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The club is a group of enthusiasts, hobbyists, and collectors who devote much of their time and energy to Large-Scale trains.
The club was founded in 1978
(formerly the LGB Model Railroad Club or LGBMRRC) 
and now has members throughout the
United States and in several countries.
Become a Member and get involved

Whether you are a garden railroader, modeler, collector, G-scale fan or just a Big Train lover, you are invited to join the Big Train Operator Club, Inc.  
01/25/2024
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
BTOC 46th Bird-in-Hand Convention Schedule
Saturday June 15, 2024
8 AM-12 PM Complete Room Setups All Board Members
8 AM-12 PM Runnin' Trains Everywhere
12-1 PM Lunch Break
1-4PM Registration Robin Room
Convention Rooms Open Eagle & Cardinal Rooms
Runnin' Trains Everywhere
5-7 PM Ralph Wilcox All Aboard Party Back Room of Restaurant upstairs
Free Raffle Entrance at the rear of the 
Silent Auction building
Joe Hylva Trivia Contest Round 1
7-9 PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle, Cardinal & Robin Rooms
Sunday June 16,2024
8:15 AM Depart Hotel For-
East Broad Top Railroad
4:45 PM Arrive back to Hotel
7-9 PM Convention Rooms Open Cardinal & Eagle Rooms
Runnin' Trains
Raffles
Clinic #1 Robin Room
Monday June 17, 2024
Train Day at Bird-in-Hand
8AM-12PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle, Cardinal & Robin Rooms
Havin' Fun Runnin' Trains
1PM-5PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle, Cardinal & Robin Rooms
3:15PM-5PM Ladies Wine & Cheese Social Robin Room
7PM-10PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle, Cardinal & Robin Rooms
Raffles
Joe Hylva Trivia Contest Round 2
7-9 PM Clinic #2 Robin Room
Tuesday June 18, 2024
7:45AM Depart Hotel For-
Colebrookedale Railroad
Lunch at Grind Restaurant in Boyertown, PA 
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
4PM Arrive back to Hotel
7-10 PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle & Cardinal Rooms
Raffles
Runnin' Trains
7-10 PM John Groot's Ice Cream Social Robin Room
Wednesday June 19, 2024
9AM Annual Membership Meeting Robin Room
10AM-12PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle, Cardinal & Robin Rooms
Runnin' Trains
12:30PM Show @ BIH Stage “The Confession” Starts at 1PM
Enter at the rear of the Restaurant  building and proceed downstairs.
7-10 PM Convention Rooms Open Eagle & Cardinal Rooms
Raffles
Joe Hylva Trivia Contest Round 3
7-9 PM Clinic #3 Robin Room
Thursday June 20, 2024
10AM Tim's Almost Famous  Location TBD
Locomotive Drag Races
12PM-5PM Convention Rooms Tear down
Explore the Bird-in-Hand Area 
6PM-9PM 46th Anniversary Banquet Homestead Room
Dinner & Dessert (Under Restaurant)
Joe Hylva Trivia Contest Finals
Al Lentz Contest Winner Award 
Banquet Raffles
President's Farewell
Friday June 21,2024
8AM-1PM Runnin' Trains Around the Pond
1PM-? Pond Track tear down

More Info:

  1. Thursday, June 20 from 10 to Noon
    Drag races, there will be two classes as follows:
    • Class 1 will be any of the Aristocraft or Bachmann Eggliners
    • Class 2 will be any of the LGB Flyers: Mars, Fortuna, Snoopy or Santa
    • The rules are simple, entries must be unmodified electrically as they came from the factory! Races will be by elimination with prizes awarded to the 1st and 2nd place contestants of each class. Only one entry per person per class.
  2. Friday, June 21st running around the pond. The fun continues on Friday
    If a member would like to help with the pond track on Friday June 14. 2024 and has straight track to loan for the event to let Teya know. She would like to know how many feet they may have to loan so we do not run short.
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