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Directions to Ice Cream Social: From the I-435, Hiway 69 interchange in Overland Park follow Hiway 69 south to the 179th street exit. Turn right on 179th street and the arboretum is approximately one mile west on the south side of the street. There is plenty of free parking at the arboretum. The visitors center is located close to the park entrance and we will have signs and people at the park entrance to help you find the visitors center
TCA HOA Chapter Event Update
Your TCA HOA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Fall/Winter, 2018 HOA chapter schedule of events. We feel that we have a great lineup of activities planned and we hope that many of you will be able to participate. Here are the dates and times of the fall chapter events and, as usual, we will be sending out further emails with specific details about each event. Look for those emails approximately one to two weeks prior to the event. For those of you who do not have a current email address on file with us, please check the TCA HOA chapter website for individual event info.

2018 Activities

September 16: An ice cream social will be held at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8909 W 179th Street, Overland Park, KS in the Sun Room of the visitor's center from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. All ice cream social attendees will be admitted to the arboretum free of charge.

October 6: Visit and tour the old Alton railway station in Independence, Missouri. This one is for all of you railroad history buffs and we will be providing more information shortly.

November 10: HOA Chapter train tour. We will be visiting the Lionel Post War layout and collection of our President, Steve Dickerson and we have it paired with the modern, detailed layout and collection of Mike Lee.

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

December 8: HOA Chapter Annual Meeting. We have completely revamped the chapter annual meeting and we are very excited about it. The venue has changed and there will now be a luncheon included with the meeting. More details to come.

December 15,16: Great Train Show held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm and more information can be found at greattrainshows.com

December 29,30: Don Miller's Train Open House. Don is an HOA Chapter founding member and past president and will once again be hosting an open house and running trains from 1:30pm to 4:30pm each day.

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!

Other Upcoming Train Related Events
Mid-America Train & Toy Show:
The following dates have been set for the Mid-America Train & Toy Show, which is held at the KCI Expo Center at 11728 NW Ambassador Drive, KC, MO (I-29 off exit 13)
The upcoming date is November 25, 2018. The show is held from 9am to 2pm. Here is a link to their web site.

TCA Eastern Division York Train Meet in York, PA.:
This show is held in April and October of each year. The next meet will be October 18 - 20, 2018. It is held at Fairgrounds in York, PA. Go to Eastern Division York Meet web site for more info.

Kansas City Northern Railroad:
If you are interested in operating bigger models in North Kansas City, this club might interest you. Here is a link to the KCNRR web site or call Larry Ohrnell at (816) 516-1114 for info.

The 65th National TCA Convention:
Will be held June 22 - June 30 1, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM. Here is a link to the TCA's National Convention web site.

Union Station Model Railroad Experience:
See over 8000 square feet of model railroads of all scales at Kansas City's Union Station. Here is a link to their web site.

The Great Train Show:
Great Train Show held December 15 & 16 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm. Here is a link to their web site.

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