Saturday, February 13, 2016

Morgan makes a "shake-a-box" kit

At our last meeting's model display, WMRC Program Director Morgan Turney submitted this "shake-a-box" kit he has been working on.  Morgan, who is also our annual model contest chair,  submitted it to serve as a subtle reminder to all of our members that our spring open house annual model contest is only two months away!

 This year's model contest special event is to make a "shake-a-box" kit, which is a slang term for any Athearn blue box kit,  but it could be any kit from any manufacturer, in any scale. Kits were once the staple of every model railroader, as they were easy to build and cheaper than buying ready-to-run models, but they have fast disappeared from the model railroading scene when prices for many ready-to-run models became cheaper than kits.

But there are still plenty of kits around, and this special event celebrates the proud tradition of actually building a piece of rolling stock! An extra ten points will be given to anyone who includes the WMRC 60th anniversary decal on their model.  If you don't have a decal, we have them for sale, and you can pick them up at our next meeting!

Monday, February 08, 2016

Make a visit to New York City's High Line Park at Friday's Winnipeg Model Railroad Club meeting


A spectacular view of New York City's High Line park in the springtime.

Our resident globetrotter Tommy Kucera will present a short program on High Line Park in New York City. The High Line was a New York Central elevated freight line serving the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Abandoned for many years, the remaining 1 1/2 miles was converted into an elevated public park, preserving many features of the old freight line. Tommy will cover the history of the line and the park as well as presenting his personal 'walking tour' of the park

Award winning photographer Felix Lesiuk will also give a presentation on his recent rail fanning adventures he's had with his good friend Louis Lenz. 

Please note that due to health problems, Gerrit Vanderklok's presentation on the Digitrax Digital Command Control system has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

The fun begins at 7:30 PM at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard on Friday, February 12. The canteen will be open, and we'll have our ever popular model display and the 50-50 draw. Hope you see you there!

Friday, February 05, 2016

More images of the No. 1 Northern division's Free-Mo group at Trains N treasures

The No. 1 Northern Division Free-Mo groups head honcho Ian Plett has supplied us with even more images of their module layout in action at Trains N Treasures. The layout will be on display until April 1, when it will be moved for display at the WMRC's annual spring open house.

Trains N Treasures is having a pirate theme all this month, with the help of Unique Events, who are best known for their work at Boo at the Zoo. A tunnel has been added to their ride-on train layout. Attendants who come wearing pirate gear  will be entered in a contest for a family pass. 

Trains N Treasures is located at 3059 Ness Ave. Their hours are 10AM to 8PM on Saturday, and from 10AM to 6pm on Sundays. Tickets are $5, re-rides $3.50 and those under 3 free but (must ride with an adult).