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.
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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.

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Today we remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Thank you to all service men and women f...
05/31/2021

Today we remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

Thank you to all service men and women from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club

Today we remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.

Thank you to all service men and women from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club

If you saw these cars from I-135 a few weeks back in the Union Pacific yard here’s what was going on!
04/26/2021

If you saw these cars from I-135 a few weeks back in the Union Pacific yard here’s what was going on!

We had a great time yesterday in Arkansas City for our annual show! Everyone was having a great time! Huge shoutout to a...
04/25/2021

We had a great time yesterday in Arkansas City for our annual show! Everyone was having a great time! Huge shoutout to all the vendors that came! Hope to be back next year!

We had a great time yesterday in Arkansas City for our annual show! Everyone was having a great time! Huge shoutout to all the vendors that came! Hope to be back next year!

Don’t forget tomorrow the Museum in Wichita will be CLOSED for our show in Arkansas City be sure to come out. 1 day show...
04/24/2021

Don’t forget tomorrow the Museum in Wichita will be CLOSED for our show in Arkansas City be sure to come out. 1 day show this year 9-4. $5 to get in, 12 and under FREE with paying adult. 712 W Washington in Arkansas City!!

Don’t forget tomorrow the Museum in Wichita will be CLOSED for our show in Arkansas City be sure to come out. 1 day show this year 9-4. $5 to get in, 12 and under FREE with paying adult. 712 W Washington in Arkansas City!!

04/21/2021

Check out the latest Bluetooth innovation from Lionel Trains in their new BLE 5.0 sets

THIS Saturday is every railroaders dream, a hall full of model trains to BUY, SELL, and TRADE!!PLUS 5 operating and inte...
04/18/2021
Train Shows hosted by the club

THIS Saturday is every railroaders dream, a hall full of model trains to BUY, SELL, and TRADE!!

PLUS 5 operating and interactive layouts!

April 24th 9-4
Admission $5
Children 12 & Under are FREE

Wichita Toy Train Museum Club Shows

Be sure to checkout our latest Lionel Trains product review!https://youtu.be/Z_dkXgYwBqQ
03/17/2021
Lionel 2019 4-8-4 Northerner

Be sure to checkout our latest Lionel Trains product review!

https://youtu.be/Z_dkXgYwBqQ

Review of Lionel's 2019 release of 3751 class AT&SF Northerner that also were painted up in other Roads. In the video we have Frisco Meteor #4500 (2031240) a...

02/13/2021

While it won’t be the best weekend to be outside to checkout real trains we have a number of trains that run every weekend where it’s Sunny and 70!

If you haven’t been to the Museum recently checkout our Layout update video as we continue to build a new O scale layout...
02/06/2021
Ep.2 We're building a layout!

If you haven’t been to the Museum recently checkout our Layout update video as we continue to build a new O scale layout!

https://youtu.be/1nk3v9JXJHI

In this video you'll get a look of what we've been doing on the new layout and how it has been built. The layout is coming into shape and we couldn't be more...

We’ve been working on our new layout. Be sure to watch out for a update video Friday!
02/01/2021

We’ve been working on our new layout. Be sure to watch out for a update video Friday!

We’ve been working on our new layout. Be sure to watch out for a update video Friday!

01/16/2021

Need something to do inside today? Be sure to stop by and checkout all the trains!

12/28/2020
Permanent O-gauge Layout Test Runs

Conventional and TMCC trains running well with only temporary wiring.
Track alignments OK with a few minor dips to be shimmed, but no derailments or uncoupling problems so far.

12/28/2020
New Permanent O-Gauge Layout

Some of the first trains to run on the recently completed track. Testing for alignment, clearances, etc. Testing will go on for several months while wiring is done and before any scenery work is started. all sizes of O-Gauge trains need to be run, from Big Boys to Trackmobiles.

11/19/2020
Lionel Trains

Check out Ryan doing basic train maintenance!

Workbench Wednesday: Episode 9 - Getting Ready for the Season

Today we thank all of our veterans that have and are serving this great country we call home. Let’s not only thank them ...
11/12/2020

Today we thank all of our veterans that have and are serving this great country we call home. Let’s not only thank them and all of the front line workers in this pandemic today but every time we see them!

Need parts for your Lionel Trains be sure to order during this sale!
10/27/2020

Need parts for your Lionel Trains be sure to order during this sale!

In an effort to keep our employees and the public safe Lionel has elected to cancel the 2020 Warehouse sale that was scheduled for November 6th – 8th.

However, we will be hosting our 50% OFF Parts Sale on www.lionelsupport.com from November 6th – November 8th! Be sure to check it out for great deals on all the parts you need!

http://www.lionel.com/articles/NewsStand-Lionel-9th-Annual-Warehouse-Sale

We had a great show weekend even after having to downsize the show. Big thanks to all our vendors that came and to every...
09/30/2020

We had a great show weekend even after having to downsize the show. Big thanks to all our vendors that came and to everyone else that came by! We’ve started the building of our new layout, be on the lookout on our YouTube channel for the most up to date information as the layout progresses!

It’s a great day to stay inside and watch some trains! Our train show is open until 3 pm today!
09/27/2020

It’s a great day to stay inside and watch some trains!
Our train show is open until 3 pm today!

Our train show is open today till 4 pm! Come out to see some trains and check out some of our vendors!
09/26/2020

Our train show is open today till 4 pm! Come out to see some trains and check out some of our vendors!

The 26th Annual Wichita Toy Train Club Train Show is now underway a little early! We’ll be here until 4pm today!!
09/26/2020

The 26th Annual Wichita Toy Train Club Train Show is now underway a little early! We’ll be here until 4pm today!!

Don’t forget this weekend is our 26th annual Train Show! A special two day event at our Museum due to COVID-19. While we...
09/22/2020

Don’t forget this weekend is our 26th annual Train Show! A special two day event at our Museum due to COVID-19. While we only have a limited number a vendor they include Spring Creek Model Trains and Sgt. Shultz Train repair!

We will always remember the ones we lost 19 years ago#neverforget
09/11/2020

We will always remember the ones we lost 19 years ago

#neverforget

We will be closed Saturday September 12th to honor Mr. Bill Cohen who passed away on Saturday September 5th. Mr. Cohen w...
09/09/2020
View William Cohen's Obituary and express your condolences

We will be closed Saturday September 12th to honor Mr. Bill Cohen who passed away on Saturday September 5th. Mr. Cohen was a key supporter of our organization. Without his financial support our museum would not have been possible. We do apologize for any inconvenience which you have incurred due to our closing on this day.
Mr. Cohen’s funeral is being held on the campus of Wichita State University Saturday September 12th. Below is the link to his obituary.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/william-cohen-obituary?pid=196760595

William Cohen passed away in Wichita, Kansas. Funeral Home Services for William are being provided by DOWNING & LAHEY MORTUARY EAST CHAPEL. The obituary was featured in Wichita Eagle on September 8, 2020.

09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day from all of us tat the Wichita Toy Train Club !

Lionel Trains
08/31/2020

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08/29/2020

We’re open to the public until 5pm be sure to stop by!

PSA!Due to a number of variables and mainly still COVID-19 uncertainty we have moved our annual train show. For this yea...
08/24/2020

PSA!

Due to a number of variables and mainly still COVID-19 uncertainty we have moved our annual train show. For this year it will only we will only have a few vendors and will be hosted at the museum.

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130 S Laura St
Wichita, KS
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Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

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The Ellis Railroad Museum and Community Foundation of Ellis are having a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the restoration of the 1/3 scale Aerotrain along with the new depot/storage building. Also featuring a repainted Union Pacific caboose and repainted Penokee depot. Come visit us on Saturday May 1, 2021. https://fb.me/e/1eUkpbxLb
I was left these trains and table track, I’m moving out of state and would like for them to go to someone who will appreciate them! If you’re interested in buying, feel free to message me!
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Great place! We came by when we were out on vacation. Good to see a nice s-guage layout, not too many s-guage guys around anymore. Today I got a chance to go down to my train room and test out the s-guage hopper car I purchased while there. Here is a quick vid of it running around the track (sorry my layout is a mess atm, and my 3yr old went a little heavy on the horn, lol). Saying "hi" from Overland Park, Kansas. Thanks for the hospitality!
I went to the World's largest toy museum in Branson Missouri.