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Updated: September 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 2016 - Register Soon!



Who will knock the crown from Roger's head?

The TGA is pleased to announce that the 22nd annual Puffing Billy® National Championship at Railcon will be held October 13-16, 2016 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1311 American Lane, Schaumburg IL.

Railcon runs from 9am Thursday morning through Sunday afternoon. Everyone is encouraged to stick around for the Awards ceremony with plaques and numerous game prizes to be distributed, followed immediately by the TGA Annual Meeting.  Everything should be done by 3pm so please plan accordingly if you are flying or driving out on Sunday.  There will be open gaming through Sunday evening if you wish to stay longer.

You can register here (and renew your membership if you wish):


The registration site will add a one dollar fee to each transaction.

We have arranged for a special rate at the host hotel of $109 per night, which includes free breakfast for two people.  Breakfast, dinner, and evening cocktails are available at the hotel, and there are numerous food options within easy walking distance.  Our room block has closed but contact the hotel directly to see if they still have rooms available.

  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.

  2016 Puffing Billy Major Tournaments

        Origins Results

               Puffing Billy Winner: Michael Cheng
               Challenger Class Winner: Dave Thornburg
               Iron Man: Charles Hooks
               Next Origins: June 14-18, 2017, Columbus

        Gen Con Results

               Puffing Billy Winner: Jeff Jackson
               Challenger Class Winner: Alex Puddifoot
               Iron Man: Charles Hooks
               Next Gen Con: August 17-20, 2017, Indianapolis

                2016 tournament information:
                2016 tournament management info:
            Railcon    2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
                   October 13-16, 2016  Schaumburg IL
              This year's National Championship at Railcon will be held
               at the Courtyard by Marriott in Schaumburg IL (about 20
               minutes from O'Hare airport)   October 13-16, 2016
               Register for Railcon and book your hotel by using
               the links on the right side of this page >>>>>

Other Upcoming TGA-Sanctioned Tournaments 
  • UCon November 11 - 13, 2016 
    • Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti MI at Eagle Crest
    • Modified Puffing Billy Tournament
    • Al Stiles, Conductor
General TGA Information

  Ticket to Ride World Championship

The TGA was honored to be part of the 2014 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.