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Al Kolis Convention Blog - May 6

If you love Lionel trains, you are going to love the Lionel Collectors Club of America 42nd Annual Convention at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk VA from 7/23-7/28/2012  Convention Managers, Captain Bob Carter and Captain Chaos Lou Caponi are planning to have several operating toy train layouts operational throughout week at the hotel.  Starting mid-week, Lionel will be bringing their impressive 65' long operating layout and display.  This layout which was designed and built by TW  Design of Dallas TX demonstrates various levels and types of scenery modeling techniques from picturesque mountains to city sites.  Meet with representatives from Lionel as they demonstrate current and future products under development.  Lionel has been making toy trains since 1900 and has been supporting the LCCA conventions ever since our club's origin back in 1970.  Come and experience the magic of Lionel toy trains. Click on the video link below to catch a glimpse of Lionel's layout in operation during the 2009 LCCA convention in Sacramento CA.  This will be your chance to see it in person.  

Lionel 65 Foot Layout in Operation

The Pittsburg Hi-Railers club is also bringing their massive modular layout to our convention.  Bring your trains and run them on this fun layout.  The team from Pittsburgh has been  known to keep their layout running well into the evenings hours at previous LCCA conventions.  This group sure knows how to have fun!

The LCCA will be introducing the first phase of the LCCA Lionel Fastrack national standard modular layout.  Led by LCCA Directors Bill Schmeelk and Roger Farkash, a team from Lionel and OGR formed a committee to develop  a new national standard for O-Gauge modules.  This will be the public debut of LCCA's FasTrack modular layout.  We are very excited about this project and we have great plans for future special events centered around this new modular layout standard.

So, come down to the Marriott Waterside hotel during the week of 7-23-12 and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Lionel Trains in operation.  Experience the magic of Lionel trains.  If you had Lionel trains as a kid, but have gone away from the hobby, come and re-live your experiences that you has as a child.   If you have never seen Lionel trains in operations, come and introduce yourself to the magic of Lionel trains.  People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend this exciting and fun filled family oriented convention.