These meets are announced in its club publications and on this website. Past location of meets have included Chattanooga, TN; Lexington, KY; Naperville, IL. In addition, the LCCA hosts a train meet in connection with the annual convention each year on the last day (Saturday) of the convention. This is open to all members including those not officially registered for the other convention activities.

Special Events

"An Evening to Remember" at the NJ Hi-Railers
club house

The LCCA has launched out into "new" waters with special regional events with club involvement. One such event was a Dinner and Award ceremony at the New Jersey Hi-Railers clubhouse. Members were able to see this outstanding layout, have dinner together, and visit with LCCA and Lionel celebrities such as Dick Kughn. Click here to see a report on this event.

Another example was the Lionel Train Days at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.