Wichita Toy Train Club

Wichita Toy Train Club The Wichita Toy Train Club is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization of model train operators and collectors.
WTTC, Inc., dba "The Wichita Toy Train Club" is an organization of collectors and operators for both classic tinplate and current hi-rail trains. Club members are generally oriented toward "O-gauge" (Lionel, MTH, K-Line, Atlas, Williams, Weaver, Marx) and “S-gauge” (American Flyer). Some members are also interested in the larger "G" and smaller "HO" and "N" gauges, but there are other local clubs for the more serious pursuit of these alternatives. WTTC can help put you in contact with them. WTTC was organized in 1985 in the garage of charter member, Gene Rasler. A more formal structure developed in 1986 with the election of club officers. The club's first major project was the design and building of a 12-foot by 16-foot display layout for the Children's Museum of Wichita, forerunner to Exploration Place. Other early WTTC projects aside from the "Children's Museum" layout included collaborating with a local HO club to hold the first of many Air Capital Train Shows the first of which in 1987. Prior to that first show, a modular layout standard was procured and Club members began constructing "modules" (small 3-foot by 4-foot tables with standardized tracks) these small modules allowed the cost of the layout to be distributed amongst the club membership. The layout was completed in time for its debut at the 1987 show. February 19, 2000 the club opened a 1,400 square foot area suite in the Pawnee Plaza Mall named Train-Mania. There WTTC was able to display the previously mentioned "Children's Museum" layout plus about two-thirds of our modular layout (when not in use at local train shows or displays). The Club also held its monthly meetings there, and had room for a small repair bench. In June, 2002 the suite had to be vacated, due to the mall's impending demise, making way for a new Wal-Mart Super Center. In September 2001, a much larger suite in the lower level of the Twin Lakes Mall at 21st and Amidon became available and was dubbed "Train Mania II". basic improvements to the physical plan slowly began to be made, and Club meetings were switched to the new location. For ten months both suites were simultaneously occupied, but shortly following a farewell party in June, 2002, all layouts, fixtures and supplies were moved to Twin Lakes. Much more spacious, the new clubhouse was still undergoing remodeling, but opened to the public on Nov. 6, 2004. It eventually housed six operating layouts before the facility closed in October 2006 due to a change of Mall management. In January 2003, WTTC became incorporated, and in July 2003 received its 501c3 status. We celebrated our Twentieth Anniversary in Sept. 2006 with visits from O-Gauge Railroading magazine editor Jim Barrett and the M.T.H. VP of Sales & Marketing, Rich Foster. WTTC and the Taggart Railroad appeared in separate feature articles in the December 2007 issue of OGR. Currently the WTTC is looking for a new home. Some prospects have arisen but haven’t panned out yet. We continue to run our trains at events around the Wichita area and surrounding towns. We operate modular layouts for our “O” and “S” scale trains and we have also invested in Lionel "O" gauge Fast Track, this is for events that for time or space reasons cannot support the modular layout. Fast Track is a metal track with a plastic gravel road bed that can be assembled and disassembled quickly. We can transport the Fast Track in containers to an event and us tables supplied by the event host. In 2006 WTTC members who shared an interest in American Flyer S gauge trains set out to build a modular layout. Up until that time a small S gauge table top layout was used to run trains at various train shows and civic events. Although there were a number of S gauge enthusiasts in the club their participation level at events was limited. So in 2006 member Javen Schmucker proposed a plan to build an S gauge modular layout. These S gauge enthusiasts funded the first 10 sections of this modular themselve and to date it has grown to a total of eighteen modules. This S modular layout has become a routine attraction at area train shows and city events.

On this day 243 years ago in 1776 the course of history changed forever. Let us remember the importance of this Independ...
07/04/2019

On this day 243 years ago in 1776 the course of history changed forever. Let us remember the importance of this Independence Day. From all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club be sure to have fun and stay safe as we celebrate today!

06/27/2019
June 20th School visit

Each child and chaperone received a train whistle on the way out of our building after their visit to our Museum

06/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club!

06/05/2019

Don’t forget today only we will be open from 11am-7pm for Riverfest! Get in free with your Riverfest button

* Without button regular admission applies.

06/05/2019
Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

We are celebrating the 100th birthday of #3415 steam locomotive June 6, 7 & 8. Join us for the celebration.
#3415 will be operating those days at our normal time schedule.

06/01/2019

Riverfest has started and we will be out running trains at the kids corner today and tomorrow, be sure to stop by! Be sure to ask about our fright car giveaway. We will also be open at the museum during our normal hours today!

As we enjoy this day with our friends and family we take a moment to remember the great men and women that make it possi...
05/27/2019

As we enjoy this day with our friends and family we take a moment to remember the great men and women that make it possible. Especially those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club.

05/25/2019

We’ll be open today from 10-5 be sure too stop by!

05/21/2019
Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific's newly restored steam locomotive Big Boy #UP4014 traveled to Ogden to mark the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion on May 9, 2019.

05/18/2019

On this stormy Saturday be sure to get out of the rain and stop by for some trains until 5pm!

Don’t forget we will be open today from 10-5 be sure to stop by!
05/11/2019

Don’t forget we will be open today from 10-5 be sure to stop by!

The past two days have been mile stones in history. Today was the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental Railroad. Wi...
05/11/2019

The past two days have been mile stones in history. Today was the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental Railroad. With that yesterday Union Pacific had its own ceremony to commemorate Big Boy No. 4014, along with the 150th anniversary in Ogden. #DONE #Transcon150

04/27/2019

Don’t forget we will be open today from 10-5 be sure to stop by!

We had a great time in Arkansas City!
04/24/2019

We had a great time in Arkansas City!

Wichita Toy Train Club's Train Show and Swap Meet at Arkansas City, Kansas - April 13th & 14th 2019

04/15/2019
Steam Engine Pacing

Pacing a steam engine with wide radius curves on the WTTC O-Gauge Modular Layout at Ark Ciy Train Show.

04/15/2019
O-Gauge Action

Freight and Passenger action on the WTTC O-Gauge Modular Layout this last weekend at the Arkansas City Train Show.

04/12/2019

We will NOT be open in Wichita this weekend due to our train show in Arkansas City. If you need anything train related be sure to stop by!

Wichita Toy Train Club's cover photo
04/07/2019

Wichita Toy Train Club's cover photo

Wichita Toy Train Club's cover photo
04/07/2019

Wichita Toy Train Club's cover photo

Want to relax and watch some train videos or train reviews? Check out our YouTube channel to see just that! Haven’t ke...
04/06/2019
WichitaToyTrainClub

Want to relax and watch some train videos or train reviews? Check out our YouTube channel to see just that!
Haven’t kept up to date with what we’ve been doing on YouTube? More of a reason to go take a peek!
https://www.youtube.com/user/WichitaToyTrainClub

The Wichita Toy Train Club is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization of model train operators and collectors. We put on model trains shows around the Wichita ar...

Did you know that two of our operating layouts have been formally recognized in OGR Magazines. One of witch is Bill Tagg...
04/06/2019

Did you know that two of our operating layouts have been formally recognized in OGR Magazines. One of witch is Bill Taggart’s layout and is now on display at our museum! Be sure to come by and check it out before 5pm today!

03/30/2019

Green light ahead! We’re open today until 5pm be sure to stop by!

Don’t forget we are open to the public today from 10-5 be sure to stop by!
03/23/2019

Don’t forget we are open to the public today from 10-5 be sure to stop by!

One of the most recent renovations has been to replace all of the lights in Cohen Hall with new high output LED lights.
03/09/2019

One of the most recent renovations has been to replace all of the lights in Cohen Hall with new high output LED lights.

Before our next snow storm comes be sure to warm up checking out the Marcus Layout!
03/02/2019

Before our next snow storm comes be sure to warm up checking out the Marcus Layout!

02/16/2019

Be sure to stop by today from 10-5!

The rails are hot here at the 2019 Wichita Train Show! Be sure to stop by. Don’t forget our museum is also open to the...
02/02/2019

The rails are hot here at the 2019 Wichita Train Show! Be sure to stop by. Don’t forget our museum is also open to the public today until 5!

Many of you may have seen this sign for the past few months of projects we plan to do to renovate our building. This yea...
01/31/2019

Many of you may have seen this sign for the past few months of projects we plan to do to renovate our building. This year between Saturdays more and more is going to get crossed off. Last week we redid our drop ceiling in the front part of the museum and retrofitted all the lights for LEDs.

If you haven’t already be sure to checkout Lionel Trains new 2019 Big Book Catalog!!!
01/26/2019

If you haven’t already be sure to checkout Lionel Trains new 2019 Big Book Catalog!!!

Introducing the 2019 Lionel Catalog!
Keep an eye out for special video and sound clip features on select pages in our online catalog to hear more about products from our own Ryan and Dave; and listen to the sounds and announcements from some of your favorite sets and accessories! Just hit the play button on the page!

Go ahead, take a look: www.lionel.com/catalogs

01/26/2019

Don’t forget we’ll be open today until 5 be sure to stop by!

01/19/2019

If you’re downtown for the car show be sure to stop by for more Miniature Plains, TRAINS, and Automobiles here from 10-5!

01/17/2019
01/05/2019

Don’t forget if you’re downtown today be sure to stop by. We’re open until 5!

Look out for our upcoming product review on our YouTube channel! Video release: Dec. 31’st.
12/30/2018

Look out for our upcoming product review on our YouTube channel!
Video release: Dec. 31’st.

12/29/2018

It may be too cold outside for a carnival, so be sure to stop by today 10-5 to checkout all the trains and stay warm!

12/24/2018

We will be open this coming Saturday at 10 am and will be running trains for you to enjoy!

12/22/2018

Be sure to stop by today and see all your favorite trains!

Here’s some photos from the Derby Public Library, if you missed it be sure to come out next year!
12/10/2018

Here’s some photos from the Derby Public Library, if you missed it be sure to come out next year!

12/08/2018

Be sure to stop by today to checkout all of your favorite Lionel Trains here until 5!

12/02/2018

Checkout a shot from the Trains view here in Derby!

Be sure to stop by today at the Derby Library and be sure to sign up to win a LionScale Car thanks to Lionel Trains!!!
12/02/2018

Be sure to stop by today at the Derby Library and be sure to sign up to win a LionScale Car thanks to Lionel Trains!!!

Address

130 S Laura St
Wichita, KS
67211

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(316) 633-1179

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Wichita Toy Train Club posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Wichita Toy Train Club:

Videos