President's Message

On behalf of the Metropolitan Division I would like to welcome you to our website.  We hope you take the time to look around the site and take notice on why METCA has been one of the fastest growing divisions in TCA.   We are one of 20 divisions that make up the TCA and our territory covers one of the most densely populated areas in the country.  METCA is made up from 20 counties in three states, NY, NJ & CT.  This gives the TCA member a huge opportunity to meet and make friendships with other members throughout the tri state area.   After all, one of TCA’s basic premises is building friendships through model trains.  I can attest to that because since I joined TCA in 1997 I have made many new friendships not just in METCA but throughout the country in TCA.  Another great aspect to TCA & METCA is the amount of knowledge that is out there about our great hobby.  The resources that are at your fingertips provides a plethora of information about all types of trains.  I have learned so much more about the trains I collect and operate than I ever thought I would know.   Whether you are a new to the hobby or a seasoned veteran, the TCA & METCA provides a train friendly atmosphere. Its members are always willing to help or provide information about your trains. 

The METCA division Board of Directors are always looking for new and innovating ways to keep this great hobby more accessible and fun.  We have done “meet n greets” at local hobby shops and mini meet train shows in addition to the big train shows.  One of our division benefits is if you are a member in good standing (migs) you get free admission to METCA sponsored train shows.  We are always open to suggestions on how to make our great hobby even better. Our successful mint car program has reached 10 sold out series.  Our TOFC 3 pack series was also very successful for us. This does not include the very, very successful but very limited quantities of the convention and banquet cars that were made for the division.  Some of our members have made it their mission to collect these desirable and very collectable cars.  Plus they look fantastic on a layout. 

The METCA division is riding high with pride as it has just come off of hosting one of the best and most aggressive TCA conventions in June of 2015.  Now that the convention is over it is time to get back to basics as a division.  That means promoting membership. That means networking with current local TCA members to get them to join METCA.  That means continuing our “METCA TABLE” at local train shows.  That means talking to fellow hobbyists and telling them the benefits of joining the TCA.   That means getting members involved in division activities.  Take a look at our picture section of the website. You will see pictures of our activities and the fun that was had by all.  In the future there will be new activities for the division to enjoy.  Another way to get involved is to write articles for our division newsletter called the “Waybill”.  Our editor is always looking for articles on trains.  So join us online. We have a yahoo group and Facebook page linked to this website.  Also linked is the TCA website and other friends of METCA. Wander around the site and check out what METCA is about.

In closing I hope this quick column & website points you in the direction of TCA & METCA.  Be part of a great organization that helps expand the great (and fun) hobby of collecting and operating trains.

Kevin J. Quinn
President METCA division