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York Grandstands / Yellow Hall

To York, to York, to buy an old train!

By Carol R. McGinnis, TCA# HE95-41066                           Summer 2021           

The October 2021 York Meet is a Go! October 21, 22, 23.

After missing the last three York Meets, Eastern Division is preparing to host a Grand Re-opening of Eastern Division's York Meet. It's been a long two years since the last meet and we are so looking forward to getting together with all of you again.

The Eastern Division Board has decided to return to the pre-pandemic format of a three-day show; beginning at Noon on Thursday through Saturday. Setup in the dealer halls will begin on Wednesday and setup in the member halls will begin on Thursday morning. 

This October's York Meet will look a little different from those in the past. The biggest change in the member and dealer halls is that tables will be spaced 6' apart to allow for social distancing protocols. Every member hall has had two rows removed. If you registered in October, 2019 for the April 2020 meet, and did not ask for and receive a refund, you have a table(s). Approximately 80% of member table holders will be in the same hall as they have been in the past.  You are guaranteed a table, but not specifically a location.

Your table's chair will no longer be in the walkways. The tables will be separated with a space in the center of each row where the chairs will be placed. Eastern Division is working hard to assure the least displacement of table holders! Without this observance there could be no show.

If you paid for your tables and received a badge for the April, 2020 York Meet, this "old" badge will get you into the October 2021 meet. If your row of tables has been removed from your hall your badge will not be correct. Be reassured that everyone who registered for tables has a table on the fairgrounds. York Meet Registration is prepared. An email will be sent to all displaced table holders to contact Registration and a new badge will be sent to you. There are 141 tables set up for registered table holders who are being moved. 

With that being said, most table spaces are sold out but there are still some available. REGISTER NOW to get a table. "NEW" tables will be assigned 1st come, 1st served. Leave a message for Debbie or Diana, Registrars, at 814-494-8836 or go online to (turn around time 3 days).

Also, if the current trends continue, masks will be optional. It will be up to each individual to decide for themselves if he/she wants to wear a mask. Social Distancing will be achieved by separating the table holders and the buyers. 

  Picture from past York Show/ Orange Hall

Eastern is going to have some special events and activities prior to opening on Thursday.  To mention a few:

  • On Monday evening, there will be a Movie Night with a movie showing in the Blue Hall. It will be free with a limited number of tickets available to allow for social distancing. 
  • The Train Collectors Association will have several tables in the Yellow Hall (located under the grandstands with other vendors) to sell excess National Toy Train Museum and National Toy Train Library items. There will be something for everyone, so stop on by. The TCA area will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, October 19th and 20th from Noon to 5:00, Thursday, October 21st from Noon to 6:30, Friday, October 22nd from 9:00 to 6:30 and Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00 to 3:00. Please take the time to stop by and pick up some unique items to support your TCA Museum and Library.

Pictures from past York Show / Purple Hall

  • On Tuesday evening, Eastern Division will sponsor a Welcome Party. For a $5 ticket you will get Beer, wine, and finger food. A free drawing will be held for a Lionel Vision Line Big Boy locomotive. Tickets for the Welcome Party can be ordered through the Registration Form.
  • You can order tickets on the registration form in the Headquarters News.
  • Anyone can enter the Lionel Vision Line Big Boy drawing.
  • You can sign up for each event and order tickets on the registration form in the Headquarters News.
  • On Friday Night, October 22nd there will be the FREE Ice Cream Social.
  • On Saturday Morning there will be FREE Donuts and Coffee.

  Pictures from past York Show/Ft. Pitt Layout

If you have not registered yet, REGISTER NOW!  Updated Registration Forms will be mailed out by July 15th. Online Registration will be available on June 25th at  The call center will be operational on July 14th. 

Scooters and Electric Wheelchairs, previously available on the Fairgrounds, are being negotiated.  Details will be on the Eastern Division website when they are available.

For the latest information on the October 2021 York Meet, visit the Eastern Division website at  You can get up to date information and details about meetings and events!

Pictures from past York Shows


A Note from the Toy Train Paper & Memorabilia Group:

A bunch of the TTPPM Group thought it would be a good idea to get the following information out regarding our Toy Train Paper & Memorabilia Group and the upcoming October York show. 

Toy Train Paper & Memorabilia Group. New day, time and location! We will be meeting at York on Thursday, October 21, from 7-9 pm, at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 1650 Toronita St., York, PA, behind the Round the Clock Diner.

If it's about toy trains but NOT a train, that's us! Bring a favorite piece to share. Contact Todd Wagner, TCA#90-31944, Visit our website at

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