The Golden State Division of the Toy Train Operating Society is based in San Jose, CA. The Golden State division is one of the 20 local divisions nationwide that make up the Toy Train Operating Society, an international hobby organization with about 5,000 members worldwide. The Golden State division has about 100 members who meet the second Friday of most months. We welcome guests and encourage them to join our nationalorganization and our local club.
Our 2nd Friday evening meetings are held at the layouts at Vallco/Cupertino Square. From 7 to 7:30PM we buy, sell and trade toy trains and visit with friends. There is also a raffle whose proceeds help the club. At about 7:30PM there is a short business meeting, followed by the evening's program. The meeting usually ends around 9PM.
The programs cover many subjects, such as repairing or painting toy trains, favorite trains, scratch built trains and/or buildings, train history and many other topics.
About our public display layout:
Cupertino Square (Vallco Fashion Mall) in Cupertino, CA is where our public display layouts are currently located, upstairs near Sears (Room 2112, Upper Level). We are fully accessible to those who may need extra help. We have 2 interconnected O Gauge layouts which can run 6 trains simultaneously, a new S-Gauge layout, a fun 2 track Standard Gauge layout and a loop of HO track.
We run our trains for the public on every Saturday from mid-morning to evening. There is also a gang of regulars who run on Wednesdays from late morning to evening.
Please note there may be operating sessions taking place that are not regularly scheduled; please check our Yahoo! mailing list to see when members may be opening up for a little fun runnin'.