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Photo Essay: Tinplate At The November 2005 Cal-Stewart Meet

Photos Courtesy Of Charles Seims

Billing itself as the “Largest Toy Train meet West of the Mississippi,” the Toy Train Operating Society Southwestern Division’s Cal-Stewart Meet provides a York-like venue for tinplate enthusiasts to meet and trade tinplate trains on the West Coast. The annual three-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday event is held each year in November at the Pasadena, CA convention center, and is open all three days to members of all recognized train clubs, and open to the general public on Sunday only. The 40,000 square foot hall and annex can accommodate over 700 tables. The event features manufacturer’s displays, train races, train auctions, toy train “show and tell” gatherings, train raffles, trains of all gauges, and operating layouts, in addition to seller’s tables. Rules prohibiting buying and selling during setup prior to the opening of the meet are strictly enforced. Tables must be covered after setup and all sellers should have copies of their California Seller’s permits. Attendees must pre-register wear their meet badges in the hall. Cal-Stewart souvenir cars can be ordered at the meets. This year’s car is a boxcar and a tribute to Ward Kimball. Souvenir cars are available in both 0 and S gauge. For more information about the Cal-Stewart meet see:

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