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The Merging of Two Iconic Hobbies: Toy Trains and LEGO® Bricks

LEGO® Bricks and Lionel® Trains, Part 3, TCA Kids Club and TCA Teens Contests: Trainscaping with Construction Blocks 2020

By John S. Halajko, TCA 84-20653; Chairman, Trainscaping with Construction Bricks 2020 
                                                                  Spring 2020

The TCA Teens and TCA Kids Club Contests: Trainscaping with Construction Bricks 2020 is now over and the Grand Prize Winners along with Honorable Mention Photos are now on display for your viewing enjoyment. Hurry, Hurry, Hurry, Step right up for extra fun and excitement as we show the creativity and value of joining the two Iconic Hobbies: Toy Trains and LEGO® Bricks

To level the playing field, the author was not a part of the contest judgement panel. All entries were assigned a number and anything that could identify the contestant was removed from the photos. All judges are TCA members who played with LEGO® bricks as children. They were selected from across the continental USA.

Encourage joining the two hobbies at your local shows. Lots of opportunities are out there in the two recent TCA eTrain articles:

LEGO® Bricks and Lionel® Trains, Perfect Together (Part 1) 
LEGO® Bricks and Lionel® Trains, Part 2, LEGO® Bricks Meets ...

My Memories of the Grand Prize

The Grand Prizes for TCA Kids Club and TCA Teens were a CDX Sidewinder with motor.

There is always a story behind every item in a collection. Here is one of mine. 

Many thanks to Jack Rimer of CDX Blocks for donating, on behalf of his company, two Sidewinder Kits with motors that we awarded as the Grand Prizes. When I approached Jack at York to ask if his company would like to support our contest, he said why don’t we save on shipping and take a couple of them with you right now. So, I could not resist buying one for my Newtown and West Wellington Line’s Amusement Park.

I took the opportunity to encourage entries by displaying the Grand Prize at the Atlantic and Keystone Division Local Meets. One of the attendees’ younger children wanted the displayed Grand Prize and could not understand why he could not have it.

TCA Kids Club Grand Prize Winner

Henry D of Ohio is the TCA Kids Club Grand Prize winner.
Here are his photos:

Looks like last minute passengers are arriving.

Looks like the train is now arriving.

Looks like “Paying Customers” are awaiting pickup.


TCA Teens Grand Prize Winner

Rian de W of New York is the TCA Teens Grand Prize Winner.

Looks like a shipment is being readied for loading.

Wow, Rian built this one on the floor, maybe at Christmas Time.

A really Cool View of the Train Garden

Honorable Mention Photos 

Here are some of the other photos to add a dash of recognition to our contestants. Our judges’ panel were presented with some interesting ideas for layouts or train gardens. The creativity shown by our contestants combining the two hobbies is almost endless. 

Looks like someone is very hungry. Got Milk? Better yet, Got Cow?

Here is a neat idea for the layout. Why not leave the field open to change to increase play value? Looks like a quiet day at the base today.

Looks like a Costume Party is being shipped somewhere.

How come nobody did Space Stuff? Maybe they are LOST LIKE ME.

Encourage combining the two iconic hobbies by inviting kids over to play with your trains and their LEGO® items.


LEGO® is a Registered Trademark of the LEGO Group.
Lionel® is a Registered Trademark of Lionel Trademark LLC.

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