First Open House in New Space!

Well, we have the layout moved into our new space; we just need to give it a good cleaning and reconstruct a few spots. We are super excited about having a space totally dedicated to LEGO trains! A big thanks to Dan at Brickmania for generously underwriting the TCLTC’s new home. 

So, we will have an initial Open House this Thursday, April 3, from 5-9pm. Our first Saturday Open House will be April 12th, from 10-4pm. Come on out and see us in our new home!

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March Notes

Well, looks like February just flew by; it’s already mid March! There have been some big changes that have happened to the TCLTC recently about which we are very excited. We are in the process of moving our layout to another space, but still within the friendly confines of Brickmania. It will be called the Brickmania LEGO Train Room, and we, along with the Greater Midwest LEGO Train Club, will set up our layouts there. This room will be primarily dedicated to featuring LEGO trains.

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January Notes

Yesterday, the TCLTC received a home LEGO layout that was looking for a new home. A big thanks goes out to DustinCropsBoy. We will be preserving some of his excellent buildings for display in the months to come. And by the way, you can find and purchase instructions to some of those buildings you’ll see on display in the Brickmania Train Room HERE. And check out this cool, short movie entitled “It happened On Brick Avenue” that he and his son created!

Thanks again, DCB!

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December 2013 Events

It’s already December, and the TCLTC is in full exhibition mode! You can visit our holiday layouts we have set up at the TCMRM, or at the MTM’s Jackson Street Roundhouse Museum. Check their websites for their hours of operation; admission fees will apply.

We will be having an open house this Thursday, Dec 5th, from 5-9pm, at our home in the Brickmania Toyworks warehouse. We will have a little holiday train layout set up, in addition to the permanent TCLTC layout for show. The folks at Brickmania will be serving refreshments, and having a tree-decorating activity for visitors. The event is free of charge.

We will also be having an open house each of the first 3 Saturdays in December (7th, 14th, & 21st), from 10am-4pm. Admission, as always, is free, so come on over and check us out!

Finally, we will be showing a holiday layout at the Great RiverCentre Train Show on Dec 28th and 29th. Check out their link for admission fees and hours.

We look forward to seeing you at any one or all of our events this month! Happy Holidays from the TCLTC!

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Report From Our One Day Show At the Landmark Center


Once again, the TCLTC was invited to set up a holiday display featuring our Landmark Center that we built for our permanent layout at the actual Landmark Center in St Paul for their annual Winter Courtyard event this past weekend. The weather was not too cold, the event was well attended, and the atmosphere was festive! Afterwards, we celebrated the birthday of one of our own members, so a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all! Yet again, we were provided cool lighting from our friends at Brickstuff, and invaluable assistance from our sponsor, Brickmania. Thanks a ton, guys!

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Set up at the Roundhouse completed.


We headed over to the Jackson Street Roundhouse Museum to change out our regular train display to convert it to a holiday display. We also installed our second timer switch, which allows the layout to remain off until activated by the general public. This is pretty cool, considering the amount of lighting we have staged on the layout. Thanks again to Brickstuff for providing their cool lighting products for us to use, and to Brickmania for their generous sponsorship as well.

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Set Up at TCMRM in Bandana Square Completed!

IMG_5370We just returned from setting up a holiday train display for our friends at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. We went crazy lighting it up, in preparation for TCMRM’s Night Train Season.  A special thanks to Rob at Brickstuff for providing a plethora of their cool illumination products for us to use. The layout looks awesome!

Also, a very special thanks to our official sponsor, Brickmania for providing invaluable assistance to this fun event. Dan, you are the man!

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LEGO Van Gogh completed!


Thanks to all who showed up at our last open house to help complete the mosaic of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Olive Trees” that we started at the Nerd Thursday event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It now hangs proudly in the Brickmania Toyworks showroom. If you haven’t seen it, stop by at our next open house, Thursday from 5-9pm, Dec 5th.

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November 2013 Events

The TLCTC will be pretty active this month! We will be open to the public at our home in the Brickmania Toyworks warehouse this Thursday, Nov 7th, from 5-9pm, as well as this Saturday, Nov 9 from 10-4pm. Admission is free. We will be having a one day show at the Landmark Center, for their Sundays @ Landmark event, on Nov 30th, from 4-6pm. Admission is free.

We will also be setting up a Christmas display at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum for their Night Trains Season Event. We are pretty excited to be showing at such a cool venue! You won’t want to miss it! Check their webpage, as there are admission fees for this event.

And, as usual, we continue to display a small layout for our friends at the Jackson Street Roundhouse Museum. Check the link for their hours. There are admission fees.

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Welcome to the new home of the TCLTC!

We are in the process of moving our online home to this location. This is where all of the news about the TCLTC will originate.

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