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.
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04/17/2020

NEW UPDATE

Due to the extension of the stay at home order in Kansas our new target date to reopen is May 16th. 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

Pics from recent Wichita NMRA show
03/04/2020

Pics from recent Wichita NMRA show

03/04/2020

GRAIN TRAIN

With Command Control you can run two trains on the same track, but pay attention or this can happen.
03/04/2020

With Command Control you can run two trains on the same track, but pay attention or this can happen.

03/02/2020
LionMaster LC2 Big Boy - Sneak Peek!

Did you get to see Union Pacific No.4014 Big Boy when I came through Kansas in November and are now looking for a O gauge model, but not ready to take out a second mortgage to get a full scale version? Check out Lionel Trains new LC + 2.0 version now arriving at dealers!

https://youtu.be/wNdAzAfvsfM

Today we take a sneak peek at the upcoming Lionel 3-Rail O-Gauge LionMaster LC2 Big Boy. This is a one a kind engineering prototype on loan from Lionel! Mode...

Looking for a unique locomotive for your fleet check this opportunity from the Lionel Collectors Club of America
02/25/2020

Looking for a unique locomotive for your fleet check this opportunity from the Lionel Collectors Club of America

LCCA – SPECIAL EDITION #3 – HISTORIC VISIONLINE OFFERING

Only a few days remain for you to place your order for a piece of history! As the club previously announced, the Lionel Team has made available another LCCA EXCLUSIVE locomotive! The Lionel VisionLine Southern Pacific GS-3 #4426 in Daylight colors.

In the February edition of The Lion Roars, Lionel’s Lauren Morris, Manager of USA Production and Events, has written an extensive history of this and other GS class locomotives. It provides wonderful background information on the club’s newest offering. Electronic Members may view the article on the website where the February edition has been posted under Digital Publications. The #4426 only appeared in the special décor at the grand opening of the Los Angeles Union Station. The club is excited to offer this historic SP GS-3 to all LCCA members AND prospective members of “The Best Toy Train Club on the Planet!” ™ Our offer includes a FREE one-year LCCA membership or extension as well as FREE SHIPPING!

The time frame to order is short for these built-to-order beauties. All orders must be received by our business office not later than February 28, 2020. Below are all the details you need to know.

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02/16/2020
Lionel Scooby-Doo LC RTR Set

Check out our most recent Lionel product review of the LionChief Mystery Machine FT Set!

https://youtu.be/tZM_ivtge08

Review of Lionel's Mystery Machine FT LionChief Ready to Run Set (6-85241). This video was filmed on our Cohen layout and in our Children's room at our 130 S...

BNSF Railway
02/07/2020

BNSF Railway

What are three things BNSF predecessors and the #Oscars have in common? Glitz, glamour and celebrity appearances. Find out how the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe’s Super Chief earned the name “The Train of the Stars” now on #RailTalk: https://bit.ly/3bdFsy1

02/03/2020

Kansas City Chiefs
Super Bowl LIV Champions!!!!

02/01/2020

PSA
We are closed today due to the show at Cessna Activity Center come down and see us here!

Layout is up and running down here at Cessna Activity Center. Be sure to stop by this weekend! Don’t forget we’re also o...
02/01/2020

Layout is up and running down here at Cessna Activity Center. Be sure to stop by this weekend! Don’t forget we’re also open in downtown Wichita from 10-5!

01/11/2020
Madison Park 2019

We are still planed right be open today from 10-5 please use upmost caution in your travels today. If your staying in check out some trains in the our most recent video from our time at Madison Park in Derby!

Madison Park 2019 https://youtu.be/i0gblX9QdD4

This was filmed at "Madison Park" in Derby,KS on December 14th 2019. We used our O gauge modular layout and entertained over 2,000 visitors that day. Check o...

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club!

12/24/2019
Lionel Universal Remote

Checkout our most recent video of Lionel’s Universal Remote!

https://youtu.be/W2JsuRE2lp4

This is a short video on running LEGACY and LC + locomotives with the universal remote and how to use the "hotspot" mode to run older RF LC + engines. This v...

We’re all set up here in Derby be sure to stop by if your in the area! And be sure to stop by and see us at 130 S Laura ...
12/14/2019

We’re all set up here in Derby be sure to stop by if your in the area! And be sure to stop by and see us at 130 S Laura today !!!

12/12/2019

Train alert!
We will be attending Derby’s 150th celebration THIS Saturday at Madison Park (512 E Madison Ave Derby, KS 67037). We will have hour modular layout up in the building closest to Madison be sure to come by from 10-4 on December 14!

Happy thanksgiving from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club!
11/28/2019

Happy thanksgiving from all of us at the Wichita Toy Train Club!

11/21/2019
2019 Recap of WTTC Train Show

If you didn’t get the chance to come to our annual train show & swap meet, check out this video to get a quick recap!
https://youtu.be/kCcJbWptcYc

A quick recap of our 2019 annual train show & swap meet. If you didn't get the chance to come to our show, we give you a quick sneak peak of what the show is...

11/21/2019
Union Pacific Railroad

UP 4014 is now in Salina,Ks tomorrow they head to Hays,Ks If your out this direction be sure to check out this once in a lifetime experience but ALWAYS stay safe! Please stay at least 25 ft back from the track and enjoy the sight.

#UP4014

Ed Dickens, the engineer on Big Boy #UP4014, wants to see you trackside, but needs you to stay 25 feet away from the tracks for everyone's safety.

Please share this important safety message with your friends and family!

Be on the lookout Kansas! Tonight UP Big Boy 4014 crosses the state line into Kansas for the first time! Tonight it’ll b...
11/16/2019

Be on the lookout Kansas! Tonight UP Big Boy 4014 crosses the state line into Kansas for the first time! Tonight it’ll be in Coffeyville then head Sunday to Kansas City Union Station. Monday it’ll be on display. From there it heads west to Denver following the I-70 corridor! If you are in this area be sure to check out this one and a lifetime experience! Check out the detailed schedule below! Be sure to stay safe and STAY back 25ft from the rail.

https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

We hand found that we actually started in 1985, to celebrate 35 years next year we have repurposed some TTOS cars. Both ...
10/18/2019

We hand found that we actually started in 1985, to celebrate 35 years next year we have repurposed some TTOS cars. Both O and S are available for pre-order of $65 plus tax. Cars MUST be paid for in full when ordered. Pre-orders will be open until November 2nd.

10/09/2019
The Altar Billies

Big boy has returned to California where it was preserved for over 50 years! Be sure to be on the lookout when I comes to Kansas in November!

"Hello California" (Ballad of the Big Boy) - The Altar Billies. We are celebrating the return of Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 to California on October 12 and 13th with a special video!
Through Barstow into Colton and Cajon pass He rides
Big Boy 4014, on California time.
Ed Dickens at the Throttle, steam team close behind
Back to the Railgiants, Cross the LA County line.
Big Boy, Big Boy, no greater locomotive than the Big Big Boy
Big Boy, Big Boy, it's the Union Pacific Railroad Big Big Boy
They said it would return again Big, Big Boy
Hello California, it's the Big, Big Boy!!

Lionel Trains
10/07/2019

Lionel Trains

10/07/2019
The Altar Billies

Really cool cover of 1940’s “Great Big Rollin Railroad” plus some awesome shots of #UP4014

Rock'n Rockabilly arrangement of the tune "Great Big Rollin Railroad" originally featured in 1970s Union Pacific Railroad TV commercials. Written by CW McCall, the original was successful in its day. This new version arranged by the Altar Billies features upright bass, twangy guitars and small drum kit synced to video footage of that ginormous rock star himself Big Boy 4014.

10/02/2019
Steam Pacing

Pacing the Challanger on the WTTC O-Gauge traveling layout.

09/28/2019

Trains are running be sure to come by today before 5!

We’re all set up be sure to come by tomorrow or Sunday for all things trains!
09/28/2019

We’re all set up be sure to come by tomorrow or Sunday for all things trains!

Don’t forget we won’t be open at the club this Saturday due to our show. Be sure to come on out! We have over 100 vendor...
09/25/2019

Don’t forget we won’t be open at the club this Saturday due to our show. Be sure to come on out! We have over 100 vendors with over 150 tables! And of course operating layouts!!!

09/21/2019

There’s a lot to do today! Be sure to head down to the Great Plains Transportation Museum for 2019 Railfest! And afterwards come stop by us and checkout some cool model trains!

09/21/2019
Lionel Trains

Lionel Trains

BRB, going to Area 51. #Area51 👽

#neverforget
09/11/2019

#neverforget

Remembering all those lost and grieving. We will never forget.

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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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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?