Monday, March 30, 2015

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's 2015 spring open house was a success!

   Long time WMRC member supervises the running of the trains of the No. 1 Northern Division's Free-Mo group at the WMRC's annual spring open house.

 The WMRC would like to extend a very big THANK YOU  to everyone who attended our spring open house this weekend at the Charleswood Legion! We had a lot of very happy folks who love trains drop by. A lot of them stayed for hours, but that's okay - it's even encouraged!

    There sure was plenty to see! All of the popular gauges, from Z to G were on display, and there was even a display of rolling stock from the Assiniboine Valley Railway! Two big modular railways - the No. 1 Northern Division's Free-Mo group and the Kildonan Short Lines were up and running at the show. There were also two N gauge layouts, the ever popular Lionel "giraffe car" layout, plus the displays of the WMRC model and photo contest winners. Our charity of choice, our good friends at St. Amant, were also there with a big display.

    The good folks at the Kildonan Short Lines modular railway had lots of trains up and running!
   Frances South and her brother James were on hand to help volunteer with their mom running the canteen, and to help run the Lionel giraffe car layout!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Forum Art Centre publicizes Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's spring open house

   The WMRC would like to thank the Forum Art Centre for once again publicizing our spring open house for the second year in a row, without even asking them!

   Please note that the Forum Art Centre is also holding an event the same time the WMRC is holding their open house. They will be holding their Flea Market Fundraiser. They'll be selling everything but large furniture and clothing. There probably won't be any trains, but that's what you come to the WMRC open house for!

    However, we won't be selling any trains at our open house. But there will be lots of displays, exhibits and contest results! So why not go to both events?

    The WMRC open house will be held at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. The hours are from 11AM to 4PM on both days. The Forum Art Centre's Flea Market Fundraiser will be held at their studios at 120 Eugenie Street from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, March 28 and from noon to 4PM on Sunday, March 29. For more information about the Forum Art Centre click here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Suzanne Lemon is the winner of March's Winnipeg Model Railroad Club photo contest

   WMRC Past President Suzanne Lemon won the club's March photo contest with her image of an eastbound CP intermodal streaking  through Gull Lake, Saskatchewan on the eve of April 23, 2012. AC4400 9654 leads the train.

   The artistic image was captured with a combination of a slow shutter speed at 1/6 of a second and use of the flash in Rear Curtain Sync Mode. The flash fires at the end of the exposure, rather than at the beginning, therefore capturing some sharp detail in the subject, while the rest of the locomotive and its train is a blur of motion.

   Suzanne won a cash prize for her image, and the image was published on the cover of the March issue of The Lantern, the official publication of the WMRC. For next month’s contest, the theme is anything to do with RUSTY equipment.