Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rail Travel Tours celebrates the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Northern Railway

 

 On the year of 100th anniversary of the last spike of the Canadian Northern Railway, Rail Travel Tours will conduct a special rail tour to celebrate the completion of Canada’s third transcontinental railway.

   Scheduled for August 18-20, 2015 this tour is a fundraiser for the Winnipeg Railway Museum. It features a round trip from Winnipeg through western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan on the  Canadian Northern's prairie route – now part of Canadian National Railway.

  The tour begins with a visit to the Winnipeg Railway Museum (located in Winnipeg’s Union Station). The passengers will board Via rail's Winnipeg – Churchill train, which will travel through Gladstone to Dauphin, Manitoba (where the railway originated) with amazing views of Riding Mountain National Park.  The tour stops at the town named after the first 2 letters of the railway’s name (CAnadian NOrthern RAilway) - Canora, Saskatchewan.

   The tour will spend two nights and a full day in Canora. Those on the tour will experience how this railway supported the farmers and promoted immigration to the Canadian Prairies by visiting the National Doukhobor Heritage Village and the Ukrainian Heritage Museum. There will be a special demonstration of vintage farming equipment and a visit to the recently redeveloped Canora Station House Museum. 

   Also the tour includes a visit to Canada’s only Toy & Autograph Museum and a special themed banquet to celebrate the Canadian Northern Railway.  On the third day of the tour, guests will transfer south by motor coach to Melville, SK to visit the railway museum and the community's original Town Hall and Opera House before boarding VIA Rail’s Canadian to travel through the Qu'appelle Valley and return to Winnipeg.

 For more information about the tour, call Rail Travel Tours in Winnipeg toll free 1-866-704-3528

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christopher Robinson displays Algoma Central boxcars at Winipeg Model Railroad Club's January meeting

   WMRC member Christopher Robinson presented six Algoma Central Railway 40 foot outside braced boxcars at the club's monthly model display at their January meeting. These were Accurail boxcar kits, which he assembled, applied dry transfer decals, and installed Kadee Couplers.

    This was his first attempt at weathering anything, and he did a terrific job! No two boxcars were weathered identically. The level of weathering suggests that the cars came out of the paint shop recently. He used a thin wash of grey paint to weather the cars. Some cars received more than one coat. 

     The monthly model display is open to all WMRC members. A cash prize is given every month, drawn at random. Show us what you've got! We always love to see what our members have been doing!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club to hold Train Show in March

   The Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club will be holding their annual train show on March 21 and 22, 2015. They're still looking for exhibitors, and the deadline for registering is February 27.

   The show generally draws around 1000 people over the two days. It is held at the Moose Jaw Western Development Museum, History of Transportation. The Museum’s collection includes a number of railway artifacts such as Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 locomotive 2364 and a 1913 combination car. The show is spread throughout the Museum’s collection.

   Space within the Museum is limited. If you wish to attend please let them know what your space requirements as soon as possible, as layout size may have to be restricted. Please provide as much detail as possible regarding your requirements.

 A registration form has been attached to this post, which you can download and send to the club. If you have any other questions please contact Stirling Millar at stirling.millar@live.ca or Bud Guidos at bguidos@sasktel.net