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Sixteen HOA Chapter members, family and friends participated in our April Playing with Trains activity. We gathered at the Union Station streetcar terminal and rode the streetcar thru downtown to the River Market area. From there it was a short walk to the Singleton Yard which serves as the offices and maintenance facility of the KC Streetcar Authority. Our hosts at the KC Streetcar Authority were Tom Gerend, Executive Director of the KC Streetcar Authority and Ebony Jackson, Administrative Assistant. At the beginning of our visit Tom spoke to us about the many aspects of operating and maintaining a streetcar line in a large city. The second portion of our visit was a tour of the streetcar maintenance facility.
President's Update
Welcome to the TCA-Heart of America Chapter web site!

This is your internet destination for all things to do with our TCA Heart of America chapter and model railroading in our area. We'll always have an updated meeting schedule, information about upcoming events, and other information that you ask for here for your review. We also hope to incorporate as much member input as possible.

Our member photo layout gallery is open so send Don Miller (olathedonm@aol.com) some pictures and any information about your layout that you would like to share.

Please email me at tcahoa@tcahoa.org to share any ideas you may have for the site.

Our HOA Chapter annual meeting was held 12/09/17 at Avila University, Kansas City, MO. HOA Chapter President Steve Dickerson presided over the meeting which was attended by approximately 40 chapter members, family members and guests.

After introductions, chapter treasurer Mike Bartley gave a brief financial report. Mike reported that our current bank balance is at $4,755.50 with 63 members having renewed their memberships for 2018 thus far. Mike also asked that members keep their email and mailing addresses current with him. Our primary means of communication with chapter members is via email, so up-to-date email addresses are important.

Steve gave a brief review of our HOA 2017 activities and discussed preliminary plans for 2018 activities. Steve then opened the meeting to all attendees to discuss what activities and events they would like to see our chapter involved in. A lively discussion ensued, with many thoughts and ideas presented.

After a short intermission, past chapter President and past Secretary/Treasurer Andy Dubill presented a program on the capture of the U-505 during World War II.

2018 Activiies

May 16: Playing With Trains TBD

August 5: 2018: Mid America Train and Toy Show:

August 5 - 12: NMRA National Convention, Kansas City. Here is a link to their web site.

November 25: 2018: Mid America Train and Toy Show:

As always, all HOA chapter activities are open to family, friends and train lovers. Also, please let us know if you have an idea for a chapter activity or if you would like to host a Playing with Trains date or layout tour date. See you soon.

If you are a Facebook user - check out our Facebook page at "Heart of America TCA Train Club". Encourage your Facebook friends to check us out.

This is a great hobby! We have over 85 great area members in our chapter and we are growing! Thanks for joining in the fun!

Our TCAHOA Chapter is fortunate to have owners or representatives of our area's train shops as members.

Fred Loosbrook of Fred's Train Shop, 9322 W. 87th St.,Overland Park, KS 66212, (913) 383 - 3500 is a TCAHOA member and great supporter of our chapter. Here is a link to Fred's web site.

Jan Brocker of ToToTrains, 1031 Vermont Street , Suite A, in Lawrence Kansas 66044, (785) 766-0467. Here is a link to ToTo Train's web site.

Steve Dickerson
TCAHOA Chapter President

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