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Updated: April 2016

The ongoing purpose of the Train Gamers Association (TGA) is to facilitate and promote the play of train games.  We sanction and run Puffing Billy Tournaments at large and small conventions throughout the year.  Our National Championship is held at Railcon each year (usually in September or October), and our other two annual major conventions are held at Origins and Gen Con.

 <<< Roger Jarrett,
        Reigning National Champion

  Railcon National Championship 2015

Congratulations to Roger Jarrett for winning the Puffing Billy National Championship at Railcon 2015.  A record 17 people achieved five category wins, with several people making it into six finals. Should have been a hard fought battle but Roger blew everyone else away in the finals to become the official target for 2016.  It wasn't even close.  

In another first, the rest of the top ten were all former Puffing Billy or Challenger class winners.  Following Roger were Anthony Carver, Trella Bromley, Ken Gutermuth, Chris Meyer, Ken Bachman, Michael Cheng, Jeff Jackson, Charles Hooks, and Raechel Sanger.  

Railcon 2016 Announcement

The TGA is pleased to announce that the 22nd annual Puffing Billy National Championship at Railcon will be held October 13-16, 2016 in Schaumburg IL.  Details and registration information will be published soon.

  2016 Puffing Billy Major Tournaments

        Origins June 15-19 2016,  Columbus Ohio

               The TGA 2016 Origins Club Code is TGA16fTs
               Your TGA membership must be current (paid in 2015)
                        for this code to be honored by Origins

        Gen Con August 4-7 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana

                2016 Initial Train Game Schedule for Origins and Gen Con:

                Train Game Schedule 2016 (pdf)

                2015 tournament info is below.  Updates for 2016 will be
                posted when available:
                2015 tournament management info:
            Railcon    2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
                   October 13-16, 2016  Schaumburg IL
               This year's National Championship at Railcon will be held
               in Schaumburg IL (20 minutes from O'Hare airport)
               October 13-16, 2016
               Registration and hotel booking information will be
               announced and posted in May 

Other Upcoming TGA-Sanctioned Tournaments 
  • Conclave of Gamers  DIA Crowne Plaza  April 21-24, 2016 
    • See for details
    • Modified Puffing Billy Tournament with EBI and TTR
    • Amanda Lacy, Conductor
General TGA Information

Ticket to Ride World Championship

The TGA was pleased to be part of the Ticket to Ride World Championship, sponsored by Days of Wonder to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular train game. Congratulations to TGA members Cheryl Orosz, Michael Cheng, Jeff Jackson, Trella Bromley, David Belew, and Phil Cottrell who were among the 24 finalists in the North American Championship.  None of them won the trip to Paris but the TGA was well represented in the competition and we are proud of their efforts.