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.

Mission: Mission Statement of the Wichita Toy Train Club: Promoting The Hobby 1. Toy train collecting 2.Operating toy trains 3. Proper maintenance Recalling our Heritage 1.The legacy of “O” and “S” gauge toy trains 2. The history of the Wichita Toy Train Club Strengthening our Members 1. Providing consistent monthly activities 2. Sharing of knowledge and skills

Operating as usual

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

Lionel Trains

What should Lionel's next Smoke Fluid scent be?? Click the link below to cast your vote!
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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.

Be on the lookout for some different BNSF Locomotives!
08/14/2020

Be on the lookout for some different BNSF Locomotives!

Keep an eye out, and you might spot something different leading a BNSF Railway train! This is the first of 10 locomotives that will help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the merger that formed BNSF Railway by sporting logos of our historic predecessor lines. It’s going operational tomorrow and another nine will follow over the next few weeks.

BNSF is the product of more than 400 railroad lines merging or being acquired since 1849. The merger of ATSF and BN in 1995 created the world-class railroad that brings you the products you need every day.

Let us know if you spot one of these special locomotives! We'd love to see pictures.

Checkout theses AWESOME Samples from Lionel Trains!
08/13/2020

Checkout theses AWESOME Samples from Lionel Trains!

Happy Thursday everyone! We are so excited about our
LEGACY 4-4-0 samples and couldn't wait to share the photos with you!

Some more cool production samples from Lionel Trains
08/04/2020

Some more cool production samples from Lionel Trains

Happy Monday everyone! Here's a few deco sample images of our awesomely tiny but mighty Disconnect Cars!

Model Train Talk Podcast has more episodes on Spotify, including one with two of our members check it out!https://open.s...
07/25/2020
Model Train Talk Ep. 5 with Zach and Chris from the Wichita Toy Train Club

Model Train Talk Podcast has more episodes on Spotify, including one with two of our members check it out!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0eW4aJwmkBsoLG8FCTZl4r?si=eJnLZ0SbQrqfcwXs_onI6g

Listen to this episode from Model Train Talk on Spotify. In this episode, I sit down with Zach and Chris from the Wichita Toy Train Club. We discuss what its like to be in a train club and various benefits from it. Link to Channel-https://www.youtube.com/user/WichitaToyTrainClubLink to Layout Constr...

Great Plains Transportation Museum
07/21/2020

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Today the museum hosted the Wichita Fire Department Heavy Rescue units.

Lionel Trains
07/16/2020

Lionel Trains

Introducing the Lionel 2020 Volume II Catalog! Head over to www.lionel.com to take a look!

{Thank you to Gary Dennis who submitted his #LionelMoment photo from Christmas of 1956 and was selected to be the cover of our catalog!}

To receive a printed catalog, check with your local hobby shop or join the Lionel Collectors Club of America for printed catalogs shipped right to your door!

We are open today until 5! Come on in cool off and run a train!Don’t forget your mask
07/11/2020

We are open today until 5! Come on in cool off and run a train!

Don’t forget your mask

07/09/2020
Lionel Trains

Check out some cool building kit Tips from Ryan at Lionel Trains!

Workbench Wednesday Live!

On this day in 1776 our forefathers declared our Independence from Britten. While we celebrate this beautiful holiday we...
07/04/2020

On this day in 1776 our forefathers declared our Independence from Britten. While we celebrate this beautiful holiday we remember everyone that fought to get us here and look to the future of what we will become. We are open running trains today from 10-5 be sure to stop by!

Please remember your mask to be in compliance with the City of Wichita

06/20/2020

We’re open today until 5! Come on down!

Check out our latest upload on YouTube!Big changes are coming in the near future to our train layouts. Follow our new pl...
06/15/2020

Check out our latest upload on YouTube!
Big changes are coming in the near future to our train layouts. Follow our new playlist to stay updated with everything that is going on.
We're tearing down and starting over....click the link below to find out more!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li5Wp4BBn-A

We are opening to the public today! Be sure to come by and see what’s changed! Please remember to follow CDC guidelines ...
06/06/2020

We are opening to the public today! Be sure to come by and see what’s changed! Please remember to follow CDC guidelines and stay safe.

“we raise her up every morningWe take her down every nightWe don't let her touch the ground and we fold her up rightOn s...
05/25/2020

“we raise her up every morning
We take her down every night
We don't let her touch the ground and we fold her up right
On second thought, I do like to brag
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that ragged old flag”

-Johnny Cash

We remember all who have fallen for that Ragged Old Flag

Here’s Johnny’s full song
https://youtu.be/XfzJ8UBr-c0

05/21/2020
Lionel SP A-6 Atlantic

Check out our most recent Lionel Trains product review!

https://youtu.be/RnWDACdY8DY

Review of Lionel's newest LEGACY A-6 Southern Pacific Atlantic (1931170). This was filmed on our Cohen Layout at our 130 S Laura location in Wichita, KS. For...

Yesterday was National Train day and 1 year ago Union Pacific celebrated the completion of the transcontinental railroad...
05/10/2020

Yesterday was National Train day and 1 year ago Union Pacific celebrated the completion of the transcontinental railroad with a restored Big Boy No.4014. Now today also mother’s day 151 years ago the last spike was drove to connect this nation from east to west. While we have a different world today let us not forget that we have persevered through more daunting tasks before.

04/17/2020

NEW UPDATE

Due to the extension of the stay at home order in Kansas our new target date to reopen is June 6th. Because of this our May member business meeting is also canceled and will be rolled in with June.

04/14/2020
Lionel Trains

Check out some cool engineering testing from Lionel Trains!

Hey everyone! Lionel Engineering is working on the new Reciprocating Cylinder Steam effect on the VisionLine GS! The timing of the smoke and sound is still in the works, but the smoke effect is looking awesome!!

04/14/2020
Lionel UP (SP Patch) Dash 9

Check out our most recent Lionel Trains product review

https://youtu.be/HeN-JS66aqI

Review of Lionel's 1933261 Union Pacific (SP Patch) C44-9W. This video was filmed on our Cohen Layout at our 130 S Laura location in Wichita,KS. Lionel's Pro...

Henning's Trains
03/28/2020

Henning's Trains

Sorry, we just can't resist.

03/20/2020

At this current time the museum will be CLOSED for the next two weeks due to COVID-19. IF everything settles down we will reopen April 11th. This is subject to change as the CDC updates their guidelines. For club members the April 4th business meeting had been cancelled and we will resume with the planned May Meeting. We ask everyone to stay safe and stay well. Most importantly play with your trains!

PSAOur train show in Arkansas city for this weekend as been cancelled due to COVID-19. We currently have not yet closed ...
03/16/2020

PSA
Our train show in Arkansas city for this weekend as been cancelled due to COVID-19. We currently have not yet closed the museum if and when we do you will be notified.

03/05/2020

Precision Scheduled Railroading

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130 S Laura St
Wichita, KS
67211

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(316) 633-1179

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My Father in Law passed away and he used to collect toy trains. There are 3 big rubbermaid containers full of toy trains of different brands. A lot of them have never been out of the boxes. He has some collectible toy trains and a lot of track that has never been used. How do we get ahold of someone to come look at it all. We would like to sell the whole lot of it. We live in Hutchinson, Ks
We found this on Douglas by my store. Mark Science Education Center 682-1921
I have a large model train track and some pieces that I am trying to get rid of. It is actually a table with legs. It worked when it was put in the garage. Anyone interested in it? Free
I have a couple of catalogs to give someone. As much as I like trains, these are out of my range. These are free. Message me if interested. If this is not allowed please delete. These are so fun to look at I just hated to throw them away.
Question I like to know what y'all think about battery operated trains
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My Lionel train set
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.
Can anyone help me identify this antique toy train?